Choose what should be paid attention to outdoor sports socks?

2021-05-31

Most of the physical work in outdoor sports is done with the feet, whether it's hiking, climbing, or skiing... ... Keeping your feet happy is especially important.


1. Material:

The top and ideal material is Merino wool, whose unique fiber structure keeps it dry even when the feet are sweating, making it easier to sweat, faster to dry, and warmer. And unlike chemicals, it also naturally protects against bacterial growth in wet feet.


Also can maintain a high degree of dryness, convenient sweating, fast drying, while heat preservation. And unlike chemicals, it also naturally protects against bacterial growth in wet feet.


It is well suited for use in extreme climatic and geographical conditions.


CoolMax is another kind of outdoor fast drying functional fabric, man-made knitted fiber, durable, comfortable and breathable, light weight, easy to wash and no deformation. Slightly inferior to wool in performance, but more attractive in price. Sportswear and socks are often made of this material.


Blending is a great way to save money. Especially in some outdoor activities where the advantages of wool socks are not shown in mild climate and simple terrain, CoolMax sports socks generally wear without much difference, which can well control the budget.


2. Weight and outdoor sports

For example, the functions include Hunt, hiking/hiking, Trekking, snowboarding and Mountaineering.


Different sports design has different focus, we can choose for their main outdoor sports.


If the likes of outdoor sports are broad and cross-cutting, we can shop for another latitude: buffer thickness.


A little more detail: Ultra Light, Light, Medium, Heavy, Extra Heavy.


Classification from this point of view has a lot of benefits, can be inferred to other outdoor socks, here to talk about:


Ultra Light. Suitable for hiking in hot summer areas. It is mainly low cover, light, breathable and flexible. For example, summer volcano climbing in Indonesia (through the rainforest).


Of course, it's the ideal purchase. Actual situation, in order to save expenses, in a day or two Tours of short hiking, general socks can also cope with.


The best choice for trail running in warm areas is a merino wool sock with a low top that breathes well and focuses on the toes and heels. If it is a cold mountain area, you need to consider the dual functions of warmth and sweating


The Light type. The general natural thickness is about 1 times of ordinary cotton socks, breathable, not thick. For outdoor hiking, the bottom is usually thickened with a full hoop design, while the top and ankle parts are not. 


Suitable for outdoor activities in non-alpine areas. Such as: Yunnan, Guilin summer mountain activities. In winter or at high altitudes, high-tops that extend to or around the calves are better suited to keeping the temperature in the legs without blocking circulation.


Medium thickness. The thick design provides good technical support for most mainstream hiking activities, reducing foot friction in the shoe, increasing air permeability and sweat. This is a good choice for summer and winter hiking in cold areas.


Heavy, Extra Heavy. Thick type is suitable for long distance trekking and skiing in cold areas, such as relatively high altitude snow and ice sports. Thickened wool socks on the soles and tops of your feet offer a functional advantage in extreme environments, especially when heavy.


Other factors:

Tightness: socks can be slightly tighter, which can prevent leg edema and blood vessel dilation caused by long walking, but should not be too tight to cause blisters or blood circulation problems, pay attention to avoid buying ankle elastic ring too narrow and dense socks.


Length: choose the length of the leg at least higher than the uppers of hiking shoes, so as not to wear the heel. It is best to have cushioned, thick soles and heels (Cushion or Full Cushion).