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03-02-2010, 01:03 PM
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Sockless ftw. Air them out and spray febreeze once in a while, they wont smell. at least mine dont...
Used to wear regular cotton socks, but then i bought smaller skates and have gone sock-less for the past 3 years. I take them out of my bag to dry, and have no more smell then my old skates i used with socks.

I like to think I have better feel for the skate now....That and the smaller skate helps

I think i am the only one on my team that does this though.

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i always used short cotton socks. i bought a stiffer pair of skates and immediately went to longer socks to avoid rubbing at the top of the boot.

then i went and bought some UnderArmor hockey socks. they're horrible!

the first time i wore them they were ok, nice and thin. then i realized that they did not breathe AT ALL. during the game i could feel a layer of sweat between my foot and the sock, and my foot was sliding around like crazy.

i want the nice thin (dry) sock feeling, but i cant handle these underarmor ones. can anyone recommend a hockey sock that wont pool sweat inside it, and actually breathe?

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i always used short cotton socks. i bought a stiffer pair of skates and immediately went to longer socks to avoid rubbing at the top of the boot.

then i went and bought some UnderArmor hockey socks. they're horrible!

the first time i wore them they were ok, nice and thin. then i realized that they did not breathe AT ALL. during the game i could feel a layer of sweat between my foot and the sock, and my foot was sliding around like crazy.

i want the nice thin (dry) sock feeling, but i cant handle these underarmor ones. can anyone recommend a hockey sock that wont pool sweat inside it, and actually breathe?
Yes, Easton Synergy socks, about $7/pair but well worth the dough.

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i always used short cotton socks. i bought a stiffer pair of skates and immediately went to longer socks to avoid rubbing at the top of the boot.

then i went and bought some UnderArmor hockey socks. they're horrible!

the first time i wore them they were ok, nice and thin. then i realized that they did not breathe AT ALL. during the game i could feel a layer of sweat between my foot and the sock, and my foot was sliding around like crazy.

i want the nice thin (dry) sock feeling, but i cant handle these underarmor ones. can anyone recommend a hockey sock that wont pool sweat inside it, and actually breathe?
I use Swiftwick Olefin socks. The most expensive sock I've seen, but the Olefin material floats in water. Basically it will wick water away from your skin but won't hold it so your feet are always dry. Olefin is a recyclable, abrasion resistant, breathable, and fast drying fiber. They're thin, almost like a dress sock. Constructed of a blend of 84% Nylon, 10% Olefin, and 6% spandex. This creates a very light sock that holds your foot shape and doesn't move around.

What I like about them is they compress around your foot and ankle to give better blood flow like a diabetic sock would. So far the best stuff I've found.

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FWIW, not wearing socks would not affect the likeliness of a Staph infection (at least significantly) for most players. A guy on my team is an ER doctor and father has had MRSA recently, believe me. Not airing out and regularly cleaning your gear would lead to Staph infections which are no joke.

It's funny that someone posted about blisters after skating with no socks and yup, sure enough my foot is a bit sore in one spot from friction. Nothing a new insert wouldn't fix. I think I should bake them on my bare feet if I am going to skate that way.

My gear doesn't stink and neither do my shoes (dryer sheets ftw!) plus I pay the guy that sharpens my skates he can deal with it...

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03-05-2010, 04:48 AM
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I wear a thin business sock. My feet don't sweat. I tried Bauer skate socks and didn't like them - they were too big for my feet (they're only available in one size) so I went back to cheap business socks - $5 for three pairs at a clearance center. I now wear them every day, whether skating or not.

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I overpaid for mine, I think the Synergy socks cost $15 at the store. But I was trying on skates with thin socks on and getting some bad rubbing on the heel, put on the Easton socks, and the rubbing went away.

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Sockless with these:

http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/EZeeF...age-EZ2MM.html

They are great at stopping rubbing, as well as taking up that last little bit of negative space. And they don't make you feel like your foot is in a stirrup either.

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I heard from a guy who sharpens skates that he knows the sockless guys because they stink. My skates stink too but that's because sometimes I wear the same socks for a few games (it's terrible I know)

I wear low cut socks, it's a personal preference, I tried sockless and got some blisters

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I heard from a guy who sharpens skates that he knows the sockless guys because they stink. My skates stink too but that's because sometimes I wear the same socks for a few games (it's terrible I know)

I wear low cut socks, it's a personal preference, I tried sockless and got some blisters
I have worn the same socks for a year and half and my skates dont stink bad. As long as you take care of your gear it shouldnt smell too bad at all.

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03-05-2010, 09:21 PM
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i tried the dress socks today. they worked like magic!, felt very good, had one of my best skates ever

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I have a pair of Synergy socks, Oxy Sox, ShockDoctors, Vapors and I just picked up the Tactics Socks with Kevlar (only worn once). Best socks I've had out of all of them are the Vapors. Love the way they feel, durable. Least durable were the Eastons, would get holy pretty quick. ShockDoctors are nice and soft. OxySox were just average.

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I normally wear regular low cut cotton socks but I just ordered some hockey socks to give them a try. I've never had any problems with sweat or anything with cotton.

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Picked up some Nike Bauer skate socks on closeout at hockeyboss.com.

Skated in them for the first time today and definitely noticed a difference from my normal cotton socks I have been wearing.

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Picked up some Nike Bauer skate socks on closeout at hockeyboss.com.

Skated in them for the first time today and definitely noticed a difference from my normal cotton socks I have been wearing.
IMHO performing athletics while wearing cotton anything is a mistake.

The new technology in dri-fit shirts like this:

http://www.championusa.com/Champion/...on/CT2097.aspx

are key to staying comfortable while you play.

I wear these when I play or cycle, and its leaps and bounds better than the old cotton t-shirts, just as it is FAR better in the dri-fit socks.

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depends on the rink. If its a really cold rink, I wear the Easton skate socks. If it's a regular rink I don't wear socks.

I don't have any problem with my skates smelling, but I pull out the insoles right away, and put baby powder in the skate.

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