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 Post subject: Socks
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:37 pm 
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Hey guys,

I´m looking for new socks,
with 2 Layer system:

1st Layer should be some synthetic material like Nylon/Acryl/Polyester for sweat transportation,
2nd Layer some Wool/Elastan/Polyamid Mix (70 to 30).

Why I want that system is, I have read about it as good solution against blisters and other feet problems.
Whould be nice if you could post your expierience.


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 Post subject: Re: Socks
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:05 pm 
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Yes that's what I do all year long for hiking and PD and I've never had any trouble. Layer 2 is always merino (Icebreaker) but I vary the thickness depending if the weather is warm or cold.

EDIT: also, baby powder in the socks work well to reduce sweating/moisture issues.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:19 pm 
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I don't wear a thin liner for rucking, it's never worked out for me. That said, for any strenuous outdoor use I wear either Fox River socks or Darn Tough socks. This past deployment I wore a mix of Darn Tough (issued) and Fox River (purchased) and had zero issues. I also like the Merrel brand socks for general hiking use.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Hey,

the second Layer don´t make me trouble,
got some Bundeswehr Socks (70% wool / 30% Polyarmid),
but I don´t know what to buy for the 1st layer.
ATM I think I want to buy UnderArmour Sport Socks (White/Black Pair), 100% synthetic.


What do you buy for the 1st?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:25 pm 
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I don't - some guys swear by them, I've never had good luck with them. I toughened my feet up by rucking a lot.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Bridgedale Socks are very popular in the UK.

I wear 2 layers of socks and I've always had no problem but it's not a fool proof option. I know people who use 2 layers and still get blisters.

The liner sock I use is a Bridgedale Coolmax Liner http://www.bridgedale.com/men-s-coolmax ... outdoors-1 and the thick sock on top a Bridgedale Trekker http://www.bridgedale.com/men-s-trekker-essential-kit

I've never been one to get major blisters, I have tabbed before on a single pair of socks but I know plenty of guys who use that combo of socks with good results.

Of course if you get persistent problems you should consider taping up your hot spots and reevaluating your footwear. Make sure boots are properly worn in and correct fitting. And as Conker has pointed out, talc your feet. I was always told that my feet should look like the scene from Scarface when Al Pacino face plants his bowl of coke but I've found a fine layer is enough otherwise it can clump.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:34 am 
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i have NO clue about socks and all that stuff yall are talking about. i went through many tall "athletic" socks since becoming a cop (nike, adidas, etc) but my favorite have been the ones i grabbed from oakley just cause to get free shipping one time... but i look more at comfort in boots for extended periods of time walking. luckily i dont have too much water to worry about. just 100+ degree heat, plus 30+ more on the pavement (since im in a urban jungle 99% of the time). so in short i have nothing to add to your needs, but if you want some good ole comfy socks :wink:

https://www.oakleysi.com/Product_Detail ... =575&pid=6

http://www.eastbay.com/product/model:19 ... hnikesocks


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:20 am 
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I swear by merino wool socks for all occasions, including times when I have to wear dress shoes. The REI light hikers are great for all around wear and Smartwool makes some that can pass as black dress socks for those who need them. I got more blisters from wearing cotton dress socks in dress shoes when I was in the service and now then I ever did wearing merino wool socks.

On a related note, just because you are a size X in one brand of shoe does not mean you're that size in another. Also, when you try on shoes, try them on at the end of the day when you're been on your feet all day as your feet will actually get bigger during the day from standing on them.

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