A sock’s a sock, right? WRONG. If you’re still cutting about in your dads old long jump socks, then chances are you’ve suffered with cold/painful/soggy feet whilst you’ve been snowboarding. And we don’t even have to ask, we already know they stink to high heaven.
For such a small piece of kit, a shite pair of socks can really throw a spanner in the works with your day riding. Are you constantly having to stop and pull your socks up because they’ve wormed their way down your boot and the heel is now bunched up like it’s trying to make love to your toes? Then you’d probably benefit from a sock with dedicated compression zones, to ensure it stays where it’s meant to stay all day long.
“For such a small piece of kit, a shite pair of socks can really throw a spanner in the works with your day riding”
Does the mere thought of the swamp foot you’ve been battling since April bring you to tears? Then you might want to look for a sock that can wick moisture from your skin. With a fast dry material as well, you’re able wear the same pair for a few days, and just give them a rinse in the sink. (Don’t shudder, it’s called packing fast and light).
Did that hectic toeside traverse leave your shins red raw? A sock with padding in specific areas can save you from nasty shin bang and uncomfortable hot spots down your lower leg. However, removing padding in other areas will increase breathability, and leave your feet feeling so fresh so clean. The list goes on, and while each brand does things slightly differently, they all bring the same vague idea to the table: Keep your feet happy, and they’ll keep you happy.
These things can seem arbitrary on their own, but when you pull on a good sock, it makes your hair stand on end and your nipples start to tingle. Socks are one of the most important parts of your get-up, and while wearing a specific pair of socks probably won’t make you go pro, they will make you a lot more comfortable. So, we’ve put some of the best to the test, and compiled this handy list of the top snowboard socks for winter 2019/2020…
Scroll down to view all the best snowboard socks, or skip to a particular brand using the links below
Burton Performance LTW Men’s and Women’s | Darn Tough Vermont Socks Men’s and Women’s | Mons Royale Tech Cushion | Smartwool Bryan Iguchi Men’s and Women’s | Smartwool x Vans | Stance Louif Paradis | Stance Mount Analog Women’s | Stance Sage Kotsenburg