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russ1116 06-17-2010 11:39 AM

How important are socks?
Hey all,
How important are socks in your experience?
I sometimes will even just use ankle socks, and others just cheap walmart tube socks. Are the "good" and sometimes expensive snowboard socks worth the expense. I mean in comfort and performance?
Just looking for riders opinions and experiences with various socks used for riding.

NyInfamous'Girl 06-17-2010 12:13 PM

An absolute necessity....IMO

But everyone is different...

Mirage 06-17-2010 01:00 PM

If you have never tried them, you are in for a treat!! Def buy a pair or two as they will make your feet feel amazing! I have a pair of Burton and 2 pairs of generic ski socks and they all are amazing although the Burtons are my go to pair. Def worth the $$.

neversummerFTW 06-17-2010 01:57 PM

In my opinion, a good pair of socks make a big difference. They will keep your feet cool and dry. I feel way more comfortable boarding with a good pair of socks. :)

NWBoarder 06-17-2010 08:03 PM

+1 for good socks. It can be the difference between having a good and having an excellent day. :)

Snowfox 06-18-2010 01:29 AM

I had some older ski socks that I used to use... but I never really liked them all that much.

Then I used SmartWool socks and I absolutely loved them.

Basically, anything will probably be better than cheapass regular socks. SmartWool is the brand I prefer.

fattrav 06-18-2010 05:38 AM

I started off with wool blend socks when I started riding. I then tried a pair of Dakine socks($30+ a pair) but found they were too tight on my calves. I now wear Bonds Pillow Feet (about $14 for 2 at KMart) which are specially designed for people with circulation problems and find that they are sufficiently warm, the loose banding around the top of the sock holds well and find that my feet still manage to stay warm, even in the wet snow conditions that we get here in NZ. Not to sure how they would fear at 10DegF though.

I rate them as a very very comfortable alternative to boarding socks...

NYinfamous2k2 06-18-2010 07:40 AM

Reallyy???? after all the money you spent on your snowboard equiptment jacket pants goggles board bindings and boot, just splurge on the extra $15 for a decent pair of socks. sock can definitely make or break a day of boarding.

Deviant 06-20-2010 07:36 PM

Yeah compared to a full setup snowboard socks really aren't that expensive. Maybe I skimmed over this too fast but use one pair, don't double up. Many will seem too thin to keep your feet toasty, but remember there's a bunch of effort going in to these to make the rider more comfortable. There is such a thing as a really thin wicking sock, but most snowboarding socks these days have wicking fabric that really helps, and your pets at the house will thank you when you take them off :)

I picked these up at a preseason sale last year for 12 bucks, but have a pair of smartwool too and would recommend either.

Burton Phase Sock : Socks | evo

that_guy 06-20-2010 07:47 PM

I don't wear socks at all, unless it's terribly cold, my 32's are perfectly molded to my foot, and the liners are warm.

Now this is pretty rare, but unlike what most people say, you don't need to wear socks, IF your boots fit right. There are people who wear two pairs, which is not going to make your feet warmer, in fact, the boots probably don't fit right. And avoid cotton at all costs, barefoot it better than wearing cotton.

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