motorcycle socks?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by brooklyn slim, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    I'm kind of old school about a lot of stuff and approach anything I'm not familiar with skeptically. Twenty different kinds of sneakers, each designed for increasingly particular niches of activity? Yeah, right.

    I've always worn cotton socks for riding, but I see more and more people swear by task-specific motorcycle socks. Most are polypropylene, Lee Parks features some made of bamboo.

    Are all the poly ones equivalent (just buy the cheapest)? Anyone try the bamboo ones?

    Mostly, does either type make much of a difference?
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  2. Truckin_Thumper

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    For summer time, I like to wear knee high dress socks.

    I have been known to wear ladies stockings...:hide

    It helps pull the sweat away, keep yer hooves cool, and your calves from chaffing from the boots.

    Winter I wear a multitude of socks INCLUDING stockings. :D
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  3. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Wool, or any of the performance synthetics are soooooooo much better than cotton. Cooler AND warmer feet, less stink, more durable. Just about any good $5 non-cotton over-the-ankle hiking or work sock will do the job, cheap enough and easy to find (Walmart, Work Wearhouse, etc), if you don't like the idea of paying a fortune for moto-specific socks. Ski socks also works well in colder climates, also easy to find and cheaper than moto-specific.
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  4. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    I've tried 'em all and yes, polypro, or other synthetics are the way to go IMHO. Feet don't feel so sweaty in 'em. I haven't found much diff but then discovered (light) compression socks, just as cheap as the expensive hiking socks, moto socks, etc. The light compression feels great and works for helping the circulation in your legs... ask the docs or nurses, they will tell you about this. Especially if you are on a longer ride.

    Many are thin so they act as a liner and you can pull heavier socks over them, to get a snug fit on your boot. Using thin liners also helps prevent blisters, but you usually aren't doing that much walking on a ride... still, you might, and walking in your Sidi's might not feel so good, without liners. DAMHIK.

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    I order mine from ameswalker.com
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  5. 2slow

    2slow Road toad

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    I wear "Hot chillys" low volume socks. They are over the calf length in a synthetic mix. Warmer in cold weather and cooler in hot weather, anti-microbial for stink prevention, wicking to keep your feet dry, and you can wash and dry them overnight so you don't have to carry a bag full.

    Cotton socks stink - literally. And they hold moisture that is bad for your feet and your boots. If you are going to be riding more than a couple days in a row don't even think of wearing cotton socks. Boots can get really funky on a long trip.
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  6. Hotspice

    Hotspice Satellites not acquired

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    Last year I switched almost exclusively to Smartwool over the calf socks. Before that I just used regular hikers and couldn't believe the difference it made in my boot comfort.

    I usually stock up when SierraTradingPost.com has them in stock because they have the best prices I've found.
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  7. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    I'm a sock whore, so take my comments with a grain or three of salt --

    I like to wear sox that are higher than my boots, will wick sweat up, keeping my dogs dry, and provide some insulation for when the temp drops --

    Smart wool fills this bill --

    as do a buch of sox from BWM, and, oddly enough, some phase change sox I got for Christmas from, wait for it, HD!

    Always practice safe sox, btw
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  8. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    Western stores that sell cowboy boots usually have a good selection of socks that work great for motorcycling. Not too hard to find them in Houston, but ymmv.
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  9. RockyMtnRoadRash

    RockyMtnRoadRash Useful and decorative

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    I use pretty much nothing but thin ski socks in my riding boots. They're verah nice in all weather conditions.
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  10. AngryScot

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    :nod smart wool
    Best socks I have bought.
    20 - 110(temp that is) tested so far and all good :thumb
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  11. NaDSoB

    NaDSoB Another asshole on a KLR

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    Avoid cotton socks at all costs. A wool or poly sock will wick moisture, help prevent bacteria from forming, stay stink resistant, and feel more comfortable in all seasons.
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  12. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I buy socks made for soccer players, they wick seat away and are very cool on the feet. They go all the way over my knees to keep my knee pads from rubbing my legs too. The last pair I bought from Dicks was made by Adidas and they were half the price of MX socks.
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  13. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist

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    +1, good quality smart wool hiking boot socks.. good hot or cold.:D
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  14. Mr. B

    Mr. B Slowpoke

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    I have a sock drawer full of Smartwool, Coolmax, Sidi, etc. The ones I like best are the Sidi Coolmax MX sox and the Smartwool thin boot sox. I'll NEVER wear cotton sweat sox in my boots again. They're hot, they're cold, they're clammy they're smelly, they're...
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  15. monkeyfez

    monkeyfez Enabler....

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    I don't even own any cotton socks anymore. Daily wear I use cycling socks and in my riding boots its a combination of smartwool and cycling depending on the temp.

    +1 on SierraTradingPost.com they have sales a couple of times a year and I stock up.
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  16. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I tried Alpinestars Thermal Tech Socks. They were nice in that they were cool but not too. The problem was the construction. The Thermal Tech part is made up of large loops like terrycloth. Problem is these lops are loose. If you happen to pick a thread on the smooth side you can pull the loop back through the sock leaving you with a frayed mess. My Sidi Crossfires were rough enough to pull the threads just waring them once. I ended up sending them back since they were a poor design that wouldn't even hold up to a season of mild riding.

    I think I'm going to try the Sidi, Kilm or the Alpinestar MX.
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  17. Cigar

    Cigar Been here awhile

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    Smartwool love them.
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  18. ElectricDave

    ElectricDave Adventurer

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    +1 Smartwool. I also like my Sidi Coolmax Monzas, when it's not too cold out.
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    Walt-FL Been here awhile

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  20. drsales

    drsales Wondering Why

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    Smartwool.......every day!
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