Off road shoes for very wet ground

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Jan 2014
1:18pm, 28 Jan 2014
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Mad Dame Fleecy
Those things that Hann linked to look like more specialist *ahem* bedroom wear :)
I like my Sealskinz for if I'm out for a LSR and I know it's going to be properly boggy, having your toes go numb is ok for a bit but gets boring during a longer run if it's very cold.
Jan 2014
1:20pm, 28 Jan 2014
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Mad Dame Fleecy
And the main problem I have with wearing normal running socks in boggy conditions is that it is an absolute bugger trying to wash all the sand and dirt and crud out of them afterwards, so the next few times they're worn I get sand between my toes just doing a road run.
Jan 2014
1:21pm, 28 Jan 2014
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ogee
Goretex trainers for the snow only, otherwise get a shoe that drains really well. I don't go for Sealskinz socks but use Drymax instead, they let the water in but again, drain very quickly & if you use the Winter version, they also keep your feet warm.
Don't forget, even waterproof items have to deal with sweat etc so nothing is truly waterproof if you see what I mean.
Jan 2014
1:28pm, 28 Jan 2014
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oi you
Tav H it's not that I need clean feet, it's wanting clean feet.
Jan 2014
1:36pm, 28 Jan 2014
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Tav H
When I look down at my dirt-ingrained feet, it's a timely reminder that I really should get rid of all the hard skin. Mud just seems to soak in to the cracks. Ew. I think my feet actually stay cleaner when I run in huaraches. They're not very good in mud though.

Are you a hosiery model or something? ;-)
Jan 2014
1:37pm, 28 Jan 2014
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HappyG(rrr)
Sealskinz are about warm, not dry, imho. If you go in a bog up to your knees, you will be water and mud inside your socks. No gaiters, goretex or anything else will stop it. But, if the water (or melting snow) is freezing cold, sealskinz allow your feet to stay warm. And for running in snow or 0C melt water, that's really useful, in my experience.

If we're talking a bit damp and muddy, the gore+gaiters can be useful for keeping the wet and mud out for a bit longer.

Then there's grip - trail or proper fell shoes if you are doing any sort of wet rock, deeper mud, grass etc. with any sort of angle, otherwise expect to go a over t. Not good. And again, if deep snow and/or ice, then we're talking spikes - micro spikes, kahtoolas, yaktrax etc. Even good trail shoes can't grip on sheet ice.

Enjoy. Dontcha just love British winters?! :-)G
Jan 2014
1:43pm, 28 Jan 2014
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ChrisThePuma
lots of good stuff here - and probably saved me 100 quid on a pair of GTX shoes. I shall stick to my kanadias - although they are a bit narrow for me.

thanks for the input :-)
Jan 2014
10:41pm, 28 Jan 2014
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Pedro_Perez
Yeah...the sand in socks thing....my Mrs loves me for that. :-)

I was my socks out in the shower now before they get washed in the machine, I was ordered to do so by fear of death.

It's always nice putting a clean pair of sandy on the inside socks on. :-o

Ya soon run it off though.
Jan 2014
10:43pm, 28 Jan 2014
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DerbyTup
Quick drainers and wool socks every time ;-)
Jan 2014
11:15pm, 28 Jan 2014
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Red Squirrel
I realise there was a typo in my last post, I meant to say warm instead of wet but the moment has passed now anyway.

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