Rating: 1 / 5
Bought these socks a couple of years ago. And have never been able to make use of them in their intended fashion. Why? Well, the story reads like the plot of a spaghetti western...
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Rocky GTX socks:
First the good:
Excellent construction: 5
Appearance (off-foot): 4.5
VERY NICE INDEED! if only the story ended here, but alas, this one does NOT have a happy ending.
Performance: ??? who knows, not i that's for sure. Why? The FIT, it's all about the FIT. read on...
Heard that I needed to size up one size. So, I did precisely that.
Tried to get them on my foot over a capilene liner, then over a Smartwool liner, and even over a bare foot - eventually succeeded.
This is a very painstakingly slow process - even worse than attempting to slither into the tightest cut, zipperless mummy sack.
Just over three minutes of tugging and pulling around and around the foot, little by little that the first pair (one size up) took to get on - and that was just over three minutes PER SOCK. I could pitch a tent in the time it took me to put on this first, one size up pair of socks.
WARNING: if your house is on fire, don't try to put these socks on before vacating the burning premises. The Manufacturer may not be held responsible for your demise.
Forget about ever layering them anything but a liner, in my experience. Sock is a bit long when sized up one size, but is FAR TOO tight even over a bare foot. Couldn't wear them for any great length of time since they are so tight and uncomfortable.
Sized up TWO sizes. Surely, these will fit? Well,..."yes", and "no"...
They finally arrive and i take these "bivy" (no bug netting!!) sized socks out the package. GREAT! They fit over the liners and are only a little difficult to pull on, though still more than I would have suspected or desired, AND i can get them on in just under sixty seconds each instead of the more than three minutes each sock that the first pair took. Definitely only a liner will fit under these socks sized TWO sizes up.
[Note: could BOTH of my pairs be mislabelled as to size by the Mfr? Unlikely, or the sock girth would have fit better given their length. Could they part of a bad run? Perhaps, but two different size socks? Maybe? Don't know.]
Well, now that i have these bivy-sized socks on, how do i get my trail runner on??? You see, the UGLY is that there are approximately FOUR INCHES of sock sticking out in front of my big toe!!!
Do i fold this extra length back over the top of my foot??? Nope - not 'nuff room - too tight.
Do I fold it under the bottom of my foot??? Nope - not 'nuff room - too tight.
Do I just "scrunch" it up in front of my stubby lil' toes? Nope - not unless I size up one size my footwear!!! Again, not 'nuff room.
This is FOUR inches of worthless, offending material that something must be done with. Needless to say, either approach that i took didn't work well.
However, all is not lost as i can use them for rain mitts when holding trekking poles while wearing a rain poncho - hey,...at least they are breathable which is more than i can say for the far, far lighter plastic bags i normally use!!
I'd like to be able to talk more about about their performance, but I can't, since the fit of these socks is so poor that I cannot wear them
These socks just plain don't fit my feet. I have small feet (5-8 sock or 6-9 sock) with VERY HIGH arches that are just at the outer limits of medium width - in other words, i don't take wide widths, but medium width shoes fit just right - if med. shoes were any narrower, i'd need wide width.
I should also mention that I have NOT had problems, EVER, with any other sock - even some neoprene one that i own. Problems fitting shoes - "yes", but NEVER (until now) with socks.
I would strongly suggest that you try before you buy.
So, these socks get a '1', NOT because they can still be used as WPB thumb-less rain mitts, but only because the rating system wouldn't let me give them a ZERO or a negative number.
Be sure to read the following reviews for a complete picture as other Reviewers have a TOTALLY different experience with these socks from my own experience. Perhaps, sizing is only a problem in the smallest sizes, or mine came from a bad Mfr-ing "run"? If so, the other reviewers experiences may be closer in line with what most would experience.