I'm trying to figure out how to best build a sock for my needs. There are a lot of designs, each with their own advantages. Yes, I would love to find the holy grail of completely waterproof along with zero condensation. If I can't get that, then I want to get as close to that as possible. Here are my three primary goals
1) Added warmth in Winter
2) Added water protection when it's raining sideways for hours on end
3) Very lightweight
Also wondering about the general design:
A) over the ridge line - nice to have the extra room over your head, can sit up, can do things other than just sleeping while protected by the sock (e.g., read a book)
B) under the ridge line (pod style) - less material (lighter), less space to warm up, surely would require a breathing hole of some sort
Given the 2 seasons ("rainy" vs "cold") and 2 possible designs, maybe that ends up being 2 different kinds of socks - I don't know.
I'm seriously considering using waterproof breathable cuben fiber. That stuff is really expensive so I want to get this right the first time. I do plan on making prototypes out of cheap plastic and tape to make sure I get the measurements right and it all works like I think it will.
Questions for the group:
- is over-the-ridge-line "better"? If so, why
- Can WP/B cuben be fully zipped up and serve as water protection without causing too much condensation? - maybe I should provide a hole near my head for sleeping instead of just a draw cord "sack" (not sure if my body will produce too much water vapor all by itself or not).
I need help - any advice would be much appreciated