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12/9/13 8:53 P

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The problem with anything waterproof is that as soon as I run through a creek where the water exceeds the height of the shoe or sock, a lot of cold water will get in and have no way to escape.

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12/9/13 8:45 P

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what about waterproof boots such as goretex? or snow sneakers? from LL Bean, I ordered both. and they are great.

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12/9/13 3:40 P

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I had a disasterous run this weekend. It was hovering just below 32F and we ran through water several times. After 5 miles, my toes were numb and stayed that way. I had to abort the remainder of the run.

I did some googling on waterproof socks and am now convinced that's not the solution. I also spoke to a SmartWool rep who said their socks won't solve this problem either. I'm now thinking that I should find the sock that simply sheds water the quickest

It may seem crazy but perhaps I should be looking at a lightweight summer sock - even though my toes are obviously very sensitive to cold. But I do use duct tape on my shoe toe area - that significantly reduces the cold air that would otherwise flow through. But I don't want to trap water in my sock or shoe.

What's the best water-shedding sock?


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11/26/13 6:04 P

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Aimless, you can get the truck bed liner in a spray can next to the spray paint at Lowe's/Home Depot.

I have not had any issues with needing water to drain out of my shoes, but we get fairly light/dry snow here. It's more likely to stick to the mesh and then melt into the material. You could either wear track pants or gaiters to keep the snow out of your shoes, depending on conditions. We rarely get more than 4-6" here. The waterproofing also decreases air flow through the mesh, so the shoes are warmer, but I haven't found it to be an issue when it's down in the 20's; if anything, my it keeps my feet from getting too cold.

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11/26/13 12:30 A

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I wear what I normally wear. I try to stick to tried and true routes so I am aware of where I will find ice.

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11/25/13 2:05 P

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I stick to what I run in year round. I don't see much point in having separate winter shoes as the weather doesn't tend to get to bad here.

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11/25/13 2:02 P

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Personally I don't do waterproof. My feet sweat themselves. I don't have much issue with wet feet. They will get wet if I'm running through water, but that happens all summer too. Otherwise, the snow does not really make my feet wet. My feet don't really get cold either - I tend to have excessively warm feet. So all I do is tie on spikes. I'm thinking of trying that trick with screws in my shoes this year also. See how it works.

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11/25/13 1:27 P

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I live in Alaska where running in the snow and rain is basically just a way of life. I've come to terms with my wet feet, although wicking socks help keep them warm at least. I like merino wool trail socks, which they sell at Costco in three-packs for super cheap. For snow and ice running, I just wear an old pair of running shoes with a pair of ice cleats over them. The cleats are made of rubber and keep some moisture out. I've heard of the spray-on truck liner trick, but haven't tried it. Where do you buy that in amounts small enough?



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11/25/13 12:59 P

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Interesting question, this is my first year running in the snow, so I will be interested in the feedback.


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11/25/13 9:35 A

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Interesting idea, Kapelakin. My only concern is that if you get moisture inside the shoe, it will have no way to drain so you'll be sloshing around. It only takes a little snow to get kicked in for this to be an issue. (Or a water crossing.)

Conceivably, your own feet might start sweating would could also be a source of moisture.

A friend of mine uses waterproof socks as an alternative to keeping the cold water off her feet. I've never tried them myself.

Lots of trail runners use gaiters to keep snow (and other stuff) out. Ahh, so many things to try!

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11/25/13 8:37 A

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I took a pair of trainers that had a couple hundred miles on them and sprayed the mesh parts with a couple coats of spray truck bed liner, which is basically a thin coating of rubber. I also made them into screw shoes for traction in the snow/ice. They are not totally waterproof, but they are good enough, with a good pair of merino wool running socks, my feet might get damp at worst running in several inches of snow.

There are a few specialized winter/waterproof running shoes, but I didn't want to go through the bother trying to find one that fits, plus, they're expensive.

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11/25/13 8:02 A

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Anyone out there run in the snow? this is my first year and I am training for a half in March. I need to be outside but not sure what kind of shoes to wear. I want something warm and waterproof. I am in Pa and we get snow. Sneakers just don't seem to work. Hiking boots my feet got wet. Help Please.

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