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I've played with the patagonia socks, and i always find that they get too tight after a washing (might fault...what can I say). I REALLY like the Simms Exstream's. Super comfy, don't shrink in the wash, and warm as all hell.
 

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BAMA SOCKS

For warm toasty feet!



Waterproof boots, if truly waterproof, cannot breathe therefore, the foot perspires creating dampness. XTRATUF bama-sokkets solve the problem. Removable insulating boot liners combine acrylic fiber with cotton tricot to wick away perspiration and insulate against the cold. Wear one size larger boot when wearing Bama Sockets.
They are made in layers which allow perspiration to pass through. This comes in contact with the boot where it condenses to water, which is then absorbed by the outer layer of tough, cotton knit. The inner layer is water resistant acrylic which acts as an insulator against damp and cold. The foot stays dry, warm, and comfortable. (Imported)
$21.95


Sokkets are to be worn over wool socks
Available in boot sizes
Hand wash gently in warm water, drip or hang dry
 

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I LOVE my SealSkinz breathable socks and they also make a glove.

Silk liner against the skin, light-medium weight 100% (as close as you can get 'knee high' wool over that and then the S-Skinz's. Which I should add really are warm in and by themselves. In warmer weather (cold water/warm weather) I'll just use the liner and as little as a regular cotton sock and the SS' booties. Toastie Toes! :D The whole point is to get 'sweat' away from your feet, and feet WILL sweat, even in ice cold water with your feet stuffed into those 'Neo-rubber' wader booties.:rolleyes:

That aside, a 'generous sized' wading boot is a MUST. If you don't have lots of toe wiggle room you will be toast no matter what you have on your feet.
 

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gcarlson has it right! Alpacas of Montana. Incredible stuff and nice small company and young family. I have both the heavy socks for wading and the hat. Really warm
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You can have the warmest socks around but if your feet don't have enough circulation they won't do any good. I used to often have cold feet while fishing. Since I started buying bigger boots, using a thinner pair of marino wool socks and pair of thicker regular wool socks and having enough room to wiggle my toes still easily, my feet have never been cold since.
 

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Have a look at these socks. Called Darn Tough and are made in Vermont,USA and have a lifetime guarantee. I have them and they are very nice. The Hike/Trek have a full cushion foot. I paid around $20 bucks in Canada so they would be around 18 bucks in he USA. I bought mine in a shoe store. Info is online at darntough.com
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You can have the warmest socks around but if your feet don't have enough circulation they won't do any good. I used to often have cold feet while fishing. Since I started buying bigger boots, using a thinner pair of marino wool socks and pair of thicker regular wool socks and having enough room to wiggle my toes still easily, my feet have never been cold since.
Exactly right. I bought some size 14 boots to give me room with bulky socks and my feet are never cold now. I generally just wear a pair of Carhartt Merino socks.
 

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Listen up Boys and Girls.

You can have the warmest socks around but if your feet don't have enough circulation they won't do any good. I used to often have cold feet while fishing. Since I started buying bigger boots, using a thinner pair of marino wool socks and pair of thicker regular wool socks and having enough room to wiggle my toes still easily, my feet have never been cold since.
BNF has nailed it. Boots to snug and you're toast.
 

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Merino wool, heavy weight, or expedition weight, from REI or Simms. My feet get cold easy in winter, so I increased my winter wading boots an extra size (10 street shoe, 12 winter wading boot). I wear two pair of the heavy merino wool socks, and winter wading life is good.

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Merino wool, heavy weight, or expedition weight, from REI or Simms. My feet get cold easy in winter, so I increased my winter wading boots an extra size (10 street shoe, 12 winter wading boot). I wear two pair of the heavy merino wool socks, and winter wading life is good.

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More important than socks

It's been said above, over-sized boots. Nice and loose, everything loose. Constriction is the enemy.

Go with a size 15 boot, put in 30 carbine screws into each boot and you'll be happy.
 

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Hot apple cider in a thermos mixed generously with sailor Jerry's rum, washed down with a can of cheap beer. A good dog to stand in the water with you and knock the fish off your line. What cold feet?
 

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I have two cold feet solutions. As others have said, I wear extra large boots - two full sizes larger than street shoes.

For cold temps, I wear two pairs of LLB extra Heavy weight wool hiking socks. They come in sizes, so 1 pr of large, and 1 pr of extra large over them.

For really cold conditions, I stick with the LLB size large socks, but pull a pair of Simms neoprene wading socks over top. They are designed to take up the extra space in your boots when wet wading so they are not waterproof. They are very long (so you can turn them down as a gravel guard), because they are not waterproof, they breathe, and since they are neoprene, they have a better R factor than a wool sock, and they don't compress as much. They also extend up my leg to just over mid-calf, providing a bit more insulation there as well. To date, I have not had a problem with condensation inside them.

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