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Old 02-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks. Yeah I was referring to the BC. Gonna get a couple pairs today. So you size down, but with an 11.5 foot, do you think the md (6-8.5) would cause discomfort? Tightness around the toes?
i don't think i'd go that small with an 11.5 they'll be too short front-to-back... maybe buy em from rei so you can return them easily.

i haven't tried darn tough but i think i would, seems like solid competition..
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i don't think i'd go that small with an 11.5 they'll be too short front-to-back... maybe buy em from rei so you can return them easily.

i haven't tried darn tough but i think i would, seems like solid competition..
Thanks for the feedback. Happy turns this week. Hut trip next Sunday so I want my feet dialed.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Merino wool is always good, but they're expensive... maybe if you do loooong days out in the wild (once or twice a week) may be worth it to have the best.

I ride mostly resort at not so hardcore conditions, and sometimes go 3-4 days in a week or in a row, so i have several socks not necessarily top of the line. My favourites are Under Armour, perfect cushion, stay tight... neat.

Burton are really comfy and perfect thickness, but a little slippery... MAYBE in your case they might work (ie the liner will slide a bit instead of pulling your socks).

Instance are super comfortable, and cool styles; thicker tham the others.

I also have DC medium cushion... really nice, these are the thinnest. But very good quality.
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The problem I'm having with smartwool phd is the venting on the top makes my toes freezing on days below like 29F. I would like to find something with the same thickness (referring to their 2nd or 3rd lightest) but WARM. On the really cold days (10F and below) I had to shove some of those to warmer things in my boot, which is kinda awkward, but works ok.

I did get a pair of Darn Tough and the calves were starting to get shredded after the first day. They aren't ruined but it was a surprising amount of wear quickly. Apparently they have a good warranty though. But I can't see myself bothering to warranty socks.
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The problem I'm having with smartwool phd is the venting on the top makes my toes freezing on days below like 29F. I would like to find something with the same thickness (referring to their 2nd or 3rd lightest) but WARM. On the really cold days (10F and below) I had to shove some of those to warmer things in my boot, which is kinda awkward, but works ok.

I did get a pair of Darn Tough and the calves were starting to get shredded after the first day. They aren't ruined but it was a surprising amount of wear quickly. Apparently they have a good warranty though. But I can't see myself bothering to warranty socks.
you might try wearing a liner sock. on long trips hiking in mountaineering boots one trick i've used is to wear a pair of dress socks under my normal hikers or snowboard socks. the dress socks are super super thin (silk would work too) and although the primary purpose is to reduce friction and help wicking it does add warmth without adding really any bulk.

another idea is to try smartwool's mountaineering socks. they're ski/shred height but more padded/insulated (most notably on the top of the foot/toes).
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I love eesa socks. They've been off the radar for a few years but they have a whole new line rolling out next season. Which is good because my stash is dwindling.
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The smart wool should be fine in those temps. I used them in 7-16 degree weather last week. You might have a circulation issue, try adding a thin compression sock.
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I used smartwool phd exclusively until this year. I added a pair of burton endurance socks this season. I prefer the smartwool by a large margin.
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smart wool all day. they also have socks for hiking or just ankle socks for every day too. keeps the smell away to. i have their thermal wear too.
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I have some Burton socks, some local shop socks, and some Smartwool super thin snowboard socks. The Smartwool are by far my favorite. And really, at $15.00 a pair, are no more expensive than anything from Burton or any other brand.
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