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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Gear - Socks, Still Not Right

Ordered two kinds of socks to possibly be the outer layer for hiking. Both are wrong, but I'll probably use them anyway. Can't find what I want, and I've now spent a ton of money on socks.

The pair on the left is bamboo and the pair on the right is cotton. The bamboo ones look almost small enough. The cotton ones are too big to start with.

STRETCHY bamboo socks

Here is the problem- bamboo:

thin white socks


STRETCHY cotton socks

They have added too much stretchy stuff.

They will probably just work their way down inside the shoe. I've test worn one pair of each as a top layer for some short walks. (Just pulled the cotton ones up till they fit- they are enough like tube socks for that to work) They are sliding. Not too bad in just 3-4 miles, but they will have to do 12-14 miles a day and go 2 or 3 days in a row before being changed.

I have also tried hiking in two layers of the capilene- old ones underneath and new ones on top. Those did not slide, but they were hot.

One of those combinations is going to have to work.

In other news: I worked on trail food. My indispensable Excalibur dehydrator died. I have to figure out if it's the motor or the timer switch. When I call it indispensable, it mean that in value of the quality. Practically speaking, I can dry things in the oven, and am doing so. But it's slow because I only have 2 trays I can use there. A friend will loan me a round one if I want (they work differently and aren't my favorite). I also went to the store and got the next round of groceries for hike food.

You can see that the pile is growing, but lots of missing pieces yet.

bags of backpacking food

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Ann said...

Hopefully, you find a good combination with the socks.
I have one of the round dehydrators. I don't use it often, maybe once a year. But using the oven would be way slower.

Lin said...

It is hard to find good socks that don't slip just for the average walker. Mix in the orthotics and I am lucky to have anything on my heel at the end of 5 miles. I feel your frustration on a much smaller scale.

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- it can be a fun way to preserve some things for winter use

Lin- yes it is- yeah, I have orthotics too.

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello sharkbytes its dennis the vizsla dog hay those soks ar awfully stretchy!!! it shoor must be an inkonveenyense to hav to ware shooz and soks and stuf wen hiking altho i ges if yoo hav not got pads on yore feet then yoo need that sort of thing!!! hay kan i put in a reekwest for beef jerky wen the deehydraytor is up and running agin??? ok bye

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