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What running 'kit' experiments have worked for you?

Katnap
KatnapGraduate

I tried wearing some waterproof socks on Saturdays parkrun. My running shoes 👟👟 got wet but my feet stayed warm and dry.😸

I will definitely do that again. 😁

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

I’m experimenting on how deep into winter I can go without donning running tights... if I’m alive in March I’ll report back on my findings!

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Strangely enough, I found the one's I got off the interweb make my legs colder than without! But I think they're supposed to be a baselayer.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Katnap

I have no idea... I asked my ultra running buddy who was donning his on the school run this morning and he says I don’t have to shave my legs, only cyclists do that and “they’re perverts”. His other tip was wear shorts over them.

*don’t blame me cyclists, I’m just reporting what I was told.

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Agreed on the shorts. I did without first time... Luckily I was wearing a longer length top to cover the unmentionables 😵

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Katnap

😱

Hidden
HiddenGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

🤣😂🤣⚡️

I never knew waterproof socks existed! Where did you get them from?

Jazzyd
JazzydGraduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

I would like to know too x

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to Jazzyd

I bought mine on Amazon. Not run in them but used them for my ultra walk last year. The make i got were great the first 2 or 3 wears but then lost their waterproofness :(

A company called sealskinz make them too but not tried theirs. Have used their gloves which are fantastic 👍

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

Sealskinz use a porelle membrane.

There are cheaper brands that are just as good.

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Jazzyd

SealSkin brand is expensive.

Search 'porelle' socks.

You can get running specific versions

Search result / review below

runnersradar.com/uncategori...

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to Katnap

i had Dexshell but think i dried them incorrectly as the are no longer waterproof :(

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

... Oops! Hot temps will muck up the membrane.

Think of them as having a thin plastic film inside. Heat or strong detergent will damage it

Fingers crossed for your sealskinz gloves! 😸

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to Katnap

No point washing them. they get covered in horse poop 🐎💩 🤣

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

That's one way to keep hands warm! 😸

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

Aha! I did a lot of cycling (no leg hairs deliberately harmed!) and got some winter weather waterproof socks. Mid calf length.😸

SubterraneanAlien
SubterraneanAlienGraduate in reply to Katnap

Do your feet get sweaty in them though?

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

They're still breathable and having the winter thermal type means they have thick fluffy insides.

Google 'porelle' socks to help avoid the expensive SealSkin brand. 😸

Jogunlikely
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

these are the ones i had "Dexshell Men's Ultra Flex Socks"

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

DexShell Hathern Pro is what I have.

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate

Compression clothing. Not convinced. Fortunately I only bought Karrimor and Aldi 😁

I like the winter weight tights but I am a fan of getting the air round my lower legs all year round so try and wear capris mostly. I donned long tights t’ther night though

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to misswobble

Thanks misswobble! I've heard some runners say they feel compression clothing restricting.

uncle_wiggy
uncle_wiggyGraduate

I've not tried it myself but apparently it's easy to waterproof running shoes with a candle & hairdryer (search on YouTube)

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to uncle_wiggy

Maybe an experiment to do shoes past their best?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to uncle_wiggy

It worked on my old trainers... not sure how often you’d need to reapply with running, but there’s only one way to find out!

Way back when a running store in Portsmouth was having a clearance weekend... I strolled up on the Sunday and managed to bag some £165 gortex running shoes (this would have been around 2000) for a fiver... damn shame I didn’t run then 😂

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate

Daps are designed to let water drain through For most of us wet feet isn’t a matter of life or death, thankfully 🙂. Icy cold, sub zero temps for prolonged periods is something else

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to misswobble

Agreed! I did it to keep my feet warm.

Normally I run in the wet with no coat.

I don't mind cold either.

Just not the combination of wet and cold!

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate in reply to Katnap

Agreed! That’s baaaaaaad 😳

kwell39
kwell39Graduate

This morning I went out for my short run and it was 25f. I wear my cold gear running tights, warm wool socks, cold gear mock turtle neck, wind jacket, gloves and band around my ears. I was nice and toasty and have yet to have my feet too wet.

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to kwell39

I was removing risk of cold wet feet. It was all off road on damp grass and I only have road running shoes that let the wet in.

Nicely ventilated to let the sweat out but my toes get too cold too easily.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Great Katnap! I bought a pair myself recently. So I’m armed and ready. I have a head torch and neoprene gloves in my arsenal too! Both worked very well. 👌🏽😁❤️

Katnap
KatnapGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Awesome! Staying away from the dreadmill and doing it proper.

No such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes 😸☔😎⛅🌈🌀❄⛄

Keep on running! 😸👏👏👏

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