Any words of wisdom on socks and gaiters for longer snowy (hoping we get some this winter) UK hill runs? Have previously used sealskinz over a thin liner plus inov8 gaiters. Works OK (wet but not frozen feet), gaiters work ok but the sock ankle cuff gathers balls of snow if its slushy.. curious to know what others use? (accepting there's likely no perfect solution).
I have shoes that are a half size bigger and use sealskins and thick socks. Did some long, cold, snowy days with this combo without any issues. I have a Salomon running shoe gaiter but find them a bit faffy and haven't used them much. The issue with socks balling up is that your body heat then melts that and feet get wet so maybe I'll use the gaiters more this year.
Someone was telling me today that they use neoprene socks. I don't know where you source such a thing or if it would be at all pleasant, but that's his thing!
I wear good wool socks with my normal shoes.
Decathlon £14 or https://www.inov-8.com/extreme-thermo-sock-high
Under £10 on eBay
Used them for years running and winter cycling.
Sealskin neoprene socks are my go to sock in winter fell running. Not cheap but worth it.
I just wear fell shoes and normal socks?
I suppose I think of the cold feet as part and parcel.
The feet being cold isn't the worst bit - it's the warming them up again!!
Salomon and a few others do Primaloft socks made of the fiber, not insulated as such. These and some ankle gaiters to stop stuff going into the top of the shoe whilst the rest of the foot breathes, and an acceptance that feet will be wet and cold to a degree.
The Salomon shoes with integrated gaiter are quite good, but you'd need to run in snow a lot to square the price.
It depends if it's slush (0-2C) type weather or proper cold like we get here. If it's proper cold (10-20 below) I mainly just use wool socks, with an icebug type shoe (I use the salming ispike) and an ankle gaiter. In the slush I'd rather go with a sealskin type sock.
> I just wear fell shoes and normal socks?
> I suppose I think of the cold feet as part and parcel.
That's fine for a couple of hours, much less so if you're out for a big day in the snow.
For a loooong trip out Neoprene is good. Your feet get wet but the water around them stays warm. Decathlon sailing socks are good I've heard but they may have a poorly-placed seam that can rub.
I went for some more up-market sailing neoprene socks, company called Rooster sailing I think, and they worked fine.
I would normally just wear lambswool socks and keep moving!
I did a 12 hr day out last winter, -15 or so, stepped through ice a few times. By the end my feet were a mess. Deep purple blotches that lasted a few days, numbness etc.
For winter running in the snow, ice etc I use Inov 8 Arctic claws https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/ino903/inov8-arctic-claw-300-thermo-trail-running-shoes/?utm_campaign=uk-unpaid-shopping&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google&utm_content=Arctic+Claw+300+Thermo+Trail+Running+Shoes&kw=&cpn=6513413711&gclid=Cj0KCQjwit_8BRCoARIsAIx3Rj69UYZzjTRci6F0AovfQO7v3dkEnZeKp2C8JngsD8rcfdDTlRAvYBgaAsgjEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
as these have primaloft insulation
I also use Rooster neoprene socks and Raidlight gaiters.
I also make sure that my legs are warm enough so the circulation entering my feet is not pre-chilled, so I wear winter insulated tights and sometimes waterproof trousers too.
All together, that combination has kept my feet usable and undamaged in 4-5 hour winter runs with deep snow etc, which is saying something, as I have nerve damage so feel the cold.
I use waterproof socks when it's cold/snowy but never bothered with gaiters.
Neoprene socks are the solution - I’ve had a couple of pairs and the Inov8 ones are best for running. Seams are all in the right place, they fit my fell shoes nicely and I don’t wear any other socks with them. In fact wearing socks with them would be like wearing a T-shirt under a wetsuit, or a jumper over your wetsuit?! I also use Kahtoola microspikes. Again, experimented with budget solutions but not reliable.
I’ve never bothered with gaiters. Kahtoola microspikes, standard fell shoes and inov8 extreme thermo socks will get my feet through a long day on the fells in any winter conditions 👍