By March 15, 2007

SmartWool Merino wool snowboard sock review

My struggle with frostbite/exposure from riding last year has been well documented on Gibberish (here, here, and here, chronologically). Despite trying to put together better cold-weather gear, such as better fitting boots, thicker Cool-max socks, and heated hand grips, once bitten, twice shy. I’ve ridden a lot less this season.

With my trip to Tybee Island, Georgia looming, I was desperate to get something to protect my feet. I had read positive things about SmartWool around the Web and was willing to give their custom Merino wool and synthetic fiber blend a try. I ordered a pair of SmartWool snowboard socks from Sierra Trading Post and hoped that they were all the same size this time. Like always, my order was processed quickly and my socks arrived within a few days of ordering. Sierra Trading Post has really good turnaround.

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I have to say that not only are these the most comfortable socks I’ve ever owned. They are midcalf in height, and are very soft. The socks have a little bit of material around the ankle to keep them from slouching down in my boots. The soles are cushioned also, and while my boots are very comfortable to walk in, a little extra padding never hurt anyone. Best of all, they kept my feet nice and warm at 10F for ninety minutes.

I wear from an 11 to 12 shoe in US sizes. I bought the size large socks, and they fit me perfectly. The socks are machine washable and can be thrown in the clothes dryer on medium heat. The only thing you have to remember is to wash the socks inside out. I am not sure why, but I’m guessing to ward off pilling. Who knows.

I like the SmartWool snowboard socks so much that I bought six more pair, especially after they were sold out in my size, and then reappeared a few days later. They are available from Sierra Trading Post right now for $6.95 plus shipping, down from the regular price of $18.95. You might find these elsewhere for $15 or so (backcountryoutlet.com, I’m looking at you), but not the super clearance price that Sierra Trading Post offers. Hurry, they go fast!

SmartWool snowboard socks, I baa baa black sheep out:
Five out of five STFU mugs!
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2 Comments on "SmartWool Merino wool snowboard sock review"

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  1. Ed says:

    A 5 out of 5! I might need to order some.

  2. Stomper says:

    I’m glad you found something that protects your feet/toes from the cold.

    Not a bbbbaaaaaaad choice. Merino wool is supposed to be high quality, very warm and super soft. I know that it’s highly prized by people who spin and dye their own yarns.

    Shrek (and then Shrek II) made merino wool a household word in 2004. You might remember the infamous merino ram (Shrek) (http://www.shellycorrigan.com/NZ/html/nz_shrek.html) who had evaded the shearing round-ups for over 6 years. His 60 lbs. of fine merino wool was auctioned off and raised over $65,000 for Cure Kids.