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Acrylic socks are supposed to wick moisture away from your feet. So why are do my feet feel stickier and smellier when I'm wearing the acrylic rather than my old 100% cotton socks?

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nicodemusrat
Feb. 15th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Acrylic will only wick the moisture if there is active evaporation on the outside of the sock. Most shoes, obviously, get in the way of that.

Cotton, on the other hand, can absorb moisture and contain it within the core of the fiber; this wicking action is effective but limited in capacity. But it does mean that the socks will absorb some moisture and hold it until they get dried out later. Acrylic, being a non-porous plastic fiber, doesn't have this property.
altivo
Feb. 15th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Who told you that about acrylic? I don't think it does wick moisture very well. It is utterly nonabsorbent.

Some other synthetic fibers supposedly do. I think polypropolene is one with that reputation. However, ordinary wool does it best, and cotton is second best.
captpackrat
Feb. 16th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
It said on the packaging for the socks, and I've seen a bunch of websites that tout the properties of acrylic for keeping your feet dry. It's probably these heavy leather steel-toed boots I wear, the acrylic can wick away the moisture, but then it doesn't have anywhere to go, so my feet get the sauna treatment.
altivo
Feb. 16th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Well in order for any kind of sock to work as a wick, one end has to be out where the moisture can evaporate. "Boot" socks are calf length so they can be brought up above the top of work boots and turned down to do just that.

Any fiber has some capillary action from the space between the fibers. However, natural fibers are water conductors as a rule. They actually can carry water inside themselves. This is especially true of cotton and linen.

I think if you test with equal sized wool, cotton, and synthetic fiber socks by dipping each in a filled measuring cup, you'll see that the natural fibers take up more moisture. And if you place each in an equal amount of water with one end hanging out and let a fan blow across them, the natural fibers will remove more water more quickly.

So the acrylic manufacturer is not lying, they are just telling an abbreviated truth. Sure, their fiber can "wick away" moisture, but not as much or as fast as a natural fiber can. :)
bubbycat
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
my boot socks are falling apart in the heals and toes in some they must have one of those boot viruses the virus scanner looks for :) i kid hehe. the DR said get lots of fiber too i think it draws water to your insides where its supposed to do the mouse good :) but if i say wick away water in the bowls that sounds funny hehe i dunno why the word fiber make me think of the DR :) hehe. Ps its not really a good joke but I just thought of that boot one I didn't take it from any comedians I herd of TV or anything hehe.
bubbycat
Feb. 16th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
I knew you liked bunnies so I thought I'd show you this I just saw.
I just saw this while looking for other things hehe. i wasn't sure if i should post it to the burrow so i thought I'd show you and then the burrow could look at it too if they wanted to :) hehe. cotton is nice i have lots of stuff made of it socks, T-shirts, workgloves, undies etc and it seams durable and lasts a long time too before it starts to fall apart and stuff. Ps I don't know if I have any stuff made of Acrylic. is that like plastic like polyester is?


They can make pants out of recycled soda can rings and old 2 liter Pepsi bottles :) really I really herd that cause I think those bottles are polyester too hehe. What's Acrylic like? I've had polyester pants before Mom got me when i was little. and once i had a set of Acrylic tubs of different color paint a while back it's like what they make those old cartoon animation cells with i think :) oh yea here's that bunnies thing i mentioned before i forget hehe
http://ghetto.hjsoft.com/icons/lovebunnies.swf

Ps I just saw this one there too as I was about to hit send to send this post so I thought I may as well show it too. I've never seen a bunny bursting a balloon before.
http://ghetto.hjsoft.com/icons/adorablebunny.gif
captpackrat
Feb. 16th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I knew you liked bunnies so I thought I'd show you this I just saw.
These acrylic socks are very thick and cushiony, and in the morning, they feel quite nice. But my heavy steel-toed boots don't breathe well, so by the end of the day, my feet feel hot and sticky.

Fortunately they were pretty cheap, I think it was like $5 for a dozen pairs at Costco.
bubbycat
Feb. 17th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: I knew you liked bunnies so I thought I'd show you this I just saw.
What I'd like to see but never see them is a good, but really really cheap disposable socks. That could be taken to conventions or any other traveling and then used once and tossed away after there dirty. so I won't have to find the local laundry mat on trips on the road. Or take a lot of extra socks with me. Have you ever seen any disposable socks? that would be sorta neat. but they would have to be cheaper than a dollar a pair cause I can probably get men's white cotton tube real socks at Walmart for 6 pairs for 5 or 6 dollars :) but id have to bring the used dirty ones back home from the furcon cause if I buy real socks that aren't disposable I wouldn't feel right tossing them away :) hehe.
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