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How We Tested Ski Socks

By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Thursday December 19, 2019

We tested socks all over North America for the last few years focusing on areas such as Alaska, Colorado, California, and Ontario. We skied down steep couloirs, skinned up 12,000 ft 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, including comfort, warmth, breathability, fit, and durability.

Eddy tests socks while skiing at Red Mountain Pass on a little 12 000 ft peak. On an especially crusty day  he accidentally catches an edge and we capture  probably  the best picture of the year!
Eddy tests socks while skiing at Red Mountain Pass on a little 12,000 ft peak. On an especially crusty day, he accidentally catches an edge and we capture, probably, the best picture of the year!

Comfort & 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.

Warmth


Testing on cold mornings and warm days, we look at the warmth of each sock when dry and wet.

Breathability


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.

Fit


Here to look at how a sock fits in both a snowboard and ski boot.

Durability


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. Replacement guarantees were also a factor here.

The beginning of our ten-mile tour on Glacier 2 in Alaska starts with two miles of downhill skiing right from our campsite. These cold temps and long days give us great info on how sock performs best...especially when we're wearing a different one on each foot.
The beginning of our ten-mile tour on Glacier 2 in Alaska starts with two miles of downhill skiing right from our campsite. These cold temps and long days give us great info on how sock performs best...especially when we're wearing a different one on each foot.