Hey guys. I've been trying to figure out a solution for this, other than just wrapping some duct tape around the tops of neoprene socks. I bought a pair of the Blue Seventy socks, and then found out that the legs on my wetsuit don't go down far enough to cover the tops of the socks. I'm pretty tall (6'3"), and I neglected to consider this when I bought the socks. I definitely want to wear the socks, but I'm pretty sure that they will cause more drag than they are worth. Any ideas on what I can do, or where I can buy a taller cut of socks so I can prevent water from entering them? Thanks!
I would wear the sock living here and knowing how cold the water is. Maybe duck tape with medical sissors in you transition bag (shave your legs first). In 52-53 degree water your socks WILL make a difference, I think it's worth a "little" drag, I think blue seventy make the best sock with the least amount of drag. Whatever you do practice it first!!! Water is 53.42 now, but hit 54.95 yesterday!!!
Awesome. I've been following all of the posts on here about the water temps for a while, so I was planning on figuring out a way to make it work. I'll be getting there the Wednesday before the race, so I'll have a few days to do some trial and error to see what works. Thanks for the help Connie!
I suppose your solution depends on how far you want to go. You can get some neoprene ankle sleeves from a dive or surf shop but the ones I have seen are kind of bulky and that is just two more things you need to manage in transition. The cheap alternative is to duct tape (or other suitable tape) the space between your wetsuit and socks. Another idea is to use an ace bandage-type of wrap.
Anyway, crossing our fingers and rattling the chicken bones, the weather may cooperate and warm the lake up a few more degrees. I have seen the surface temp jump 4 degrees in a week. If the temp is 58+, I won't need the swim socks and all will be good.