WALKING - Socks
sock is an important item of clothing for the walker
and mountaineer to help in the prevention of blisters,
absorb any perspiration and of course keeping the toes
One of the most important aspects of a sock's design
is a close fit, with any folds, creases or bagginess
can lead to excessive pressure and then onto blisters.
The best fit will come from a sock that has a shaped
toe, heel and socks come with a stretchy sections around
the leg, arch, ankle to hold the sock in place ensuring
a close fit.
Smooth flat seams also give a more comfortable fit
and to prevent rapid wear, some socks are reinforced
and cushioned at the toes, ball, of the foot and heel.
It is good to look for a sock that wicks sweat away
from the surface of the skin, so that it can pass through
the boot. Wicking synthetic fibres are the best material
for socks, so look for polypropylene and polyester.
If socks have wool or cotton in small quantities in
the design of the sock is fine, but if it processes
large quantities of either avoid as they tend to soak
up water moisture, making your feet colder and more
There should be no restriction of movement or circulation
and you should be able to wiggle your toes with ease.
The socks should be kept clean and washed regularly.
If you do get a hole in them don't repair them, because
repaired socks can cause blisters.
Finally you can purchase waterproof socks made from
a breathable material which will keep your feet dry
no matter what the weather throws at your feet.
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.