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Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Rocky Goretex socks on 11/02/2009 18:00:32 MST Print View

Don't remember who was looking for these, and can't find the thread even though I know it was recent, but I bought a pair of the 13" height (they have the shorter ones too) at BotachTactical.com. They seem to have plenty, and they were only $42 a pair.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Rocky on 11/02/2009 18:20:04 MST Print View

I've got a pair of these. I don't use them much, but I did bring them on one trip where a buddy wore them for 3 days of hiking through snow/slush/water and they kept his feet dry. They are a bit of pain to get on, but not rediculously so.

Elena Lee
(lenchik101) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest (USA)
try US Cavalry on 11/03/2009 13:57:21 MST Print View

bought a pair from US Cavalry when there was my size on sale for $35. i did cheat thought and tried a pair at REI prior to find out what my size is. you have to try it on first because of the slim opening. it's not too bad once you practice a couple of times :) i just recently hiked in mesh shoes and these socks, my feet stayed pretty dry but accumulated moisture inside from sweating, but they never felt cold and wet. its a great product if you are not using event/gtx shoes/gaitor combo, especially here in PNW.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Rocky Goretex socks on 11/03/2009 16:13:56 MST Print View

How do you size these? Is it your shoe size? Or do you have to size up to accomodate socks? I'd like to get a pair for winter trail running.

Chris Nott
(ChrisN) - F

Locale: Canada west coast
Re: Re: Rocky Goretex socks on 11/03/2009 16:55:50 MST Print View

Sizing is tricky. There is some stretch to them but not a lot so it's a matter of trying them on in person to see what size will go over your heel. I wear 10.5 in shoes and my Goretex socks are size 12. They will fit a bit baggy in places but you can get used to the fit quickly. Once you find the size that will fit over your heel, you should be able to fit most sock thicknesses under them. They will act somewhat like a vapor barrier so you can wear thinner socks.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Re: Re: Re: Rocky Goretex socks on 11/03/2009 17:37:24 MST Print View

If you have bulky feet, these will be a pain or simply impossible to use. For thin feet like mine, they're perfect.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Size on 11/03/2009 17:50:07 MST Print View

I went up one size over my normal shoe size (8). You gotta wiggle 'em on but it's not a huge pain. Just takes 10 seconds or so per foot. I could probably get my shoe size on, but it would likely take annoyingly long.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Size on 11/03/2009 18:29:27 MST Print View

Just went and tried mine on. I'm normally an 8.5 foot, so I bought a pair of 9s and a pair of 10s. I first put on a pair of my regular hiking socks (Icebreaker Light Hikers) and then the Rocky's.

First, it helps a lot if you roll the Rocky's down before putting them on. Much easier.

The 9s were tight with the light hikers on, but fit well with just a Smartwool liner. The 10s fit well with the light hikers on. I then put on a pair of the liners and a pair of Smartwool trekking heavy crew, and the 10s still seemed okay. A bit snug, but I don't think constrictingly so. FWIW.

I do think these would not fit wide feet very well, as my feet are on the cusp of normal/wide, and the Rocky's are snuggest right at the sides of the balls of my feet.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Re: Size on 11/04/2009 06:07:55 MST Print View

Well, I have wide feet, so I may be out of luck. I just know from last winter that my Salomon GTX trail shoes aren't going to hold up for extended periods in the snow.

I see that EMS (my only real local gear option) sells Gore Gore-tex socks. I'll just have to go try some on.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
BotachTactical.com on 11/04/2009 06:34:18 MST Print View

The price is definitely right at BotachTactical.com, but the shipping is not. $10.83 for UPS ground for a pair of socks is a tad pricey. Bought a pair anyway. I am such a sucker for stuff like this, especially when I plan to hike a really wet trail like the Shawnee State Forest in Ohio. Much of the trail is underwater during the rainy season, and in Ohio, every season is the rainy season. (Except for winter, which is the snowy season.)

Stargazer

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Rocky Goretex socks on 11/04/2009 07:24:23 MST Print View

I think Cabelas makes stretch goretex socks that might fit better than the rockies. I have no experience with the Cabelas brand.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re : Rocky socks fit on 11/04/2009 07:46:15 MST Print View

I think the Rocky socks are so good BECAUSE of the fit. If you get the proper size, there is no excess material to bunch up and cause blisters. Bunching can cause repeated flexing in the same area, and lead to a breakdown of the membrane. I've found that a size up from my normal shoe size is perfect for my feet.
I don't mind wet feet, but i hate COLD wet feet. Rockys have enabled me to wear trail shoes for 95% of my hiking.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
usable on 11/04/2009 12:24:01 MST Print View

I use mine with my sandals for year round use. Just a thin or medium wool or poly sock with the Rocky over it keeps my feet pretty warm and if I need more warmth I just throw a pair or really thick wool socks over that.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
BotachTactical.com on 03/09/2010 09:58:21 MST Print View

"The price is definitely right at BotachTactical.com, but the shipping is not. $10.83 for UPS ground for a pair of socks is a tad pricey. Bought a pair anyway. I am such a sucker for stuff like this, especially when I plan to hike a really wet trail like the Shawnee State Forest in Ohio. Much of the trail is underwater during the rainy season, and in Ohio, every season is the rainy season. (Except for winter, which is the snowy season.)"


I would order with some hesitance from this place. I personally have not placed an order but I was looking to purchase some Rocky Gortex socks and the price seemed to good to be true. I googled "Botach Tactical Fraud" (I often do when I get that funny feeling about a place) and numerous complaints came up alleging at the very least extremely poor customer service all the way to fraud. Has anyone ordered from these guys? Maybe there ok I just thought I would mention it.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: BotachTactical.com on 03/09/2010 11:03:54 MST Print View

I ordered 2 pair of Rocky goretex socks from them last year. No issues. Got the socks pretty quickly, and got what I ordered.

But there was another thread here somewhere of folks ordering an emergency bivy and not getting what they ordered, and not getting the greatest customer service either, so I may have been lucky.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
Rockys on 03/09/2010 12:22:28 MST Print View

Thanks Doug maybe I will give them a shot I cant seem to find Rocky's anywere else. How long did it take them from order date to get to your doorstep?

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Rocky Goretex socks on 03/09/2010 12:32:31 MST Print View

Clint - REI sells them. I'd be very very very careful ordering from Botach. In fact, I wouldn't. Based on personal experience, if they're out, they'll still take your money and then not answer your calls or emails. They have a very odd approach to running their business - as if their stock and your orders are a nuisance to deal with.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
REI on 03/09/2010 13:31:26 MST Print View

REI currenty list them as out of stock. Searching after my last post, I just saw them listed at CAMPMOR.com ($59.99)appears they have alot, sizes (5-14)

I have not ordered from them before but I have heard they are good. I am a size 10-10.5 depending on brands, I have read to size up for Rocky's, I plan on wearing Injinji* Toe socks underneath

Do I go for size 11 or 12?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Rockys on 03/09/2010 13:38:06 MST Print View

Hi Clint,

I really don't remember, but it certainly was less than two weeks.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
delivery time on 03/09/2010 14:19:23 MST Print View

Thanks Douglas