Waterproof-Breathable…Socks?

Waterproof-Breathable…Socks?

It looks like offspring from the marriage of neoprene and merino wool, but SealSkinz may be onto something. The small British company started playing with waterproof socks in the late 1980s, working off a model first invented to prevent trench foot in World War I. Now they’ve dailed in the tech in its line of socks, hats, and gloves. They employ a breathable outer fabric that encases a fully waterproof membrane, and then line the insides with merino wool, a perfect fit given its all-natural ability to keep you warm when cold, and cool when hot, and not retain any foul odors. This three-layer, tightly-seamed sock fits snugly and doesn’t slip or rub. Sport-specific models are geared for a range of activities, from light hiking to water sports to motorcycle-riding. Buy a pair and those old, loyal, once-waterproof hikers may suddenly find a second life. That said, a starting price of $35 is a bit dear (unless you measure that cost against getting trench foot). —Nathan Borchelt

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