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That feeling of freedom that comes from wet wading—in the river or on the flats—comes crashing to a halt when grit, pebbles or coral come between you and the inside of your wading boot. Our Neoprene Socks with Gravel Guard solve the problem, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience. A soft, stretchy 3.5mm neoprene upper cushions and protects, while the dense neoprene sole resists abrasion and compression. Gravel guards fold down and attach securely to laces with built-in hooks. And to complete your wading mojo, there’s a sweet Fitz Roy Trout logo swimming across the top front of each gravel guard.
Fold-down gravel guards attach to wading boot laces with hooks
Footbed is made with dense neoprene to help minimize compression; softer neoprene upper for comfort and stretch
Sock exterior: 3.5mm neoprene.
Lining: (upper) 100% recycled polyester jersey; (footbed) 95% nylon/5% spandex
When we started making wetsuits, we quickly identified neoprene as a material that needed improvements to lessen its environment impact. So we met with the folks from Yulex who wanted to leverage the unique properties of the guayule plant, a hearty desert shrub native to the southwestern United States. Thus began a collaborative long-term project to develop a wetsuit material from guayule rubber.
Compared to traditional neoprene made from petroleum (or limestone), guayule rubber is a renewable resource that provides improved elasticity and softness and can be replaced faster than the product wears out. The agriculture is low-impact and the extraction and processing uses little energy and few chemicals.
Overall, from the crops to the rubber manufacturing, Yulex® guayule rubber has a lower environmental impact than the polychloroprene that it replaces.
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Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions, and are in inches, unless otherwise noted.
Though each Patagonia® product is designed and shaped specifically for its intended use, we can generalize our fit descriptions in four ways:
Formfitting: Conforms to the body’s contours.
Slim Fit: Closer-fitting. Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers.
Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting technical garments may be worn over heavier midlayers.
Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body.