Folks, we’re deep in the heart of winter. The days are short, the nights long, and here in the PNW, the forest is particularly cold and wet. Winter also serves up some of the best dirt of the season and wet roots spice up even the most mundane trails. The trick is having the right gear to stay comfortable enough to enjoy the riding rather than just freezing your toes off. Last year I reviewed the first iteration of the Crosspoint waterproof socks which quickly became one of my favorite pieces of winter riding gear.
Words: Toni Walbridge
Photos: Misti Walbridge
This fall, Showers Pass came out updated version, adding a merino wool blend liner for improved comfort. I never really found the original sock uncomfortable, but the new version takes it to another level. Think fleecy bedroom slipper comfort and still completely waterproof.
It’s kind of surreal, being able to completely submerge your feet in a deep creek crossing. Your shoes will eventually get completely waterlogged but the socks do keep your feet completely dry. At $45.00 USD they’re the most expensive pair of socks in my drawer. That said, I’ve been logging miles in the new socks over the past couple months and for the life of me, I can’t think of many other pieces of riding gear that can add so much comfort to a winter ride for so little money. If riding straight through the winter, rain or shine, is you’re idea of fun these socks are a must-have.
Manufacturer: Showers Pass
Model: Crosspoint Waterproof Mountain Socks – Wool Blend
MSRP: $45 USD
Sizes: S/M, M/L, L/XL, XXL
Inner: 39% Merino Wool, 39% Acrylic, 13% Polyester, 7% Nylon
Outer: 80% Nylon, 14% Polyester, 4% Lycra, 2% Spandex