Ski Socks vs. Cotton Socks



By Chris Gorski




Haven't you heard Cotton kills? So why am I still seeing skiers in lodges all over America pulling their feet out their boots wearing cotton socks. While you might not be out climbing Mt. Everest it is still extremely important to wear appropriate technical apparel, including ski socks, while skiing. While there is a lodge to go warm up in, sometimes the effects of the cold may have already set in before you can properly counter act them. Not to mention you are wasting valuable money sitting inside drinking eight dollar hot chocolates instead of making laps getting the most out of your $85 lift ticket. Many skiers still do not realize the importance of getting the proper ski socks. When it comes to skiing, socks aren't just socks. A proper fitting ski sock in a reasonable thickness with good moisture wicking properties will make all the difference in the fit of your ski boots and overall comfort on the hill. Here are three reasons that cotton socks are a major no-no and ski socks would have been well worth investing in.

No Cotton Ski Socks



Ski Socks Provide:


  • Moisture Control
  • Temperature Control
  • More Comfortable Boot Fit

Skiing is a winter sport; therefore many people don't think that they will sweat while skiing. While those who are really working hard may sweat on the hill, others only sweat when they come inside. Many don't realize this because they are still cold from being outside, but if you don't unbundle when you come inside you can easily start to sweat as you warm up inside. Back to the socks – cotton kills because it is highly absorbent, hence why it is used to make bath towels. When you ski wearing cotton socks, the sock absorbs all of the moisture released by your foot and traps it next to your skin. Wet feet are the first step to cold feet. When you're feet are wet and cold you can experience a multitude of serious health risks including frost bite and hypothermia. As the human body gets cold the body attempts to conserve energy by increasing blood flow to the core and brain, thus decreasing blood flow to the extremities such as hands and feet which aren't "critical" body parts. Frost bite can set in; in as little at 10 minutes, therefore it is important to do everything possible to keep your feet warm with proper insulation from the cold. Ski socks come in a variety of thicknesses to provide you with as much insulation as you need to keep your self warm.



SmartWool PHD Medium Ski Socks


Luckily, ski boot liners are designed to work in conjunction with ski socks to help move the moisture away from your foot.  Ski socks are made from wool or synthetic fibers which wick moisture and dry quickly. So do your boot liners a favor and wear ski socks it will help keep your feet much drier. It is also extremely important to make sure that your ski boot liners aren't wet when you get ready to ski in the morning. If you're boot liners are wet to begin with cotton socks will absorb water back out of the liners making your feet damp.


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