Darn Tough Outer Limits ($28)
The versatile Outer Limits has padding on the front to protect your shins and mesh in back for breathability on climbs.
Icebreaker Ski+ Over-the-Calf Ultralight Cushion ($24)
Icebreaker’s take on the superthin ski sock features moisture-wicking merino wool, nylon, and Lycra. It has little cushioning to speak of, but it still feels substantial, striking a good balance between weight, warmth, and breathability.
Smartwool PhD Ski Ultra Light ($24)
Performance ski boots don’t leave much space for anything underneath, so you need a sock that combines comfort with a low profile. The PhD Ski Ultra Light offers a snug, barely-there fit, but the nylon-merino-elastane-polyester blend still kept our toes warm.
Burton Performance + LTW Compression ($28)
Snowboarders can add a little squeeze to their socks with Burton’s Performance + LTW Compression. Not exactly a minimalist design, it provides a hint of protection along the shin and at the top of the foot—just enough for looser boots.
Le Bent Le Send ($35)
A blister can totally derail a long ski tour. When you’re heading out for a big day, reach for this merino and rayon sock, which features thin silicone heel strips to keep your foot from sliding in your boot on the up track. Cushion in the toe makes for cozy digits, and calf compression keeps the blood moving.
Stance Snow Ultralight Merino Wool ($26)
Ideal for those who struggle with frozen feet, Stance’s latest is slim for a tight fit in your boot, but applies gentle compression to keep the blood flowing. The result: your toes are less liable to go numb, whether you’re boot-packing or zippering down a bump line.