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Has anyone tried Seal-Skinz socks for keeping the footsies dry?

Old 12-30-05, 05:25 PM
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Has anyone tried Seal-Skinz socks for keeping the footsies dry?

THE Q.: Anyone had any experience with any of the Seal-Skinz socks ???
There are at least a couple of "models" ... one is their Water Blocker (~ $30) that claims you can immerse your feet in water and they will remain dry. I forget or never knew the name of the other version - it will keep water out but not if your feet actually take the plunge.
I have gotten interested because this last year it seems to have rained everywhere I rode too far from any shelter of any type to get on back. I am tired of wet.
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Seal skinz socks are pretty darned nifty. I've found the laminated version (storm sock?) loses it's "waterproofness" over a season, but stay pretty well water resistant. I believe the loss of waterproof might be from rips/tears in the laminate or perhaps from "cooking the tar" out of them in the dryer (I have a bad habit of "toasting" my laundry).

I use shimano sandals and various sock type combinations (including seal skins) depending upon the conditions.

It's near impossible to keep feet dry with any footwear combo, as even if the footwear is waterproof/breathable sweat builds up on a long ride day. The key is to limit circulatory restriction to your toes, so even if wet (from sweat) they would be "warm and wet".

Don't cram extra/multi sock layers into your normal shoe size. That's just asking for cold feet/frost bite.
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I've got a set a couple of years old and they (still) are great! Found them on eBay (fleabay) for like $10 shipped. Not sure what style they are but I think "original" is a good word.
I'd highly recommend them. I suppose they work like a wet-suit, by the time the ater get to yout skin it's kinda warmed up. Hope this helps, John
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I've been using seal-skinz for several years now with shimano sandals (year-round in rainy oregon). You'll still get damp just from the sweat. but it's not bad. My usual winter set up is cool-max/light liner sock, wool socks, seal skins, sandals, and in real rainy weather-booties.


I wore the seal skins/sandals/booties a couple weeks ago riding through a flooded out road and even though my feet were submerged in the water, I stayed relatively dry. I have had water come in over the top of the socks, when I sometimes fold down the top. Even wet though, I've stayed warm.
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