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post #1 of 33 Old 04-07-2008, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Recommend a sock for use under boots

I beg of the sage advice of all the long-time riders here (new riders, too).

Over the winter I bought my first purpose built motorcycle boot, the Aerostich Combat Lite boot. This is a move-up from ankle high hiking boots I had been using.

The C.L. boots are a full height boot. I usually just where cotton athletic socks, but I think these aren't going to cut it in the summer heat.

I use Smart Wool heavy weight socks in the cold stuff, work quite well. I know they also have light weight socks, too. Does anyone suggest these, or some other hot weather worthy over-the-calf sock to use with motorcycle boots?

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I have picked up some from Joe's Ski Shop down there and found them to be comfortable, I like the pad on the bottom and light weight top with strong material to keep them up. Hope you guys missed the 20 plus inches of snow we got here.
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I use the smartwool lightweight socks in warm weather, although something a little taller would be nice (well, more so when it's cold out).

NewEnough sells Sidi socks with coolmax, which works well in hot weather to wick the sweat away from your feet. You definitely don't want to wear cotton when it's really hot, cause it takes forever to dry and just keeps the sweat on your feet.

http://www.newenough.com/boots/boot_...oot_socks.html

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I have picked up some from Joe's Ski Shop down there and found them to be comfortable, I like the pad on the bottom and light weight top with strong material to keep them up. Hope you guys missed the 20 plus inches of snow we got here.
As of right now, no snow and we can see stars- until the wrap around clouds and a slight chance of a few flakes roll in pre-sunrise. I'm sure hoping the snow misses us, I'd sure like to put the bike on the road tomorrow morning.

We had a wonderful half inch of rain over the course of noon-8pm, I'm guessing the road salt didn't stand much of a chance with this rain.

I'll check over at Joe's, too. Right across the highway from Bob's Cycle Supply. (Darn.)

I'm glad that snow stayed out of my area, can't say how I would have reacted to that... could have been an ugly sight, and the snow, too.

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I have a pair of BMW Savannahs (same as Oxtar Infinity) and wear some Adidas CoolMax soccer socks for warmer weather. Not too pricey and the same or similar should be available at any sporting goods or athletic shoe store.
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Smart Wool hard to beat

Gonna have a real tough time beating Smart Wool socks.
I have several in different styles and they have proven far better than anything else I have tried, in hot or cold weather on the bike. They can be a little on the spendy side but wear a good long time.
Nothing else goes on my feet when bow hunting early season in the heat or cold late season elk hunts either.




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I have to go with SmartWool as well. I got a couple of pair at REI a year or two back and have never regretted it. During the winter months I normally wear Thorlo Extreme Cold socks. They work "Very Good" but not "Great". I also have some electrically heated socks and consider them to be an evil experiment in pain.

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+1 For Smart Wool. I use over the calf Smart Wool socks under my Oxtar boots. Love them and comfy. They can be spendy but I have found good deals at sierratradingpost.com


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Capilene

Any socks that are made from a material called "Capilene", which is a material that "wicks" moisture away from your skin. Fishermen that wear waders use them alone in warm weather or with Smart Wool socks, in colder weather.

Cotton socks hold moisture and will give your feet that "clammy" feeling.

Capilene socks are available at Cabelas or in most fly-fishing shops....they're not cheap though.


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Smartwool

I am in the Army and I have replaced all my wool/cotton blend with Smartwool medium weight hikers. I'm sure I abuse my feet much worse than you do and these made an immediate difference.
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