Smartwool PhD Pro Free Ski
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Smartwool PhD Ski Medium
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Icebreaker Ski+ Light
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Darn Tough ThermoLite OTC
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Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Padded Light
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Pros Very breathable, fantastic wicking power, thoughtful cushioning, compressive fitWarm, comfortable, durable, reliableQuick to dry, comfortable, lighter padded constructionWarm, comfortable, thoughtful ventilation, synthetic construction, durableSuper durable, great fit, super wicking ability, lifetime guarantee
Cons Not as durable, not very warmNo lifetime guaranteeLacks durabilityUnderfoot padding holds moisture, specific fit in toe boxNot very warm, no additional padding
Bottom Line A tight, ultralight ski sock built to simply wick and protectA great sock for those seeking an all-around performer that will last for many seasons to comeA lightweight sock that provides a wide range of thermoregulation in all weather conditionsThe best synthetic sock out there for skiers and snowboarders alikeA stellar lightweight option for tight boots and aerobic days on the hill
Rating Categories Smartwool PhD Pro Free Ski Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Icebreaker Ski+ Light Darn Tough ThermoLite OTC Over-the-Calf Padded Light
Comfort & Construction (25%)
7
9
8
9
6
Warmth (25%)
6
9
8
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6
Breathability (25%)
10
8
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9
Fit (15%)
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9
Durability (10%)
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Specs Smartwool PhD Pro... Smartwool PhD Ski... Icebreaker Ski+... Darn Tough... Over-the-Calf...
Material 56% merino wool, 41% nylon, 3% elastane 65% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, 2% Elastane, Imported Yarn 57% Merino Wool, 40% Nylon, 3% Lycra 57% Thermolite Polyester, 35% Nylon, 5% Lycra Spandex, 3% Other fiber 60% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 4% Lycra Spandex
Level of Cushioning Ultralightweight Midweight Lightweight Midweight Ultralightweight
Weight 2.2 oz 3.15 oz 3.15 oz 3.15 oz 2.85 oz
Left/Right specific? No No Yes No No
Overall height 14 inches 13 inches 14.25 inches 13 inches 14 inches
Padded area Ball, heel, shin Shin, underfoot, ankle Shin, calf, foot, ankle Shin, underfoot, ankle Shin
Warranty or Guarantee Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee Lifetime Guarentee Unconditional Lifetime Guarentee Unconditional Lifetime Guarentee
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