How to Keep Your Feet Dry On A Motorcycle

When you’re riding, the right socks make all the difference.

Next to a good helmet and jacket, boots are a motorcyclist's best friend. First and foremost, they should be protective, supportive, and comfortable. But often, good boots can also mean sweaty feet. The solution is socks that wick (or pull) moisture away from the skin. An easy strategy here is a thin wicking liner worn inside a comfy thicker sock. Synthetic materials designed expressly for this job vastly outperform cotton, and also maintain their thermal insulative properties when wet, an important trait for touring riders. If you want to "go natural," wool is the logical choice, but it can be smelly when wet and may not dry as fast as synthetics. With synthetic socks, rinse them out, hang them up in the sun or overnight, and they'll likely be dry by morning for your next ride.

Realtree Liner Socks

Realtree Liner Socks
Socks like these should be in everyone’s riding kit. Soft, stretchy, blister-resisting, and thermally insulative, they also wick moisture from your feet par excellence.Amazon

For cold, wet conditions, socks should have two primary functions: provide thermal insulation and wick moisture from the skin. These Realtree men's liner socks do both with their mix of 98 percent polypropylene and 2 percent stretchy Spandex construction. Wear them under your primary socks. Additional features of these useful inner liners are their antimicrobial material, a flat toe seam for comfort, and arch support. They are machine washable, dry quickly, and, best of all, made in the USA.

Sealskinz Waterproof Socks

Sealskinz Waterproof Socks
These hybrid wool socks take the classic sock material into the 21st century and claim both waterproof and windproof protection.Amazon

Here's a highly evolved version of the traditional wool sock. Designed for the rigors of camping and hiking in cold, nasty conditions, these socks feature merino wool, which is noted for both its thermal properties and moisture-wicking capability. Ideal for motorcyclists ripping down the road, they are also claimed to be windproof and breathable. Other nice features include a padded toe, footbed, and heel, and an elasticized ankle and instep for a snug fit. Multiple colors and sizes are available, including Black/Racing Green!

Firstgear Heated Socks

Firstgear Heated Socks
Using your motorcycle’s electrical system for power, these micro-fleece heated socks keep your feet warm and should also wick away moisture.Amazon

Electric socks are perhaps the ultimate "unfair advantage" when battling the cold on a bike. They work just like heated grips, vests, and seats: Shunting 12-volt DC current from your bike's electrical system through fine wires woven into the socks creates electrical resistance, which produces heat. These socks are made from a micro-fleece material, so they are not bulky, and the maker reports that you won't feel the wires embedded inside. The fleece material should also help wick away moisture.