Sealskinz Mid Length Sock

Sealskinz Socks

These socks divide people. Yes they are waterproof and yes they keep your feet warm. There’s nothing clever about what they do – its basically 2 socks with a plastic bag in between them, providing you with a sock look on the outside and a sock feel on the inside and a waterproof layer sandwiched in the middle. So what’s the problem? Well waterproof has to work both ways so if water gets in in stays in. This isn’t ideal and some people prefer to rely on shoes or over-shoes to keep the water at bay. Personally, I wear flat shoes mostly and over-shoes are not for flats.

Most flat shoes are designed for much drier weather and for downhill or free riding – they have lots of padding that soak up and retain water like sponge. This is just something we have to adjust to and waterproof SealSkinz socks are my way of keeping that water away from my feet.

Pull them up high enough and wear trousers or something else (leg/knee warmers) that cover the edge of the sock and the water stays out. Stay away from knee deep puddles and you should be ok. I find them warm and comfy and have only had one issue with water getting inside. I also have a shorter pair (ankle socks if you like) of SealSkinz that are great for wearing on early morning rides or after a rain storm. Your shoes will get wet in the grass but your feet stay dry, but without the added and perhaps unnecessary warmth of the longer socks.

I would recommend giving SealSkinz waterproof socks a try if you don’t like wet feet!

SealSkinz – All Weather Cycle Gloves

SealSkinz - All Weather Cycle Gloves

I don’t normally feel the cold; but 2 years ago on one very crisp and frosty February morning I felt the cold like never before! My core temperature and limbs were fine thanks to a good wicking base layer and the usual central heating generated by a bike ride. But my fingers and toes were numb beyond belief. Holding the cold bars, pulling on cold shifters and break levers coupled with the freezing wind generated by my forward movement meant my hands and fingers in particular were subjected to sub zero temperatures that I hadn’t thought possible and it hurt!

If this sounds a little dramatic its supposed to. Do not take the cold lightly! By the time I got home (on a ride I cut very short) I was close to tears – yes at 40 years old I felt like crying because my hands were cold! I felt sick and I couldn’t touch anything let alone rub my hands together to warm them like I have been telling my kids to do on cold Bonfire nights.

You clicked on the link to read a review and this is a review of sorts – I’m almost there. It took hours for the life to come back into my fingertips and a few more for the tingling to stop altogether, never again was I going to let this happen. I needed gloves that were going to provide thermal protection and wouldn’t allow water (snow or rain) in so I went shopping that afternoon.

Now I wear SealSkinz cycling gloves and the above experience is but a memory. The gloves provide great protection against the elements and my hands are now toasty and warm during Winter rides. They have cycling specific rubber patches for grip on wet brake levers and with a velcro wrist strap they seal in the heat and fit snug. They don’t have much in the way of padding on the palm or heel to provide any of the impact support, but for me Winter riding is firstly about staying warm and these do the job perfectly.