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Old 10-15-07, 11:29 AM   #1
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Sealskinz: waterproof socks

Just bought a pair of the mid-length medium ones and I'm waiting for it to rain. I might get lucky tomorrow, the forecast is for wet. They are a really nice piece of kit with a merino wool fluffy lining.
Is anyone else using them? I just got fed up improvising with plastic bags and don't want to mix toe clips with external booties.
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Old 10-15-07, 07:45 PM   #2
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Heh, i do the same thing. Buy new wet weather kit, then pray for rain.

I have not tried the ones with a wool lining, all mine are an older version with just a plain inside. My problem with them was water running down my legs inside my tights, and filling up the socks from the top....

This year I found a pair of super thin waterproof tights that dont make me sweat to death, so im waiting for heavy rain to see if that solves the problem. My previous tights were just windproof fronts, and spandex backs so my calves had waterfalls of water runnign down the backs of them. Had rain both commutes today, but not pouring buckets yet so the jury is still out.

I also picked up a set of "Rocky" goretex socks from MEC.ca and they are a lot thinner than the sealskinz so fit better in my sandals. They worked well today, but again i need a torrential downpour for a good test.
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Old 10-15-07, 09:53 PM   #3
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I almost bought a pair but they were close to 50 bucks.

How much did you pay for yours?
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Old 10-16-07, 07:19 AM   #4
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22 which was pretty fair. Generally 1 buys the same as $1
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Thought I'd revive this thread as I just received my "mid thermal" version of the sealskinz socks, ordered from the UK. I will have to post back later on testing, but by the look of them, they are very nice quality, seamless, with a three layer construction: thick merino lining inside, waterproof/breathable membrane, and abrasion resistant outer knit. About the thickness of a good rag sock. More to come later!
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I have a pair of Sealskinz and I'm impressed although mine don't have the merino wool liner. If I had it to do over again I would buy them long before I bought shoe covers.

I don't use them for their waterproofing so much since my foul weather commuting shoes already have waterproof uppers. However, they work great for adding a windproof layer that extends almost all the way up my calf. When I wear them over a pair of Smartwool snowboarding socks I can ride to work in 20F with Rainlegs over thick jeans and no shoe covers. Take off the Sealskinz and Rainlegs while at work and then put them back on for the ride back home in 25F.

I'm still not equipped to commute in single digits, snow, or red air days but they at least get me out riding a dozen or more times from December through February. If I could only find a pair of SPD-compatible insulated riding shoes that look more like street shoes I'd be down into single digits and willing to buy some Nokian Hakkapellitas too.
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I'm still not equipped to commute in single digits, snow, or red air days but they at least get me out riding a dozen or more times from December through February. If I could only find a pair of SPD-compatible insulated riding shoes that look more like street shoes I'd be down into single digits and willing to buy some Nokian Hakkapellitas too.
I just ride in my Shimano MT31 shoes and a pair of nice thick wool hunting socks, the coldest we have had here this year is 9 degrees F. Granted my commute is only ~6 miles so I am not out that long. but I have had not problems so far...
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My feet get cold, period. I have layering worked out for every other body part down to around -15F wind chill.

Lake MX255's + trekking socks = 32F

Lake MX255's + mountaineering/hunting socks = 26F

Lake MX255's + sealskinz + snowboarding socks = 20F

Lake MX255's + sealskinz + snowboarding socks + amfib shoe covers = 12F

I figure replacing the uninsulated Lakes with 200g thinsulated SPD compatible boots = another 8-10F.

I'd rather not change shoes here at work (too many jokers around) so I'd prefer them to look like work shoes. I get my exercise on skis when winter weekends roll around so I have no poseur points to score with winter weekend rides. Therefore, all the garish logos and latest fashion designs of the typical winter riding shoes are being wasted on me.

The only other problem I run into is my glasses sometimes icing over below around 10F. I'll worry about that when I get the shoes problem solved.
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i was pretty underwhelmed with the waterproofness of sealskinz
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and for reference

specialized defrosters + heavy wool socks + eastman toe warmers = good to -18 F
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i was pretty underwhelmed with the waterproofness of sealskinz
I was too until I found out they're designed to hold heat while wet not to be waterpoof. Scuba divers use them as flipper liners. I use mine w/a thin pair of wool blend socks, Sealskinz and Lake winter road shoes. Good to about 10-15 degrees then go to chemical toe-warmers. Have done centuries in 20-35 degrees for 6-7 hours and have been comfortable w/this combo. The Lakes were pricey...and worth every dime.
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specialized defrosters
still look too much like a cycling shoe and the plastic soles are no good on concrete and linoleum floors.
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