The Best Waterproof Socks

Written by joe fletcher
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Trudging through muck, funk, swamp and even crystal-clear alpine water takes its toll on your feet. Not only is it cold and damp, but wet socks cause blisters, making for an excruciating trip. Waterproof socks will lock water out, keeping you more warm, dry and comfortable on hikes, backpack treks, fishing trips and other activities where putting both feet in the water is an inevitability.

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What to Look For

Frankly, the waterproof sock market is a niche market where only a handful of manufacturers compete. This makes it relatively easy to select socks because there isn't that much to compare. You want a good waterproof/breathable membrane like Gore-Tex. The socks should have some stretch to them so that they slide on easily and adhere to your foot. You'll want something to wick moisture -- either an inner layer of the sock itself or a separate sock liner. Be sure to differentiate between "water-resistant" socks and "waterproof."

Rocky Mountain Gore-Tex Oversocks

Rocky Mountain's socks are made from the market-leading waterproof-breathable fabric. Stretch Gore-Tex uppers keep the sock wrapped tightly to your leg and ankle while non-stretch Gore-Tex sole and bottoms provide durability and stability. The seams are sealed with Gore-Seam for extra water protection. 14 reviewers on gave the Rocky Mountain Oversocks a class-leading four-star (out of five) rating.

SealSkinz Waterproof Socks

The other big name in waterproof socks, SealSkinz socks use a three-layer construction that includes a nylon outer shell, waterproof/breathable membrane and soft, moisture-wicking Coolmax liner. Guides from the National Bass Guide Service, a Virginia fishing guide service, put the socks to the test and came back with solid reviews. Guide Steve Chaconas said of his experience: "Rain, snow or sunshine, wearing SealSkinz® ensures we keep our feet warm and dry."

NRS Boundary Sock With HydroCuff

Purpose-built for boating, the NRS Boundary sock uses a waterproof mix of three-millimeter Neoprene and titanium laminate adhesive to keep you warm and dry. The HydroCuff locks around your leg, keeping water out. The seams are glued, blind-stitched and taped to further protect against water intrusion.

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