Skiers and riders require a sock that provides cushioning to eliminate pressure from forward lean, buckles, and power straps, or flat jersey construction to meet the demands of the high-performance, shell-fit customer. We ski and ride in Merino wool; it insulates and doesn't itch. Darn Tough's fine gauge Merino wool moves moisture off your skin keeping your feet dry and warm. High density knitting provides cushioning for your feet and padding for your shins. All without unnecessary bulk. Bottom line: if your boots fit better and your feet are warm, at the end of the day, you're still on the hill. These Over-the-Calf Padded Ultra Light Ski Socks feature a padded shin and thin, race-fit foot section for a high-performance feel.