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Acerbis No-Wet Socks

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They are not quite as warm as dry socks, because ½ of the insulation is wet, but they are much warmer than wet socks, and you can always wear another sock under them. For warmer use then I'd say not worth it - socks (with spare pairs) and walking trainers without a goretex liner have proven quite good at clearing water rapidly. Particularly in the more sandy areas as you go south, you may want a pair of gaiters just to stop dirt from getting into the tops - the grit against sweaty feet is a good way to get blisters, even if your shoes are worn in, and the grit makes it hard sometimes to discover where your blisters are beginning. Although the cockpit stayed dry under the hard top, a trip to the bow got you drenched with water coming up from both under and across the tramp.

Since Teva sandals were mentioned: instead of those I've got some Keen Clearwater CNX sandals (their minimal line) because I am clumsy and need toe guards. I have a pair of those long Beaver neoprene socks (the 3 mm variety) and they're nice soft neoprene with virtually no internal stitching that would be likely to cause chafing. If you want a designated pair just for wet days, you might try some wax or other water proofing, but that might play hell with letting your feet have any influx of air for the sweat. Can't believe I was so stupid, next time I'll save the Sealskinz for the drive home - thanks for the useful advice.Normally, we wore them alone, but a few times we layered other sock beneath them, depending on the temperature and footwear fit. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Breathability is less than a normal sock, although they were never overly sweaty, even after a full day on the water at 60-70F. You have hit upon one of the biggest forum debate topics--trail runners or boots, , but everyone agrees that everyone's feet are different!

Just be aware that they are a little thicker than normal socks so you my have to size up your shoes I was lucky and had room to spare ! I find Sealskinz are good but they always spring a leak in the first half dozen or so times I wear them. I've finally have got my pack weight down light enough that I feel comfortable making the switch to trail-runners, but I haven't quite come to grips with the reality of walking all day with wet shoes. On preview, barchan is right though, the sand is definitely going to be a bigger problem than the cold/water.For example, my Dexshell Running Lite socks are very much cooler (and more comfortable) than my boot length Bridgedale Stormsocks. After a few minutes I was able to tell that my feet were in fact dry, and I was more afraid to wreck my new shoes than anything. I think the issue would be that the foot will move around more inside the shoe and hence be less secure on rough terrain. If I need waterproof shoes, what's like the Trail Gloves (zero drop, minimal padding, no big, rigid heel cup) but waterproof?

I will be doing a post on proper winter clothing soon, as the Swedish saying goes: Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder, or “There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing. Although much more pliable than the first generation, waterproof don’t stretch as much as conventional socks and can vary considerably between brands.

If there's a place and time on earth that begs for waterproof socks, it's Vancouver Island in the winter. However, a little trick taught to me years ago is that when you have a substantial break, give your feet, socks and boots a break as well. I put on some waterproof Keen shoes to shovel the walk, but other than those those few trips outside I just stayed inside where my feet were well and truly dry. So considering all the above comments then, what would people wear on their feet if they were going to run/walk for say, between 4 and 12 hours, say marathon to ultra, unsupported so just a small running pack, in winter over wet terrain?

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