SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Gear Review: Wigwam Socks

I remember growing up as a kid and being told by my mother to ‘put on your wool socks before going out to play in the snow, so your feet don’t get cold’. Well, me being young, and thinking that those bulky old grey wool socks looked dorky, I would sneak out of the house without them. Sure enough, it didn’t take long before my feet got cold and it took some of the fun out of my outdoor adventures.

It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized that mother actually did know best. Even up until a few years ago, I thought that I could get away with those high tech breathable summer sport socks. When I started snowshoe running, I was finding that my feet would get very wet and still end up getting quite cold during my runs.

I then tried out some Wigwam Merino Wool socks, and my cold feet have never felt so happy. Wigwam has been making socks since 1905, and makes great Merino blend socks designed specifically for snowsports.

The Snow Legend Fusion and Snow Whisper Pro are two wonderful socks to add to your winter snowshoe collection. Both of these socks have a high content of Merino Wool in the outer layer for warmth, but also have an additional inner layer made of moisture managing Olefin to help prevent your feet from overheating. Another big benefit of the additional inner layer is that it will prevent friction and resulting blister issues. The inner layer moves against the outer layer, not against your shoe or boot. This is a really nice feature to have and I’m pleased to say that I have never had a blister while wearing either of these socks. I tend to wear the Snow Legend Fusion on colder days because of the slightly higher Merino Wool content, while the lightweight Snow Whisper Pro is a perfect sock for race days. Both socks performed exceptionally well at keeping my feet warm, even in wet snow conditions.

The new Snow Mogul Pro is another great sock in the Wigwam line. This is my favourite, all-around winter sock. The supportive, yet unrestrictive fit is very comforting, while coming up to just below your knee for complete lower leg protection from the elements. This sock is made from a blend of Merino Wool for warmth and Olefin, stretch nylon and spandex for moisture management and durability. One of the things that I enjoy best about the Mogul sock is that they are a very funky looking sock. Wear them all day on the trail; then cozy up by the fireplace in the bar in the evening.

So, if you want to make sure you have warm feet (even when your feet get wet), and don’t want to look dorky, check out the complete line of Wigwam socks at http://www.wigwam.com.

Derrick Spafford
spafford@healthandadventure.com

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About Sara Montgomery and Derrick Spafford

Derrick and Sara are trail runners from Eastern Ontario who discovered that running on snowshoes in the winter months is a great way to enjoy their favorite trails year-round. They competed in their first snowshoe series (The Mad Trapper Series in Low, Quebec) in 2005, each finishing 2nd in their respective divisions. Plans for 2006 are to return to the Mad Trapper, to take in some races in New York and Vermont, and hopefully cap their season with the U.S. Snowshoe Championships in March, as Canadian guests. Derrick runs a company, Spafford Health and Adventure (http://www.healthandadventure.com), which specializes in coaching and event promotion. He is currently planning an annual snowshoe race to be held in the Kingston area, starting this winter.