Inov-8 Debris Sock Review
I recently won a pair of Inov-8 Debris Socks. Designed to keep grit and stones from getting into your shoes I promptly put them to the back of the drawer thinking they’d come in handy next summer.
However during last month’s running when I yet again ended up with shoes full of snow I remembered that I had them and wondered if they’d work in snow.
The socks are basically just that; nice, comfortable Coolmax sock but with an extra bit of sock that folds down over the laces of your shoes and hooks onto the lace with a metal hook – just as with normal gaiters. I wore them over a pair of thin wool socks and pulled them up over the bottom of my leggings – this was mainly so they could be seen on the photos, I would normally wear the leggings over the top.
They have 2 thin plastic hoops that act as stirrups, going under the shoe to prevent the socks from riding up.
Using the socks with a pair of Inov-8 Mudclaws, the lugs gave a secure grip for the stirrups and I experimented with several different positions (under heel, under instep etc.) all of which seemed to work.
So, how did I get on? Well basically they did what I wanted them to do which was preventing snow getting into the gap between shoe and foot.
Running through deep snow lead to snow building up on the sock material but not getting behind the tongue or into the shoe itself.
As with any wool mix sock they are not waterproof and my feet did eventually become damp, although not cold.
Another advantage was that they prevented the laces from freezing up which made untying them at the end of the run easier than normal.
The one thing I did find was that they were fiddly to get off with cold hands after the run. My fingers were too cold to pull the stirrups off and I found that taking them off whilst they were still attached to the shoe was the best method.
I have since used the Debris Socks on all runs where I have anticipated deep snow and I’m glad that I discovered them. I’m now looking forward to using them on dry, dusty summer runs!