5 socks for your next snowshoe outing

When it comes to snowshoeing, one of the most important pieces of clothing you will wear are your socks. Your feet are in the snow all day, and when it’s cold you need a sturdy pair of socks to keep your feet warm and safe.

If you skimp on the socks, your feet will be cold and numb and may even suffer from frostbite. The bottom line is that bad socks can ruin a good day snowshoeing.

That’s why we’ve tested a variety of socks to provide you with five recommendations to consider this winter for your next snowshoeing adventure.

While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of socks to choose from, these are five that kept our feet warm when we hit the trail and tested them in the cold Rocky Mountains.

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Norrona Trollveggen Heavy Weight Merino Socks

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Norrona is known for its rugged backcountry gear, and these heavyweight merino socks are no exception. This resistant sock was developed for mountaineers, ideal for snowshoeing.

The Trollveggen socks kept my feet snug all day in the elements, thanks to the top class merino wool. Wool will keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot outside. Also, the sock fits well over my hiking boots, given that it’s a mid-top model.

The sock is made from traceable, mulesing-free Edelweiss wool from Safil, Italy, which translates to reliability. The thick, durable socks feel soft and comfortable on the trail, and I didn’t rub any blisters or hot spots with them. Plus, I loved them so much that I used to wear them around my house this winter to keep warm and comfortable.

Norrona Trollveggen Heavy Weight Merino socks retail for $35.

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Smartwool Protect Our Winters Socks

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Smartwool is a staple in the sock industry, creating some of the most comfortable and best socks for winter sports. These Protect our Winters, POW, Zero Cushion Print Crew Socks are no exception. Model of ski sock, they are light and extremely warm thanks to Merino wool.

For those unfamiliar, POW is a non-profit organization working to slow and reverse climate change to help us enjoy deep snow for years to come. These socks were designed with the pink sunrise in mind on a cold winter morning. Smartwool donated $2,500 to POW in honor of this sock, so you can feel a warm, fuzzy feeling, not just on your feet when you wear these socks, knowing you’re helping protect our winters .

The over-the-calf socks feature Smartwool’s Indestructawool technology for added durability along with their 4-degree fit system to ensure the socks fit well. Additionally, a Shred Shield protects the toe bed and mapped mesh areas allow the sock to breathe.

These are great socks for any outdoor winter activity. They are sure to keep you warm, dry and moving through the deepest powder.

Made from 42% merino wool and made in the USA, the Smartwool Protect Our Winters socks retail for $25.

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Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks

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Comfort and warmth, what more could you ask for in a sock? With the durable Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks, you get both of these features in spades. Whatever the conditions, these socks keep your toes toasty warm all day long. These Darn Tough socks are extremely comfortable with a reinforced heel and toe and elastic support around the arch of the foot. No awkward bunching or rubbing protects your feet from blisters.

With 62% Merino Wool, 34% Nylon and 4% Lycra Spandex, these socks are available in cushion or full cushion. The family business, based in Northfield, VT, knows what snowshoers need in a sock, and these deliver.

Hiker Boot socks for men and women sell for $26.

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Minus33 Mountain Heritage Wool Calf Socks

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As the name suggests, Minus33 socks are designed for harsh cold conditions. Minus33 started as a snowmobile brand and quickly expanded into other outdoor markets, such as touring, skiing, and snowshoeing.

They created their Mountain Heritage sock with frigid conditions in mind. As a result, the company’s fully insulated sock offers the dual benefits of comfort and warmth. The mid-calf fit keeps your legs warm in deep snow and the merino wool is tough in all conditions.

Made from 68% merino wool, the lightweight socks offer ventilation zones on the top of the sock to prevent your feet from overheating. Additionally, there is three-zone elastic across the arch and ankle, opening up to ensure the sock doesn’t move or bunch up in the boot.

The socks are made in Ashland, NH where they test all of their products in harsh East Coast winters. Minus33 Mountain Heritage Over-the-Calf Wool Socks retail for $21.99.

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Wrightsock Adventure Crew Hiking Socks

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If you suffer from snowshoe blisters, these socks are for you. Wrightsock has a dual-layer performance sock pattern, which means it has a built-in liner to prevent blisters and hot spots and keep your feet comfortable and dry. Plus, they offer a “blister-free guarantee” on all of their socks.

The Adventure Crew hiking sock is Wrightsock’s most cushioned blister-free performance sock. After putting mile after mile on these socks, I can attest that they do indeed prevent blisters and keep your feet happy and warm.

The sock has advanced Repreve performance yarns added to the outer layer, providing durability and protection. Plus, you can feel good about helping the environment with these socks. They make all their products from recycled plastic bottles. An estimated 70% of socks are made from post-consumer recycled plastic. And all Wrightsocks are made in the USA in Burlington, NC.

The Wrightsock Adventure Crew hiking socks sell for $22.

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What socks do you wear on snowshoes? Have you tried any of the socks above? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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