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Wet Weather Review

Showers Pass Crosspoint Mountain Waterproof Socks

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major Unless Noted
Date Oct 30, 2019

Crosspoint Conundrum

Today's the day. That is, the only day that our schedules line up. It's March 2018 and it's raining absolute sheets. It's so f***ing miserable outside that I can vividly picture Dave Smith grinning ear-to-ear as he loudly sings a jaunty sailing song and packs his camera gear. I've already donned my most weatherproof riding jacket, and the Endura MT500 shorts I'm testing and now I'm faced with a conundrum. In my one hand, I have some shoes I'd really like Dave to photograph and in the other, some black Showers Pass waterproof socks which do not comfortably fit in said shoes because they're too thick with liner socks on. What to do?

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Showers Pass Crew waterproof socks with SKS branding. If you're going to put your logo on something it might as well be the best. Photo: Dave Smith

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Riding bikes can sometimes actually feel like work in this weather, but it has generated all my favourite Dave Smith photos. Photo: Dave Smith

I remove my liner socks and slide my naked pedal-pushers into my black Showers Pass Crosspoint Crew socks. Wow. That's. Comfy! Say what, they have a sock liner inside? Amazing! I wish I'd, you know, read the description or tried them without socks on before now. They breathe better, feel oh so nice, and at that moment go from a total-downpour accessory to something I wear every ride there's water on the ground and it's below 10°C.

These Crosspoint WP Mountain socks take that to another level by swapping out the CoolMax liner of my first pair for Merino wool. I've tried a few different weatherproof sock options and nothing is as comfy as the Crosspoint. Showers Pass puts that down to their laminating process. The 'waterproof' breathable layer is sandwiched between the ultra-comfy Merino liner and a durable knit exterior.

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The Crosspoint socks consist of three layers. The durable knit exterior is just water-resistant but protects a waterproof-breathable membrane...

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...and my feet are always comfy with the Merino-lining inside. Even when it's so wet that it's just me and Moth-pocalypse on the mountain.

I prefer the term weatherproof to waterproof as anything that's breathable at all will eventually get saturated inside and out. It's impressive how long the Crosspoint Mountains keep the water out, especially when I'm wearing pants to prevent water from getting in from the top. I've been out riding and digging in some epic downpours and eventually the Crosspoints wet out. Generally, that's around the same time as the rest of my weatherproof gear but no one should buy these socks thinking they're water-impermeable.

I wash the Crosspoint Mountains every time I ride in them and they take a while to hang dry, being three-layers and all. More than two or three *cough*dozen*cough* times they've been tossed in the dryer and they've always come out ready to party. Showers Pass says 'tumble dry on low heat' is fine but hang drying is optimum if I want to avoid shrinkage.*

*It's also possible to turn them inside out after a ride and hang them somewhere warm. The inside will easily dry overnight - for those who aren't fussy about wearing them more than once between washes - Ed.

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Even in a light drizzle or dry-after-wet conditions I wear the Crosspoints. They mean dry feet with no compromise in shoe choice.

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The elasticized cuffs do a great job of keeping water out but in a true deluge I generally go for my Race Face Agent pants.

It probably goes without saying that I wholeheartedly recommend the Crosspoint for wet weather use. It's probably not a bad idea to own two pairs if that's an option since they take a while to hang dry and they'll last longer if treated nicely. After years of extolling the virtues of a separate pair of weatherproof clipless shoes, and lamenting the lack of weatherproof flat pedal shoes, my ten tootsies hum comfortably in these 45 USD | 59 CAD socks.

The Crosspoint Mountain is available in four sizes from SM/MD to XXL; more info available at Showers Pass.

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rolly
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rolly  - Oct. 30, 2019, 6:35 a.m.

Bontrager oversocks are the best.  Not sure if they still make them.  I've never ridden with them and had wet feet.  One of the best gear purchases I've made.

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Oct. 30, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

I have some awesome Bontrager merino/blend socks that are surprisingly warm and thin (wearing them today actually) and my experiences with their gloves and other soft goods have generally been great - so I don’t doubt it at all. I’ve never seen their oversocks though. How long ago did you get them?

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rolly
+1 Andrew Major
rolly  - Oct. 30, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Two years ago

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AndrewMajor
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Andrew Major  - Oct. 30, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

These ones? What sort of socks do you wear in them? No issue having warm and dry feet?

I used Gore overstocks for a few years but found they only fit in my shoes with very thin socks. Also used to wear holes in them fairly quick (always the big toe). Never looked back once I tried Showers Pass but always interested in trying new stuff.

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rolly
+1 Andrew Major
rolly  - Oct. 30, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Those are the ones.  I wear thin Merino's under them.  And I hate cold feet.

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DemonMike
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mike  - Oct. 30, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

I had some similar socks to the Bontrager years back. Think they where thru MEC. Ya they got soaked but your feet stayed warm still. I,ll take wet and comfortable with warmth over dry and cold.

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rolly
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rolly  - Oct. 30, 2019, 10:13 a.m.

The MEC ones were different.  These are awesome.  Durable and dry.

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ManInSteel
+2 twk Andrew Major
ManInSteel  - Oct. 30, 2019, 3 p.m.

Riding a rigid steel in this weather??  Respect!

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AndrewMajor
+3 twk ManInSteel Andy Eunson
Andrew Major  - Oct. 30, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

Ha! Thanks but honestly you put good brakes (Hayes Dominion A4), good tires (WTB Vigilante 2.8”), and good geometry (full-custom Waltworks) on a bike and you can get along pretty well without suspension. 

It’s a very capable bike!

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andy-eunson
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Andy Eunson  - Nov. 1, 2019, 9:20 a.m.

I have a pair of Showers Pass waterproof breathable socks and I like them for all colder weather wet or not. I also have a pair of Bridgedale that are very similar. Combined with shoes with no mesh they are really good for winter.

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