Playing sports tends to be hard on the feet and skin, and sweat & outside moisture only makes things worse. Moisture causes painful blisters which can lead to further infection or injury and it fuels the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungal conditions of the skin (Athlete’s Foot) and toenails (Onychomycosis). In cold/freezing weather, moisture pulls heat away from skin 23 times faster than air, reducing the temperature so rapidly that wet feet and skin become painfully cold and much more susceptible to frostbite.
Marketing Hype Can’t Escape the Laws of Physics
Wicking fiber socks all claim to keep feet dry. However this is marketing hype and doesn’t change the fact that wicking fiber socks are not able to keep feet dry.
Most wicking fibers are made from polyester, acrylic, nylon or wool and are Hydrophilic (water liking) because they have positive & negative charges on their surfaces. This attracts the negative & positive charges of the water or sweat molecules.
Because wicking fibers attract moisture and are next to the skin, they hold moisture against the skin, keeping skin wet. Once wet, wicking fiber socks remain wet until well after the sweating stops and the slow process of evaporation inside a shoe takes place.
Wicking fiber sock manufacturers say their socks wick moisture “away” from the skin. This is misleading as wicking fiber socks also wick sweat across and towards the skin, which helps keep the skin wet.
Wicking fiber technology works better for a shirt where the sweat can easily evaporate to the open air, versus a sock that’s trapped inside a shoe where little if any evaporation can take place.
drymax products utilize the dryness that only two opposite types of fiber technologies can provide.
Interwoven to form inner and outer layers, drymax fibers do not wick because they are “super hydrophobic,” or able to repel moisture. At the molecular level, moisture doesn’t adhere to the inner layer of drymax terry loops, and because of this, sweat is removed from the skin. “Because moisture does not adhere to drymax fibers, they are able to mechanically lift sweat off the skin like a squeegee and instantly transfer it into the moisture attracting outer layer without retaining moisture on the inside,” states drymax on its website.
We invite you to sign up for our Buying Guide Newsletter to receive announcements and news on products that can improve your operations.