Socks for Snowshoeing
By Chris Gorski
Perhaps one of the most commonly looked over pieces of equipment when comes to winter sports in general are socks. Yet, people most often complain about cold feet and toes. Well, we have decided to fix the problem for you by explaining what the best types of socks are for snowshoeing and why.
To begin, let us first tell you that proper sock choice can be the difference between a wonderful day outdoors and hours of cold feet. The reason sock choice is so important stems from the fact that the average persons feet produce over a cup of sweat a day. Just imagine how much sweat your feet produce in a day when you are snowshoeing! Just like with the rest of body, sweat is designed to cool you off. Therefore, if you want warm dry feet, you need a sock that will both insulate and pull the moisture away from your feet. This means those regular cotton tube socks are OUT! Those absorb and hold your sweat, causing your feet to remain damp and cold. We suggest a pair of wool or poly-bland sock, like the kinds you would use to ski or hike. These socks help not only to insulate but also pull moisture away from the skin and out of the sock. For added warmth and dryness, you can get a think pair of wicking specific socks to wear under your thicker insulating socks.
As far as fit, make sure your socks are warm and fit snug. If they are really bulky or to large, they will cause you to get blisters. Nothing ends a great day of snowshoeing faster than a blister. So make sure to get the proper size. By choosing the proper type and fit of your sock, you can ensure your feet will stay warm and dry all day!