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post #31 of 107
Sock liners bought off eBay. 4 for $15.
post #32 of 107
I feel as though Wigwan isnt getting any attention. What are you people thinking! I have had Wigwam socks for a while now, and they totally rock. I wear Ultimax Xenon's and Ultimax Xenon Ultra-Lights. These socks do it all. If its a little colder, i wear the regular xenons, they are a tad thicker than the ultralights. The ultralights, IMHO, are much warmer than their smartwool counter part, and they seem to fit better. They have the perfect fit, they stay up on my calves, they stretch right where they need to, and most importatly, when on, there is no excess material anywhere, even by the toes, which i have noticed to be a problem with some socks. Thes socks are water wicking and keep you feet really dry. Its a snap to get into your boot. I just cant say enough about them. Check out ebay, they are made right near me, here in wisconsin, and there is a lady who sells "Slightly Imperfect" pairs, she gets them direct. She is very honest, and fair, and the prices are unbeatable. I have 3 pairs of xenons and 4 pairs od xenon ultralights, and i bet thats all i will ever have to buy! Give them a try, you wont be dissapointed!
post #33 of 107

I second that

Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
Smartwool Ultralight.

Been using these exclusively for years. My boots fit very snugly and I don't want or need any additional padding.
Couldn't agree with you more.

Bought some Smartwool ultralight this winter to combat toenail loss caused by new boots & haven't looked back. Some say that they smell less too, my girlfriend strenuously denies this.
post #34 of 107
I have been wearing Fox River socks for the last 2 years. Very comfortable, durable, and wick away moisture well.
post #35 of 107
And if you are very interested in socks there is:http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=ski+socks and other threads on the same subject.
Ski Press also did a sock review a while back. It may still be online.
post #36 of 107
X-sock carving light, One size smaller then the package says. Also have used Smartwool ski light extensivelylso 1 size smaller than the package says.

Both these socks are very thin but I have to have have loops on the inside of the sock or the weave irritates my feet. Both , very comfortable.

I pull them on as tightly as possible before putting my foot in my boot.

if you have not seen these they are very high tech!

post #37 of 107
Originally Posted by Mainiac
I have tried all kinds of socks and calf height ultra thin dress socks work best for me, yes, I'm nuts.:
I just tried this with a pair of old all-nylon dress socks on my last trip and, somewhat surprisingly, it works great. The boots are a lot easier to get into, my feet stay warm due to the liners, and with the all-nylon wicking is not a problem. Also, these are really easy to rinse out in the sink and dry extremely quickly.

Anybody want to buy some (slightly) used Thorlos?
post #38 of 107
Yet another vote for Smartwool Ultralights. I just bought some extreme racer version that's one backcountryoutlet for like $6 a pair or something ridiculous and they're thin but just as high quality.

I have some Dahlgren non-ski socks that are outstanding, but they load on the padding, so it seems.

For durability, comfort, and quality, you can't go wrong with Smartwool, but they are on the expensive side if you don't buy online.
post #39 of 107
Originally Posted by sno'more
I have Rohner ski socks that I like a lot, but they are getting old. Anybody ski barefoot?
Yup (a snowboarder here), I usually don't wear socks.
But I usually take along a pair just in case, a pair of thin Burtons.
post #40 of 107
Very thin silk socks intended as liner socks when wearing hiking boots. They're pretty close to nothing, plus you can use them as liner socks when wearing hiking boots. Thin dress socks would be similar.

I did ski barefoot for a while, which worked well, except: it can be really hard to take the boots off and they get smelly.
post #41 of 107

Nylon Calf High Dress Socks From Local Thrift Store...

howdy, kidz,

just couldn't resist droppin' in here...

i'm in ne pa (read: damp cold) and have been using the cheapest dress socks i can find (i wait till there's a sale and get 10 pr for buck) for at least 15yrs.

i have found the secret to using a thin nylon sock is using copious amounts of baby powder. i liberally sprinkle powder on my shin & foot, then after sock is on, more powder on shin & foot and finally powder the tongue of the boot.

the powder keeps my feet very dry & provides for a very easy fit/slide into my race boots (exit is still not easy). i never get shin bang from using powder, a big advantage.

additionally, the powder keeps your liners for stinkin' like mad from all the moisture.

now get out there and play in the garden,

bruce marks
post #42 of 107
Originally Posted by doublediamond223
I use hot chillys low-volume socks. They are very thin, but the best thing about them is that they are made specifically for skiing, and have a slight cinch elastic built into the arch area to prevent wrinkling. The tongue/shin area has a different material designed to interface with the tongue, the tiniest bit of cushion I guess. I have worn them when it is -5 degrees outside, so I guess they are warm.
No one else uses these? Interesting.
post #43 of 107
Originally Posted by doublediamond223
No one else uses these? Interesting.
While I do live in Montana, I don't use Hot Chilis (though they are made here and are of impecable reputation) because they are too expensive.

I quite like my Fox River 19% Merino Wool, 69% acryllic, and the rest othe stuff I'm not sure of. No problems in subzero weather, and no problems at +50 degrees, and they were $5 a pair. :
post #44 of 107
I've been wearing the same socks for two years now (yes, I do wash them). I don't know what brand they are, can't remember when I bought them. On the bottom they say VVS-LV and WICK-DRY on the top toes with a R and L. I also have a pair of Smartwool which I haven't used yet. I don't seem to get the aroma problem - only with my gloves which smell like gym socks from highschool.
post #45 of 107


Darn Tough out of Vermont.

Where men are men and sheep fear to tread
post #46 of 107
Dahlgren and the Euro sock thin I find to be the best I have used.
post #47 of 107


coolmax liner socks. thin and breathe well. if your feet feel clammy, try washing them with rubbing alcohol before you put your socks on. anti-persperant also works.
post #48 of 107
They sell Smartwool Ultralights at Green Mountain Orthotic Lab. That was a good enough recommendation for me. Very happy I got them.
post #49 of 107
Smartwool Ultralights. Warm, thin, and comfortable. Dries quickly when washed on an overnight trip.
post #50 of 107
I also rock a few pairs of Smartwool Ultralights
post #51 of 107
3 favorates:
-Don't-know-what-brand silk liner socks. The best.
-Rohnor. Close second
-Smartwool Ultra-lights. Close third.

With socks I (obviously) believe thinner is better.
post #52 of 107
My faves:

- Smartwool Ultralight
- Patagonia Capilene Ultralight liners
- Wigwam ultra-thin polypro liners

And the key: using Right-Guard spray-on anti-perspirant before donning the socks.

I can't do anything thicker than an ultralight with my boot setup, and these socks are nice, thin, wick well, and have great stay-put tendencies.

Of late, the Smartwool socks have been replacing the Wigwams and Patagonias - great socks, affordable, and usable for many purposes (not just skiing - winter cycling, too).
post #53 of 107

rubbing alcohol first

if you dont like right guard, rubbing alcohol also keeps your feet dry and clean......and lightweight wool liners definitely wick better and smell better than synthetics
post #54 of 107
Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
I use hot chillys low-volume socks. They are very thin, but the best thing about them is that they are made specifically for skiing, and have a slight cinch elastic built into the arch area to prevent wrinkling. The tongue/shin area has a different material designed to interface with the tongue, the tiniest bit of cushion I guess. I have worn them when it is -5 degrees outside, so I guess they are warm.
+1 on the Chillys. I love them.
post #55 of 107
So I have now started on my second season with the thin over the calf nylon dress sox and I am a total convert. As Mainiac said, it sounds crazy but it works great. I have less problems getting into and out of my boots, and my feet stay comfortable and warm.

If you have problems with your boots you owe it to yourself to give this a try. It is amazing how well they work.
post #56 of 107
Bridgedales!!! I love they way they feel in plain shoes after you ditch the boots!
post #57 of 107
Smartwool Ultralights at Sierra Trading Post for $7.95 right now.
post #58 of 107

That said, viking kaj may be on to something. I've heard it claimed that skiing barefoot really forces you to feel your boot.
post #59 of 107
After a long search I have ended up with Bridgedale Micro-Fit socks. I ordered them through their US distributer, GARMONT, USA. These socks Rock and are only 14.95. Extrmely thin with no seams, very comfortable and made from Isofil, which is very warm and will wick better than any other material. I tried the X-Socks and returned them. Just too thick. Smartwools are great as well but the Bridgedales are a nicer product overall. 2 year guarentee.
post #60 of 107
I find each boot chooses it's socks. After a string of boots demanding expensive wigwams, my Scarpa Tornados work best with 100% acrylic white generic socks from Costco. You have to buy a truckload at a time but the 100 lb bale of socks only costs $2.99

Over 3000 hits on a tread about socks! Ya gotta love the bears!
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