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How to choose the right hiking socks
Trekking socks what is it and how to choose socks for a hike? Writing about the choice of trekking socks is both easy and difficult, since in terms of structure and functionality they are identical to thermal underwear, about the correct selection of which we have already given advice, on the other hand, they are not the same thing. There is a certain specificity and differences that are manifested in the construct. Since trekking socks are responsible for comfort, protection and support of the most stressed and important part of our body on a hike, and these are "walkers". As they say: - no walkers, no tracking).
How to choose trekking socks Like thermal underwear, socks have characteristics such as zoning and compression. They also differ in height depending on the destination. All socks for funcycling with a boot of one direction or another (tracking, hiking, freeride, ski touring), always, necessarily slightly higher than the boot, to prevent rubbing of the leg with an elastic band, the integrity of the structure of braided channels for ventilation and moisture removal.
The degree of compression is determined as in thermal underwear, the level of stress and activity. So if you run on rough terrain in the summer, you need thin socks with maximum compression and moisture wicking. In winter, skiing?, - warmer, with medium-high compression and pronounced ventilation ducts to remove steam from the high boot. Sedentary fisherman?, - minimum compression, maximum thermal insulation, merino wool. And for the office, merino, without compression, and thin, 200 g/m2 will do).
How to choose thermal socks for winter? Speaking of materials. The variety of performance, again, is related to the purpose. In terms of increasing thermal insulation, summer trekking socks are starting from thin, synthetic ones with Coolmax® fiber, moving to denser ones, and then winter thermal socks made of Merino wool, after Polartec® of various densities and finally special down socks for high-altitude, polar conditions. expeditions.
Travel socks. And here's another thing, for socks, the issue of three-layer is just as relevant as for other outdoor clothing. They are often combined to improve the overall average result. For example, if you wear thicker Merino wool over thin socks with Coolmax®, you will get improved moisture wicking and evaporation of the former + excellent thermal insulation combined with the antisepticity of the latter, in addition, the risk of chafing your feet is significantly reduced due to the slight displacement of the layers relative to each other when walking.
Manufacturers themselves are not averse to playing in combination. Socks 2a in the 1st have been on the market for a long time, i.e. turning it out, we will see a built-in, thinner sock with characteristics different from the outside. There are also options made from a wide variety of fiber blends, such as Merino wool + Silk, Merino wool + Coolmax®, HB + Coolmax®, etc. For example, the use of Bamboo fibers in areas of critical loads and friction significantly increases the wear resistance of the product in combination with other useful properties of this fiber. Let's say right away that not all options are successful, for me the use of HB in some modifications remains a mystery.
Another misunderstanding in this segment, DexShell membrane socks. For the summer period (and DexShell even has summer membrane ones)), I do not even recommend membrane shoes, not to mention socks, moreover, with not very high indicators of an unknown membrane (7000/10000) as for the foot.
Warm, lightweight, downy slippers are footwear for campers. Usually they are used during parking. Modern models of slippers are sewn from synthetic materials, so the name "downy" was developed rather due to the weight of these shoes.
Currently, slippers are no longer special shoes, i.e. very fond of and in the urban environment.
Consider the variations of this shoe:
Models are designed for different tasks, so they differ structurally from each other in upper and outsole.
The peculiarity of down slippers is that they are used for a bivouac at any time of the year. Slippers do an excellent job of protecting feet from cold and dampness.
In these models, synthetic insulation and a sole with a silicone pattern are often used. The outsole allows for walking on soft and slippery surfaces. Some models are reinforced with a rubber outsole. This allows you to walk on snow, rocks and asphalt.
The most famous down slippers are Thermoball Traction from The North Face. In this line there are models with different boot heights, sole stiffness, seam pattern and different heels.
The peculiarity of downy socks is that they are used to warm the legs in a tent, and at low temperatures and for sleeping. They maintain body temperature well.
The socks do not have a rigid sole, so they are not recommended for use outside the tent. Some manufacturers produce models with reinforced soles, but they are less comfortable to sleep in, there are also models complete with an external waterproof cover with an insole.
Pooh. It is traditionally used in chun socks. It warms up remarkably, but needs to be handled carefully. It absorbs moisture from snow, wet socks, tent condensation.
Camping equipment should be selected so that you feel comfortable, warm and dry, while things should not duplicate each other. Maximum functionality with minimum quantity and weight is the ideal to strive for. We dress according to the principle of "cabbage": you can take off the excess in the heat, or, conversely, put on something if it gets cold.
For simple hikes, it is quite possible to get by with simple and inexpensive equipment. Clothing requirements increase in proportion to the difficulty of the hike. There is no need to buy "cool" equipment if you are going on an easy hike for the first time in your life. A membrane jacket is good, but for a simple hike, you can get by with a regular, inexpensive windbreaker. The "brand" fleece can be easily replaced with a Chinese one for 300 rubles. Etc. But if you have to hike in serious mountains and snow, then you need to approach the selection of clothes much more carefully, because low-quality equipment can turn into not only discomfort, but also a big problem.
ATTENTION! This is NOT a hiking gear list! Listed here are many (almost all) of the possible positions that are taken on different hikes.
In these pants you will have to walk all day on the route. They are needed for almost any trip. It is best to have these pants made of synthetic materials: they are lightweight, dry quickly and can be easily washed. Keep in mind that on a rainy day, the trails will get wet and the bottom of the legs will be very dirty. It will be extremely difficult to wash cotton fabrics by hand on a hike. If there are trousers with detachable trousers (these are the ones that “turn trousers”) - very good. Jeans are NOT suitable as running pants: they weigh a lot, wet ones cannot be dried.
Men's light running trousers or denser trousers - a choice depending on the hike and weather conditions. Women's light running trousers or denser trousers - a choice depending on the hike and weather conditions.
It is useful to have on any hike, but in the water or difficult mountain - a must. These are pants made of synthetic materials, lightweight, windproof and waterproof. Sometimes they come with zippers from top to bottom on the sides - then these pants are called "self-dumping" and they can be removed without taking off your shoes, it is very convenient.
Useful for walking in the parking lot in the evening, as well as for sleeping. You need hiking, where it is cold in the evening, and at night a little above zero or frost (there are a lot of such hikes in summer!), And also if you are "freezing". Fleece pants are interchangeable with woolen leggings (but in terms of properties, fleece is still better and lighter).
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How to choose and what are trekking socks for?
Whatever the coolest equipment you have, no matter how carefully you plan your exit, but one small callus, scuff or worn out pad under your thumb can put you out of action. Foot problems are a really serious thing that many people don't think about. This is why good socks are essential.
It is worth noting that a thermal sock is not a sock that heats up, but one that wicks moisture away, keeping your feet dry, thereby keeping them warm. So, in fact, any thermal socks can work for a hike, but trekking ones have their own characteristics.
Modern trekking socks (thermal socks) are not only durable, but also have the function of supporting the foot, prevent the development of bacteria and the appearance of odors, "breathe" and remove moisture, minimizing the likelihood of calluses.
Thermal socks are much more expensive than ordinary cotton socks. And heaped up with compression and even more. So maybe buy a few pairs of cotton and just throw them away every day? For short walks, this option is also suitable, but in a long and strenuous hike, you cannot do without trekking and hiking socks.
In addition to the above, it should be noted that trekking socks work only in combination with membrane shoes. The moisture removed from the sock will not pass through the dense layer of the boot.
It's easy to give a damn about ski socks - just think, socks, I won't pay 1000-2000 rubles, what's wrong with them, I'll ride in regular socks!
But mundane socks easily turn skating into suffering. And you will not understand that the point is in socks - you will blame your boots. But everything is learned by comparison. Ride in both, you will understand the difference.
Diving into a sea of ski socks!
If you choose small socks, your feet will feel cramped and uncomfortable, your blood will not circulate well, and you will freeze.
If they are large, they will slide out and twist in the shoes. These are guaranteed calluses and local pain.
If you're buying quality socks (paying a decent price), sizing is incredibly critical. These socks are made up of special comfort and support zones, and it is important that they match up with the target areas of the legs, otherwise, you will be wasted.
Sometimes socks are designed for a range of foot sizes, for example 39-42. If earlier this was considered a sign of inexpensive socks, now high-quality socks sin the same way.
Never wear two pairs of ski socks at the same time. Not only is this a terrible tone, it is also inevitable discomfort and possible blisters.
If your feet are cold, investing in a pair of thick socks is better than hurting yourself. If ski boots, for some reason, have become large (legs dangle in them), then two pairs of socks is not a solution to the problem. Better to visit a good bootfeater and hear what option he has to offer. Better than sock and blood cabbage anyway. [Glossary_exclude] [/ glossary_exclude] [glossary_exclude] [/ glossary_exclude]
I was thinking about what to call them, but came to the conclusion that the best name for this category is cheap socks. Cheap in every sense - both in price and in quality. Cheap ski socks are less and less common in normal stores, except in sports discounters - Wed’ze socks are sold in the Decathlon network for 199 rubles.
Cheap Wed’ze ski socks