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Wool Socks Under Boots?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by MrVegas, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    I found a few older threads on this question, and much heated debated over weather wool insulates underwater when wet (including responses from Pinnacle about their Merino linings). Anyway, this seems to be a little unsettled. I was thinking about trying wool socks under wetsuit boots to add warmth. Obviously, this is a cheap experiment, and I guess there's only one way to find out; however, I was wondering what the results were for people that actually tried this. Do wet wool socks inside wetsuit boots keep your feet warmer?
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  2. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    Why not try neoprene socks?

    I don’t think I’ve tried wool socks but I have tried a wool shirt under a wet suit, not warmer in my opinion.
  3. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    When wet isn't the same as when submerged.
  4. icechip

    icechip ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    I've worn them under my boots during the coldest months and thought they made a difference.
  5. CT Sean

    CT Sean Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Central Connecticut
    I don't know that they keep my feet warmer but they make them comfy as hell and provide nice blister protection
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  6. kylergoehle

    kylergoehle Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Massachusetts
    I always wear wool socks under my boots when diving wet and have noticed a big difference in warmth.
  7. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    Or thicker neoprene boots if available. Even assuming it's true that wet wool insulates better than most wet synthetic materials, I have to believe wet wool insulates nowhere near as well as foamed neoprene.
  8. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: dry land :-(
    I was sceptic about using neoprene socks, but they work great for dry and wet diving!
  9. Manneca

    Manneca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Memphis (TN, not, unfortunately Egypt)
    I wear these instead of boots (cause my instep is too high for my fins)

    They keep my feet toasty. They aren't waterproof as dive socks. I lent them to my son who was having cold feet issues and he loved them. They have a plastic or like material layer which I poke holes in so that the water which gets in through the top can flow out. Otherwise I look like I have horribly swollen feet. I've worn them underboss too.

    I usually pair them with lycra socks to help them go on and off easily.
  10. MegDiver792

    MegDiver792 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United States
    I wear a thin silk wicking sock, REI SmartWool expedition socks, and a 5mm neoprene sock over that for cold water diving. Works great into high 30's
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