They can sometimes be overlooked but snowboard socks are an integral part of any snowboard outfit; working in tandem with your snowboard boots to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable.
A pair of high-quality men’s snowboard specific socks is probably one of the best pound for pound investments you can make. Not are they going to make your whole experience on the slopes that much more enjoyable but they are going to last longer than lesser quality ones.
The benefits you receive are derived from the materials used in the socks, thickness or lack of and the design.
A high-performance snowboard sock is normally made from a blend of synthetic and natural (merino wool) fibres that regulate the temperature in your boots, capturing air between the threads for warmth while letting excess heat escape. In addition to letting hot air escape, they wick away moisture keeping your foot dry and blister free.
These materials are also great at minimising smells meaning you can pack fewer pairs for your holiday.
Contrary to belief, a thicker sock can actually restrict blood flow in your foot making it colder and increasing the chance of rubbing. A sock that has variable thickness provides you with cushioning in areas where you need it, (toes, sole and heel) and extra venting and feel in areas where it is not (upper foot, shin. calf).
The addition of flat toe box (less rubbing), elasticated areas (comfort and blister prevention) and compression zones (increasing blood flow and reducing fatigue) are the little touches that make a big difference when you're out riding all day.