Author: Trent Short
From thick to thin, we give you the inside scoop on socks.
When you need to match the right kind of socks with your next adventure, ask yourself, "How strenuous is my activity?" If you plan on being on the move, you won't need as much weight as when participating in a sedentary activity. Snowshoeing, hiking and running are all good examples of activities that generally require lightweight socks. However, while hiking, walking, running and often wading, heavyweight socks may be required to avoid blisters and hot spots due to high amounts of friction. Snowmobiling, hunting from a treestand, waterfowling and ice fishing require less movement, so heavier-weight socks may be needed for warmth. Keeping these hints in mind, following is a rundown of the different sock weights available.
After selecting the right weight and height, it is time to look at the various material/fibers to determine what best suits your needs, activity level and body type. Here is a rundown of the most-common fibers used in sock construction. Note that several of these fibers are blended together to give a good combination of warmth, wicking, support and padding.
There are some effects you may want that a material or fabric blend can't deliver on it's own. Using advanced treatments, many of today's socks include durable treatments that add to the material's performance. Here are a few examples:
Matching the perfect pair of socks with your outdoor adventure might not be easy, but it becomes easier when you consider the following breakdown. For sock weight, remember to think about the temperature outside and your adventure's activity level. Heavyweight socks are best for low activity in the cold. Medium-weight socks are best for high activity in the cold. And low-weight socks are the best when temperatures are warm to hot. Sock height is often decided by the height of the footwear your adventure demands. When choosing the materials and treatments available, take your time. Examine each description looking for the advantages that would best serve to maximize your outdoor comfort. Weigh out your options, make an informed decision and enjoy the perfect pair of socks for your next adventure.