My friends have invited me on (my first) snow shoeing trip in January. We'll be doing a 4 day hike in the mountains of Slovakia. Temperatures may get down to -13F. We will be doing 35 miles over four days while sleeping at (heated) mountain top hotels. I am a regular backpacker and can clear 20+ miles a day on the JMT, so the distance/altitude for me is ok, although I hear snowshoeing is going to be a bit more arduous than just hiking.
After reading the articles on this site, I've settled on the following sock/shoe combination:
Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter
New Balance 872 Off Road
Rocky Gore-Tex Sock (2nd layer)
Merino Sock (1st layer)
Toasty Feet Insole
When I hike, I have NB Minimus with smartwool, so I like the idea of breathable shoes with a goretex sock layer and below that a wicking layer. That said, none of the guides I have read had this, they always had a "Coolmax, Thermax, Outlast" layer next to the feet. If anybody can give me a recommendation on the feasibility of subsitituting the Merino for the coolmax, I'd much appreciate it.