The use of proper footwear and good socks is essential for a good experience when you are exercising or going out in the wild. Sweat is the body's way of regulating body temperature, and we sweat excessively when we are physically active. This can create friction and chafing. Therefore, be mindful of what socks you use.
Why choose technical socks for exercise and outdoor life?
- Technical socks have qualities and designs adapted to their application.
- Socks with moisture-wicking material are important to keep the foot dry and warm.
- Socks with air ducts on the bottom and top provide better ventilation.
- Technical socks are designed to reduce friction and chafing.
- Eg. Mountain shoes with poor breathability make greater demands on the characteristics of the socks.
- Technical socks have a better fit, are more comfortable and provide a better training experience.
Should I choose socks with or without wool?
- Wool is in a class of its own, as wool can absorb 30% liquid without feeling moist.
- Wool keeps you dry and warms more than any other technical material.
- Quality socks with wool often have a wool percentage between 30 and 60%.
- Cotton socks should be avoided because the sweat is absorbed into the sock. Wet socks increase the risk of chafing.
What thickness should the sock have?
- The thickness of the sock may vary from thin to medium to thick depending on temperature and activity.
- For hot days and indoor training, choose a thin technical sock with good ventilation.
- For activities and outdoor life in the summer months, a thin sock with a wool blend will provide good temperature regulation.
- In cold weather, follow Ulvang's wool-wetting rules and use a thin woolen sock inside and a terrified and thicker sock on the outside. This provides extra heat and insulation and prevents galling.
- Make sure you have plenty of room for your socks in your shoe. A narrow shoe gives poorer blood circulation and you freeze more easily on your feet.
What size and height should it be on the sock?
- Make sure the sock sits perfectly on the foot and has the right size from toe to heel.
- Choose socks that are slightly higher than the shoe itself. This reduces the likelihood of chafing and discomfort directly on the foot.
- For running, semi-tall models fit with tightness in the right places.
- Ankle socks can also be used in sneakers if have good enough tension and do not slip into the shoe.
- For ski boots, alpine boots and mountain shoes, you can choose higher varieties with warm material combinations that still breathe.