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Best socks for new skiier

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
im getting ready skiingh the 2nd week of feb and i have everything i need but socks i have some socks the say they pull water away from my feet but they are 61% cotton do anyone have a idea if they will work or should i buy a no cotton sock with a shin pad
post #2 of 26
2 words

Smartwool Ultralight
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by jocotxguy View Post
im getting ready skiingh the 2nd week of feb and i have everything i need but socks i have some socks the say they pull water away from my feet but they are 61% cotton do anyone have a idea if they will work or should i buy a no cotton sock with a shin pad
I would take it easy and buy any wool of full synthetic socks that you like and can find at a decent price. These are socks after all, and they don't matter THAT much. If you insist, I second the Smartwool as a very solid choice ...
post #4 of 26
Yes to Smartwool Ultralight.

http://www.sockcompany.com/
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
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Smartwool Ultralight
This.

I recently switched all my ski socks to them, and am totally impressed.
post #6 of 26
x5!
post #7 of 26
While the Ultralight (as in ultra thin) are very good, they may not be good for you depending on your boot fit. If you're renting boots, a medium sock is more appropriate or if your boots have packed out you may want something to take up a little more volume.

If the above is true, try some Smartwool medium weight ski socks.
post #8 of 26
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These are socks after all, and they don't matter THAT much. .


Your boots must fit like a garbage bag if you actually believe that.

then again if the OP is renting boots, they will fit like garbage bags
post #9 of 26
Darn Tough! Made in Vemront
post #10 of 26
No cotton !!!Wool/silk mixt works best ( for me ).
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone i have ordered a 3 pack of smartwool phd

i will tell you in 18 days after my frist day of skiing

Thanks Again

Best wishes and happy skiing to all
post #12 of 26
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Your boots must fit like a garbage bag if you actually believe that.

then again if the OP is renting boots, they will fit like garbage bags
Yeah, my boots fit like garbage bags... With less than a finger shell fit a garbage bag is just about the only thing that can fit there with my feet inside. No, thank you very much, my boots are quite all right. And yes, I do have Smartwool Ultralights...
post #13 of 26
Smartwool liner (or whatever the thinest one they make is called?)
post #14 of 26
I have tried every single different sock I could find and the only ones I actually like were these.
post #15 of 26
I use X-Socks and am thoroughly impressed.

They were 34273674 times more comfortable and warmer than the generic ski socks I was using before them.

http://www.x-socks.com/
post #16 of 26
COTTON KILLS!!!!
post #17 of 26
smartwool ultralight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #18 of 26
Smartwool makes a great product.

Any high dollar ($20++) wool blend sport sock is good. If you can find MERINO wool, mmmmmm very nice.
post #19 of 26
Check out your local TJ Max or Marshalls. TJ max's have been found to have icebreaker hiking and skiing socks. I think I actually may prefer the icebreaker ski socks over the smartwool ones. That and icebreaker isn't known to develop the holes that smartwool has been known have issues with. Run about 8-9 bucks a pair.

They also have other brands of ski socks as well but I'm a devoted merino wool convert so I didn't look as carefully at them.
post #20 of 26
Bulky socks won't keep your feet warm. Good blood circulation will.

If your boots fit snugly (as they should) use silk (my preference), thin wool (smartwool ultralight, apparently), or thin polypro socks. Anything that will wick water away from your feet is okay (no cotton).

Find 'em at your local ski store, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, online at Sierra Trading Post or at LL Bean.
post #21 of 26
Icebreaker. After a season these socks are still in one piece-- no holes or thin spots. Made from the same New Zealand merino Smartwool uses but much more durable. For the same price as Smartwool, Icebreaker is (IMO) a better buy.
post #22 of 26
These can't be beat!!!!




This is for everybody who remembers the '70s...
post #23 of 26
I just got the DeFeet bode miller socks, and wow, they're awesome.

The Smartwools are fantastic, but I am in love with these. They are a little tougher to pull on, but the fit is great - here's where I got mine:

http://www.fuxiracingusa.com/product...&ProductID=296
post #24 of 26
The best socks for you are those which give a good fit in your boots, not what work for someone else. No cotton! Any shop that sells boots will have socks you can try; they use them for fitting. Find some you like that give a snug, but not eye-bulging fit and buy one or two pair. As your liners compress a bit with use you can get some slightly thicker ones.
post #25 of 26
Smartwool. Worth the price; you can go thinner for better feel and they'll still keep you warm. Avoid hot driers though.
post #26 of 26
I have several pairs of smartwool, have used them for years and they are excellent. But last year I bought 6 pairs of Hot Chilly's lightweight socks on eBay for like $20 or something ridiculous like that. Figured what the heck... They were seconds, but the defect was with the logo on the toe, so nothing wrong with the sock. I LOVE these socks. I actually wear them all the time, even just around town or on the weekends or whatever. They are very thin but work on all but the coldest of days. I think they are 100% synthetic but I'm not sure. Now I only wear my medium weight smartwool socks on the really cold days. On the other hand, smartwool 'dress' socks are my favorite to wear to the office. So comfy and warm!!
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