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Icebreaker Ski+ Light Review

A quick to dry well-rounded ski sock that can perform in all conditions, wet and dry
Icebreaker Ski+ Light
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Price:  $28 List | $20.73 at REI
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Pros:  Quick to dry, comfortable, lighter padded construction
Cons:  Lacks durability
Manufacturer:   Icebreaker
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 7, 2019
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  • Comfort & Construction - 25% 8.0
  • Warmth - 25% 8.0
  • Breathability - 25% 8.0
  • Fit - 15% 10.0
  • Durability - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

If you need something that'll dry in a flash, the Icebreaker Ski+ Light may be the ticket. Say goodbye to cold feet in this merino-wool blend. It offers impeccable wicking capabilities that will have you wearing this sock all day…from the slopes to the chalet. We tested it while skiing and snowboarding in both the backcountry and resort in Colorado. Enduring temps that dipped into double negatives while sitting on a chair lift, our feet (with a great pair of boots) stayed warm and comfortable. Even when wet, the higher proportion of luxurious merino wool insulates to keep feet warm.

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Pros Quick to dry, comfortable, lighter padded constructionComfortable and warm, good moisture management, durable, great fit, well-rounded appealSnug fit, wicks moisture, quick drying, great for tight fitting bootsLower price, comfortable cushioning, maintains warmth when wet, good constructionPriced right, warm when dry, comfortable, lightweight
Cons Lacks durabilityNo lifetime guaranteeLacks cushioning, outside of boot warmth isn't greatCompression zones on ankle and top of foot aren't ideal, breathabilityCold when wet, durability is so-so, not the most fitted sock
Bottom Line A quick to dry well-rounded ski sock that can perform in all conditions, wet and dryIf you're seeking a ski sock for the season, this model is the most reliable across the boardOur favorite model for our performance fit boots and for high output activities like touringPremium materials and a great fit at a price that saves you a few bucksThis is one of the least expensive models that still offers reliable performance for skiing or snowboarding
Rating Categories Icebreaker Ski+ Light Smartwool Ski Full... Smartwool Ski Zero... REI Co-op Powderbou... Fox River Telluride...
Comfort & Construction (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Warmth (25%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Fit (15%)
10.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Icebreaker Ski+ Light Smartwool Ski Full... Smartwool Ski Zero... REI Co-op Powderbou... Fox River Telluride...
Material 57% Merino wool, 40% nylon, 3% Llcra 66% Merino wool, 32% nylon, 2% elastane 55% Merino wool, 41% nylon, 4% elastane 49% nylon, 48% RWS-certified Merino wool, 3% lycra spandex 53% acrylic, 27% nylon, 18% Merino wool blend, 2% spandex
Level of Cushioning Lightweight Midweight Ultralightweight Midweight Lightweight
Weight 3.2 oz 3.1 oz 2.1 oz 3.3 oz 2.8 oz
Left/Right specific? Yes No No No No
Overall Height 14.25 in 14 in 14 in 14 in 13 in
Padded Area Shin, calf, foot, ankle Cushioned throughout Zero Cushion Cushioned throughout Shin, heel, ankle

Our Analysis and Test Results

As a lightly cushioned option, the Ski+ Light dries quickly and thermoregulates over a vast range of temperatures. This merino wool blend is perfect if you're looking for a little bit of comfort with the perks of lightweight performance.

Performance Comparison


Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - eddy skins up the trail, pointing out potential descents for the...
Eddy skins up the trail, pointing out potential descents for the future in quick to dry Ski+ Light.
Credit: Amber King

Comfort


This sock is super cozy and comfortable. It offers a thin level of cushioning in all the right places. Find it under the foot at the site of the heel and toes. A unique feature that we didn't see in any other product is a slight amount of cushioning in the calf and the shin.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - a look at the internal construction of the ski+ light. it offers a...
A look at the internal construction of the Ski+ Light. It offers a light design with soft materials that are cozy against the skin and some additional padding on the calf that no other sock features (among our test group).
Credit: Amber King

The sock is made out of 57% Merino Wool, 40% Nylon, and 3% Lycra, offering a soft-to-the-touch feel against the skin. Since it dries quickly and wicks well, it can be worn all day - from the hills to bed.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - a deeper look at the padding and compression panelling that provides...
A deeper look at the padding and compression panelling that provides an exceptional overall fit.
Credit: Amber King

Warmth


Providing warmth on both dry and wet days, many of our testers didn't need additional boot warmers or the like when temps plummeted. Utilizing a high density of merino wool in its thin construction, it retains heat well and insulates even when wet. If you're seeking a thinner sock option that provides ample warmth, this is it. Wear it on cold days, wet or dry.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - good insulation underfoot with great breathability equates to warmth...
Good insulation underfoot with great breathability equates to warmth in all temperatures.
Credit: Amber King

Breathability


Looking for something that can dry quickly and wick effectively? Utilizing 40% nylon in its construction, this sock has some serious wicking ability. For the most part, our feet stayed dry, even when the sock got wet. To boot, when on a hut trip in Aspen, Colorado, we easily wore the sock from the hill to bed. When taking off our boots, the sock dried within a few minutes, providing comfort and the ability to wear all day.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - eddy wore this sock while skiing, then around the hut, then to bed...
Eddy wore this sock while skiing, then around the hut, then to bed. Quick to dry, its got great wicking ability all around.
Credit: Amber King

Fit


Constructed as a light sock, it fits very well underneath tight boots. When putting boots on, it doesn't deform, bunch, or roll. While skiing, the sock stays in place, utilizing the integrated compression panels under the arch with a tinier heel cup for a more precise fit. For fabric thickness, it's between light and medium cushioning. A great in-between option that fits nicely underneath boots both tight and loose.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - a look at the fit.
A look at the fit.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Durability


While this sock didn't fall the shreds during our three-month testing period, it shows the most wear and tear. The seams have held up fine, but the fabric in high-use areas has compacted under pressure. As a result, it's lost a bit of warmth after a season of hard use. The construction looks decent, but not as high quality as more durable options. It does come with a lifetime guarantee which is a huge bonus!

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - a look at some areas of compression and compaction observed after...
A look at some areas of compression and compaction observed after just a few weeks of use. Not the best durability overall.
Credit: Amber King

Value


All around awesome performance! While it is quite expensive, its performance might be worth it to you. Take it on all types of runs through all sorts of weather.

Icebreaker Ski+ Light ski socks - jo gets ready for descent after hiking uphill for a while. the...
Jo gets ready for descent after hiking uphill for a while. The Icebreaker socks are perfect for this.
Credit: Amber King

Conclusion


The Icebreaker Ski+ Light is a perfect go-to if you like a little bit of cushioning, but need a thin sock that will perform in all sorts of weather. If you need to keep your feet warm and dry, this is one of our top choices.

Amber King
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