Bridgedale Introduces Waterproof, Breathable StormSocks

From SNEWS by Katy Gaenicke

Bridgedale StormSock

HydroTech™ PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in

Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd, a global market leader in the manufacture of performance socks, introduces its first 100% waterproof and windproof breathable sock called StormSock. Developed to provide wet weather protection and day long comfort, it combines Bridgedale’s latest knitting technology, FusionTech™ with a HydroTech™ waterproof, breathable and windproof membrane. The StormSocks will be available online and through specialty retailers in North America in fall 2018.

“Bridgedale’s new StormSock collection has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running and will keep feet protected from wind, cold and wetness,” said Jim Evans, Product Manager for Bridgedale. “The 100% waterproof StormSock guarantees foot protection and comfort for outdoor adventurers tackling the wettest trails.”

The Bridgedale StormSock is constructed with three layers of protection. The inner Layer that touches the skin is made with 60% Merino Wool that’s known for its anti-odor properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibers to move perspiration away from the foot. A terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel ensures comfortable feet in wet conditions. The HydroTech™ PU membrane allows perspiration to pass to the outer layer of the sock while preventing outside water from getting in. This Hydrophilic nonporous PU membrane transports perspiration to the outside via solid state diffusion meaning water molecules are carried through the physical membrane as it seeks to maintain heat and humidity equilibrium. This membrane is not affected by foreign object contamination (such as mud, dirt and salts from sweat) unlike the more common microporous membranes commonly found in waterproof clothing. When laminated to the inner and outer layers this midlayer creates a 100% waterproof, stretchable and well-fitted sock. The Nylon and Lycra outer layer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear and provides excellent stretch to ensure the sock is easy to pull on and off and guaranteeing a snug fit.

Machine washable and available in ankle, boot and knee length, the StormSock has three different weight options:


Lightweight: Perfect for warmer weather, high cardio activities such as mountain biking and trail running. MSRP: $44.99 (ankle), $49.99 (Boot)


● Midweight: With a terry cushioned footbed and ankle, this sock is ideal for outdoor activities where a good balance of warmth and breathability is required, from biking and running to hiking and mountaineering. MSRP: $49.99 (ankle), $54.99 (boot), $57.99 (knee)


● Heavyweight: This sock has full terry cushioning throughout and is perfect for cold weather activities such as winter hiking, backpacking and biking. MSRP: $59.99 (boot), $62.99 (knee)




About Bridgedale:

Bridgedale, is the global market leader in the manufacture of technical socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running, and skiing. Using the latest hosiery machinery, the most progressive designs and the most advanced yarn technology, Bridgedale combines natural fibres with technical fibres ensuring their socks are comfortable, durable and perform in a variety of climates and conditions. Bridgedale socks are currently sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.


Bridgedale Unveils its First Waterproof Sock Range for Outdoor Fans

From by Bob Smith

Bridgedale-Storm-waterproof-1200-682x1024-1Outdoors sock specialist Bridgedale has developed its first waterproof range.

The Storm sock collection will be in shops from May and uses a HydroTech membrane to keep the user’s feet dry.

Bridgedale said the new Storm range has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running.

“Continuing to build on Bridgedale’s century-long sock making heritage, the 100 percent waterproof Storm sock guarantees foot protection and comfort on the wettest trails,” it said. “Even though Bridgedale has been keeping feet warm, dry and protected for many years, providing a good level of water resistance, this is the brand’s first 100 percent waterproof sock range.

“Using the latest production processes, the Storm sock combines advanced yarn technology with progressive design to ensure the waterproof, extremely breathable and windproof Storm sock never lets down any outdoor enthusiast.”

The construction uses an inner sock with up to 60 per cent merino wool for its anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibres to deliver a stable temperature and move moisture from the skin’s surface. The lining has a terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel.

Over this, the HydroTech membrane is a waterproof, breathable, high-stretch and windproof permeable membrane, which is laminated to the inner and outer layers

The nylon outer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear. Lycra provides stretch for a snug, comfortable fit and to prevent the sock falling down during activities. As well as Lycra running through the inner and outer sock, it is also added around the arch of the foot to keep the sock firmly in position, reducing any bunching or rucking inside the shoe or boot that could cause irritation.

The waterproofing rating for the membrane is better than 8,000mm hydrostatic head, and it has a moisture permeability of more than 12,000mg/sq m/24hours.

The socks will come in three lengths: ankle+, boot and knee, and three weights, from lightweight through to heavyweight.

Prices will range from £32 a pair for the lightweight ankle socks to £45 for the knee-length heavyweight version.

More details about US Pricing and availability coming soon.

Bridgedale’s Colin Sanders Rowed Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

He did it! Colin Sanders, 64, rows solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for Community Living

From Community Living Ontario

English Harbour, ANTIGUA – Colin Sanders was greeted by ship horns and a hero’s welcome when his boat entered Antigua’s English Harbour yesterday evening (March 2, 2018) after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean for 83 days.

The resident of Port Hope, Ontario began his journey called A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 from the Canary Islands’ Puerto de Mogán on December 10th, 2017. Over that time, Sanders endured a capsizing, difficulties with his equipment, and food poisoning, all while rowing the ocean by himself.

“No one is happier to have made it across the ocean than I,” said Sanders, as well-wishers looked on.

“I’m not a spring chicken. I’m 64, so the day-to-day grind of rowing across the Atlantic was probably the toughest challenge for me.”

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row was also an awareness and fundraising campaign for Community Living Ontario and its member organizations, who raised a combined $145,500. Sanders’ adult son, Jeff, is supported by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton in Cobourg, Ontario.

“More people have been to space than have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by themselves. Colin’s adventure illustrates that we can all achieve great things with adequate preparation, the proper support and sheer determination,” said Ron Laroche, Director of Communications, Marketing and Fund Development for Community Living Ontario.

John Beeden was also on hand for Sanders’ arrival. Beeden, who has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on his own, sold the ocean row boat to Sanders.

Sanders has been chronicling his journey with regular blog posts, which are available by visiting

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 was generously sponsored by Ocean’s, Nite Ize, CSBT, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Frank Cowan Company, and Bollin Group Inc (Bridgedale.)



Backpacker – The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017 – Bridgedale Vertige Light

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy, arranged by price.
BACKPACKER Editors & Contributors


Vertige Light:

Lightweight, over the calf MerinoFusion™ ski sock featuring Men’s Precision Fit System incorporating LYCRA® throughout for a supportive, wrinkle free fit. Tactel® shin pad for reduced friction plus micro-terry underfoot pads.


For technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance of modern ski and board footwear. As at home on technical piste, the powder of the backcountry or ski touring in the mountains the Vertige light is the perfect performance ski sock for accomplished enthusiasts looking to push their winter adventures to new places.

Fiber Content:

  • 20% Merino Wool
  • 20% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 51% Nylon/Polyamide
  • 7% Tactel/Nylon
  • 2% LYCRA®/Elastane

Bridgedale Trailhead – Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year

Blue Ride Outdoors selected Bridgedale’s Trailhead sock to be among their Gear of the Year. For me see below or check out their full list here.

Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year: Tried and Tested Goods From Our Time Outside in 2017

Bridgedale Trailhead $19

The Bridgedale Trailhead provides targeted cooling ventilation exactly where it’s needed most. The signature T2 anti-compression cushioning at the achilies heel and metatarsal head combine with 30 percent Merino wool to offer crucial longevity on long distance trail jaunts.

Bridgedale Trailhead

Targeted cooling ventilation exactly where needed. T2 anti-compression cushioning at achilies, heel and metatarsal head.

Fibre Content:

  • 41% Nylon / Polyamide
  • 29% Merino wool
  • 29% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 1% LYCRA®/Elastane

3 Year Guarantee

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and performance of your Bridgedale socks at any time within 3 years of purchase, return them to the place of purchase together with proof of purchase for an exchange. Your statutory rights are not affected.


Merino Wool is the finest wool used in the Bridgedale range. Merino Wool offers superb softness and touch next to skin. Merino Wool also provides excellent thermal and moisture control properties.

T2 Anti-compression loopTechnology, exclusive to Bridgedale. This is a loop within a loop which offers an additional level of impact protection; the inner loop has even more resilience than the outer loop for cushioning when you need it. T2 pad technology has been knit into the pressure points: ball of the foot, lace up

Outdoor Sports Guide – Essential Running Gear

The Outdoor Sports Guide released the 14 essential racing gear picks by Jenny Willden.

Originally they released their list as essential gear for the spring, however, items that work well for spring also work great for the other shoulder season: fall.

Among the picks were Groove Ring and Hilly Socks.

Groove Ring

Protect yourself from dangerous ring avulsions by wearing this silicone ring instead of your wedding band. Made for athletes on the move, its breathable, sturdy design is great for running, swimming, and cycling. Heat resistant, hypoallergenic, and guaranteed for life. $30

Hilly Marathon Socks

Built for long runs, this sock has Polygiene for permanent odor elimination and a light cushion in pressure zones for all-day comfort. $13


Hilly Wins Gold

After 100,000 votes the results are in…

Click here for the Free 2017 Running Awards brochure. It’s the independent compilation of the best in running featuring all the winners, interesting interviews, information and more, as voted for by runners!’

Additionally published the following review of Hilly socks.

We had never heard of Hilly Socks but we sure have heard of founder Ron Hill, the 2nd man to go under 2:10 in the marathon, Boston winner, and 2 time UK Olympian. Oh lest we forget the owner of the longest continuous running streak on record, over 52 years of at least a mile a day. A textile engineer by training Hill has for decades been a running apparel innovator.
His Hilly Sock line is 100% focused on running and it shows. Various anatomical left right models are available in Mono Skin, single layer and Twin Skin dual layer anti-blister. Jeff and I tested both types and both preferred the Mono Skin Marathon and similar high visibility Lumen Classic models.
With a dense weave as with many Features they are somewhat softer, stretchier, and more comfortable than the Feetures and easier to put on. Fit is perfect and moisture absorption outstanding. They are lightly cushioned. The Marathon also features an effective (we tested…) Polygiene odor prevention. Socks also available in women’s styles.