What do people wear over attached dry suit socks?
Nov 15, 2022 at 11:51 am #3765201
Nov 15, 2022 at 11:54 am #3765202Luke SchmidtBPL Member
- Just purchased the Kokatat Swift Entry hydrus dry suit. Plan a shakedown hike ( not float) to Zion Narrows in January. What do hikers wear over the thin attached socks?
I think my friend Ben wore neoprene socks over them at one point. Good to think about because packrafters tend to be harder on their drysuits than other people.Nov 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm #3765204dirtbagBPL Member
You could go with something like this.. i have a pair. They are pretty good.Nov 15, 2022 at 12:35 pm #3765205dirtbagBPL Member
Those are good for walking and portaging also..
I mostly just use a pair of NRS neoprene boots, they are discontinued now, but they are pretty much same as the Freestyle ones.Nov 15, 2022 at 12:57 pm #3765208Philip TschersichBPL Member
@philip-akLocale: Kodiak Alaska
If you are going to be walking over mossy/algae covered rocks you probably want dedicated wading boots with sticky rubber, tungsten pins, or aluminum bars. If slippery rocks aren’t an issue, you can just wear any old non-waterproof light hiking boots you want. I like over-the-ankle ones to keep silt and sand out better. A relatively tight fabric weave helps in this regard too. My favorites are the (now sadly discontinued) Merrell Altalites:
I have also used Vasque Breeze (non GTX) and Salomon X Ultra Aero Mid (again, non-GTX). You just have to size them (up ~1/2 size) to accommodate the extra fabric layer of the drysuit sock.Nov 15, 2022 at 2:06 pm #3765217edvin mellergårdBPL Member
@edvinLocale: Gothenburg, Sweden
The built-in socks deteriorate quite quickly and starts leaking :(
I started wearing neoprene socks after my first Kokatat socks started leaking after ~30 days on the river. That has helped alot. Thicker ones for day trips and thinner socks when I’m hiking with my packraft.
Then trail runners with sticky rubber to get good grip on wet rocks. If I’m on a trip where we’ll hang around alot in the camp I bring dry camp boots, some ul swimming shoes from aliexpress. If I want to go really lightweight I bring Exped VBL socks and wear my wet shoes in the evenings aswell.Nov 15, 2022 at 2:31 pm #3765237David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I spend a decent amount of time in waders with attached neoprene socks.
I use my oldest pair of retired low-cut running / trail shoes with the insole taken out (for more volume). I find they give me good traction, protect my feet from sharp or large rocks (easy to stub your toe when your feet are numb) and protect the neoprene from wear and tear.
Due to the back & forth of the tide, fish swimming by, etc; I double-knot the laces to keep them from working loose.Nov 15, 2022 at 4:19 pm #3765253Chad LorenzBPL Member
@chadlLocale: Teton Valley, Wydaho
NRS neoprene socks are the way to go, and they seriously extend the life of your drysuit feet. I also spend a fair bit of time hiking in mine during cold/wet weather, when I’m not wearing the drysuit. .5mm Hydroskin socks last me about 30 days of tough use, 2mm Wetsocks easily go twice as long before getting holes. I’ve experimented with thicker (I think they were called Expeditions?) but found I’d rather have thicker wool socks underneath the drysuit for warmth, and rely on the neoprene to extend the life of my drysuit. My feet don’t get blisters when hiking in them, but as always, YMMV. The hot new shoe in the whitewater guiding world is the LaSportiva TX Canyon if you’re in search of a capable hightop.Nov 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm #3765264
Thanks all for replies. Think I’ll try a thinner pair of neo socks -2 mm – and see if they fit in my 5/10 canyoneering boots. But I fear I didn’t upsize night when I got them a few years back. Backup will be 5mm into a large very very worn pair of lone peaks. Thx all and I reread!Nov 17, 2022 at 9:14 am #3765347Ben BrochuBPL Member
@crooked_creek-2-2Locale: Hinterland Outdoors
Glad to hear I’m still your friend ;). But yeah I’ve worn neoprene socks over drysuit booties for 10 years. Then Astral Brewer kayak shoes. Have never had a hole in a bootie. Also keeps the oversized booties from making hotspots and giving blisters.May 23, 2023 at 4:04 pm #3781750
Again thanks all. Tried booties. No way on trails. That lasted one very short portage. Dry suit and old pair of altra lone peaks were perfect for mid May boundary waters trip where I had to walk up current also in several sections. The structural sole made a huge difference on .75 mile muddy rocky portages.
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