Wirecutter Top Picks: Best Ski Socks

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With all the excitement surrounding the latest Olympic achievements by USA Gold Medalists, we have Snowboarding and Ski socks on our minds. Spending over 40 hours testing and researching on the slopes, Wirecutter has concluded their top picks for the best Ski Socks. Below, we break down their findings. To see the full article, click here.

Wirecutter Top Pick

Smartwool Socks – PhD Ski Light Socks SW015031

What makes it Great?

  • Most versatile sock for skiing in any and every condition except extremely cold weather
  • Great mix of fit and comfort
  • Merino wool provides excellent moisture wicking and temperature regulating

Learn more about the PhD Ski Light Socks

The PhD Ski Light Over-the-Calf socks from Smartwool are great for skiers who prefer the highest degree of lightweight cushioning while demanding a cutting-edge performance. The Ski Light socks feature Smartwool’s 4 Degree Fit System to provide you with a perfect, long-lasting fit. Targeted, light area cushioning in the front of the shin where your boots hit, as well as at the bottom of your foot helps you to ski more comfortably. The PhD Ski Light socks are tailored to fit well with ski boots, offer modest cushioning where you need it, and are warm enough for all-day endeavors.


Wirecutter Runner-Up

Darn Tough Ski/Ride Over-The-Calf Padded Light Socks

For Women: Darn Tough Socks – Ladies Ski/Ride Over-The-Calf Padded Ultra-Light Socks DT1802

For Men: Darn Tough Socks – Over-The-Calf Ski Padded Light Men’s Socks DT1408

What makes it Great?

  • Snug fit, Soft feel
  • Unlikely to cause bunching
  • Darn Tough’s Lifetime Guarantee

Although it was a close race, Darn Tough’s Over-the-Calf Padded Light socks were selected as the runner-up by Wirecutter due to “less articulated support system and has bulkier padding.” Depending on the properties most important to you, both options will keep your feet feeling comfortable and fresh on the slopes.

Learn More about the Over the Calf Padded Light Socks

A powder day can quickly go downhill with sore shins and cold feet. Enter the Over-The-Calf padded light sock by Darn Tough. Don’t get sent inside by uncomfortable feet, this sock has the right amount of targeted padding exactly, and only, where it’s needed. All Darn Tough Ski socks have a ring toe construction for a comfortable invisible seam and reinforced heel and toe for a darn tough sock. Darn Tough backs up its tough promise with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, no questions asked.

For more information, please see the full Wirecutter article and their findings here.

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