I started writing this post and meant to publish it before Christmas but in the December madness, I never got around to finishing it. Still you can get that special someone some warm, cozy socks for a birthday, or maybe an early Valentine’s Day present?
Looking for a nice (relatively) inexpensive gift for that shredder on your list? Get them some snowboading socks. You can never have enough warm socks.
As always, I am looking for the latest and greatest innovations in snowboarding and thus I had to try the Burton Phase II Sock. The socks are made from real silver (as in the precious metal) and Burton boasts that it will keep your feet warmer and dryer and that they won’t stink. Further, there is strategically placed padding throughout the sock to make riding more comfortable. BOLD claims, so I was compelled to test them.
As with all my posts, I like to have a basis for comparison. I snowboard enough to have more than one pair of snowboarding socks and I have a collection similar to my shoes, gloves, etc. All of these are Burton socks except for one pair of Smartwool (which I think are great). Yes, I’m a freak.
So what’s the verdict?
Anyone who has skied or snowboarded on Mont Tremblant will tell you that it is a VERY cold ride. I used the Phase II Sock on the colder of the two days I was on Tremblant this past December (numbers below) and despite this fact, my feet were warmer and noticeably more comfortable. I had to try and remember to think about my feet, rather than the usual, my frozen toes coaxing me to get back inside. And although I was skeptical, and reluctant to perform the sniff test, the Phase II Sock was indeed less smelly than the sock I used on the control day. As for moisture, I couldn’t discern a difference, it would have been difficult to measure anyhow.
I also recently used these socks while playing football in the snow with soccer cleats on. Didn’t think about my feet once so it’s safe to say these are quite effective socks. Glad it all worked out because they are more expensive than your average snowboard sock, though now I wish I bought two.
Temperatures in Mont Tremblant, Quebec during the test (keep in mind numbers are sans windchill and it is always colder at the peak)