Review by Rich Klasen
Sealskinz waterproof fully immersible socks
Made in the USA by Danalco
Developed for the canoeist and the kayaker in mind. With the same weight and construction materials as the all season sock, Danalco added a four inch in – cuff seal that blocks water from entering from over the top. Now boaters can enter or exit their crafts with dry feet, and without clumsy over boots.
Upon removing the socks from the packaging, surprisingly they were thinner and more sock like than I had anticipated. Thinner than my wool over-socks, they had a suppleness that was not expected, almost spongy. I could feel the inner waterproof membrane while unrolling the socks but could not discern once on my feet. Wearing the socks in my living room, they felt very similar to my cotton/polyester dress socks. The four inch waterproof seal at the top of the sock was comfortable and did not bunch or gather. While wearing the socks I put on my Timberland hikers and found more comfort than my normal wool socks.
My initial test of the Waterblocker socks was a wade test in 46 degree water, and 59 degree air. Over the socks I wore Keen open sandals and waded into a riffle in the river up to my knees. Totally submerged, the in-cuff seal worked perfectly with no leakage, even with a stout current. I could feel the cold through the socks but it was negligible because my knees were frozen. The same test was repeated with my hikers after I got warmed up, and I could not feel any cold below sock level.
My second test of the Waterblocker socks was on a solo canoe day trip with the water temperature at 48 degrees. Before, and several times during trip, I made a point of immersing my feet. Once again I wore my Keen sandals, and unlike my initial test I wore a 5mm wetsuit.
Can you say “Total all day comfort”? All of these tests, by the way, were conducted in November in Northeastern Ohio.
My third test of the Waterblocker socks was a bit more practical but not nearly as much fun. I drive a concrete truck for a living, and my feet are usually at least partially wet from mixing and washing out. I do have fully insulated and waterproof boots that I normally wear at or below 50 degrees, but I left them at home and wore my summer boots (neither insulated or water resistant). I had a ten hour day, with at least 9 hours wet, with total comfort. I was impressed not only by the insulation, but with the ventilation as well.
As sportsmen, we have a tendency of sticking with reliable products that work for us. We tend to be stubborn and resilient to trying any method or new options that are not familiar or proven.
I have changed my cold weather dressing habits for both recreational and work situations, and I am more stubborn than most. These socks work great and play better.
Stop back in a month or so, for an update.