Australian gear company Le Bent turned to pro skier Cody Townsend to help design the first sock specifically for ski touring. Years of suffering through long ski tours with cold, wet feet and painful blisters gave Townsend the motivation to address all the issues faced by backcountry riders from climbing to descending.

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The sock includes extra thickness in the toe box, strategically placed weaves that enhance breathability, proprietary merino wool/rayon fabric, and silicon strips on the heel to lock down the foot from any sort of upward slippage while touring. Says Townsend, “It’s the simplest solution to a problem that caused blisters, inefficiencies, less downhill performance and generally drove me crazy.” MSRP: $31.95. Lebent.com.au (Wil Wheaton)