Socks!!!

#1
I've used the old "1000" mile sock liners in the past to prevent blisters and found them of some help - does anybody have any experience of going the whole hog and getting the gucci thorlo shock absorbant jobbies on top, or are they just over-rated? Cheers all!
 
#2
New clever techno socks are great - but all feet will give out given enough time wet and walked on.

I think that the fit/break of your boot is probably more important than the sock in any case and the state of your feet the dominant factor.

So invest in some proper civvie hiking boots (Brasher Boots are my pref) for exercise / ops

Now where did I put that sandbag
 
#3
Bridgedale do a great coolmax liner sock that I've worn under Thorlos, Bridgedale's outers and issue arctic socks at one time or another. They work very well - down to the whole 'designed to wick' technology or something. I still tape my feet underneath though out of painful experience of LostBoss' point.

1000 mile socks I've only used for running as I always found them a little thin for use in boots.

Boots wise I've worn issue matterhorns (when they ran out of Proboots - what is G4 anyway...?) and more recently Lowa combats. Both excellent and wear like slippers but with a goretex lining. 8)
 
#4
Cool, cheers folks - oh, while I'm here - everyone has been raving about sorbothanes for years but I never bothered and used the old issue cheese graters instead (also heard that they were shit when wet), I'm getting knee pain nowadays and wondered if a pair of £17 sorbothanes might be worth a quick splash?
 

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#5
Yes
 
#6
Yes - very much - absolutely. They make a real difference.

Now if things to go wrong Sorbothane do a second skin pack that cushions the Blister with a gel envelope thing - doesn't help to cure the blister but will get you by.

If your feet get to the "look like lard and peel like soggy newspaper" stage Landrover do something called - "the landrover" that might help if you have one in your Bergen.
 
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random-nothings said:
Cool, cheers folks - oh, while I'm here - everyone has been raving about sorbothanes for years but I never bothered and used the old issue cheese graters instead (also heard that they were s*** when wet), I'm getting knee pain nowadays and wondered if a pair of £17 sorbothanes might be worth a quick splash?
Worth considering as they'll cushion the impact for your knee a bit (had it checked out?), but like with the sock combinations (especially arctic socks) only get them if there's going to be enough space in your boots! I had to discard my sorbos as they lifted my toes up too much and caused contact. Trial and error mate maybe just try some for a day and see how they go. Keep an eye out on e-bay as they do show up cheap there sometimes but generally I rate them highly.
 
#10
Stockings are fine but I find the sussies chafe when you get past the 10 mile point -must adjust the webbing.
 
#11
Cheers - Thanks for the top-tip about the landrover too, that was magic :) I'll have a quick browse around ebay and see if I can find anything vaguely shock absorbant prior to booking an appointment with profeet avec crap knee. Cheers everyone, hugs and smooches
 
#12
If you are having knee trouble you could do well to see a Chiropractor as Knee problems can often be attributed to compensation injuries associated with lower back / hip alignment.

Or they could just be knackered.

You could go for the taken 'brufen until numb rehabilitation method.
 
#13
cait said:
random-nothings said:
wondered if a pair of £17 sorbothanes might be worth a quick splash?
I swear by black laced top stockings.... always worth a splash :D
and I was planning on splashing on them, if you had been bothered to turn up on saturday..... 8)
 

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#15
Oh, and you'll need an extra sock in your gonk bag.

A soft towelling one is best.
 
#16
Been on a few walking holidays as well as all the tabbing involved in green, and when I went into Blacks for some new boots they recommended some custom made soles for the boots as well as my feet over pronate(?), something to do with them splaying out like some kind of gibbon's feet.

Wouldnt normally have said yes but the girlfriend was paying and seemed happy to keep shelling out so I did. :D

Took 10 minutes with this weird machine which moulds the plastic to fit your feet and have never had any problems since. The guy in the shop also swears that because they keep your feet at the right angle putting all the joints and muscles in the right place you can keep tabbing for ages. Dont know about that - generally the distance I can tab depends on how much beer or gym going I've done in the past few weeks, but they certainly are comfortable - I swap them between civvie hiking boots and issue boots as and when and I havent had a blister or any feet problems since.
 

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