SealSkinz Waterproof mid weight, mid length Walking and Hiking Socks for Men and Women
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

SealSkinz Waterproof mid weight, mid length Walking and Hiking Socks for Men and Women SealSkinz Waterproof mid weight, mid length Walking and Hiking Socks for Men and Women
Waterproof mid weight, mid length Walking and Hiking Socks for Men and Women

Vital Statistics:

Colours:
Black

Sizes:
S, M, L, XL

SRP:
£30.00

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

My main walking boots are waterproof, so to check out the waterproofness of these Sealskinz socks I devised my own test that subjected the socks to rather more extreme 'wet' conditions than I would normally expect to experience. I'd been cleaning a pair of my older walking boots and had rather overdone the wetting - so the boots were actually soaking wet.

I prefer to wear two pairs of walking socks anyway so I put on my normal socks, added the Sealskinz socks over them then put one my very wet boots. I then spent about 5 hours on a low level walk around Oxfordshire.

At the end of the walk, I removed the (still) wet boots, removed the Sealskinz socks - and found that the inner sock (and my feet) were pretty well completely dry. So I'm now convinced that these Sealskinz socks most definitely are waterproof!

There also did not appear to be much build-up of perspiration - so the waterproofness does not appear to have been at the expense of breathability either.

These mid-weight socks are calf length and do have a reasonable level of padding in the sole and around the heel. The inside is quite soft - unlike the exterior which does have a slightly harsh feel.

Although I worn them with a liner sock for walking, I have worn them on their own for cycling when they've been warm enough during Autumn. I've yet to test them in cold Winter weather, but I think I would need a liner/second sock then.

Buying Advice:

If your walking boots have ceased to be waterproof, then these Sealskinz will certainly rectify that situation! You may need to add liner socks to increase thermal properties in colder weather.


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