/ Wet suit socks for walking
Depends how tough your feet are I suppose.
Never tried them but Sealskinz socks as a comfier alternative?
Sealskinz are great for walking. I cave in wetsuit socks. In both situations I wear a medium thick pair of Smartwool socks. Very comfy and warm.
Friend of mine runs (fell) in neoprene and rates them.
Why not just carry some crocs for the river crossings? CHeaper than wetsuit socks and no worries about having wet feet for the rest of the day :) double bonus
If I am out for a few days, I have a pair of tiva style sandals for river crossings etc. Light and take up little room.
Give em a try and report back! :)
Sealskinzs designed to keep feet dry.
In sprint to autumn, I generally wear running shoes, so my feet get wet on river crossings etc, but dry quickly afterwards. I've tried Sealskinz, but my feet overheat; they're good for winter running when cold feet hurt!
When wearing boots, for winter (non-snowy) walking or when cold and wet in summer, I just wear normal socks and take them off for river crossings (and put the boots back on over bare feet).
I'd expect wet suit socks to be very sweaty for walking.
Similiar theme: has anyone worn 5:10 canyoneering boots hill walking? Designed to dry out quickly and for friction.
On the contrary - once water gets in, it stays in, and warms up. A bit like neoprene, only less sweaty :-)
I wear the lightest fell running shoes for walking, with light, quick drying socks. Would never go back to anything waterproof.
Another caver here. Wearing dry neoprene is awful. I had a particularly bad day up Ingleton where after tramping up in the blazing sun, I got stuck 20 feet into the cave. After half an hour of struggling, I got free again, and decided that caving could go **** itself, so walked back down the hill in search of a pub. Suffice it to say I had some epic blisters by the time I got back.
So in short, anything but neoprene socks for walking.
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