The arrangement of items in a washing machine following its cycle is a study in chaos, right? Arm warmers hiding inside of bib shorts, bibs knotted around jerseys, gloves caught by zippers, the usual. On one recent occasion I encountered something new to me. I pulled out the textile version of a water balloon. Srsly. Despite a spin cycle vigorous as a state fair ride, somehow one of the Showers Pass Crosspoint Socks was tossed into a position in which the centrifugal force of the spin sent all the water to the toe of the sock, rather than out the cuff, lending an effect reminiscent of the face of someone who has hung from gravity boots for too long.
When I picked up the sock I felt—and heard—a distinct slosh. Whaaaaa? I walked over to our balcony and turn the sock upside down and watched several ounces of water stream from the sock.
Had there ever been any doubt whether or not the socks were actually waterproof, as billed, this removed all doubt. Any sock that I can use as a whisky flask is waterproof enough for my needs. But hey, that’s not much of a review, so let’s dive in.
If there’s one thing that Showers Pass is known for, it’s prevention. That is, their products are known to prevent water in the environment from getting to your body. I’ll admit that I’m much more concerned about keeping my torso warm and dry than I am my feet. Don’t get my wrong, my desert island list of body experiences doesn’t include cold, wet feet. I’m not a fan. It ranks lower than a Poison reunion tour. Okay, maybe not. But you get the idea. If my feet can remain both warm and dry on a ride that includes both cold and wet, well why wouldn’t I use that item?
The Crosspoint Sock represents an investment in comfort. A pair goes for $34, which is equivalent to two or three pair of good wool socks. If you don’t like the neon yellow shown here, they also come in pink and white. They come in four sizes (S/M, M/L, L/XL, XXL), thank heaven, because they aren’t super stretchy due to the membrane that keeps the water out. I wear a size 42 shoe and I’ve been wearing the M/L. And holy cow, these things can take two days to dry after washing, so if I’m going to be dealing with ark-building weather, I simply brush them off when I get home and hang them up so they’ll be as dry as possible the next day.
Lay one flat and it’s roughly a centimeter thick, which is to say, thicker than almost any wool sock you’ll encounter. To wear these comfortably, you’ll need a pair of shoes that has some room to play with. I can only wear these with my E-width shoes; otherwise, I end up with numb feet.
The Crosspoint Socks feature the same three-layer construction of a waterproof membrane bonded between two knit layers found in the Crosspoint Gloves which I recently reviewed.
I know someone, several someones, will completely and utterly flip out at the notion of spending $34 on a pair of gloves. Might as well buy a $10 apple they’ll say. What they represent as an improvement in comfort on a cold, wet day is orders of magnitude better than you can get with wool socks alone. Anyone with the stones to ride in nasty weather owes it to their lower extremities to pick up a pair of waterproof socks. How it has taken so long to come up with socks this effective I can’t fathom, but all I can say is now that they are here, this is something you’ve always wanted. Trust me.
Final thought: The wait is over for happier feet.