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SealSkinz Waterproof Socks - Cost £22.50

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SealSkinz Waterproof Socks - Cost £22.50

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Page By: Andy Livo

Created/Edited: Dec 12, 2008 / Mar 27, 2011

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SealSkinz Waterproof Socks

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 Impressions

These 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 Dirt

I 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 2009

The 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!

Update 27th March 2011

Never wear these. For me a waste of money. I can keep warm and dryish with the Shimano shoes and thick socks. The fact that water goes over the top and pools in the feet really put me of. Never get that with the shoes and thick socks.


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A great read - particularly the updates. From being impressed, to sceptical to outright disappointed. I've seen these in shops and wondered about them before. Perhaps the knee length ones would prevent water getting in?
Posted Feb 18, 2012 1:59 am

Andy LivoRe: Amazing

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Yea maybe knee length. I never use them. Been out today and it was throwing it down. Have the Shimano boots and hiking socks. Toasty and pretty dry. Its the cold that really gets you when feet get wet. So the pooling of water in The seal skins not good. I got some seal skins thin gloves. they aren't that good either!!! The palms soak in water and the silicon grips on the figures and thumbs get really slippy. They weren't cheap. I'd read the reviews which said they were great. Obviously not tested in the real world. Gore make good products but very expensive. The Gore winter goretex gloves are amazing. Bought them 12 yrs ago and still going strong even with a rip in the outer. Still waterproof too.
Posted Feb 18, 2012 1:48 pm

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