Recommendations for lightweight waterproof socks

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by JRT, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. JRT

    JRT Summit Camper


    I'm looking to replace my latest pair of Sealskinz with something lightweight and to be honest, a bit more damn reliable.

    As my winter boots are pretty watertight I only tend to use waterproof socks in the warmer seasons, so socks that are cooler and not as thick would be welcomed.

    Does anyone have any tried and tested favourites?
  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I don't know anyone who would wear waterproof socks in warmer months... I personally enjoy the dunking on wharm trails :thumbsup:
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  3. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Walking through dewy fields on a warm summer's morning in non waterproof shoes is a joy.
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Unless your wearing inov8 Roclite 335 boots... Then it becomes a weight lifting session :D
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  5. JRT

    JRT Summit Camper

    Or in my case after ten miles, a red and rubbing sensation.
  6. Jamess

    Jamess Section Hiker

    I like most folk on the forum have ditched their boots in favour of trail runners and non waterproof socks because over several days your feet rot in wet footwear.

    My boots only come out when serious crampons are required.

    I only wear waterproof socks in sub zero conditions and tbh, I've yet to find a good waterproof sock so I stick to cheap but easily replaceable army surplus ones.
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  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I use Dexshell; they work well for me - they do some lighter models, but watch out for what fabric they are lined with, some of it does not dry rapidly.
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  8. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Plastic bags over normal socks is what I use. As long as the bags get taken off regularly and inner socks dried, they work fine.

    My feet rot in wet trail runners. Although it's a perverse pleasure to feel that lovely cool water hitting my feet, the soreness for the next few weeks is no pleasure at all. I've had too many bouts of trenchfoot and I'm now really succeptible to it. Despite keeping very dry and comfy feet for the last few years in every condition imaginable (apart from slushy snow), my Scarpa outdry boots have given me achilles trouble and I'm back in low cut footwear. Outdry was a revelation, kept my feet bone dry all day. Drier than any footwear I've ever worn. I'm going to miss keeping dry and comfy feet whilst wading through bogs all day.

    My Dexshell socks are better than any Sealskinz I've had, but they still get wet on the inside eventually. This is a problem with all the waterproof socks I've ever used because they just don't dry out when their wet and they make my feet rot quicktime if I wear them.
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  9. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    I've never found a pair that have either worked sufficiently, lived up to claims or been comfortable ... so am content to put dry socks on (with liners) in wet boots ... feet soon warm up once walking. A zip lock bag or small bottle with talc in to dry the feet in the evening ensures foot rot is avoided on multi day trips.

    Not yet made the switch to trail runners outside of day walks with a light(er) pack weight. I find modern boots can be almost as light as approach shoes and give the ankles that little bit more support so have yet to take the plunge to trail runners. Current 3 season boots are either a pair of Asolo fugitives or Scarpa Rangers with winter boots being Scarpa Mantra pros. Unfortunately my local DofE guidance insists that all leaders wear boots. ... which also doesn't help ....
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  10. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    I must be in the minority here. Summer or winter I wear trail runners (Inov8) with either Reed Chillcheaters or Goretex oversocks. Can bog bash all day and only ever get slightly damp socks - from perspiration.
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  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

  12. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Good for surfing Ed. Cowabunga.
  13. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Summit Camper

    Bridgedales come recommended by Alex Rhodie(?) post his winter Cape Wrath trail mission. Sealskinz id avoid
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  14. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Personally I too don't get on with wet feet - interested to know which of the Reed Chilleaters you use, not seen these before.
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  15. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Summit Camper

    Dex shell seem to be the only brand that offer wp socks at under 100g a pair, cheap too. Picked up an ultra thin crew pair for £20 the other day, mens L, 70g the pair and more stretchy and sock like too than most, hoping they will perform well for 3 season use
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  16. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    I've been using Danish Endurance (£25 for 3 pairs on Amazon) with Salomon X-Alps or Salewa Mountain Trainers, both Gore Tex boots. The socks are a Merino blend, so they don't pong and they don't have that waterlogged wet feel on hot days. I carry one to wash, one to wear on stage hikes. So far, comfy, no rubbing, and much more hardwearing than the big name brands I've tried.
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  17. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

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    PhilHo Thru Hiker

  19. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    Don’t get the Dexshell bamboo ones.... mine had holes on the big toes after one day on the hill!!! Only worn them a half dozen times and the heels are now nearly through!! Wore them last weekend walking the dog on the hill, five minutes walking through wet grass and my feet were soaking!!! I’m thinking an email to Dexshell might be on the cards even though i have no receipt of purchase.
  20. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Not waterproof, but I find waterproof socks make my feet sweat too much then I get rubbing issues. I prefer something that absorbs and wicks the sweat away - with the DE socks, I find my feet feel dry, even after a full day on the trail, in summer.
  21. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Those look a little “niche” for this forum, @edh ;) Is that for a more “specialist” interest group?
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  22. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    A Q for dexshell socks wearers, the flexible lite ones, are they tight around the top?
    My non-flexi lightweight ones are very tight around the ankle, to the point something drastic needs to be done. I'm trying to stretch them using plastic beakers atm.
    The longer slightly thicker version is fine. I don't (think) I have fat ankles :D
  23. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    No, I don't do waterproof, leave my feet pruney and give me blisters!
  24. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    A very late reply sorry @Robert P ! There are the Reed Aquatherm socks.
  25. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Thanks @murpharoo - I made an educated guess and got a pair. It seems like they will be durable. When I tried them last weekend I found the seams more prominent than with other waterproof socks, but it seemed to be less noticeable over time, so I hope these will be a good option. In your experience is it best to have them fairly tight or a bit loose fitting? The don't seem as form fitting as Sealskinz for example.

    I tried using mesh trail shoes (some Inov8s) in consistent wet conditions for a couple of days once, but it really put me off. Not because it was uncomfortable, but because of the seriously unpleasant smell the shoes acquired. I've never had this issue with waterproof footwear, or when using waterproof socks in the same type of trial shoes, so can only assume it is the peaty bog water etc getting access to the skin and bacteria making some nasty smells - any kind of physical barrier (even leaky goretex) seems enough to stop this unpleasant effect

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