We've tested socks all over North America, focusing on areas such as Alaska, Colorado, California, and Ontario. We skied down steep couloirs, skinned up 12,000-foot peaks, toured to huts, guided at the ski resort, and rode chair lifts for many collective hours. Testing comparatively while wearing a different sock on each foot, we were able to see differences in each sock. We specifically honed in on five key metrics: comfort and construction, warmth, breathability, fit, and durability.
Comfort and Construction
Here we look at the construction features of each sock, its padding pattern, and areas of compression. We also note relative comfort on the hill to ascertain how construction correlates to comfort.
Testing on cold mornings and warm days, we look at the warmth of each sock when dry and wet.
While skiing on warm and wet days, we noted which sock kept our feet the driest. We also performed an at-home dryer test to determine which sock dried the fastest.
Here we looked at how each sock fit in both a snowboard and ski boot.
After our testing period, we look to see which socks hold up. Specifically, we look at fabric compaction in high-use areas and look for any holes or seam issues. We also note any serious pilling or fabric break-down.