Gear Review: Fox River VVS LV Ski Sock

These socks have just the right amount of cushion and warmth.

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“These socks have just the right amount of cushion and warmth, but the thin fabric doesn’t affect the performance fit of my hardshell ski boots,” said one tester after a season of downhill and tele skiing in Colorado. “But extra padding along the front of the leg alleviates shin-bang.”

With left/right shaping that perfectly contours around the foot, the blend of merino, nylon, silk, and a touch of spandex has better-than-average wicking ability so feet stayed drier. Thanks to 37 percent nylon, pilling was nonexistent, even after a hard season of use. The midweight version is the VVS MV. $23; 3.3 oz. (M); foxsox.com