The Importance of Ski Socks
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:38
Written by skipro
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:38
Ski Pro’s Pick – Thorlo Unisex XSKI Extreme Ski Sock with Thin Cushion
Designed to provide a performance fit for skiers on varied to difficult terrain, wearing custom fitted boots and who prefer thin contoured cushioning/protection. They are also suitable for Cross Country, Ski Touring, and Telemark skiing.
As it is the case of other winter sports, choosing the correct skiing gear is an important factor when it comes to enjoying the practice of this fantastic sport. However, it seems that many ski enthusiasts focus on getting the right boots, goggles, helmets, and poles, but they overlook the importance of choosing the right kind of ski socks. It is often thought that any socks will do and that it is not really necessary to invest in technical ski socks, so regular cotton socks are not an uncommon sights on the slopes.
So why should ski socks be worn?
In the first place, wearing properly fitting ski socks can help your overall skiing experience be smoother and more enjoyable. Ski socks have been especially designed to aid your skiing by preventing unnecessary rubbing against the inner part of your boots. This means that by choosing to wear ski socks that fit correctly, you can reduce the chances of getting those all-too-common blisters. Ski socks do not have seams that may rub against your boots, and are reinforced with a thick lining in those areas that are more prone to blistering, such as the sides of the feet or the back of the heels.
Another advantage of wearing ski socks is that they absorb sweat much better than plain cotton socks. You will sweat when doing any strenuous physical activity (including skiing), even when the outdoor temperatures are hovering around 0 degrees. When sweat builds up around the feet and ankles, the skin in those areas becomes more prone to blistering. Although ski socks cannot stop you from sweating, the materials they are made of will absorb sweat and moisture quickly helping you stay dry and comfortable.
Then there is the issue of insulation. If your feet become sweaty and you are not wearing ski socks, your feet will soon get cold, and this is something you want to prevent at all costs as cold feet can develop into hypothermia or even frost bite. Remember that it does not take long for these dangerous conditions to set in, and if not wearing the appropriate gear, they may appear in as little as 10 or 15 minutes.
Lastly, ski socks provide excellent support to your ankles and shinbones, helping prevent injuries like sprained ankles or bruising.
Now, what should you look for when choosing ski socks? Choose socks that are made of moisture wicking materials, such as merino wool or acrylic fibres, like polyamide or polypropylene. Some ski socks combine wool and acrylic materials for better performance. Look for socks that have cushioning around the ankles, toes, and shins, and that cover the entire calf for optimal warmth. By following these simple tips you will be on your way to a more enjoyable ski experience.