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Waterproof Socks, but how many layers?


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Lizzie Ross · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

Typically when I hike, I wear my sock liners, compression socks, and if it's colder, my wool socks.

I am planning to purchase some waterproof socks because it's cheaper than buying another pair of shoes (and i've heard the waterproofing spray is not that amazing, but I don't want to wear FOUR pairs of socks on my upcoming trek, but I don't really know what sock I can get rid of. Are waterproof socks warm enough to get rid of my wool socks? Or are their compression socks that are waterproof? I have found all 3 of these to be of equal importance on a dry hike so I'm struggling to decide which I can switch out for the waterproof sock.

Bruce Hope · · Medford, OR · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 11,327

It's not clear whether you want warm or dry feet? Since water can come from the outside (rain, wet vegetation, creek crossings, slushy snow, etc.) and from the inside (sweat), I'm not sure absolute foot dryness is possible if you're active. So it's a trade-off where the usual goal is warmth rather than dryness. Years ago, I tried vapor barrier liners. While my feet were marginally warmer, they weren't dry (and the liners wore through pretty fast). Lately I've been using neoprene socks for winter hiking (in place of my usual summer wool socks) and cold-water rafting. In both instances they keep my feet warm but not perfectly dry. I haven't tried them, but you could consider Crosspoint Waterproof Wool Socks.

R Arkoze · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

Arkoze Products sell Waterproof Compression Socks, comes with anti-slip grip too.
This will definitely provide solution to your many layers of socks.

They are available from Amazon site and on promotion sale for year end too
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and
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Emma Goaround · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

I'm not sure you've ever seen this before - https://www.soutdoors.com/best-heated-socks/ some pros and cons may help out.
I've never used ones of them. Just recall there is some reviews about the heat socks. Hope it can help you.

eric yuan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2019 · Points: 0

On the waterproof socks, I recommend you to try the "HyperShellz waterproof socks" which is sold on Amazon.
I am the founder of this Brand. We make OEM products for many famous waterproof socks brand, almost half of the brands sold on Amazon is produced by my factory.
Please have a try on HyperShellz.

Jeffrey Joslin · · Abingdon · Joined Mar 2019 · Points: 0

Oi, most experienced travelers will probably advise you to stay away from any products described as waterproof. That's why so many people prefer trail runners over thicker, sturdier (and mostly waterproof) boots. When you're moving, you sweat. If you're wearing something waterproof, the sweat won't evaporate, which means you might end up wetter than you would be if you were wearing something more breathable. Waterproof always SOUNDS great until you actually get out there, and then the drawbacks become painfully obvious.

4th St · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 0

I've worn neoprene socks with rubber sandals a few times in the Autumn, for unambitious hiking that included beaver dams and a little fishing. I've also slept in them without discomfort. They are useful under bicycle shoes in winter, because they are somewhat windproof and warmer than wool of equal thickness.

On a separate note here, vapor barrier socks are "waterproof socks" and highly effective in frigid weather. Plastic bags work well for a day. you wear them over very thin socks, with a heavy sock over the VB. In theory, a second VB can go over the heavy sock, but this isn't necessary.

I don't know what "compression socks" are -- and I've never heard of "waterproof socks" as described. But don't wear four pairs of socks.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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