The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of outdoor gear

Fox River Telluride Medium Review

The best valued sock in this review for skiing or snowboarding.
Best Buy Award
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $13 List | $12.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Priced right, warm when dry, comfortable, lightweight
Cons:  Cold when wet, durability is so-so
Manufacturer:   Fox River
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 7, 2019
  • Share this article:
66
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 7
  • Comfort & Construction - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 20% 7
  • Drying Speed & Wicking Ability - 20% 6
  • Fit - 20% 6
  • Durability - 20% 6

Our Verdict

If a shoestring budget is what you're on, the Fox River Telluride Medium is an inexpensive option that will perform well all day long. This lightweight sock is outfitted with a synthetic-wool construction that thermoregulates well using a highly precise fit and strategic placement of ventilation. It fits nicely under a pair of ski boots with ample padding along the shin for additional support. We tested it while ski guiding at the Telluride resort and while playing around in the backcountry of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

In moderate temperatures and dry conditions, it provides ample warmth. However, it doesn't retain this warmth very well when wet. This is due in part to its small percentage of Merino wool (18%) and a higher concentration of synthetic Acrylic material (53%). Acrylic doesn't insulate as well as merino wool when wet. The Smartwool PhD Ski Medium is a much warmer option because it uses 65% merino wool in its construction. The Icebreaker Ski+ Light uses less padding and also wicks moisture away effectively making it a lightweight warmth option. However, if you're simply looking for a sock that won't cost you more than $13, you can't go wrong with the Best Buy award winning Fox River Telluride.


Compare to Similar Products

 
Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award  
Price $12.00 at Amazon$26.95 at REI
Compare at 3 sellers
$12.83 at REI
Compare at 3 sellers
$15.93 at REI
Compare at 2 sellers
$15.60 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
100
0
66
100
0
86
100
0
86
100
0
80
100
0
78
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Priced right, warm when dry, comfortable, lightweightWarm, comfortable, durable, reliableDurable, comfortable, warmSuper durable, great fit, super wicking ability, lifetime guaranteeQuick to dry, comfortable, lighter padded construction
Cons Cold when wet, durability is so-soNo lifetime guaranteeLacks lifetime guarantee, expensiveNot very warm, no additional paddingLacks durability
Bottom Line The best valued sock in this review for skiing or snowboarding.If you're seeking a ski sock for the season, this is the most reliable with the best overall performance.An industry standard that should be part of everybody's winter wardrobe.A lightweight sock that will keep your feet dry even on the warmest days of winter.A quick to dry well-rounded ski sock that can perform in all conditions, wet and dry.
Rating Categories Fox River Telluride Medium Smartwool PhD Ski Medium PhD Ski Medium Over-the-Calf Padded Light Icebreaker Ski+ Light
Comfort & Construction (20%)
10
0
8
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
7
10
0
8
Warmth (20%)
10
0
7
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
6
10
0
8
Drying Speed & Wicking Ability (20%)
10
0
6
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
10
10
0
9
Fit (20%)
10
0
6
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
7
10
0
9
Durability (20%)
10
0
6
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
10
10
0
5
Specs Fox River... Smartwool PhD Ski... PhD Ski Medium Over-the-Calf... Icebreaker Ski+...
Material 53% acrylic, 27% nylon, 18% Merino/wool blend, 2% spandex 65% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, 2% Elastane, Imported Yarn 62% merino wool, 36% nylon, 2% elastane 60% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 4% Lycra Spandex 57% Merino Wool, 40% Nylon, 3% Lycra
Level of Cushioning Lightweight Medium (feels lightweight) Medium (feels lightweight) Ultralightweight Lightweight
Weight of both socks 2.80 oz 3.15 oz 2.95 oz 2.85 oz 3.15 oz
Left/Right specific? No No No No Yes
Overall height 13 inches 13 inches 13 inches 14 inches 14.25 inches
Padded area Shin, heel, ankle Shin, underfoot, ankle Shin, underfoot, ankle Shin Shin, calf, foot, ankle
Warranty or Guarantee One year warranty Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee Unconditional Lifetime Guarentee Lifetime Guarentee

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our Best Buy Award winner, the Fox River Telluride features lightweight construction, providing a comfortable and warm experience when dry. Although it's not the warmest when wet, for such a low price, it performs well for most outdoor adventures. It retails for just $13.

Performance Comparison


We make powder lines in untouched snow on a day exploring in the backcountry. The Fox River joins us and provides great protection and warmth as the snow is dry and light.
We make powder lines in untouched snow on a day exploring in the backcountry. The Fox River joins us and provides great protection and warmth as the snow is dry and light.

Comfort & Construction


A comfortable ride on the mountain, whether you're skiing at the resort or exploring in the backcountry. Constructed primarily of with a synthetic acrylic material (53% acrylic, 27% nylon, 18% merino/wool blend, 2% spandex) it will keep you comfortable on the slopes. If you're simply looking for an option that'll perform for a day at the resort, this is a great option, and this is attributed to its construction.


While the Telluride doesn't feature the best engineering on the market, it certainly has a nice construction that will perform for most winter activities. The sock has a well-padded shin that all of our testers agreed was a nice addition for comfort.

A look at the construction. Padding on the shin and ankle with thinner areas for better ventilation concentrated to the back of the calf and underfoot.
A look at the construction. Padding on the shin and ankle with thinner areas for better ventilation concentrated to the back of the calf and underfoot.

The padding is thicker than the Darn Tough Over-The-Calf Padded Light, but not as padded as the Smartwool PhD Medium. Underfoot, there is a super thin layer of insulation that extends to the top of the toes. The heel and ankle are a little thicker around the bones where there might be unwanted pressure points, especially if you're renting a pair of boots. The arch features an area of compression, like most ski socks, to keep it in place while carving out sweet new powder lines.

Unique in its design  the Fox River has a lot of padding in the heel  which was also a place that held moisture. The padding provides some comforts...especially with our testers that prefer a little extra cushion on those pressure points.
Unique in its design, the Fox River has a lot of padding in the heel, which was also a place that held moisture. The padding provides some comforts...especially with our testers that prefer a little extra cushion on those pressure points.

Warmth


While it provides a great level of warmth when dry, this sock loses a lot of its loft and warmth when wet. Being made of primarily synthetic materials that don't insulate as well as Merino wool, it's not the warmest option out there. If you own a pair of boots that provide great ventilation and don't leak, this sock would work for you. However, many of our testers reported that on the coldest days of winter, when socks got a little sweaty, they did not insulate very well.


When skiing at the Telluride ski resort, where we didn't get too sweaty (as we only worked while skiing downhill), our feet were completely happy all day. Our testers that tried these out for days on end didn't have any trouble at the resort. However, aerobic activities like skinning uphill is a different story. When wearing this sock on a day while backcountry skiing in Aspen, CO, we were met with a flash winter storm.

Skiing in Washington was a great way to test the relative warmth when wet. While it's not the warmest sock after it gets damp  it sure does a great job when dry.
Skiing in Washington was a great way to test the relative warmth when wet. While it's not the warmest sock after it gets damp, it sure does a great job when dry.

Wearing the Fox River Telluride while skinning uphill meant for sweaty feet that couldn't ventilate well with our snowboard boots. As a result, the sock took in some water. While hiking uphill, our feet still stayed warm as the synthetic materials in addition to the minimal merino wool do insulate when wet.

The thinner design underfoot provides great areas for ventilation  but the heel  being padded  does hold moisture.
The thinner design underfoot provides great areas for ventilation, but the heel, being padded, does hold moisture.

However, when it was time to switch from tour mode to ride mode, we stopped in a cutting wind that was very cold…with temperatures well below freezing. Immediately, our feet began to cool and we felt cold. On our other foot, we wore the Smartwool PhD Medium and that foot felt just fine. While this sock is quite warm overall, if you're going to have sweaty or wet feet in super cold conditions, we'd recommend a different sock that integrates a larger percentage of Merino wool in its construction instead, like the Smartwool PhD or Icebreaker Ski+ Light, which come at a higher price.

Drying Speed & Wicking Ability


With it's thinner design, this sock does a decent job wicking and drying when the right kind of ventilation is present. This means that if your boot provides nice ventilation, you won't have to deal with wet or damp socks. However, like all options, we noticed our feet staying a little damp if boots did not vent properly. Since it is made up mainly of synthetic acrylic, with some integrated merino wool, it does wick moisture away from the skin, promoting dry feet, but the moisture can get stuck in the material. It also doesn't dry as quickly as other merino wool competitors. Though, it performs well enough for simple use at the resort or a simple day out in the backcountry.


The areas of ventilation are concentrated to the underside of the foot, specifically the arch, and around the ankle. The body of the sock is thin enough to articulate well with the leg. The areas that we observed moisture build up is at the heel (where there is additional padding) and some of the material underfoot.

We tested its wicking capabilities while skinning around the mountains of Colorado in various places.
We tested its wicking capabilities while skinning around the mountains of Colorado in various places.

Overall, this sock does wick and dry well enough to be used at the resort or for a moderate day in the backcountry. However, if you're planning on getting sweatier than normal…to hike uphill, or cross-country ski, we'd recommend ensuring that either your boots provide sufficient ventilation, or to get a sock that provides better wicking power, like the Darn Tough Over-The-Calf Padded Light, a Top Pick of ours that features a thinner construction.

Fit


Offering a nice fit with thoughtfully placed areas of compression and cushioning, our testers are happy to say that it's thin enough to fit underneath a tight boot, with enough tenacity and elasticity to retain its shape.


With a lower sock height, it doesn't provide the same coverage as taller socks like the Darn Tough or Smartwool, but it provides sufficient coverage for any ski or snowboard boot. Our testers appreciate it's well-engineered fit, especially for such a low price.

Fit is good and tight. Feeling like a lightweight sock  it fits nicely inside of ski boots that are super tight.
Fit is good and tight. Feeling like a lightweight sock, it fits nicely inside of ski boots that are super tight.

Durability


While this isn't the most durable sock, it'll surely last you for a season or two. The primarily synthetic construction does bounce back from wear and tear and will be harder to put holes in than socks made primarily of merino wool. In our testing period, we observed some compaction at the foot of the sock, decreasing the warmth of the product to a degree in just a few short months. While this occurred after just one or two cycles of wear and wash, we didn't notice the performance decreasing after that. Overall, it shows regular wear and tear that you'd expect from any ski or snowboard sock.


Fox River offers a one-year guarantee that ensures you are happy with this product. This doesn't compete with an unconditional lifetime guarantee that you'll get with a Darn Tough product or even a lifetime guarantee that you'll get with an Icebreaker product. Overall, we'd expect an average level of durability with this product, retaining performance for a season or two.

After a few uses  we see some underfoot cushioning compaction and pilling. While this isn't a huge deal  it's important to note as there are more durable options out there.
After a few uses, we see some underfoot cushioning compaction and pilling. While this isn't a huge deal, it's important to note as there are more durable options out there.

Best Applications


This is a great option if you're searching for a low upfront cost that'll last you for a few seasons, and you're not super picky about performance. If you're planning on simply skiing at the resort and want something that'll keep your feet nice and warm, and you're typically in drier weather where your feet aren't going to get wet, this is an excellent option that'll keep you comfortable and dry.

This sock will keep your feet happy and healthy as long as they don't get too wet. For the price  it's unbeatable.
This sock will keep your feet happy and healthy as long as they don't get too wet. For the price, it's unbeatable.

Value


For just $13, you can get performance that will keep you happy and dry on the ski resort. If you're seeking a great value, this Best Buy Award winner is our top recommendation. While it doesn't have a lifetime guarantee like the Darn Tough, it still upholds its value in its performance.

Conclusion


The Fox River Telluride has lightweight, synthetic blend construction. It's warm when dry, comfortable and provides decent all-around performance that will perform well during moderate days on the ski resort and day-trips into the backcountry. Retailing for $13 (with better deals online), you can't go wrong with this Best Buy winner.


Amber King