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Apparel Review


Do you hate cold wet feet?  Check out the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks that are 100% waterproof
 

Date: 6/6/02
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Danalco
Reviewer: JIP






Total Score: 8.5

Introduction: No matter where you are fishing there is always a possibility of getting your feet wet.  Either accidentally stepping into the water, when it rains, or when a big wave hits the boat and the water gets on deck and into your shoes.  Danalco has a solution to solve that problem so you can enjoy your fishing trips while keeping your feet dry.  Come see how useful these socks are and if they perform well under TackleTour's extreme field tests.

 

SealSkinz Water Blocker Waterproof Socks Specifications

Materials Triple-Layer system: Coolmax, MVT, nylon/Lycra
Sizes Available Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Colors Available Black
Features In-cuff seal, seamless, 100% waterproof, breathable
MSRP $39.95

  

Impressions: Similar to the SealSkinz gloves, the 100% waterproof Water Blocker socks feel just as comfortable and form fitting.  The socks employ Danalco's patented MVT technology and an in-cuff seal that will prevent any water from entering the Water Blockers while fully immersed under water.

  

Danalco delivers the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks that are 100% waterproof and breathable.  Aside from these two major factors, the socks are also flexible, comfortable, durable, and has a nice fit

  

The fabrication of the SealSkinz Water Blockers are seamless, well made, and looks like it's durable enough to be use during rough fishing expeditions.  This is because Danalco is ISO 9001 certified.  Their processes are standardized for quality and constant improvements in their manufacturing facilities.

  

To learn more about the MVT Technology, please visit Danalco's website.

 

Field Tests: We don't care what activities you are doing.  Getting your shoes and socks wet... which means having wet feet really sucks!  So sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry.  TackleTour wore the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks for different fishing application in various lakes and in the icy cold rivers at Yosemite National Park.

  

Comfort: You might think that having socks that are 100% waterproof and feeling comfortable wearing them can't be possible, but Danalco was able to achieve this.  Wearing the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks is very similar to wearing your everyday socks.  The comfortable knitted material and good fit are what makes these socks enjoyable to have on.

  

The inner layer of the socks uses a material called Coolmax.  Coolmax is not only comfortable but plays an important role in keeping your feet dry.  This inner material is used to wick away moisture from your skin keeping your feet dry and warm.  Keeping your feet away from water is what the Water Blockers are good at, and this means that you will be able to stay out and fish longer than Anglers who have wet feet.

  

The Water Blocker socks has an in-cuff seal that is used to block water from entering over the top of the socks when it's fully submerged in the water.  You might think that the in-cuff seal would be a tight squeeze on your calves, but that's not the case.

   

Waterproof & Breathable: Like other SealSkinz products the Water Blocker socks are purely 100% waterproof.  Danalco's patented MVT technology that utilizes a 3-layer system keeps the water out and your feet dry.  When the socks are entirely under water the Water Blocker's in-cuff seal prevents any water from entering from the top.  At first you will feel the water soaking at the top portion that is located above the in-cuffs, but water is actually not getting through the seal.  One thing we did notice during our field tests is that if you have skinny legs and the in-cuff seal is not as tight as it should be, then there's a potential that water can get into your socks.

  

The Water Blockers use an in-cuff seal to ensure that no water enters from the top of the socks when it's fully submerged under water.  The MVT materials does a great job at being waterproof and breathable

  

Even though the MVT's 3-layer system prevents water from soaking through the socks it still allows moisture to leave.  We found that the socks are most breathable when the outside temperature is cooler than inside the socks.  This is only logical since you probably wouldn't wear the socks on a hot day anyways.  While wading in the extreme cold water temperatures of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks kept our feet dry by blocking water from coming through and extracting moisture from our skin.

  

Durability: To our amazement the SealSkinz Water Blocker socks showed good durability while still remaining 100% waterproof.  After wading in rivers and wearing them normally in shoes or hiking boots, the socks bare little to no damage.  The only thing we noticed was slight stretching in the material, but that won't affect the ability to block out water nor its ability to breathe.  Danalco's 3-layer system uses an outer layer made of Lycra to increase durability and to prevent the loss of shape after extended usage.

  

The waterproof socks are durable enough to be used to wade in the water without the use of wading shoes.  But of course if you want to prolong the life of your socks even more, wearing wading shoes is recommended

  

Care: This is very important to assure greatest longevity of the socks.  Hand wash the socks and allow them to drip dry.  DO NOT twist or wring them.  Machine wash on low temperature and tumble dry on low.  Remember to reverse the socks halfway through when machine drying.
 
Ratings:

Water Blocker Socks Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good materials plus a certified standard for manufacturing and improvements say it all for Danalco's quality and workmanship 9
Performance The Water Blocker socks excelled in this area.  Keeping your feet dry and warm is what it's good at 9
Price A fair price for socks that are comfortable, 100% waterproof, and breathable 8
Features The in-cuff seal adds to the sock's ability to be 100% waterproof when it's submerged in water.  Plus the use of their high tech MVT material adds up nicely for a sock! 8
Design (Ergonomics) The flexible knitted MVT material provides great comfort while walking, fishing, and wading.  The in-cuff seals are designed to keep water out but will not stop blood circulation 8
Application Great socks for fishing and other sports when you want to keep your feet dry.  Dry feet means that you will stay warm and comfortable 9

Total Score

8.5


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J 100% waterproof L Skinny legs can cause leaks through Water Blocker seal
J Breathable  
J Great comfort  
J Good construction  


Conclusion: The SealSkinz Water Blocker socks has been designed to keep your feet dry while you're fishing.  Danalco did a great job at fabricating a sock from their patented MVT material that's 100% waterproof, breathable, and comfortable.  The standardized processes and materials used insure that your Water Blocker socks will perform well under extreme conditions.  If you're the type that hate cold wet feet the SealSkinz socks would be a good option for you.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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