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Best Socks for Skiing / Best Socks for Snowboarding
Choices, choices. Do you like light cushioning or a little extra padding in your boot? It all comes down to your personal preference. Consider the Dropout Lightweight for ample warmth and if you really like to "feel" your foot move as one with your boot. The Banked Midweight is also great for a close-fitting boot, but offers a bit more reinforcement and extra warmth.
Best Socks for Ski Touring
We really like the Banked Midweight for ski touring for many reasons. When you head out, it will likely be cold, but once you get going you'll start generating a lot of heat. You'll need a sock that can adapt to the elements and your level of exertion. The Banked Sock does just that - keeping you warm when needed and dumping heat/wicking sweat, so your feet stay comfortable, dry and odor free throughout your adventure.
Get going. Ski touring is a fun way to see the world through winter eyes. Photo: Sammy Deleo
Best Socks for Fat Biking
As with the above cold-weather activities, staying warm is key. While your core heats up, your fingers and toes bear the brunt of heat loss during fat biking. Choose an over-the-calf Merino wool sock option to ensure you're covered and no snow flies up where it shouldn't. The Banked, Dropout or Owens Classic will do the trick, depending on the length of your ride and the fit of your boot.
Best Socks for Mountain Biking
No question: our low-cut Rock Creek, or just above the ankle length Minaret socks are the best for mountain biking. Super breathable, no stink means you can leave these babies for days - weeks - at a time in your bike bin without washing and you'll still get guaranteed softness and freshness wear after wear.
Best Socks for Trailrunning
The Ridge Rock Creek low-cut ankle socks are great for running, and for a bit more length, consider going with the Minaret Lightweight Merino wool socks. Breathable, with just a bit of cushion that is lightweight along the base of the foot only, these all-season socks will go the extra mile and keep your feet comfortable along the way, even in the toughest terrain.
Best Socks for Hiking
If you're wearing hiking boots, definitely consider lacing up with the Minaret Crew Merino wool socks. Photo: Brandon Russell
Best Socks for Camping
We love the over-the-calf Owens Classic to keep the toes toasty in the evening for whiskey by the fire, overnight in the sleeping bag and the early morning "where's-the-coffee?" frost fest. These socks stay fresh for days on end, so you only need to pack one pair. (These are also great for keeping you warm during that awkward midnight bathroom break or impromptu early morning hike.)
No stress. The Owens Merino wool sock is here for it. Photo: Brandon Russell
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