For my upcoming trip to Hardangervidda in April, I have been researching a variety of base layer sock options to combine with my vapour barrier liners (VBL) and thicker over socks. Last year in Finnmark I used Rab VBL socks straight against the skin, with thicker over socks on top. As expected this worked perfectly at stopping the moisture passing into my outer sock (which would then soak and potentially freeze – clearly to be avoided), but I didn’t really like the sticky damp feeling with this footwear system and found my feet were a little tender by the end of the journey, despite looking after them well with Athlete’s foot powder etc.

This time around, although some folks don’t necessarily recommend it* I have been looking at liner sock options to wear as a first layer before the VBL. As with all my equipment I am particularly interested to field test options this April, in advance of a much longer planned trip to Greenland in 2018, and therefore I’m delighted to announce that the innovative Australian sock company ArmaSkin have agreed to support me with their flagship product – the ArmaSkin Anti Blister Liner Sock.


ArmaSkin anti-blister socks are designed to stop blisters under even the most extreme conditions, and have been trialled by a range of outdoor athletes. I won’t go into all the details here, and I’ll save product reviews for later posts. In the meantime, this video should tell you more:

So a big thank you to the guy’s at ArmaSkin, and I’m looking forward to taking ArmaSkin to the Arctic!


About the Author Ash Routen

I’m a postdoctoral exercise scientist by day, and cold expedition adventurer (for want of a better term) and outdoors and health writer by night. I’m based in Leicester in the UK, but I also spend considerable time in Cambridge where my partner lives. To find out more about me, visit my about page or take a look at my published writing.

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