Performance-enhancing detail abounds in these comfortable, sturdy ski socks from non-slip heels to plenty of padding that keeps you protected inside your boots
Soft fabric and comfortable, contoured fit
Moisture wicking and quick drying
Padding for achilles, shin, toe and heel
Designed to stay in place inside your boot
No larger sizes available for women
No natural materials used so they get smelly faster
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1000 Mile Snow Sports Sock: first impressions
Family-owned 1000 Mile Sportswear, based in the UK, started out 20 years ago on the premise of one sock that came with a blister-free guarantee and they’ve spent the subsequent two decades refining the art of the sports sock. When it comes to the 1000 Mile Snow Sports Sock, they seem to have thought of everything, from extra padding in the places where your boot likes to rub to a contoured fit so the socks stay in place and it’s all wrapped up in an exceedingly comfortable ski sock that manages to be just the right thickness for both alpine skiing and ski touring.
Made using a blend of synthetic materials, these socks are extremely soft and comfortable as well as breathable and quick drying, and lots of stretch combined with arch bracing gives a snug fit without compression. Extra padding in the shin, achilles, toe, ball and heel prevents boot rub, but these socks remain a good medium weight so they’re not too thick or warm for more vigorous skiing. Because they’re made using synthetic materials rather than wool, they will get smelly faster, but they come in at a really generous price and perform like a far more expensive ski sock.
• RRP: £19.99 (UK)
• Unisex: Men’s and women’s sizing available
• Sizes available: Men’s: M, L, XL, women’s: S, M
• Materials: Acrylic (48%), Tactel (26%), Nylon (25%), Spandex (1%)
• Colors: Black/purple, Black/yellow
• Best use: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
1000 Mile Snow Sports Sock: on the slopes
I hadn’t heard of 1000 Mile before getting my hands on these socks and was thrilled to see they’re a family owned business and even more thrilled once I got them on my feet. In my opinion, these socks are the perfect fit, providing a snugness that I need for performance but without the restriction of compression, and in my experience, they perform like a far more expensive ski sock.
These ski socks are noticeably more comfortable than some of my other socks. The fabric is really soft, the fit is snug so it feels supportive without being too tight, they’re just the right length with loads of stretch and the design means they hug my heel, toe and arch so no annoying bunching. I really appreciate all the extra padding when I’m wearing them with my alpine boots, and I find that it’s also not too much padding to wear them for ski touring. If you like a really thin sock for ski touring, you might find them slightly too thick but I think the thickness makes them about as versatile as a ski sock can be.
All of my other favorite ski socks are made using wool so I was a bit skeptical about these being synthetic fiber, and while they do get smelly easier than wool socks, they definitely do the job when it comes to wicking sweat and drying quickly on my uphill pursuits. Even better, they’re really robust and the fabric keeps the price way down to a much more affordable piece of kit.
Here’s how they performed:
True to size.
These are articulated around the heel and arch and fit for performance, with a nice, snug fit that doesn’t compress or cut in anywhere. They come all the way up over the calf and stay there.
Very soft fabric, comfortable fit and no moving around or bunching inside the boot.
Good warmth on colder days but not too thick and great moisture wicking for uphilling and spring days.
These wick moisture nicely on the uphill and dry quickly so you’re not freezing while you’re taking the skins off your skis.
The upside of these being synthetic rather than natural materials is that they’re really sturdy.
Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.