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Burton Weekend Review

This 100% synthetic snowboard sock offers great warmth when dry.
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Price:  $30 List | $20.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Soft and comfortable, stretchy, maintains its shape, low price, warm when dry
Cons:  Tube-like construction, poor wicking ability, cold when wet
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 7, 2019
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RANKED
#7 of 7
  • Comfort & Construction - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 20% 6
  • Drying Speed & Wicking Ability - 20% 5
  • Fit - 20% 5
  • Durability - 20% 6

Our Verdict

As one of the more stylish options out there, the Burton Weekend Sock got many compliments at the ski lodge. This 100% synthetic midweight snowboard sock is best worn with a pair of boots that don't have a very tight fit. Bare-bones in design, it's more like a tube of material than a true ski sock. It lacks thoughtfully placed areas of cushioning and compression and is pretty lackluster at first glance. On the hill, it provides warmth when dry, but loses it's loft when wet. Given its thicker construction, it holds moisture easily and doesn't dry out very quickly.

While it does provide competition for our Best Buy Award, the Fox River Telluride is a much better choice. It's cheaper, provides more warmth, and offers a thoughtful architecture for better moisture management. Or, if you have a little extra cash, check out our Editors' Choice, the Smartwool PhD Ski Medium or our Top Pick for Wicking from Darn Tough, both providing unbeatable durability for many of seasons of use to come. However, if you prefer a 100% synthetic option, choose the Burton Weekend Sock and wear it comfortably at the resort and on dry days. It only costs about $30 for two pairs.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Weekend Sock is a 100% synthetic sock with a tube-like construction and a cute, stylish flair. Its a good option for snowboarders or those seeking a thicker sock who don't have super tight-fitting ski boot.

Performance Comparison


Enjoying our days shredding lines at Mt. Baker in the backcountry. The Burton Weekend is ideal for snowboarders looking for a comfortable and less expensive option.
Enjoying our days shredding lines at Mt. Baker in the backcountry. The Burton Weekend is ideal for snowboarders looking for a comfortable and less expensive option.

Comfort & Construction


For a midweight tube sock, this sock is nice and comfortable to wear with a pair of boots that aren't too tight. It features thicker materials that are soft against the skin with padding throughout the sock that isn't engineered in any specific fashion. Unlike like other high-end options, it lacks areas of specific compression paneling. While it does feel good to wear around town and to the resort, many of our testers that wore tight ski boots mentioned that it's not a comfortable sock to wear on the mountain.

Unlike other socks in this review  it's a simple tube of material. It doesn't feature any specific areas of compression paneling or a well-engineered design. While it still works for most things winter  its performance is hindered by this construction. It is  however  comfortable to wear during dry weather and with looser fitting boots.
Unlike other socks in this review, it's a simple tube of material. It doesn't feature any specific areas of compression paneling or a well-engineered design. While it still works for most things winter, its performance is hindered by this construction. It is, however, comfortable to wear during dry weather and with looser fitting boots.

Our snowboarders did beg to differ, as they didn't experience the same issues of bunching on the mountain. All that aside, we can all agree that it's a great option to wear apres ski for its fun colors and comfortable synthetic materials.

A look at the construction of the footbed shows a thicker fabric throughout. While the heel and toe look thinner because of the color difference  it's the same thickness. The body of the sock is the same.
A look at the construction of the footbed shows a thicker fabric throughout. While the heel and toe look thinner because of the color difference, it's the same thickness. The body of the sock is the same.

Warmth


When dry, this sock offers warmth in temperatures below freezing. While it offers warmth when dry, we noticed our feet getting cold on the lift several days on the resort. This is primarily because the material is thicker, and captures the water vapor. Being constructed of 100% synthetic materials (80% acrylic, 18% nylon, and 2% spandex), they don't insulate as well as natural fibers like merino wool. As a result, it's not a great option for sweaty endeavors where you might be stopping and going often. It's best for dry weather where your boots won't be getting too wet, and your feet won't be getting too sweaty.

Even though it's a little thicker (bottom) in comparison to the Smartwool (top)  it's not warmer. This is largely attributed to its construction and fabric materials. Utilizing 100% synthetic materials  primarily acrylic  it doesn't insulate as well as a merino-wool blend that you'll find in the Smartwool PhD.
Even though it's a little thicker (bottom) in comparison to the Smartwool (top), it's not warmer. This is largely attributed to its construction and fabric materials. Utilizing 100% synthetic materials, primarily acrylic, it doesn't insulate as well as a merino-wool blend that you'll find in the Smartwool PhD.

Drying Speed & Wicking Ability


This sock does not dry super quickly, and its wicking activity is sub-par. While it can take moisture from the surface of the skin and transport it through the material, it holds the moisture simply because of the thickness and properties of the synthetic acrylic materials used in construction. During a day of skiing at Lake Tahoe in California, we found ourselves with cold feet for this very reason. It's not an ideal option for super cold days where you might find yourself with wet feet.

While the synthetic fibers are thick  plush  and does a good job of wicking away moisture  it doesn't do a great job transferring it for evaporation. The fabric is a little too thick and without appropriate ventilation; it doesn't dry well.
While the synthetic fibers are thick, plush, and does a good job of wicking away moisture, it doesn't do a great job transferring it for evaporation. The fabric is a little too thick and without appropriate ventilation; it doesn't dry well.

Fit


Tossing aside any real construction that optimizes fit, this tube sock does well at its job. As a midweight option, it's thick and doesn't fit well underneath tight ski boots. That said, it is built for snowboard boots, which it does well with. The height of the sock is a little taller than the Smartwool Medium PhD but not as tall as the Darn Tough Over-The-Calf Padded Light. If you're seeking a thicker sock and you've got ski boots that don't fit super tightly, this option may work. If you're a snowboarder, it'll do just fine.

The fit is nice and stretchy without a boxy toe box or weird constructions. While this is basically a tube of material  it still feels pretty good on. Not a favorite amongst skiers  but it as advertised as a snowboard sock  and does a good at just that.
The fit is nice and stretchy without a boxy toe box or weird constructions. While this is basically a tube of material, it still feels pretty good on. Not a favorite amongst skiers, but it as advertised as a snowboard sock, and does a good at just that.

Durability


After just a few months of use, we've noted some serious underfoot compaction that has changed the overall warmth of this sock. Aside from that and some minor pilling, we didn't notice any other major issues. It is made of 100% synthetic materials that will typically stand the test of time. Overall, decent durability but there are options out there that'll stand up with better construction.

Some pilling going on with this sock.
Some pilling going on with this sock.

Best Applications


If you're a snowboarder or a skier with boots that aren't super fitted to your foot, this midweight sock may work for you. With a 100% synthetic construction, it's also a great choice for those who might have an allergy to wool. While it's not the best performer in this review, it will certainly keep you warm on and comfortable on dry days on the slopes. Just avoid wearing it when the wet weather is predicted.

A decent option for playing during dry days in Alaska.
A decent option for playing during dry days in Alaska.

Value


For $30, you can get two pairs of these socks, equating to about $15 a piece. While this price is low, you can get a much bigger bang for your buck if you consider the Fox River Telluride, our Best Buy winner that retails for about $13 a piece. The Burton Weekend Sock is not the best deal around.

Conclusion


The Burton Weekend Sock stands out for its generic 100% synthetic construction that doesn't feature any bells and whistles. Its midweight construction is prone to holding moisture. It also doesn't insulate well when wet. However, if you're facing sunny skies and dry days, this is a decent option for riding at the resort or in the backcountry.


Amber King