Jan 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm #1283667
@forest-2Locale: Hunter Valley - Australia
Recently I was on a walk where we crossed a few streams and rivers not far before camp.
This meant my Inov-8 315's were still quite damp as there wasn't sufficient time or distance for them to be walk dry.
I did the bread bag thing over some dry socks, back in the wet shoes for camp time. When I went to get in my quilt and took off the wet runners and bread bags I quickly realised I had damp socks. No fan of damp socks in my down quilts at all and I'm a cold feet sorta guy.
100% sure this is from the moisture trapped under the breadbags, not from leaking.
Would it work to wear a bread bag against the skin (VB), then sock (for insulation against cold wet shoes), then another bread bag to keep the socks dry and not in contact with the damp shoe ??
Bread bags are free and I don't mind taking spares. Lighter than another 3rd pair of dry sleeping socks too.Jan 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm #1819264
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YesJan 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #1819288
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Just like the "bunny boots" or "mickey mouse boots" that mountaineers used once they became available through military surplus.
The insulation is in between an outer waterproof boot and an inner liner. There are air valves on the side so you can vent air on ascent (like in an unpressurized aircraft) and refill with air on descent.
Used in Alaska by cabin dwellers and hippy dog mushers because it's the cheapest way to have warm feet at -40.
Not so much by mountineers anymore because they have have no edges and crampon attachment is dodgy.
By sandwiching your insulation between two vapor barriers, you are creating your own very lighweight version.
It makes me wonder about trying your bread bag trick BEFORE crossing the creek. Then only the shoe is wet and if you make camp soon, you set the shoes aside but the socks are still dry.Jan 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm #1819290
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
David, do they go sockless in those shoes?Jan 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm #1819295
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
I'm not David, but I can tell you from personal experience you do not want to go sockless in military surplus VB boots — and you want the sock to come up over the top of the boot. The rubber will rub your skin off…Jan 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm #1819308
The bread bags are really only practical at camp because walking with them on will destroy them pretty fast and you still end up with damp/wet feet anyway.
(on a late spring walk a few weeks ago , I did walk out with bread bags over my Coolmax socks and under my still wet socks . The bags had holes after a few hours but kept my feet warm. Wet but warm. )
I use them at camp the same way N Stuart describes (dry socks with bags on top and occasionally with my wet socks over that) but I don't sweat very much , however I always have another "emergency" pair of Coolmax socks for the night. So my suggestion would be to carry an extra pair of socks and forget about the four layer (bag/sock/bag/sock) version.
FrancoJan 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm #1819318
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
What I have been using are the free UPS plastic shipping bags, which I have cut down to sock size for my trail runners.
I have hiked in the rain with them and through heavy morning dew covered grass that soaked my shoes, but these kept my feet wamr & "dry" and I was able to walk many miles without putting a hole in them. (Dry is a relative term with vapor barrier clothing….humid and slightly damp is a better description).
As long as I kept moving, I felt warm….at complete rest, I did feel a chill as my sweat cooled down, but a lot better than having wet socks at night.
Very durable and you can not beat the price.
-TonyJan 4, 2012 at 12:18 am #1819488
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Jan 4, 2012 at 1:04 am #1819496
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Using shipping bags isn't right for me unless I'm using it to ship something or recycling it. Fortunately these bags can be purchased, and quite inexpensively. $11 for 100 including shipping for Amazon Prime members: http://www.amazon.com/California-Office-Supply–12×15-5-ENVELOPES/dp/B000HG8720/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1325667748&sr=8-5Jan 4, 2012 at 4:48 am #1819511
I agree with what Mike W said. The GoreTex socks have worked well for meJan 4, 2012 at 5:05 am #1819514
@jstewseLocale: New England
If I've been slogging around in water all day, I make sure I really dry my feet good before slipping them into my sleep socks and the bread bags. If your a camp fire kind of guy, start one with wet shoes, and then take your time, dry off your feet by the fire. If not a bandanna works, and one of those micro-towels even better. I find that if I dry my feet good, and moisture left over is negligible in my thick wool sleeping socks.
Doubling up, like you had mentioned would probably work too, but chances are that you'd still have clammy or damp feet when it's time to take off the liners and put on your sleep socks before bed.Jan 4, 2012 at 5:06 am #1819515
I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but this is very similar to my experience last weekend (except that it's winter here).
Like the OP, I tend toward cold toes. I was wearing some brand new Rocky goretex socks over thin synthetic liners, inside Inov-8 315s. There were 3 or 4 wet creek crossings the first day. I could feel the chill in my feet once the shoes got wet but my feet felt dry. Temperature was probably in the low 40s. Once we stopped hiking to make camp my feet started to feel painfully cold; when I peeled off the Rockys I found that one liner sock was fairly damp and the other mostly dry. Since I'm still experimenting with footwear I had alternatives with me; I replaced the wet liners with another pair (actually old nylon dress socks) and replaced the Rockys with a pair of NRS Hydroskin 0.5 mm neoprene socks. I put my sleep socks (fluffy Smartwool boot socks) over these and covered all with Goosefoot overbooties. This worked pretty well, except that my feet got pretty beat up on rocks the rest of the evening and they didn't really warm up until I massaged them at bedtime. The next day I wore liners + neoprene under my hikers which worked well.
Once my feet get cold, they get very cold and don't recover without external heat. With bloodflow to the skin virtually cut off I don't imagine there was any transpiration or sweating going on inside the socks, so the humidity outside the goretex (inside my wet shoe) would have been higher than that inside. Is it possible that the humidity gradient was driving moisture the wrong direction through the membrane? Or is it more likely that I have a defective sock? Getting them on and off is a bear but I've been doing it as carefully as I can and I don't think I've torn the membrane.
I bought the Rocky socks with snow hiking in mind, not creek crossings. I think my next step is to do some testing at home and evaluate whether the Rocky socks are actually leaking; if so I'll exchange them at REI. I should probably also get a larger pair of hiking shoes so I can wear a proper insulating sock instead of the liner in colder conditions (teens and 20s). I don't have the opportunity to try on a lot of shoes in my area; I really like the 315s but should I try a different shoe for cold weather?Jan 4, 2012 at 5:49 am #1819524
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Let me chime in here. Insensible perspiration is when your body perspires for no discernable reason. Your BODY knows it needs to perspire to keep skin flexible, to carry oils out of your oil producing cells and distribute it around your skin. You would MUCH rather have some flexibility than have stiff, dry, brittle skin. It will happen whether you are hot or cold. You NEED it to happen to stay healthy. Keeping your feet 100% dry should never be a goal. They will crack and bleed, eventually leading to sore spots and just generally poor health, discounting infection and the potential of other foot diseases.
A VBL will trap moisture next to your feet. Good and bad. Water will conduct heat away from your feet a lot quicker than damp feet. A couple or three pair of socks and some extra large shoes does the same as lined boots. If your toes and front part of your feet get cold, that's usually, OK. Your feet can tolerate a LARGE temperature range. If you can FEEL it as painfull or numbing, or, it is anoying, that is worrisome. Have a doctor check your feet. Smoking causes some damage to peripheral circulation. Diabetes causes a lot of damage. The list goes on, but it should be checked. I have diabetes, and, no longer hike in winter because of that. Day hikes and walks only. But, bread bags, turkey bags, or garbage bags as VB liners can help. They do need changing every 8-12 hours and they need to be dried out. Anyway, my 2 cents…worth about that, I guess.Jan 4, 2012 at 6:03 am #1819529
I live in Alaska and anyone w any sense wears bunny boots and the so called hippy mushers r very veryyyyy tough wilderness athletes tht blow everyone here away in terms of hardcore mountain adventures……just saygJan 4, 2012 at 6:15 am #1819535
Wow what an informative post Sarah.
Cold wet shoes are the best argument for camp shoes.
Cold feet=no funJan 4, 2012 at 7:25 am #1819569
The boots r too much for any weather in the lower 48 but if a Musher has broken thru a river the air valves need to b closed my husband spent 2. Hrs in the water …ice …and his feet were fine they do their job for what intended better then any gear out there. My point is extreme cold which obviously wasn't the original post was about….Alaskan r a breed apart and would laugh at being called hippy mushers when thy r anything but….. but then again who cares? Enjoy the woods and stay safeJan 4, 2012 at 9:31 am #1819630
"With bloodflow to the skin virtually cut off I don't imagine there was any transpiration or sweating going on inside the socks"
It's pretty much impossible for bloodflow to have been cut off to your feet without the tissues going ischemic and dying. Reduced enough to make them cold, yes, but not "virtually cut off". Plus insensible perspiration cannot be stopped.Jan 4, 2012 at 11:10 am #1819658
@brianleLocale: Pacific NW
I use the system the OP described, i.e., shoes are wet from rain, snow, stream crossings, or whatever. In camp put on dry socks and — for the very limited amount of time that I need to wear shoes after that — put bread bags over the socks.
What I think might be key to success for me is that I don't wear the shoes very much, and thus not the bread bags either. I keep my wet shoes and socks on when putting up the tent, do the essentials out of the tent, then take off the shoes and crawl into the tent.
From then on I spend very little time with shoes on, and very possibly just none at all. I.e., I cook just outside of my tent flap, don't get out of the tent. Eat in the tent, use a pee bottle, etc.
All that said, I have had times when for whatever reason (usually social) I spent more time out of the tent and used the bread bags. I can't recall ever having wet socks as a result. Cold feet sometimes, as even though the water isn't getting into the socks, wet shoes aren't a great thing to be wearing when it's cold outside.
Generally, though, when conditions are such that my shoes are all wet, I'm disinclined to do anything but get into the tent and stay there.Jan 4, 2012 at 11:19 am #1819660
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I have Goose Feet down booties for sleeping (I want warm feet at night!) and use their over-booties in camp. Thanks to old age and childbearing, I usually have to make several exits from the tent during the night, and doing this in my trail runners does tear up the soil outside the tent door.
I have used the plastic bags, though, and will continue to take them. I just grab some extras from the bulk foods section of my grocery store (those are a little stouter than the ones in the produce section). I tried the Rocky Goretex socks and found them extremely uncomfortable–too stiff.
You don't need to wade streams to get your feet wet; walking through a meadow with the dew on the grass gets your shoes and socks just as soggy!Jan 5, 2012 at 7:26 am #1820077
i find grocery bags to be very durable. able to withstand at least a whole day of hiking. they are also free with purchase of food :D
OP you may want to consider taking your insoles out of your trail runners when you get to camp, as the foam may be a culprit of your shoes being soaked.Jan 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm #1820459
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Gore-Tex membrane boots and cloth (coated ripstop) or lighthneoprene VBLs ia the best way to go (other than Mickey Mouse military arctic or black winter boots).
I've done it for years when hunting or overnight winter traveling.Jan 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm #1820533
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
I see that neoprene vbls have been mentioned but how about perforated neoprene socks?
These are what I take along if I anticipate cold weather or snow.
Here's a close up to show the thousands of small holes that let water out.
I bought them at Campmor years ago. Can't find them on their website now. A pair weighs 4 ounces. I've used them with running shoes in deep snow. They are warm when wet and real easy to put on when cold because they stay flexible. They can also be used as camp shoes.Jan 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm #1820938
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
I have used the socks that Daryl mentions.
Because they are perforated, they dry much faster than non-breathable neo socks. They also feel pretty warm even fully saturated because the neoprene still insulates, even with the perforations.
I have recently became a fan of fin socks as camp shoes. They replace my wet socks when needed on wet/cold hikes, but I mostly wear them as camp shoes so that my socks and shoes can dry.
Be warned that because fin socks are solid neoprene, they can get quite smelly because of the fact that they do not breath at all. So I only wear them when needed while hiking, crossing creeks or around camp and I scrub them regularly.Jan 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm #1820948
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I need solid neoprene for a VBLJan 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm #1820952
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
Re: "I need solid neoprene for a VBL".
That would be great, if neoprene wasn't so heavy:-)
I do know of a certain Scandinavian hiker that wears a full wetsuit when he hikes and while sleeping.
Warm and very VBL.
But the weight!
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