Review: Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

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The waterproof sock as designed by John Logie Baird, has been around for over 100 years, originally designed for the army to prevent trench foot, and more recently used by mountain bikers to brave the winter months and endless bogs without freezing their toes off.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

The Sealskinz MTB Mid with Hydrostop, as the name suggests, is aimed specifically at the mountain bike market. Sealskinz has focused more on the breathability of the sock, and less on the insulating properties. This makes for a much slimmer sock than previous versions of the Sealskinz. So if it was the bulkiness or the sheer size of some of the previous socks that may have put you off, these stripped back, mid length socks could be worth considering.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

I have to admit to never previously having owned a pair of Sealskinz Waterproof socks. It wasn’t through any prejudice against them, although I wasn’t sold on the knee length designs, I just somehow never got around to getting some, so when I got these through the post I was excited to give them a shot.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

British weather being the untameable beast that it is, it decided to give us the first dry week of the year so their first outing was a dusty one – never the less they were a comfy bit of kit. As you pull them on they have a tight, but snug and secure fit, delivered by the elasticated ankle and instep. The silicone free elasticated taping at the cuff means they stayed pulled up for the whole ride. This secure fitting cuff came into its element when I finally got to give them a proper run out on the next rainy day, and stopped any water getting inside regardless of how many puddles and bogs I intentionally aimed for.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

The MTB Mid sock is hailed as Sealskinz’ lightest waterproof sock, and recommended for warm wet days. The month or so testing time I had with these it was still pretty wintery conditions. With snow on the ground and frosty grass, and icy bogs and puddles to match I found them plenty warm enough (although it could be due to my reference point of sometimes wearing an extra pair of socks for warmth) and was never uncomfortable, as I have been in the past in similar conditions.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

The excellent protection is brought to you by Sealskinz proprietary Stretchdry waterproof, breathable and windproof technology, which in simplified terms means you stay dry from the inside and out and there’s no breeze. They are also merino wool lined, which those in the know will be aware is mother nature’s answer to regulating temperature and moisture, the perfect finish to a simple yet tech piece of kit.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

Overall: I don’t know how I got this far without a pair, I’ve worn these day in and day out for the last month or so and they’re still comfy, leak free and going strong. Even the simple things like day two riding on a wet week, putting on your soggy half dried shoes, is made so much less of a miserable experience. For the price of a good quality set of gloves, this is a game changing bit of kit.

Sealskinz MTB Mid Sock

 

Review Info

Brand:SealSkinz
Product:MTB Mid Sock with Hydrostop
From:sealskinz.com/UK/
Price:£39
Tested:by Ben Gerrish for 1 month

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  1. I have a few pairs of these. The oldest being around 10 years old, another around 5 years old and a new pair bought on special for this winter.
    All are worth their weight in gold but each pair I have bought are streets ahead of the last. Continual development of an already great product. Yes, they can let water in from the top but that water warms up pretty quick.
    I would not be without them now for once it gets soggy out there.

  2. I hope these work,every pair I have had leaked in under 5 months and some times as little as 3.

  3. Great socks – had 4 pairs – I’ve run through bogs, cycled off and on road – brilliant socks – they will get wet inside they are not 100 percent waterproof /nothing is! Use them with their thermal liner and they are even warmer but not needed for most winter conditions – I will be buying more and they also do great gloves too!!

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