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Best Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

Nothing in snowboarding – not a high-speed pow slash or stomping a pentacork – can come close to the sensory delights of slipping on a brand new pair of socks.

Ok, so we might have over-egged that a little but the fact remains that new socks are great; conversely, an old, mouldy pair are an assault on your senses, your comfort and those of your companions.

If this is the season when you retire a trusty old pair that have become like cardboard, have holes in them, or smell like the inside of a fake leg, the good news is there are many snowboard specific ones out there to cater for all manner of wallet size and even aesthetic preference.

“Nothing in snowboarding can come close to the sensory delights of slipping on a brand new pair of socks”

As snowboarders we tend to ride with forward lean, and even if we don’t we’re still regularly bending at the ankles, so the most important thing to look for is that they’re built with this in mind – send the terrible tube ones your nan got you back: they will only bunch up and create uncomfortable pressure points. You have right- and left feet, too, so getting anatomical socks will also give you an advantage when it comes to comfort.

Manufacturers of a good pair of snowboard socks will know that combining thicker, more insulated and padded areas with thinner zones is the way to keep your feet sweet, some even using ribbed areas for heightened pleasure, or at least just keeping the warmth and padding where you need it.

And while most socks still are made of a mix of synthetic fibres and cotton, you can get ones using merino wool (lightweight, super warm and more resistant to kicking out a stench) for a few shekels more – a worthy investment for many.

Scroll down to view all the best snowboard socks, or skip to a particular brand using the links below

Burton Performance Plus | Horsefeathers Caleb | Mons Royale Pro Lite Tech | Stinky Socks Creep&Crawl | Smartwool PhD | Smartwool Slopestyle | Stance Crab Grab | Stance Misfits

Burton Performance Plus UL Women’s Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £30/€35

Burton literally kit out riders head to toe, and their socks – like the rest of their swag – are built to give riders of all styles, abilities and genders the best time possible on the mountain. Designed firmly with the female foot and lower leg in mind, these women’s Performance Plus UL socks, unsurprisingly given the name, are all about giving you the best ride.

With the legendary natural insulation of Merino wool and its quick-drying, odor-resistant properties enhanced with a Polypropylene reinforced footbed, you can be sure these will keep ticking without kicking out the ming. These are anatomically articulated, with compression areas are engineered to help muscles recover faster, plus the toe seams are designed to be chafe-free for rubless ripping.

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Horsefeathers Caleb Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: €19

These are the most technical snowboard socks the Horsefeathers make, adding extra density cushioning zones, heel and ankle support and a comfort soft hem to their more regular offering. They also have the basics of an elasticated arch to prevent slippage and a reinforced footbed.

Made of 50% Polyester Thermolite, 45% Polypropylene and 5% Elastane, these lightweight socks will nevertheless keep your feet warm, comfortable and if not eliminate then at least tone down the stink your feet churn out. Available in apple green, black and navy.

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Mons Royale Pro Lite Tech Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £27/€31

Made using Mons Royale’s fabled Merino wool blend, the designers of the Pro Lite Tech understand the importance of socks in the quest to hit the sweet spot of comfort and performance. They also know to achieve this you want minimal volume with enough cushioning where you need it, in order to get the snuggest fit possible.

These feature a seamless toe box to prevent blisters, breathable panels to prevent overheating and a contoured instep for a snug fit. The warmth and breathability of Merino is well documented, meaning that with these you’ll get lightweight insulation, with the breathable, anti-stink properties the wool is famous for.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Mons Royale Pro Lite Tech Socks here

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Smartwool PhD Slopestyle Medium Cushion Women’s Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £21/€28

Smartwool combined innovative technologies with the natural benefits of Merino wool on the PhD Slopestyle snowboard socks, giving women who love hot lapping a high-performance sock for long days on the hill. These have a women’s specific fit, too, so comfort and function will be on point for female riders.

Body-mapped mesh zones give padding and moisture wicking where you need it while the 4 Degree Elite Fit system ensures the sock always sits perfectly on the foot – whether you’re cruising or charging. That these have over 50% Merino in the blend means they’ll be warm, wick moisture effectively and be more comfortable, too.

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Smartwool Slopestyle Lite Elite Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £21/€28

Designed with input from backcountry legend Bryan Iguchi, you know that these socks will be built with multi-day missions in mind. With a healthy percentage of Merino wool in their fabric blend, you can be confident that these will remain warm, dry and comfortable all day long.

Smartwool take sock tech seriously. Their 4 Degree Elite Fit system uses two elastics for greater stretch, recovery and to keep the sock in place on your foot, while Indestructawool technology adds exceptional durability and comfort. They also have body mapped mesh zones for optimal cushioning/wicking, and a Virtually Seamless toe box to further reduce the chance of rubbing.

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Stance Crab Grab Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £19/€25

Another brand that’s packing a healthy set of rad collabs for 2018/2019 is Stance, and we’re sure a favourite will be this one here in conjunction with everyone’s favourite crustacean-themed traction enhancers: Crab Grab. From Stance’s Park range of socks, these are “the perfect pair for those looking for an additional degree of cushion and temperature regulation while lapping their trusty park chair.”

These feature 24% Merino wool for boosted sweat wicking, warmth and antimicrobial resistance, while the anatomically correct design and dynamic arch grab gives your feet the comfort and support you’ll be looking for. There’s also an anatomical air channel cushioning to give vented protection where necessary, and breathable performance mesh to jack up the moisture flow.

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Stance Misfits Women’s Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: £17/€22

Hailing from Stance’s All Mountain range, which combine synthetic fibres with some killer designs, these strike the perfect balance between warmth, comfort and style with a women’s specific fit. And a collaboration with iconic band The Misfits will make sure people will know you know your 1970s punk-rock… or that you like skulls on your pink socks.

Once you’ve slid yourself in, you’ll benefit from Stance’s Toe Box Oven with flat toe seams for a toasty, rub-free ride, engineered arch support to hold your foot properly and reduce fatigue, and Y-Gore seams for a perfect, dynamic fit.

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Stinky Creep&Crawl Snowboard Socks 2018-2019

PRICE: $25

This Bulgarian brand send it full bore into another season of keeping snowboarders’ feet sweet and swaggy. Alongside a raft of colab designs, they have plenty of their own in-house graphics adorning their foot sleeves this year, including this pair that pays tribute to NWA’s Eazy-E.

All Stinky’s socks come with AEGIS antibacterial protection to keep your feet fresher for longer, and are made from cushioned cotton max, which comfortably soaks up three times its own weight in moisture. These also feature elastic arch and ankle support, padded toes and an anatomical right/left fit.

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