[Cdt-l] Vapor Barrier Liner socks

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Thu Jan 7 23:49:46 CST 2010

Why not try actual plastic garbage bags? They don't weigh much, and 
actually work for moderate stream crossings. I call them my redneck 
waders - one on each leg right over your shoe, and hold 'em up with yer 
hands - very quick to set up & put away.  I've done this a couple times 
for shorter hikes, where I knew there was one crossing I didn't want to 
have soggy feet for. The cheap bags only last about 2 crossings in my 
experience though (maybe 20 feet with shin-deep water). Thicker ones 
might work better... Maybe not so practical on a thru-hike, but for 
other trips?... When you get home, you can just use them as actual 
garbage bags.


Paul Magnanti wrote:
> VBLs are a trick of the trade for people who trek a lot in winter (possibly for canoiests too..but I don't know)
>  Basically, it is fancy garbage bag for your feet.
> A person will typically  put on a liner sock then put on the VBL ...then put on the heavier fleece or wool sock.
> Besides keeping your heat in, they prevent your socks from getting soaked with sweat. 
> A VBL often used by people winter camping because the same principle works for the sleeping bag.  The heat is kept
> in the bag and the all the  water the typical human puts out over the night is (mainly) contained in the VBL helping to prevent
> the bag from getting condensation inside (Other than the normal night breathing of course).
> Note these are all deep winter uses.  Snowy, cold and dry.   . 
> They are not really meant for extended trekking and/or above freezing conditions. You may get a mild case of athletes foot in a best case scenario...
> or trench foot in the worse case. 
> If you go with VBLs, be sure to air out your feet and change your socks on a regular basis. 
> A poor man's version of VBLs and perfect for short periods of time are breadbags...aka BagTex. :)  Crude, but effective, in a pinch. (I carry
> them in my winter day kit).
> If you are trekking in above freezing conditions (aka water crossings) and find your feet are cold, many people swear by SealSkinz:
> http://www.danalco.com/  More breathable than VBL and perhaps better for above freezing conditions.
> I've never used them personally, but other people have had good luck with them in conditions you described.
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