A staff favorite, the 100% waterproof and breathable Rocky Gore-Tex Socks are your foot's best friend, especially during those cold, frost biting months. Pair these with your favorite sailing shoes for the ultimate in wet shoe, dry foot comfort. Layer with a non-cotton sock, such as wool socks, for an insulating effect when you need added warmth.
We highly recommend that you order a size up from your normal shoe size if wearing them over a traditional sock, or two sizes up if you are planning to wear over a bulky sock
Gore-Tex with Gore-Seam taped seams is fully waterproof
Lycra outer layer with Taslite insets for critical wear areas
Crew style fit
11 inch height
Stretch cuffs help hold up socks and keep water from entering
Stretch Gore-Tex upper panels conform to your foot shape
Non-stretch Gore-Tex soles and bottom panels prevent slippage and increase durability
Waterproof, Windproof, Breathable
All Sailing, Cold Weather
Material / Fabric
Gore-Tex (PTFE), Lycra (Nylon)
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Throughout history, one of the most devastating issues has been wet feet. Can you imagine not having to take multiple pairs of socks for a day of racing or even hiking? Sounds like some magic, eh? Well, Rocky has got it figured out. The Rocky 11" Waterproof Sock is the answer to cold, wet feet. With a Gore-Tex lining, you can rest assured that your feet will stay dry.
If you’re looking for warmth, just slip this sock over top of a wool sock and it’ll have you head-over-heels hooked. Another great use for these socks is with summer sailing shoes or boots. Maybe a pair of offshore boots isn't in the budget right now — you can simply wear these under your racers, and BAM; makeshift offshore boots.
For waterproof socks we always recommend getting 2 sizes larger than your standard shoe size in order to accommodate a warm WOOL (not cotton) sock underneath. Keep in mind, even when going two sizes larger, these socks will not be loose and baggy and may still be a bit stiff to get on and off. That being said, make sure they are not too tight to the point of cutting off circulation. Just like any running shoe or ski boot, you'll want to make sure you can still freely move your toes. Having that little extra room will mean all the difference for keeping your feet warm and comfortable.
The Rocky non-slip, breathable, waterproof socks are the one article of clothing that you can ALWAYS find in my cold weather gear bag.
Rocky Gore-Tex Socks are another favorite item amongst the APS staff. When sailing, we'll do practically anything for warm and dry feet! These socks are a must and Warren in Customer Service has written a short review on his favorite gear and why having these socks will keep your feet happy.
Rocky socks, My ode to thee...
I would love to count the number of times that my Rocky socks have kept my feet dry and me sane, but I would have long run out of fingers and toes by now, seriously. All kidding aside, Rocky socks are genuine Gore-Tex Dry socks that are actually the coolest thing since sliced bread. Rocky Gore-Tex socks are designed to keep water out of your shoes and keep your feet dry. I was first introduced to these socks about 4 years ago and immediately fell in love with them. They are the perfect way to keep my feet dry and happy for the majority of sailing that I do on small, but often damp, keelboats such as the J22, Star, Etchells, and J80. They work amazingly well at keeping water away from your feet using a soft Lycra seal that goes around your leg at the top of the sock. However, as all good things must come to an end at some point, when your feet do get wet, these socks are the best on the market about getting your feet to dry quickly, using the wicking the properties of Gore-Tex. As the sock is a Gore-Tex sock, it is basically a high tech shell for your feet, and will provide no warmth. So you need to pair the Rocky socks with a technical/wicking sock of your choice. I prefer the Wigwam Fusion Socks- Boot Sock, as they very effectively move water away from your feet and provide a medium amount of warmth. Then select your favorite sailing deck shoes and off you go. Rocky Socks are great because they are a fraction of the cost of true Gore-Tex boots, less bulky, and more versatile. They also work great for hiking, or just walking around in rain or snow, as I have used them in both.
If you have ever been to a boat show here in Annapolis in the rain you would likely see most, if not all, of the APS staff wearing Rocky Socks to keep their feet dry and happy. I personally have used them as an effective substitute for owning offshore boots on short to medium distance races. I know Aaron here in Customer Service wears them when iceboating to keep his feet happy. You won’t catch me without Rocky socks in my gear bag anytime soon, and if you do, I will be grumpy, because my feet will be wet and cold. Let’s hope I don’t forget my socks and I hope to see everyone on the water.