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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I am starting a new thread so as not to hijack a previous sock thread.

I have 3 1/2 (7 socks?) well worn out pairs of Hot Chillis. I am going to buy a half dozen pairs of socks this week. From the other posts the Ultimax Ultrathins and the Smartwool Ultrathins appear to be the "socks of choice" around here. I've been looking at various sites online and it seems that neither can be bought in white...only navy, grey, and red.

Does color matter from the standpoint of athletes foot, odor, etc....I remember we needed white athletics socks for gym for a reason?

-Scott
post #2 of 16
I think the reason was so they wouldn't run when washed in bleach. Don't worry about the colour. Just buy the thinest ski socks in the shop.
post #3 of 16
i can't wear a sock without loops or very slight padding at least on the inside, & at least on the shin. I have found the thinnest pair of socks with loops inside or very slight cushion are Thorlo Xski-11. I have skied in US Ski Team Smartwools in my other boots X@'s lange's and Atomics for about 5 years. they are too thick for my new head RD96's

The weave in socks without loops or minimal cushion chews up my feet & shins.

This is why bootfitters call me the Princess & the Pea. I must have the most sensitve feet around!
post #4 of 16
Ultimax used to also come in bright green, gold and other cool colors. Skiers must be a conservative lot when it comes to foot wear. Their bright colors seem to have disappeared. Anyway, no one but you will likely notice the color.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I dont really care about color, I just thought sinse I am very prone to athletes foot, that light or white color was best. Just trying to find out if it is myth or reality...doesn't really matter though, if they only come in colors.
post #6 of 16
I hate the SmartWool socks - they haven't held up well for me, shrink way too much, and fuzz up considerably.

I've switched to Bridgedale socks and I'll never look back. I use both the Ultralight and the Precision Ski (depending on the weather).
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Noodler
I hate the SmartWool socks - they haven't held up well for me, shrink way too much, and fuzz up considerably.

Have you carefully followed the SmartWool advice to turn their socks inside out for washing?

The dozen pairs of Fox River socks I've been using the last three seasons have survived more than 20 washings with no significant signs of deterioration so far. I change socks every day, I rotate them in my socks drawer so that no one pair gets used more than the others and I turn them inside out when I take them off my feet so they get washed that way.

Any wool sock with loops in the yarn for padding inside should be washed inside out. I have a friend who complained about wool socks getting stiff and pilling inside who found after several washings with them turned inside out that they began to feel like new again.
post #8 of 16
How thin are the Ultimax Ultrathins? I basicly ski in a sock liner, I need a sock so thin.
post #9 of 16
I really like them. They are all I use. They are not quite as thin as the thinnest nylon dress socks but are some the thinnest "ski" socks. I rotate four pairs and they have held up real well for several seasons.

I cringe in the lodge when I see someone with cotton athletic socks already on, and then pulling on a pair of 2" thick rag socks on top of them.
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Have you carefully followed the SmartWool advice to turn their socks inside out for washing?

The dozen pairs of Fox River socks I've been using the last three seasons have survived more than 20 washings with no significant signs of deterioration so far. I change socks every day, I rotate them in my socks drawer so that no one pair gets used more than the others and I turn them inside out when I take them off my feet so they get washed that way.

Any wool sock with loops in the yarn for padding inside should be washed inside out. I have a friend who complained about wool socks getting stiff and pilling inside who found after several washings with them turned inside out that they began to feel like new again.
OK - you're right. I haven't been turning them inside out (didn't realize I needed to). Thanks for the info (since my wife and sons still have some SmartWool socks that they use). Luckily this procedure isn't necessary with Bridgedale socks.
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Noodler
OK - you're right. I haven't been turning them inside out (didn't realize I needed to). Thanks for the info (since my wife and sons still have some SmartWool socks that they use). Luckily this procedure isn't necessary with Bridgedale socks.
Great tip! I would never have read the instructions on how to wash socks.
post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
How thin are the Ultimax Ultrathins? I basicly ski in a sock liner, I need a sock so thin.
Thicker than a liner. However, not by a great deal. Best is probably to look for them in the shop to determine if they will work for you.
post #13 of 16
Color is irrelevent. You need to consider moisture management, fit and "feel" of the material against your skin. I find SmartWool "Light Cushion" pretty thick, go for the ultalights. If you have any problems with heel slop, Smart wool has a racing sock which is thin all over but padded in heel and shin. Some like this.
post #14 of 16
I'm not too sure that socks are a matter of your boot fit and personal comfort.
My husband likes a thick sock with a nice foot pad.
I, on the other hand, like a boot that "fits my foot" because I feel like I get more control. So....that requires a thinner sock.
What I have found works well is a cold weather bicycle sock(I found that out because I tend to do a lot of late fall mountain biking). The brand I liked most was Java Wool.
post #15 of 16
I purchased Defeet socks at the start of last season and for the measly ten days of skiing I had (PNW) I really liked them. It is a thin sock with a little extra padding on the shin. I found that it fit my foot really well. Their web site is
http://www.defeet.com/news.php?year=2005&id=36

According to this article, Bode had some input on this product, which to some may mean a lot
http://www.skisocks.com/groups.php?mfg=2
post #16 of 16
They have white Ulitmax Ultrathins with black trim at this link:
www.sockcompany.com/ulskisoc.html
Also, they are 20% off.
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