What are Ski Socks?

What are Ski Socks?
A great ski day with ten inches of fresh powder and clear skies can easily be ruined if you get blisters from not wearing the right socks. The demands of skiing call for the proper footwear, and ski socks offer the right blend of padding and performance you need to get the most out of your skiing.
 

Function

Ski socks are designed to provide three essential needs to your foot: warmth, padding and moisture management. They're usually made from natural fibers such as wool or silk, or a combination of high-tech synthetic fibers, such as acrylic, polyester and lycra.

 
 

Warmth

The fibers commonly used in ski socks are constructed with hollow cores, which provides insulation and holds warmth around your foot. Socks made from cotton or a cotton/polyester blend compress and don't hold hold much warmth next to your skin.

Padding

Ski socks also reduce friction and offer protective cushioning where you need it most. They'll often have extra padding on the toe box, heels and on the front of the shin to take up space in the areas where you're most likely to have movement and rubbing inside the boot, which contributes to blisters.

Moisture management

Most importantly, ski socks keep your feet dry by wicking moisture away from your skin. It's this combination of moisture and friction that leads to blisters and general discomfort inside your ski boots.

Buying ski socks

Ski socks are found at most ski shops and specialty outdoor stores. Consider what type of skiing you like to do and make sure you try different brands and fabrics. Try them on with your own boots to make sure that you get the proper fit.

 

Article Written By Daniel H. Bailey

A professional outdoor photographer, trained recording engineer and freelance writer, Dan Bailey has written numerous articles and blog posts about the craft and business of photography and other media since 1996. His publications include Digital Photo Pro magazine and the Alaska Dispatch "Bush Pilot" blog. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in music production and engineering from the Berklee College of Music.

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