Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Favorite Cold Weather Gear

Newsflash: it's getting cold out.

While the Winter doesn't technically start until December 21st, Mother Nature held a dandy of a dress rehearsal last weekend. The temperature never broke 50° on Sunday and the wind gusts topped out over 30 knots. Now, I went to a public school, so I've never been really good with numbers, but I think that put the feel-like temperature somewhere around -79°.

Yeah, yeah... call these guys:

Anyways, Sunday's are a busy day on the water around here -- Annapolis Yacht Club runs a PHRF Frostbite Series with over 100 boats registered, Severn Sailing Assoc. runs a Laser Frostbite series with about 15-20 boats and AYC's Opti and 420 Teams are out practicing in the rare, but welcome, heavy air.

My place in all of this? I was out there coaching the Opti kids, starting at 10:00am. By the time 1:00pm rolled around and the two Frosbite series' were taking to the water, my hands were basically useless and I could neither confirm nor deny that I still had ears. Which is why I was truly grateful I had grabbed my all-time most favorite piece of gear before leaving my house that morning: socks.

That's right... socks.

Specifically, Rocky's Gore-Tex Socks.

These things are, for lack of a better word, awesome. For those of us that can't afford a pair of Dubarry or Musto boots, these socks turn any pair of boat shoes, sneakers or cheap ol' Chuck Taylor's into a waterproof, windproof haven for your feet that keep your socks dry and warm.

Now, try to get past the shock that a guy working in the marine industry doesn't have the money to buy Dubarry's, and focus back on the socks. Since they're made of Gore-Tex, these things also help to move sweat and moisture away from your feet if you pair them up with the right pair of socks (something that also moves moisture, like a Smartwool or CoolMax sock).

In my humble opinion, they're the best piece of gear that you can buy under $50.00. They are sized in whole shoe sizes (10, 11, etc.), but to ensure that you can get them on, I'd highly recommend going up a size. Unlike a normal cotton sock that has a bit of elasticity, Gore-Tex has almost no give at all, so it's much better to err a little bigger.

Check them out here:
Rocky Gore Tex Socks


  1. For what it's worth, I have this "friend" who works in the marine who does own a pair of Dubarry boots. But, I...errr, he would agree that the Rocky socks are the best piece of gear in my...errr his gear bag too.

  2. This will protect our feet from any cold.Nice socks!

  3. This cold gear is my favorite as well. I wanna purchase something like this.