Wigwam Snow Sirocco Review
Cons: Not very warm, poor wicking ability, scrunching in toe
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Wigwam Snow Sirocco
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|Pros||Durable, cheap||Warm, comfortable, durable, reliable||Quick to dry, comfortable, lighter padded construction||Very breathable, fantastic wicking power, thoughtful cushioning, compressive fit||Warm, comfortable, thoughtful ventilation, synthetic construction, durable|
|Cons||Not very warm, poor wicking ability, scrunching in toe||No lifetime guarantee||Lacks durability||Not as durable, not very warm||Underfoot padding holds moisture, specific fit in toe box|
|Bottom Line||A workhorse that'll keep going year after year||A great sock for those seeking an all-around performer that will last for many seasons to come||A lightweight sock that provides a wide range of thermoregulation in all weather conditions||A tight, ultralight ski sock built to simply wick and protect||The best synthetic sock out there for skiers and snowboarders alike|
|Rating Categories||Wigwam Snow Sirocco||Smartwool PhD Ski Medium||Icebreaker Ski+ Light||Smartwool PhD Pro Free Ski||Darn Tough ThermoLite OTC|
|Comfort & Construction (25%)|
|Specs||Wigwam Snow Sirocco||Smartwool PhD Ski...||Icebreaker Ski+...||Smartwool PhD Pro...||Darn Tough...|
|Material||42% Wool, 24% Stretch Nylon, 21% Polypropylene, 7% Stretch Polyester, 5% Olefin, 1% Spandex||65% Merino Wool, 33% Nylon, 2% Elastane, Imported Yarn||57% Merino Wool, 40% Nylon, 3% Lycra||56% merino wool, 41% nylon, 3% elastane||57% Thermolite Polyester, 35% Nylon, 5% Lycra Spandex, 3% Other fiber|
|Level of Cushioning||Heavyweight||Midweight||Lightweight||Ultralightweight||Midweight|
|Weight||3.40 oz||3.15 oz||3.15 oz||2.2 oz||3.15 oz|
|Overall height||14 inches||13 inches||14.25 inches||14 inches||13 inches|
|Padded area||Cushioned throughout||Shin, underfoot, ankle||Shin, calf, foot, ankle||Ball, heel, shin||Shin, underfoot, ankle|
|Warranty or Guarantee||Lifetime Guarentee||Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee||Lifetime Guarentee||Head to Heels Guarentee upon arrival w/ 2 year Guarentee||Unconditional Lifetime Guarentee|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Wigwam Sirocco is constructed with 42% wool and a collection of synthetic materials that provides decent performance on the mountain. While it's certainly not our favorite, we do appreciate its great durability and its basic functionality that will have you up and down the mountain comfortably on most days.
Comfort & Construction
While the Sirocco feels cozy and comfortable when you first slip it on, putting it into a pair of boots is a different story. The toe box is quite boxy and moves around quite a bit in the boot. While the sock feels nice and thick, this thickness compacts quickly under pressure to the point where it feels like there is little to no insulation underfoot. Also, the construction of this sock is sub-optimal, consisting of a long tube of material without any areas of compression or ventilation. Good comfort when worn on its own, but it could use some work to wear on the hill.
We wore this sock on a super cold morning while skiing at the Telluride ski resort. We were surprised at the lack of warmth when dry and even more surprised when the sock got a little wet. Overall, while it is thick, it's not very warm. The integrated wool does insulate but not as well as competitors. If you're seeking a warm sock for super cold days, this is not it…opt for a thinner option that can breathe a little better with wool that doesn't compress under pressure.
With a super heave construction, the synthetic-wool blend still has a really hard time drying and wicking away moisture. While the fibers in the interior of the sock have nice big fibers for wicking capabilities, they don't work when under pressure. In addition, the material that is comprised of primarily wool (we aren't sure what kind) with some wicking elements integrated (42% Wool, 24% Stretch Nylon, 21% Polypropylene, 7% Stretch Polyester, 5% Olefin, 1% Spandex) doesn't really do a great job, according to our testers after many days on the slopes. Therefore, it's not recommended where performance is of supreme importance.
With a thicker construction, it's a bit too thick to be worn with a tight-fitting ski boot. Our snowboarders and skiers with a looser fit thought the fit was okay. The toe box is a bit big and the sock did bunch up in the front of the boot for a few of our testers. The length of the sock is just right, offering lots of coverage.
Tough and durable. After a few months of use, we noticed little to no wear and tear, even after wearing consecutively for several days on end. Only some minor pilling. Overall, a great workhorse that should last for many years to come. We also like the lifetime guarantee they are backed by.
The Sirocco provides a decent value given that it's got a great level of durability. However, since it doesn't wick or breath very well, this sock may leave a sweatier skier out in the cold. There are less expensive options that present a better value when looking at skiing or snowboarding as a specific sport.
This sock will last you a long time. The Wigwam Sirocco is a wool-synthetic blend that offers great durability at a decent price. While it's not the warmest or most comfortable, it has its place offering decent performance on the resort on dry days.
— Amber King