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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby gary c. » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:04 pm

I'm an "A" I guess, the only thing I do is clip my nails before a trip. I'm very forutate as far as feet go, I can wear just about anything and almost never get a blister. I try to make a point of wearing clean socks everyday but even if I wear a pair a couple days I don't get much of an odor. I have friends that if they even look at there hiking boots they start getting blisters and smelling.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby dave54 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:23 pm

I am quite anal about my feet. A thin liner and thick wool sock, and change several times per day. I carry a lot of socks. Every chance I stop and check my feet, re-don the socks and re-lace the boots.

I learned the hard way from my hot-shot crew days. Take care of your feet and you will have a better day. Ignore a little nagging hot spot on your foot and your whole week will be miserable.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby Clubb » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:51 pm

When on the trail, or off for that matter, I rotate 3 pairs of merino wool socks, OFTEN. My Danners wear like broken in right outta the box, and only continue to get more comfy. Good footwear + good socks = happy feet.

I tried liners and didnt like em. My feet felt like they were sliding around in my boots. I'd try em again, but my first experience wasnt good, so I gave up on em. I have a buddy who swears by em.

Bridgedale is my sock maker of choice.

My feet get hot and sweaty easily. So, I change socks at almost every stop. I keep safety pins on the back of my pack to hang my sweaty socks on for drying and airing. This is the key for me. I rarely get blisters anymore.

The occasional foot soak in a cold stream can be rejuvinating to tired feet.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby oldranger » Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:32 pm

Clubb

Glad Danners work for you. Every single pair I have tried rub me the wrong way and that is in the store. I keep wanting them to work but they don't for me.

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You understand exactly!

Is anyone else a fan of Rohner socks? They are kind of strange in that the wool terry is on the outside! But they work for me. I have bought them in the past from Sierra Trading post but they are becoming scarce. Bridgedale actually provide the best fit for me as their mediums go up to 9 1/2 shoe size. Most brands 91/2 is the bottom of the large size so they tend to be a little too long in the foot.

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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:23 pm

I have some Rohners! They have worn to the point that they slowly sink into the shoes as I'm hiking - no elastic left in the sock to keep it up on my ankles. I use them for slippers around the house now. I liked the thicker on the bottom feature but have switched to Thorlos, REI brand for heavier wool socks, or Smartwool ala Costco brand.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby Clubb » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:26 pm

Mike, I only get the made in the USA Danners. Most of their $200 + boots are USA made. I dont mess with the stuff made in China. Its' a lower price point and you can tell the difference.

Everyone's feet are different. Danners just happen to fit me like a glove.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby vandman » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:45 am

Thorlos medium weight hikers combined with a pair of light weight Merrills--so far comfort perfection. Thorlos has an outlet about an hour from me. I love that place! Made in the USA(well made)! They have a sock for every activity. I have my reading socks on now.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby Jimr » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:03 pm

I only get hot spots on occasion, but I'm religious about treating early. An ounce of prevention, ya know. I use the REI smartwool socks and some old Danner all leather boots I've had since the mid '80's. They're my favorite. I only bring two pair of socks, one smartwool for boots and one cotton for tennis shoes. I wash them about every three days or so to remove trail dust and bring the shape back. My feet don't sweat very easily.

After about 3 days, I usually trail pound in the smartwool and tennis shoes. The only time I ever had a problem with this was when I was exiting over Taboose Pass. I had to stop several times to get pebbles out of my shoes, then down lower, the hot sand filled the shoes, but I just moved along since I was close to the end.

I like to walk around barefoot at camp and while fishing, if I'm not working my way around the lake. In fact, when I'm not at work, I'm usually barefoot. I like to soak my feet in a lake or creek once I've settled in to camp and again in early evening before putting my tennis shoes on for the evening. Walking around barefoot is fine, but going to bed with dirty feet is no bueno.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby Herm » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:01 pm

I wear merino wool socks, without liners - either REI or SmartWool. Generally, blisters are not a problem, although I occasionally experience a hot spot - moleskin is carried just in case. I will carry up to 3 pairs of socks of varying thickness to use as conditions warrant (light hikers, hikers and expedition weight). It is not uncommon that I will wear a pair for up to 3 or 4 days, without funk. When in camp, I change out of my hiking socks, turn them inside out and let them air dry. If it is warm enough, I will lounge around in my Crocs without socks. If it is cool, then I will will put on a clean pair of socks, and lounge in the Crocs - those serve as my dedicated camp socks, at least until my final day. Washing in stream or lake as warranted. And I prefer leather hiking boots.

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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby sparky » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:43 pm

I prefer a thicker padded wool/synthetic sock. I don't use liner socks. Merrel ventilators fit my foot perfect, and are breathable enough when sweat kicks up. I kick off shoes on most breaks and soak my tired dogs in ice cold creeks as much as possible.

I carry one spair pair, they are swapped and washed pretty much as soon as the washed pair drys. Usually one swap a day is good unless its really hot.

The only time I remember getting blisters on the trail was caused by crappy lightweight constrictive socks, sneakers (shoes were great, the tight socks were the anomaly), and a really tough hike. Despite the moleskin and ductape, it was a miserable couple days, and I don't plan on repeating.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby whrdafamI? » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:14 pm

Several years ago I darn near ran out of skin to donate to the science of not getting blisters. What I found that worked for me was liners and Smartwool socks. The liners are my size. The Smartwools are a size too small. Why? A tight fit was the answer. If they are tight going on there is little chance left to get a wrinkle. Putting tape on first in key areas of past unhappiness is a trick I learned from my good friend last year.
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Re: Foot Care & Socks

Postby TRAUMAhead » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:02 pm

Category A.

Mainly do weekend trips. Using some random mid or heavyweight Smart Wool socks. If it's a 1 nighter, I'll use the same socks. 2-3 nights, I'll carry an extra pair and swap half way through/mid trip. Sleep with socks off. Even with a pair of boots that were too narrow, never had any problems other than arches hurting occasionally. Never had feet pain until after I got early SEP'ed from the AF. Got stress fractures in my ankles and one knee because of a 1/4 leg discrepancy I didn't know about. The only time I've ever gotten blisters were when I started wearing sandals a couple years ago, but I think they were caused by being too loose.

Currently looking for a new pair of shoes. Went from hiking shoes to hiking boots back to hiking shoes. Debating if I want to test my luck with trail runners.
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