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I don't really need number of pairs (three or so would do) and I'm looking to spend like $40 shipped or so.
My shell is small for my foot size (I wear a size 12 shoe, but ski a 27.5 shell) so I need something thing. But I also want a fair amount of padding and "support". Durability and moisture wicking would be nice as well.
Get some decent socks. They might be expensive, but will last you a long time. I have had a pair of Bridgedale socks that have lasted me 5 years. No shit. They are the best socks I have ever owned. So throw down some cash for a good ski sock and you'll be happy.
I wore Under Armour for almost 2 years as my only snowboarding sock. I had almost 12 pairs, of both thin and thick. They are a great sock and I still use them for daily wear as well as snowboarding.
Last year though, I bought a couple pairs of Smartwool, because I got them cheap through the resort I worked for. They were definitely a step up from UA. My feet stay warmer and drier. I was someone who wore my boots up to 15 hours a day, and no less than 8. They were more comfortable to wear for long hours, and tended to not smell as bad after a long day.
You have to go with smartwool. Dont know the exact name of them but I am pretty sure they are light weight racing socks. The socks are fucking baller real thin were it needs to be but with extra padding on the shins which has actually helped, a bit, with shinbang.
smartwool phd utralight or phd racer. the utralight is my personal preference and my shop doesnt even sell smartwool.
failing that, the thorlos utralights. they arent too bad, suuper light weight, 4 way stretch, good amount of stretch for the calf.
and i hate the xsocks. im probably one of the few, but really dont like them. i was given two pairs to try out and they suck, the whole anatomic fit shape thing creates too many seams and leaves my foot looking like an angry map afterwards.