Best Overall Ski Socks
SmartWool PhD Ski Medium
Warm and comfy
Lacks a lifetime guarantee
The SmartWool PhD Ski Medium
was the tester favorite, hands-down. SmartWool has created a sock that perfectly blends warmth, comfort, and wicking ability to create the all-around best ski sock we tested. The medium padding on the shin and foot is just perfect for cushioning the foot inside a ski boot and the slight stretch prevents the sock from sliding around. The only downside to this sock is that it does not come with a lifetime guarantee like some of the other models tested. However, it is the most durable model that we tested, so it will take longer for this pair to wear out than any of the others anyways.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Fox River Wilmot
Very warm (when dry)
Bad at wicking moisture
Doesn't insulate well when wet
We recommend the Fox River Wilmot
for anyone concerned with value. This pair performed well across the board, and retails for $15 and under. If you find it hard to justify throwing down $20+ on one pair of socks, this model is for you. Another option, if you want the absolute most user days for your dollar, is the Wigwam Snow Sirocco
. This pair is not as high performance as the Fox River, but will last forever and has a lot of cushion. One of our testers has been wearing this sock for 4 years and it is still hanging tough.
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Top Pick for Wicking Ability
Icebreaker Ski+ Lite
The Icebreaker Ski+ Lite
is the crowned king of performance. It wicks away vapor better than any other model and takes a long time to get thoroughly damp. With a rich blend of merino wool and a construction that sets it apart from any other sock, the Ski+ Lite is just as ready for a hardcore ski mountaineering objective as it is for a ski vacation at your favorite resort. Though we did have issues with it deteriorating quickly, this sock comes with a lifetime guarantee, no questions asked.
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