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3/24/17 11:51 A

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Old thread... but I'm very happy with the Drymax cold weather socks I got a couple months ago. They keep my feet warm but not sweaty on those cold training runs. Now I've not soaked them in 15 degree weather (yet) so I can't speak to that, and they're not waterproof, but I got my feet wet enough to feel the water squishing between my toes repeatedly in 30 degree weather last week. I was fine and that was while hiking, not even running, so I obviously wasn't generating as much body heat as a run. It felt cold for a few minutes and then my feet warmed up again. With thin, "normal" socks, I'm pretty sure I would have had numb toes.

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12/8/16 9:08 A

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I must be the odd trail runner; I welcome my feet to get wet when I am running it cools me off. But then again when it is 15 degrees I am only wearing a sweatshirt!!

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12/8/15 10:45 A

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The first thing I've learned about waterproof socks is that they're so thick, I need larger shoes. They all have 3 layers, an inner fabric for comfort/wicking, the waterproof barrier, and an outer fabric. Not sure of the purpose of the outer layer - perhaps to protect the delicate barrier?

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12/7/15 8:00 P

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I wear mid to heavyish wool socks when it's wet - they keep my feet warm even when wet.
After some water crossings and deep puddles, I learned I like my well draining shoes when my friends found the gortex held the water in. Where I live, it's rarely down lower than the 20s - if it were colder, I may like Gortex shoes waterproof socks.

I hope you will sharre a review of the socks you are trying.

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11/23/15 2:56 P

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And an umbrella too. (I mean, you're kidding, right? Seriously, I figure the socks aren't as breathable as the companies suggest so I really don't want multiple waterproof barriers if one is sufficient.)

PS: I ordered the socks from Amazon on Friday, received them on Sunday - free using Amazon Prime. Since when does Amazon Prime deliver on Sunday for no extra charge?

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11/21/15 1:12 P

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surely those socks + goretex shoes would really keep you dry.

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11/20/15 6:39 P

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I made a decision and ordered 4 different kinds of socks to try: two pair of Sealskinz and two pair of Dexshell socks - all calf-high. Can't wait for some icy stream crossings this winter!

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11/20/15 2:23 P

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Thanks! I'll check out those shoes you suggested!

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11/20/15 1:19 P

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I believe it was, sock, bag, shoe.

Saucony Xodus are neutral shoes that come in gore tex. Salomon makes them too, but their shoe names are so similar that they confuse the heck out of me.

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11/20/15 11:07 A

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Do you mean plastic bags inside the shoe or plastic bags outside the shoe?

Inside means sweating. (The waterproof socks all claim to be breathable.)

Outside means you have to stop at each water crossing and put them on and then take them off. Sounds easy enough but I've been faced with water crossings where there are rocks (above water) that might be slippery - who knows - so you have to decide whether to put on the bags and reduce your grip and risk slipping in the water only because you put on the bags! And of course, you have to hope they didn't tear on the previous crossing or carry lots of extra bags.

I looked into goretex shoes but couldn't find anything (when I looked last year) in a neutral trail running shoe that fit me. (Would still need to carry bags for water that goes ankle-high.) I'd be willing to try them though!

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11/20/15 5:06 A

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I went on a very long group run, it was in April and muddy/wet/snowy/icy. I believe a few people simply put their feet in plastic bags.

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11/20/15 4:52 A

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how about Gore-Tex shoes?

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11/18/15 7:02 P

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I've seen other trail runners in waterproof socks but last I looked, reviews were iffy - a lot of people said they were unreliable. I've been reading new reviews and feel more confident this year.

I've been looking mostly at:

Dexshell Thermlite (ankle height)
Dexshell Trekking, HyTherm (mid-calf)
Sealskinz (variety of heights)
Rocky Goretex (mid-calf)

Looked at Hanz Chillblocker but these have much less satisfaction on Amazon reviews.

Please don't bother posting that you don't have a problem with cold wet feet. All my running buds say their feet warm up with minutes after a freezing water crossing. I've tried many times - my feet just stay cold and turn numb. I'm ready for comfort!



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