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Best socks

Postby bleasy » Mon Oct 08, 2012 20:40 pm

Hi guys after some good socks for mountain biking in, something that is warm and waterproof. I know everyone will probably tell me sealskinz but is there any other socks that aren't as expensive?

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Re: Best socks

Postby chrisw333 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 20:47 pm

Woolie Boolies are warm, but not waterproof. Otherwise think you're stuck with sealskins. Worth the investment though

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Re: Best socks

Postby cooldad » Mon Oct 08, 2012 20:59 pm

Sealskinz work and last ages - the thermal ones especially.
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Re: Best socks

Postby Woody80 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 21:06 pm

How long do people's sealskinz stay waterproof for? Mine are just warm socks it seems now! They seem to hold the water inside them well though....

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Re: Best socks

Postby Clank » Mon Oct 08, 2012 21:18 pm

This is the issue with sealskinz. If you're wearing full length waterproof trousers, they probably work better than just wearing them with bare legs and getting the water running down and filling them up.

Personally, I prefer a sock thats quick draining and drying and just put up with wet feet. Wool socks would be good. Works for me for day long outings. I can stand getting wet, as long as I'm warm, I'm good.
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Re: Best socks

Postby passout » Tue Oct 09, 2012 08:15 am

As above. When water is running down your legs and you are going through a lot of water seal skinz can actually start to collect water. I think they are great for road work (where you don't go through deep water & maybe have full guards), when its not too wet off road or short off road blasts. Much of my MTBing is all day though & in the wet they do start to fill up. For these rides I now use merino wool socks - non waterproof ones. I have excellent thermal ones by Pearl Izumi (expensive but very warm in any weather) and some cheaper walking merino ones for everyday use which OK in anything but the coldest conditions. Walking merino socks seems cheaper than cycling ones.
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Re: Best socks

Postby The Spiderman » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:05 am

I have recently bought a pair of Garburn Merino socks via Bikemaps ebay shop.They cost £8.50 and I have been impressed so far.

I previously tried Sealskinz but didn`t like the fit and they didn`t do a good job of keeping my feet warm.

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Re: Best socks

Postby broona » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:42 am

The Spiderman wrote:I have recently bought a pair of Garburn Merino socks via Bikemaps ebay shop.They cost £8.50 and I have been impressed so far.

I previously tried Sealskinz but didn`t like the fit and they didn`t do a good job of keeping my feet warm.


Thanks for the info, just ordered myself 3 pairs! ;)

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Re: Best socks

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:28 pm

Have some nice Kona socks I got off CRC form £2.99, my feet get wet, but as its trapped it warms up like a wet suite, the rides aren't long enough for it to be a serious issue.

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Re: Best socks

Postby Clank » Tue Oct 09, 2012 19:48 pm

broona wrote:
The Spiderman wrote:I have recently bought a pair of Garburn Merino socks via Bikemaps ebay shop.They cost £8.50 and I have been impressed so far.

I previously tried Sealskinz but didn`t like the fit and they didn`t do a good job of keeping my feet warm.


Thanks for the info, just ordered myself 3 pairs! ;)


Yeah, I'll be looking into them, myself!
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Re: Best socks

Postby The Spiderman » Wed Oct 10, 2012 06:29 am

Link to Garburn socks here for those interested. I will be getting some more,I used them for walking the other weekend and they were great for that too.

[urhttp://www.bikemaps.co.uk/merinowoolcyclingsocks.html][/url]

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Re: Best socks

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Wed Oct 10, 2012 08:23 am

Woody80 wrote:How long do people's sealskinz stay waterproof for? Mine are just warm socks it seems now! They seem to hold the water inside them well though....

Several years.
You have to wash them without any fabric softener though. Fabric softener will turn any waterprof material into, well, crap.

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Re: Best socks

Postby broona » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:43 am

Socks arrived this morning, brilliant service! :)

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Re: Best socks

Postby sanchez89 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 16:24 pm

The Spiderman wrote:Link to Garburn socks here for those interested. I will be getting some more,I used them for walking the other weekend and they were great for that too.

[urhttp://www.bikemaps.co.uk/merinowoolcyclingsocks.html][/url]


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Re: Best socks

Postby plugp7 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 18:27 pm

Sealskinz with their merino wool liners. Warm and waterproof. Not cheap but good investment.
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Re: Best socks

Postby bleasy » Wed Oct 10, 2012 19:25 pm

Has anyone tried x socks?

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Re: Best socks

Postby roverthehill » Wed Oct 10, 2012 19:27 pm

sealskinz for me. I wear ordinary sox under them and never wash the sealskinz. Don't want to wreck them! Smell a bit though... but no worse than my trainers....

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Re: Best socks

Postby cooldad » Wed Oct 10, 2012 19:33 pm

I wash my Sealskinz inside out - no fabric softener because I'm not a girl. Last for years.
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Re: Best socks

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Wed Oct 10, 2012 20:26 pm

cooldad wrote:I wash my Sealskinz inside out - no fabric softener because I'm not a girl. Last for years.

it's actually surprisingly hard to find washing powder/stuff without some 'orrible girly softener shite in it. They sneak it in when you least suspect it.

Oh, and roverthehill... wash your damned socks you dirty fu**ing tramp.

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Re: Best socks

Postby Woody80 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 20:35 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
cooldad wrote:I wash my Sealskinz inside out - no fabric softener because I'm not a girl. Last for years.

it's actually surprisingly hard to find washing powder/stuff without some 'orrible girly softener shite in it. They sneak it in when you least suspect it.

That's why none of my sealskinz are waterproof now then! I did manage to find some plain washing liquid but it took some rummaging.


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