The Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks are genuinely waterproof, ideal for the worst possible conditions although understandably not as breathable as some, and expensive.
- Pros: Waterproof, warm, stay in place
- Cons: Breathability, thickness
I have seen loads of pieces of kit come through my door that are claimed to be waterproof but in reality let water in after an extended shower. However, I can safely say that these socks are genuinely waterproof.
I used them in the pouring rain for hours, went through huge puddles, and even put them on and stuck my feet in a bucket of water. Nothing got through, which is very impressive.
When you first put the socks on you can instantly feel the difference to traditional socks; I would equate it to when you put on a wetsuit, you can feel the air around your feet in a more pronounced way than with traditional socks.
One of the slight downsides is breathability, which isn't as good as non-waterproof socks. However, they are nowhere near as sweaty as you might first expect after initially putting them on. I found that although they were more sweaty than if you were using merino wool socks or similar synthetic material, they are still fine for rides of a few hours.
They fit very well and they stay up admirably through long rides – something that thicker socks sometimes suffer from. One of the slight downsides to this thickness is that they are roughly the equivalent of wearing two pairs, which could be an issue with tighter fitting shoes. On the other hand (or foot), they offer good insulation and I used them on several sub-zero mornings without my feet ever feeling particularly cold.
Overall, I was really impressed with these socks. I don't think I have ever come across genuinely waterproof socks for riding before, and they certainly fulfil that promise impressively. They aren't as breathable as normal socks and their thickness could make tighter fitting shoes an impossibility, but for what they are aimed at, they perform particularly well.
A pair of genuinely waterproof socks that keep water out and warmth in
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks
Size tested: M/L
Tell us what the product is for
A pair of waterproof socks designed to be used in soaking wet conditions to keep your feet dry.
Showers Pass says, "Showers Pass has partnered with National Geographic to develop waterproof socks specifically designed for adventuring. Beloved by runners, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the Showers Pass National Geographic waterproof socks keep your feet dry in the worst weather conditions
National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for over 130 years through ground-breaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world. Their iconic yellow border offers a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. This rich legacy of exploration made for an ideal partnership, as premium gear is an essential component of every great adventure.
While they may feel like regular socks, the Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks are fully windproof and waterproof, thanks to a proprietary 3-layer construction. Features include a wear resistant knit exterior, a seamless waterproof breathable ArtexTM membrane, and a moisture wicking Merino Wool-blend lining. In short, they effectively turn any shoe into a windproof and rainproof solution for inclement weather.
Due to a proprietary 3-D laminating process, the fit is much more ergonomic than other waterproof socks on the market. The socks are designed to be a compression fit, delivering maximum breathability during foot motion. The Showers Pass National Geographic Waterproof Socks are a necessity for anyone who spends time in the wet outdoors."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Showers Pass lists:
3-layer construction: Wear resistant knit exterior, a seamless waterproof Artex membrane, and a moisture wicking Merino Wool-blend lining
Ergonomic fit due to a proprietary 3-D laminating process
Microporous waterproof membrane allows the sock to ventilate in order to decrease sweat accumulation
Inner: 39% Merino Wool, 39% Acrylic, 13% Polyester, 7% Nylon
Outer: 80% Nylon, 14% Polyester, 4% Lycra, 2% Spandex
Moisture wicking, anti-microbial lining
Mid-calf waterproof protection
They are well made, there is minimal stitching for obvious reasons and the material used is thick and durable.
They do exactly what they are designed to do: they kept my feet dry even when I stood in a bucket of water.
Thick and well made, they are likely to last a long time.
Mid-calf length and fitted my feet nicely. They're 'designed to be a compression fit'.
The medium/large size that I tried fits sizes 6.5-9.5; they fitted my size 8.5 feet perfectly.
They are much heavier and larger than most regular socks, but they're waterproof so this is understandable.
These are soft and warm and do the job very well.
This is difficult to score given that the price of a non-waterproof pair of socks plus overshoes would be more. If you're judging against normal socks, then these are expensive, but they are same price as the DexShell Ultra Dri Sports Socks. You can save a few quid by going for Showers Pass's Lightweight versions, now £31.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy, chucked them in a 30 degree wash without any issues at all.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, they are genuinely waterproof and warm for the worst possible conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The waterproofing! Seems obvious but the fact that they are genuinely waterproof is really great.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The thickness may be an issue for those who already have tight fitting shoes.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They're very good winter socks that do exactly what they need to – they are genuinely waterproof, comfortable, and warm.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.