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Smartwool Phd Light Elite

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Smartwool is the most recognizable name in ski socks. Even if you’ve never set foot on a mountain they’re a widely available and trusted manufacturer with a comprehensive line of outdoor products. We’ve chosen to highlight their PhD Light Elite because not only is it the best that their ski line has to offer, but it also stands at the top of the industry. 

The “Elite” occupies the coveted space between performance and padding. It’s perfect for skiers who love the more intuitive feel of a thin sock in the boot, but want a little more protection in high impact areas. In my own personal experience, thin Smartwool socks don’t last nearly as long as you hope them to, but the padding and protection it provides is consolation enough.

The toes and heels, as well as the front of the shin are reinforced with additional padding. Smartwool’s house blend Indestructawool is used to reinforce the toes and heels further and contribute to durability. They fit snugly around the foot, with extra attention given towards shaping the arch support. The ankle joint, by contrast, is built with a multidirectional flex so you can get the most out of your boot when you really need to crank down. 

Finally, the PhD Light Elite socks have a few patches of porous mesh to ventilate perspiration, and have just under 60% antibacterial merino wool. It’s a top-notch sock, offering a great support without compromising your performance.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Comfortable without being bulky
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    Offers better arch support than many other options
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    Provides could protection against friction and impact

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markConsumers complain about thin Smartwool socks wearing out

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Smartwool Phd Light Elite

Specs & Features

  • Primary Materials: 59% merino wool, 38% nylon
  • Thickness: Light
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Comfortable without being bulky
  • check-mark
    Offers better arch support than many other options
  • check-mark
    Provides could protection against friction and impact

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markConsumers complain about thin Smartwool socks wearing out

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