Socks Trick (was: Hiking Boots)
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 09:52:10 -0400
> > My feet always sweat, it does not matter what type of shoe I'm wearing.
> > I was told a trick when hiking that has proven to be VERY important.
> > Wear wool sox over regular cotton ones, even in the summer.
I had the pleasure of hearing a wonderful lecture on the design of
sock systems for the army RANGERS. A medical doctor designed the
sock system but had lots of recommendations (which apply more to winter
environment where wet feet are Hazardous to your health).
If rubbing is a problem, you TWO thin socks of polypropolene or
one Poly and One nylon an dthe slipping will occur between the socks not
your foot and the sock causing blistering,
If your feet sweat, use a spray deoderant on your feet before putting socks
My favorite suggestion which I pass along because it works well:
If you buy ski socks that have the little curley-q on the inside
of the sock, Turn it inside out so the smooth part is against
you foot and the curley-q are against the boot. When you walk, the
water will be wicked AWAY from your feet, along the curley-q to the inside
of your boot. By walking, you can dry out your feet.
This research came from the local Army research lab.
Another point was that Hypothermia occurs more often at 50 degrees
than lower because once the temp increases, people shed cloths. As they
shed clothes and sweat, the evaporation occurs overwhelming the body.
This is especially true with skiing and bike riding because the person
is moving promoting evaporation.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City