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Burton Weekend Review

This synthetic snowboard sock offers great warmth when dry
burton weekend ski socks review
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Price:  $35 List | $19.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Soft and comfortable, stretchy, maintains its shape, low price, warm when dry
Cons:  Tube-like construction, poor wicking ability, cold when wet
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 7, 2019
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  • Comfort & Construction - 25% 5.0
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Breathability - 25% 4.0
  • Fit - 15% 5.0
  • Durability - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

As one of the more stylish options out there, the Burton Weekend Sock got many compliments at the ski lodge. This 100% synthetic midweight snowboard sock is best worn with a pair of boots that don't have a very tight fit. Bare-bones in design, it's more like a tube of material than a true ski sock. It lacks thoughtfully placed areas of cushioning and compression and is pretty lackluster at first glance. On the hill, it provides warmth when dry, but loses its loft when wet. Given its thicker construction, it holds moisture easily and doesn't dry out very quickly or wick very efficiently. That said, it'll work if you just want a decent, high-value pair of socks. Just don't expect exceptional performance.

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Pros Soft and comfortable, stretchy, maintains its shape, low price, warm when dryComfortable and warm, good moisture management, durable, great fit, well-rounded appealSnug fit, wicks moisture, quick drying, great for tight fitting bootsLower price, comfortable cushioning, maintains warmth when wet, good constructionPriced right, warm when dry, comfortable, lightweight
Cons Tube-like construction, poor wicking ability, cold when wetNo lifetime guaranteeLacks cushioning, outside of boot warmth isn't greatCompression zones on ankle and top of foot aren't ideal, breathabilityCold when wet, durability is so-so, not the most fitted sock
Bottom Line This synthetic snowboard sock offers great warmth when dryIf you're seeking a ski sock for the season, this model is the most reliable across the boardOur favorite model for our performance fit boots and for high output activities like touringPremium materials and a great fit at a price that saves you a few bucksThis is one of the least expensive models that still offers reliable performance for skiing or snowboarding
Rating Categories Burton Weekend Smartwool Ski Full... Smartwool Ski Zero... REI Co-op Powderbou... Fox River Telluride...
Comfort & Construction (25%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Warmth (25%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
4.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Fit (15%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Burton Weekend Smartwool Ski Full... Smartwool Ski Zero... REI Co-op Powderbou... Fox River Telluride...
Material 80% acrylic, 18% nylon, 2% spandex 66% Merino wool, 32% nylon, 2% elastane 55% Merino wool, 41% nylon, 4% elastane 49% nylon, 48% RWS-certified Merino wool, 3% lycra spandex 53% acrylic, 27% nylon, 18% Merino wool blend, 2% spandex
Level of Cushioning Midweight Midweight Ultralightweight Midweight Lightweight
Weight 3.4 oz 3.1 oz 2.1 oz 3.3 oz 2.8 oz
Left/Right specific? No No No No No
Overall Height 13.75 in 14 in 14 in 14 in 13 in
Padded Area Cushioned throughout Cushioned throughout Zero Cushion Cushioned throughout Shin, heel, ankle

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Weekend Sock is a 100% synthetic sock with a tube-like construction and a cute, stylish flair. It's a good option for snowboarders or those seeking a thicker sock who don't have super tight-fitting ski boots.

Performance Comparison


burton weekend ski socks review - enjoying our days shredding lines at mt. baker in the backcountry...
Enjoying our days shredding lines at Mt. Baker in the backcountry. The Burton Weekend is ideal for snowboarders looking for a comfortable and less expensive option.
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Comfort & Construction


For a midweight tube sock, this sock is nice and comfortable to wear with a pair of boots that aren't too tight. It features thicker materials that are soft against the skin with padding throughout the sock that isn't engineered in any specific fashion. Unlike other high-end options, it lacks areas of specific compression paneling. While it does feel good to wear around town and to the resort, many of our testers that wore tight ski boots mentioned that it's not a comfortable sock to wear on the mountain.

burton weekend ski socks review - unlike other socks in this review, it's a simple tube of material...
Unlike other socks in this review, it's a simple tube of material. It doesn't feature any specific areas of compression paneling or a well-engineered design. While it still works for most things winter, its performance is hindered by this construction. It is, however, comfortable to wear during dry weather and with looser fitting boots.
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Our snowboarders did beg to differ, as they didn't experience the same issues of bunching on the mountain. All that aside, we can all agree that it's a great option to wear apres ski for its fun colors and comfortable synthetic materials.

burton weekend ski socks review - a look at the construction of the footbed shows a thicker fabric...
A look at the construction of the footbed shows a thicker fabric throughout. While the heel and toe look thinner because of the color difference, it's the same thickness. The body of the sock is the same.
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Warmth


When dry, this sock offers warmth in temperatures below freezing. While it offers warmth when dry, we noticed our feet getting cold on the lift several days on the resort. This is primarily because the material is thicker, and captures the water vapor. Being constructed of 100% synthetic materials (80% acrylic, 18% nylon, and 2% spandex), they don't insulate as well as natural fibers like merino wool. As a result, it's not a great option for sweaty endeavors where you might be stopping and going often. It's best for dry weather where your boots won't be getting too wet, and your feet won't be getting too sweaty.

burton weekend ski socks review - even though it's a little thicker (bottom) in comparison to the...
Even though it's a little thicker (bottom) in comparison to the Smartwool (top), it's not warmer. This is largely attributed to its construction and fabric materials. Utilizing 100% synthetic materials, primarily acrylic, it doesn't insulate as well as a merino-wool blend that you'll find in the Smartwool PhD.
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Breathability


This sock does not dry super quickly, and its wicking activity is sub-par. While it can take moisture from the surface of the skin and transport it through the material, it holds the moisture simply because of the thickness and properties of the synthetic acrylic materials used in construction. During a day of skiing at Lake Tahoe in California, we found ourselves with cold feet for this very reason. It's not an ideal option for super cold days where you might find yourself with wet feet.

burton weekend ski socks review - while the synthetic fibers are thick, plush, and does a good job of...
While the synthetic fibers are thick, plush, and does a good job of wicking away moisture, it doesn't do a great job transferring it for evaporation. The fabric is a little too thick and without appropriate ventilation; it doesn't dry well.
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Fit


Tossing aside any real construction that optimizes fit, this tube sock does well at its job. As a midweight option, it's thick and doesn't fit well underneath tight ski boots. That said, it is built for snowboard boots, which it does well with. If you're seeking a thicker sock and you've got ski boots that don't fit super tightly, this option may work if your boots are looser. If you're a snowboarder, it'll do just fine.

burton weekend ski socks review - the fit is nice and stretchy without a boxy toe box or weird...
The fit is nice and stretchy without a boxy toe box or weird constructions. While this is basically a tube of material, it still feels pretty good. Not a favorite amongst skiers, but it is advertised as a snowboard sock, and does a good job at that.
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Durability


After just a few months of use, we've noted some serious underfoot compaction that has changed the overall warmth of this sock. Aside from that and some minor pilling, we didn't notice any other major issues. It is made of 100% synthetic materials that will typically stand the test of time. Overall, decent durability but there are options out there that'll stand up with better construction.

burton weekend ski socks review - some pilling going on with this sock.
Some pilling going on with this sock.
Credit: Amber King

Value


Low priced with a decent value. These socks aren't technical or the highest performing but they'll do for most folks while skiing and snowboarding at the resort. If a good deal and a comfortable sock with more insulation is what you seek, this one delivers.

burton weekend ski socks review - a decent option for playing during dry days in alaska.
A decent option for playing during dry days in Alaska.
Credit: Amber King

Conclusion


The Burton Weekend Sock stands out for its generic 100% synthetic construction that doesn't feature any bells and whistles. Its midweight construction is prone to holding moisture. It also doesn't insulate well when wet. However, if you're facing sunny skies and dry days, this is a decent option for riding at the resort or in the backcountry.

Amber King
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