O one hand, socks in general are a piece of clothing that we do not pay too much attention in winter because it is something that we do not see. However, the feet is one of the parts of the body where we lose heat fast, and once our feet are cold, we get cold throughout the body. So we bring you here the best ski socks for you.
On the other hand, and taking it towards what is important to us, ski socks are an essential garment and we must choose the right ones according to our needs. They should cover the entire leg and be warm. Moreover, we must be careful with the mesh, sewing or thread to avoid getting our skin cut when we put on our boots in order to start skiing.
Types of ski thermal socks
For skiing, thermal socks are way more suitable than cotton socks. In fact, we must avoid using the latter in the snow because, if you did not know, the feet are the sweatiest part of the body. So, when we are skiing, our feet sweat. If we put on a thermal sock it will absorb moisture because they are made of synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon, lycra, or acrylic, or merino sheep wool, which are materials that are designed to absorb moisture from your body. However, cotton socks will not. And spend all day with our feet damp will make us freeze.
Besides, thermal socks take in your foot much better than cotton socks.
Likewise, specific thermal ski socks include padding in specific areas such as shins or heels in order to provide comfort and prevent injuries on the ski slopes.
Below, you will see a listing of the two main types of thermal socks that you can find, tube and ergonomic socks.
Tube socks are the most basic thermal socks you can buy. They are, as the name implies, long and elastic tubes with a finger limit sewn to one end in order to close them. The upper part of the sock has an elastic band to prevent it from sliding down your leg.
The down side of this type of socks is that there is no difference between left and right foot, nor are they specially designed for men or women and, as we will see below and we saw in the article of ski boots, our legs and our feet have different needs than men’s.
Tube socks are ideal for people who ski or snowboard very occasionally because they provide comfort in a simple and affordable way, but they are not the best socks in the world.
Ergonomic socks distinguish between the left and right feet. One of the characteristics of this type of socks is that it fits perfectly to your foot. They usually have an angled front part to accommodate the different lengths of your fingers and a very specific shape around your sole arch, the instep and the ankle to fit your foot.
Ergonomic socks are aimed at skiers who practice sport more regularly, but that are not professional and who are looking for both comfort and performance.
Tips to keep in mind when choosing ski socks
When buying ski socks, we must keep in mind a list of concepts and, according to our needs, we will choose one sock or another.
Fabric of the ski socks
We must consider which use are we going give to the sock and according to that we need to decide which materials are best suited to our needs.
Wool thermal socks
Wool is the only natural fibre capable of absorbing moisture. The problem is that wool is more likely to stretch more easily because it has less elastic memory than synthetic fibres.
Merino sheep thermal socks
This type of wool comes from a specific kind of sheep and is said to be of better-quality wool because it maintains its shape better than normal wool does.
It is an ideal material for thermal socks because it also absorbs moisture very well and does not accumulate bad smell as easily as synthetic materials do. These types of socks are soft, comfortable and breathable.
Thermal socks made of synthetic materials
There are different synthetic materials that these socks can be made, such as elastomer or elastane (better known as lycra) that provides elasticity, acrylic that is perfect for low temperatures or thermalite that is very breathable and keeps the heat.
These are the main fabrics from which thermal socks are made. However, most thermal socks are made with a mixture of materials instead of just one. This allows manufacturers to obtain the best possible performance of each fabric. For example, they can use polyester for their comfort, nylon for their strength and acrylic as a substitute for wool. On the labels of the socks will always be indicated which materials has been used. And remember, always avoid cotton snow socks!
Activity to develop with your ski socks
It is not the same to buy thermal socks for skiing, snowboarding or apres-skiing. Likewise, it is not the same if you are going to practice professional or amateur skiing activity.
It is not the same skiing at the beginning or at the end of the season that the temperatures are warmer than doing it in the middle of winter. For this reason, depending on the outside temperature we must choose one type of material or another. If we are facing a warm climate, we would be interested in buying a sock that contains Coolmax, a material capable of removing sweat from the foot. If we are facing a cold climate, it is better to opt for a mixture of wool with the Thermolite material, capable of harbouring even when wet.
The more a sock suits our foot, the more comfortable it will be when skiing. That is why it is important that we choose our size right and that we buy socks that distinguish between the right and the left foot, not like the tube socks, which we have already seen above that make no differentiation.
Speaking of choosing the right size, if we are in doubt it is better to take a size less. Since the socks tend to be elastic and can stretch. However, if we choose a bigger size, we can have problems with the folds making our feet blister and that will develop in discomfort and pain.
Depending on the type of boots that you are going to wear, you will have to buy a higher or a lower sock to avoid possible chafing.
Whenever possible, avoid seams because less seams are less likely cut through our skin. Now, although the seams of the ski socks have been removed in some of them, most of the socks still have some. So, in this case, better to opt for those called “flat seams”, which minimize the risk of blisters.
The fabric weights
Light socks offer the highest level of performance. Therefore, they are the favourites of professional skiers and snowboarders, due to the greater control and touch they provide.
This type of socks, fits better in people who tend to have warm feet or go skiing at the beginning or end of the season when the weather is still not so cold.
It is said that in the middle term there is virtue and in this case it is true. The intermediate thermal socks are the most popular on the ski slopes. They provide a perfect balance between comfort, warmth and performance.
Heavy thermal socks are the fattest ones. They are perfect for those people who tend to have cold feet. They are usually used by skiers and snowboarders that are beginners.
Our recommendations for ski socks
As we saw in the article of the boots, they had a different design if they were made for men or women. In the case of sock, it happens the same, among other things, because the length of the sock must be equal to the length of the boot to avoid possible chafing.
On the other hand, women’s specific socks usually have a somewhat shorter and wider cane, in order to provide more comfort to the female leg, which has a shorter and more filled shape.
So, now we are going to see the best ski socks according to what we are looking for in each one.
Lorpen T3 ski superlight s3sl
The materials from which this sock is made are 48% Wool, 32% Nylon, 10% Polyester and 10% Lycra so it is a durable fabric, in addition it keeps the foot dry and warm. They also have an antibacterial protective fabric.
It is called T3 because it is part of the 3-layer Technology that combines Primaloft insulation material, natural merino sheep wool and nylon.
They stick and adapt to your foot perfectly. It has a ventilation area and strengthen areas with padding.
Its price is around € 20
T3 women’s ski midweight
Continuing with the same brand, we have a sock that also has T3 technology for high-level skiers who need a thick and very thermal sock. It incorporates the “Anatomical Calf Support” technology, thanks to which the position of the threads by T3 layers, that besides of improving the calorific value, cushions the sock in the area of the shin, to adapt to the morphology of the leg and protect the pressure points with the ski boot.
Composition: 19% PrimaLoft, 43% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon, 10% lycra.
Its price is around 25 €.
Lurbel Altitude W
Padded with B-max ESP in the areas of more friction such as the toe, heel, shin and the middle sole.
Thanks to its Regenactiv textile technology and the silver grid, it is a total comfort sock for skiing.
In addition, its Thermo Plus thermal demanding maintains the temperature with an external whether that ossicle from -5 to -25º. So, they are perfect for colder days.
Composition: 52% Regenactiv, 25% Thermo, 15% Polyamide Ion and 8% Lycra.
Its price is around 18 €.
X-SOCKSW’S Ski Light
Composition: 43% polyamide, 24% acrylic, 22% wool, 9% polypropylene and 2% elastane.
They are designed specifically for women. The socks make a distinction between right and left. The Skiing Light sock also has padded protections in all areas of friction and pressure with the boot, eliminating foot pain and fatigue: sole, toes, shin, heel, ankle, lateral and back muscles in contact with the upper part of the boot.
This brand has manufactured this sock with a ventilation channel system that prevents excessive sweat, overheating and overcooling.
Its price is around 18 €.
Falke SK2 W
Composition: 45% Polypropylene, 25% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 10% Polyamide.
Socks of medium cushioning of the Falke brand for skiing, with an ergonomic and specific design for the female anatomy. Thanks to the materials used in its manufacture, the SK2 W expulse moisture effectively and keep our feet really warm. Its cushioning provides optimum safety, as well as comfortable contact during skiing.
Its price is around € 30.
Lurbel ski sock Veleta
High sock recommended for skiing or snowboarding. These socks are oriented to thermally demanding sports, manufactured with feathermoss plus for cold conditions. They fulfil two functions: while maintaining the body temperature inside, they evacuate the sweat to the outside, improving comfort and eradicating the smell due to its antibacterial power. They adapt and fit perfectly to the foot avoiding chafing with the ski boot. Its seamless manufacturing also provide comfort in its use. In addition, they have an attenuation zone in the heel and toe. Also, they are very light.
Composition: 82% PrimaLoft – 10% Polyamide Ion – 8% Lycra
Its price is around € 15.
Lurbel Sky Pro socks
It is a sock that offers maximum comfort, adaptability, perspiration, temperature retention, has no seams and has reinforcements in areas of friction.
Made with Lurbel’s Performance technology, it has as standard to offer the highest quality with high performance features.
It also offers antibacterial properties in all garments.
Composition: 92% polyamidaionized and 8% lycra
Its price is around € 20.
Spyder Pro Liner
The Pro Liner is a lightweight sock, with good moisture absorption. It is anatomically designed to fit all the contours of the foot. It is designed exclusively for women.
Composition: 76% Acrylic-pillex, 22% Polyamide, 2% Elastane
Its price is around € 18.
And those are some of the socks that can be useful for you to ski this winter. Do you know which one suits you best?