I am regularly amazed just how far members go in relation to gear they accumulate for their sports....Pirate
With a SOT kayak good gear is essential as there isn't much protection from the elements!
I was wondering Stringy if there are any disadvantages with the longer Sealskinz that aren't obvious. ie: are they more uncomfortable than the shorter version ?
They are a bit more uncomfortable because they have an 'in cuff seal' which seems to be a layer of silicon like sealer smeared inside at the top of the sock. It can catch a bit on the hairs of your leg! Being longer they sit at the top of the calf which can take a bit of getting used to but if you want to step in deeper water they work best. They are more expensive though.
Stringy, I also am interested in your comparison of the longer vs. shorter socks. They weren't available when I got my short ones.
And I don't exactly have skinny calves, so my short socks fit snug enough to keep the water out. I guess you guys with a normal anatomy could have that problem.
The shorter socks did let water in when it was over the top of the sock. Maybe the hairs on my legs didn't help?
The waterblockers are definitely drier.