These socks are mid light meaning that they are not as bulky as the older type while retaining some thermal properties. They are mid calf length with a breathable membrane sandwiched between a Marino wool liner and an abrasion resistant outer. They are fully waterproof and can be used for a variety of applications ranging from golf to mtbing. At £22.50 these are not a cheap option for keeping dry. The SealSkinz website is quite informative.
Initial ImpressionsThese are well made, comfortable and durable looking socks, which are a lot bulkier than your normal summer socks. There is little or no stretch so it is important to get the right sizing for the best fit. If your toes hit the bottom then it could be uncomfortable. These may be a bit of a squeeze in your shoes due to added bulk. Try before you buy is the golden rule!
Out in the DirtI have to say that I am impressed with these socks. For the past 20 years I have suffered with cold wet feet and have had enough. GoreTex boots didn’t alleviate the discomfort but these babies do! In shoes which are sieves you may find that the thermal qualities are not so good but some thin liners will do the trick. The Merino wool lining is comfortable against the skin and does not irritate at all.
So far even in a heavy deluge my feet are dry. The only negative is the added bulk, which will restrict circulation in tight shoes and therefore your feet will cool. They do seem to be genuinely breathable and that is a plus ‘cos my feet sweat (and smell!!) something rotten. I am unsure as to durability as I have only had these socks for a few months but will update this review as and when more testing is complete!
SealSkinz are also machine washable and don’t need kid glove treatment. All in all I think these socks are worth the expense and do the job they are supposed to do.
Update 14th March 2009The main problem with these socks is that they are too short. If I had my time over again I would have bought the knee length ones to illiminate the water running down the inside when going through puddles. Live and learn. So if you want waterproof socks get the knee length ones which will look totally stupid with shorts!!
The other problem is the bulk. I cannot put a thin sock underneath as my shoes become too tight. Nothing is ideal!