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Thicker socks to take up room in liner
So as I have been breaking in my new boots the liners have started to pack out a little. I have been skiing in very thin smart wools and am beginning to have a good amount of extra room in the boots. Would I be better off wearing a thicker pair of stance socks to fill in the boot more or will I lose performance or pack out the liner even more?
In the future, we have a dedicated thread for these questions, conveniently stickied at the top of the page.
Do not wear "thick" socks, for numerous reasons. The more squish that is around your foot will allow your foot to move more, thus potentially leading to toe bang, ankle pressure, etc. Also, a thicker sock takes up more air space causing you to get colder faster. Thin sock = warmer
If your foot is moving around, solve it by getting a footbed. This will lock your foot in place inside the boot, making for a more efficiently skiing boot and better balance. If you don't already have one, this is your top priority.
If you do have a footbed and you are experiencing play inside the boot, are you sure you are in the right size/width for your foot? Remove the liner, step in with your thin ski sock, slide your toes to the front of the boot, and measure the space behind your heel. 1cm is a tight performance fit, 2cm is normal, 3cm is too big.
Definitely listen to onenerdy on this. But if you already have a well made and posted custom footbed and you just need to fill in overall space, you're better off just throwing a shim under your current footbed. You can buy them off tognar.com in the bootfitting section (although I've heard some people just using cardboard in a pinch).
Stay away from thick socks. Thick socks just make you more unstable, because you have to compress their bulk before you can get your ski/boot to respond.
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