While some BIKEmagic members loved their Porelle Drys, on the whole you were largely unsatisfied and didn’t hold off when we raised the subject on the forum. At the root of the problem were two things; that the socks were too thick, and that the seal at the top let water in. The manufacturer, Porvair, has sorted these problems and more with the new SealSkinz range of waterproof socks and gloves.
The new breathable, waterproof, not to mention machine washable, SealSkinz socks feel much more like a normal sock than the Porelles as they considerably more flexible and much thinner. The seal around the top of the sock is much better: we haven’t had any wet feet in over three months of use (okay it has been summer, but not exactly a dry one). Another great improvement is that the problems associated with reduced blood-circulation in tight shoes appear to have gone along with the bulk of the material thickness. Our experience with these socks has been very positive.
The tech bit
In a nutshell: the socks are made from three layers of material; a soft wicking inner layer, a stretchy mid-layer, and durable, hydrophobic (water shy) outer. Those of you who want to know the full details should go to the tech section of their website where you’ll find everything you need to know.