Snowboarding is an expensive business – by the time you’ve paid for all the gear, you might be tempted to cut corners on seemingly ‘non-essential’ items. Be warned, though –skimping on socks will usually leave you with feet that are clammy, sweaty or cold.

There are a few features that a good pair of socks should always have, such as elastic cuffs that keep them up all day. As for the materials used (and the blend), these can vary a lot. One fabric to look out for is merino wool; not only is it soft, warm, breathable and lightweight, it’s also naturally antimicrobial and so keeps boot-stink to a minimum. A material to avoid is cotton, which is worse than useless when it gets damp.

Here are a few of the best options available for happy feet – and as the ancient Chinese proverb goes, happy feet makes happy snowboarder.

THIRTY TWO socks review
  • Style: 6
  • Warmth: 7
  • Comfort: 9
  • Value: 6
  • Price: £20

ThirtyTwo makes both boots and clothing, and so possess more than enough expertise to bash out a decent pair of socks. These contain only merino wool and acrylic fibre, and are heavy enough for sub-zero days. Ignore what is says on the Gadsden flag design and do shred on these.

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BURTON party socks review
  • Style: 7
  • Warmth: 7
  • Comfort: 7
  • Value: 7
  • Price: £18

The original Burton sock’s blend of nylon, acrylic and merino makes this mid-weight sock feel as comfortable as many thicker versions. It’s uncommonly long – right up to the kneecap – but the elastic band both holds it firm and is the most comfortable of all we tried.

SCENE Cock sock review

Scene is the brainchild of former UK pro Dan Wakeham and photographer extraordinaire Nick Atkins. This design comes courtesy of Jamie Nicholls and his phallus-fixated buddies – but when it comes to comfort, they’ve far from cocked it up. No merino, but the guys are adding it from next season onwards.

VANS Sock review
  • Style: 8
  • Warmth: 6
  • Comfort: 7
  • Value: 7
  • Price: £18

Inspired by classic Vans skate shoes, this is a lighter sock that’s ideal for the warmer days. The blend of merino/acrylic/polyester composition is highly breathable and quick-drying – both very useful traits in springtime – but if you’re after something warmer then check out the Heavyweight version.