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 13 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.
By Brittany Artwhol:
Best Outdoor Socks for Your Next Adventure
Hiking socks are a MUST if you are planning a demanding day on your feet in the backcountry. You need the best barrier against blisters, sweat, or frigid temperatures. And quality matters when it comes to protection. After all, the outdoors can throw just about everything under your feet including sand, mud, dirt, rock, snow, sleet … and more.
Made for any adventure, each of these brands offer outdoor socks that are all made in the USA and support the stuff you love: everything outdoors.
This company started out making some of the best outdoor socks straight from Steamboat Springs, Colorado – where they know all about living a mountain lifestyle. Today, this 21-year old company still provides some of the best socks for your next adventure, all made in the U. S. A. in Partner Mills. THIS is the company outdoorsmen think of when they need wool socks, so trust the company that has over 50% or the outdoor sock market covered in the US: SmartWool. SmartWool socks are not what you might expect either. Not your Grandpa’s moth-eaten gray variety, SmartWool socks come in a rage of rad colors, prints, patterns, and the overall style … is all good. NOTE: This company also does FREE returns. So sweet! (shown above Striped Hiker sock $20.95)
From the same mountain town in Colorado, Point6 brings a similar vibe with some of the raddest styles you’ll see in any outdoor sock. Point6 also offers a range of socks that include exclusive technology! You’ll love the way Point6 blends state-of-the art knitting techniques with compact spun merino wool (mother nature’s miracle fiber). 37.5 socks are also blended with merino wool, but the cutting-edge technology takes the best outdoor socks even one step further. The tech behind the perfect sock works something like this: within the merino wool sock lies what’s called 37.5 fiber. Containing active particles that have been clinically shown to boost athletic performance and energy output, 37.5 socks help you to save more energy for your outdoor adventure. Made with this exclusive 37.5 fiber, these Point6 socks evaporate moisture in vapor form BEFORE it turns into sweat – keeping you cool, and with supercharged performance.
Count on outdoor experts at Point6. With over 20 years in the game of producing merino wool products, there’s no socks that snuggle your feet, and wrap them in warmth like Point6 socks. (shown above 37.5 Women’s Vapor Sock)
3. Farm to Feet.
These socks are made with all materials from the U.S. A. 100% transparent, Farm to Feet prides itself on being a supply chain that maintains a high level of environmental responsibility, and the smallest impact. This farm fresh attitude is what makes this company one of our top picks for American made socks that fit into any outdoor lifestyles.
No Fly Zone socks from Farm to Feet are some of the sickest socks I’ve ever heard of! Check this out: No Fly Zone treated socks are infused with insect repellant. Inside the fabric, the permethrin-based insecticide works to repel all types of nasty pests including flying and crawling insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, and chiggers. Get bug protection that works – up to 70 washes! Helps to reduce the spread of vector borne illnesses such as malaria, zika, and West Nile: a MUST for outdoor lifestyles. (shown above Boulder No Fly Zone Sock $21.00)
What makes good socks? Well … if you have a community based mindset, it’s socks that give back. Committed to offering everyone with a love for the outdoors a sock that supports sustainability, this company stands by their principles: Make a durable product, Make it in the U.S.A., Use the highest-quality fibers and Recycle the scraps (for those in need). Wanna buy some outdoor socks? Buy ones that give back from Swiftwick. (shown above Pursuit Medium Hike Sock $23.95)
If a perfect fit and feel is what makes good socks for you, then Fits has you covered. Made with ultra-supportive construction, these full-contact socks are the best fit, and the best feeling. How? Full contact cuff, heel lock, and dynamic toe cup. Oh! And the collaboration of third and fourth generation textile manufacturers dedicated to making the best fitting sock in the industry. You make the call. (shown above Light Hiker Crew Sock $19.95)
6. Darn Tough.
OK… if you want socks that you can live in, pick them up from a company that knows how to be tough. Made with space age engineering, and quality you could get addicted to, the soxperts at Darn Tough eat, sleep and dream about socks that last through whatever you throw at them. And we know what you’ll are doing out there, so don’t play: you need sturdy socks that are not only comfortable, but also durable. So go ahead and get addicted to the best in the game. There’s no shame in it. (shown above Merino Wool Mirco Crew Hiking Sock $19.95)
Every pair you take home from Wigwam was born in Sheboygan Wisconsin, and after 100 years of maintaining the highest level of integrity you can find, Wigwam socks come in classic, traditional and trending styles you’ll love. From the green manufacturing facility, to the fair trade policies, and even supporting the wool producers in the country by only buying from American yarn spinners and wool growers, Wigwam provides the socks you actually WANT to wear. (shown above Hiking Outdoor Pro Socks $11-$14)
Backcountry experts at Patagonia are definitely the highest-rated sock maker on our list. Why? Because it’s Patagonia … that’s why. With so many styles to choose from, this brand was built by mountain man himself Yvon Chouinard (American rock climber, and environmentalist). So that’s how you know Patagonia is where you can get socks that not only function, but also support the outdoor lifestyles you love.
Known as the Activist Company, Patagonia offers some of the best socks for outdoorsmen because not only do they KNOW good socks, but this company also knows about how to approach the growing environmental crisis with a commitment to defending clean air, and water, while also supporting mankind’s ability to repair itself. That’s why every pair of Patagonia socks you put on feels oh-so-good! (shown above Lightweight Merino Hiking Crew $22.00)
The best socks for your next outdoor adventure are made by one of these 8 best outdoor sock companies. Why? Well, because comfort, and cutting-edge technology only go so far … and then comes integrity, environmental responsibility, and a commit to the outdoor community. And you’ll find all of that, plus more at every one of these companies. So, if you need to shop for new socks, now you know where to go!!