When you’re on the slopes, having cold feet can turn a great powder day into a misery-fest. The right snowboard sock is a game-changer. But how do you know which socks are the best?
That’s what we’re here for. Below you’ll find 17 of the best snowboard socks and ski socks around. Find one that sounds like a good fit for you, and grab a few pairs before it starts getting Antarctic-level cold on the slopes.
1. Burton Ultralight Wool
You can’t go wrong with Burton; the company was born on the slopes, and they continue to make world-class products. The Ultralight Wool sock is no exception. This snowboard-specific sock has abrasion panels to protect your legs and feet where snowboard boots have the most impact, and the acrylic/nylon-heavy construction wicks away sweat on warm days. $20.95 Backcountry.com
2. Burton [ak] Endurance
This sock is full of Burton’s best tech. Muscle compression helps fight fatigue, while a synthetic blend (with a touch of Merino wool) keeps your feet insulated and sweat-free. Air channels in the insole keep air flowing freely, adding to comfort. All of this tech might not make you a world-class snowboarder, but you’ll certainly feel like one when you’re pulling them on. $29.95 REI.com
3. Smartwool PhD Medium
There’s a reason everyone has heard of Smartwool. They make warm, lightweight, highly wicking clothes—all characteristics of great socks. The PhD Medium is exactly what you’d expect: medium weight, medium cushion, and a phenomenal fit. And it’s made of Smartwool’s Indestructawool . . . which is exactly what it sounds like. Ventilation zones keep you from overheating when you’re riding hard, and 62% Merino wool construction wicks sweat without sacrificing warmth. $25.95 REI.com
4. Hotronic XLP One
Heavy socks will keep your feet nice and warm . . . but if you don’t have great circulation, or you’re headed for some seriously cold high-alpine ski spots, you need something more. Hotronic makes battery-powered socks that provide heat for up to thirteen hours. With four settings (including a super-hot boost setting that reverts to a more reasonable temperature after a few minutes), you can ensure that your feet are always warm. Just hook up the battery pack (it stows in the top part of the sock), set it to your preferred temperature, and go. $269.00 Backcountry.com
5. Lorpen T3+ Polartec Light
Are you headed into the backcountry on a frigid day? Taking a ski trip to Alaska? Or just have cold feet? Lorpen’s T3+ is your sock. A double layer of Polartec Power Stretch fabric provides maximum warmth without making the sock overly bulky. It blocks wind, wicks sweat, and protects your feet and legs from ski-boot impacts. It’s not cheap—probably due to the virtue of being hand-sewn in Spain—but it’s one of the most serious socks out there.
6. Lorpen T3 Midweight
Merino Wool is nice, but when you combine it with Primaloft yarn, you get even better wicking performance—and that’s what the T3 Midweight is packing. It also has lots of cushioning on the sole and shin to keep you comfortable on long, hard-charging days.
7. Farm to Feet Big Cottonwood
While this sock was designed for backcountry skiing, there are a number of features that make it great for any day on the snow. Shin cushioning softens repeated blows from hard boots, half-density cushioning in the sole adds warmth and protection without much mass, and a seamless toe prevents blisters. The toe box is made of 100% wool, adding even more toasty warmth. To top it all off, they’re made in the US. What more could you ask for?
8. Farm to Feet Wilsall
The only snowboarding-specific sock made by Farm to Feet, this made-in-the-US wonder features top-to-toe cushioning. None of the targeted cushioning of their other socks—this protects your legs and feet from mid-calf all the way to your toes. That cushioning and 74% Merino wool construction will keep you comfortable on all-day riding sessions, no matter what gets you down the mountain.
9. FITS Medium Ski
As you can probably tell by the name, FITS is all about making socks that fit your foot like . . . well, like a sock. The creatively named Medium Ski provides a good balance between warmth and weight; it might not be a great choice on the most frigid of ski days, but it also won’t take up so much room that your boot feels weird. And with 68% Merino wool, it feels great. $25.95 Backcountry.com
10. Bridgedale MerinoFusion Mountain
Merino wool is a lightweight, soft, and very warm material, and that makes it perfect for a ski or snowboard sock. This sock is 34% wool, and the rest is a blend of polypropylene, Nylon, and Lycra. You get solid warmth plus a snug fit, making sure you don’t freeze but also ensuring that your boots don’t fit too tightly. Combine all of that with a bit of padding and you have yourself a great sock for when the temperatures fall hard.
11. Bridgedale MerinoFusion Ultra Fit
Expert skiers and snowboarders want a tight fit from their boots, and warm socks can get in the way of that. Bridgedale has addressed this issue with the Ultra Fit—it’s 34% wool, but includes a graded compression fit to keep it as snug as possible. It’s tough to balance warmth with expert-level fit, but that’s what this sock is all about. $26.95 Backcountry.com
12. SockGuy Triple Mocha
SockGuy’s Micro-Denier Acrylic places an emphasis on wicking—so if the temps warm up and your feet start to sweat, they won’t freeze when the mercury drops a few degrees (this is a must for early- and late-season riding). Arch support and well-placed padding just top it off. And you can’t deny that this tech design really makes you look like you know what you’re doing.
A successful day on the hill starts with the little things, and one of the most crucial pieces that should never be overlooked is socks. Socks? Yes, socks. Set yourself up for success by doing your feet a favor and grab one of these top shred socks.
13. Burton Party Sock
Why not get this festival of footwear started with the Burton Party Sock. When you rock this pair, your feet are free to rip and rage their way across the mountain in complete comfort. No matter how far the mercury plummets, your little piggies are going to stay all kinds of toasty. Whether you are getting knee deep in the fluffy stuff or stomping it all day in the park, the Burton Party Sock is here to keep the fiesta fantastically funky.
14. SmartWool PhD Sock
Graduate to an upper class of footwear performance with the SmartWool PhD Sock. Picking this pair might be the wisest decision you ever make when it comes to assembling your shred kit. This set does a killer job of protecting your toes from the chills, staying dry, and supporting your ankles. Bonus cushion has been installed in crucial areas, plenty of stretch for easy on/off, and the ability to not slip down your leg are just a few of the highlights that make these foot huggers so rad.
15. Stance Snowboard Sock
Delivering all the comfort without the cost, the Stance Acrylik Sock is not only super cozy, but looks straight up legit. The only bad thing about this pair is that your boots covers them up when you are shredding. Enjoy a warm, dry, comfortable session from first to last chair, and then whip your boots off and put these bad boys on display. There is no need to break the bank when you want shred socks that know how to perform, because the Stance Acrylik Sock is all about the good stuff.
16. Dakine Summit or Thinline Sock
The Dakine Thinline Snow Socks do a phenomenon job of facilitating a genuine foot-to-boot connection that allows for better feel and control. Featuring a low-profile and reinforced high stress areas, this set has been known to get used day after day by active riders that would rather enjoy the slightly smelly comfort than daydream about them on the hill while the Thinlines gets dizzy in the wash. Allow your feet to develop a personal relationship with your boots thanks to the Dakine Thinline Snow Socks.
17. Swiftwick Pursuit Twelve Sock
Perhaps a lesser-known brand in the shred community, Swiftwick produces some socks that are perfectly suited to enhancing your experience on the mountain. The Swiftwick Pursuit Twelve is a compression model that covers your entire calf and sits just below your knee. Rock these for a few days on the hill and you will take note of their ability to promote good circulation, which keeps your legs performing at a higher level for longer. Crafted from Merino Wool, this pair never fails to keep your feet warm and dry. Many skiers and snowboarders who have given the Swiftwick Pursuit Twelve a shot now refuse to gear up with anything else.
For women’s socks go here, to our article on the best women’s snowboard socks.
Give your feet a hug with one of these top pairs and shred on.