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    Wool socks ok for summer heat?

    I've been experiencing some bottom foot pain lately and have been doing longer rides in my thicker wool socks.
    Getting ready for a 100k mountain bike race this weekend and temps will be in the mid/upper 70's.
    Will my feet burn up in these or is there an alternate thicker sock out there that would be cooler?
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    thick socks and cool do not compute

    are you gonna be OK with thick wool yep

    it's your hands that need to stay cool.

    feet too, but don't worry bout them till till is 90
    and you are staying out 3 hours

    wet your feet if you are worried about heat

    otherwise do whatever it takes to make them happy as
    you cannot perform so well with sore feets

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    If thicker socks help, great. I bet you could benefit from stiffer soles on your shoes, a bigger pedal platform, or insoles, depending on your current setup.
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    I agree with Andrw, socks are not your issue, I'd try a stiffer shoe.
    Where do your feet hurt? What does it feel like? that should help determine what's causing the pain.

    If you really just want wool socks; I wear DarnTough Merino wool socks trail running in the Phoenix summer and they've been great. Cushy, not hot at all. Any quality merino sock is fantastic.

    For biking though, the best summer socks I own are Pearl Izumi 'Attack' socks. Ridiculously thin and cool. definitely not good for hike-a-bike, but great for XC/Trail

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    so many things in this post...

    1: is a 100k race the time to be trying new socks? I wouldn't be doing a ride like that with anything I didn't already know worked.
    2: asking other people what you're going to find comfortable. We don't know.
    3: upper 70s is summer heat? I could wear pretty much anything at that temp and not be too hot. 20 degrees warmer is what I'd call summer heat.

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    Oops - glossed over that it's this weekend.

    I agree, nothing new.

    But going forward, I think you'll be happier if you find a solution for this problem.
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    Darn Tough Merino socks work great for me and I live on the sun. I've worn them in temps over 100 degrees and been fine even on 100K rides.

    Good luck on your 62 mile ride!

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I'll go with the " don't try anything new in a race" thinking. I seem to suffer from a "stone bruise" which is pain below the toes when putting a lot of pressure on them. I severely shattered my ankles on a dirt bike and have all kinds of stuff ( mostly bad ) going on from the ankles down. Just thankful I can still ride. Will try stiffer shoes after this weekend.

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    Are you on clipless or flats?
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    I wear medium weight wool socks year round and it gets hot where I live. They are comfy & cool for me but I don't generally ride 100k.

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    Wool is great for moisture wicking so moisture so heat should not be huge. Like many have said try an insole or new shoe. Check out something like superfeet. They give you an orthotic fit without the cost of a prescribed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matterhorn View Post
    Darn Tough Merino socks work great for me and I live on the sun. I've worn them in temps over 100 degrees and been fine even on 100K rides.

    Good luck on your 62 mile ride!
    Same here: same socks, same temps. I'm wearing Shimano AM shoes now too. Just did a 50 mi ride in 70F+ temps.

    I've never thought to myself: "gee my feet are hot!" Definitely felt them ice cold and numb in the winter though (below 40F rides)

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    I've thought that.

    It was probably in the 90s, though.
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    Ice been running wool socks, in various thickness, exclusively for years --even in 100F weather. I've been experimenting with SwiftWick synthetic recently. The model I have is medium thickness so still pretty comfy for long rides. To be honest, my feet don't seem to experience discomfort from heat but there does seem to be some evidence that cool feet, hands and face will make you feel more comfortable and perform better.

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