When the weather gets colder, you can throw in the towel and sit in front of the fire with your feet propped up. Or you can put on a pair of winter socks to keep your feet warm in the worst of conditions and to get outside. Here are six pairs to help you stay active when the temperature drops.
Smartwool PhD Ski Light ($ 26)
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Smartwool has thrown all of its tech on this ski-specific sock and loaded it with mesh zones for breathability, elastic zones for a secure fit and a relatively high merino wool content (59 percent) to keep your feet warm and dry throughout the process . Day powder festivals. The brand offers the PhD in different strengths, but I like the Ski Light, which has thin padding under the heel and toe and a layer of padding on the shin.
Showers pass Crosspoint waterproof wool ($ 42)
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Do you dream of fat cycling through a winter wonderland? The Crosspoint is the sock for you. It consists of three layers: a waterproof membrane that is knitted between a comfortable merino wool lining and wrapped with an outside made of nylon-polyester-spandex. It’s not as breathable as your standard single-layer wool option, but you can bike through sleet, rain, or powder and come out on the other end with dry toes.
Damn hard mountaineering over the calf ($ 30)
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Most merino wool socks range in the merino to polyester ratio of 50/50, but Darn Tough’s mountaineering has a whopping 73 percent merino figure, making it incredibly soft and warm in the worst of conditions. On bitter days, I reach for the height of the calves, and while the high-density cushioning underfoot might be too much for fast and light hikers, I prefer that plush feel.
Burton Performance + Lightweight ($ 30)
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This sock was developed for snowboarders and has the usual winter extras such as a merino wool blend, an articulated fit with compression zones and a bubble-free toe box. But Burton brings this model to 11 by giving it padded ribs on the achilles and shins to keep the sock in your boot and reduce slippage and bundling.
Farm at your feet Little Cottonwood Backcountry Ski Mesh ($ 24)
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Backcountry touring requires a different type of sock than what you would wear on lift terrain with runs. Farm to Feet answers the call by removing the padded shin plate from most downhill ski socks, integrating the mesh into the calf for breathability, and adding an extra layer of merino wool in the toe box to create extra warmth where you want it most need.
Drymax cold weather runs over the calf ($ 20)
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In addition to extending down your calf, the cold weather has three layers of insulation on the front to protect your shins from wind chill. Elastic bands on the ankle and metatarsus keep the sock in place, while Drymax’s hydrophobic two-layer material removes sweat to keep your dogs dry.
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