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Leechproof Socks - one size fits all

3.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: HN108
  • ASIN: B000XS1WYM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,608 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Travelproof Leech Socks


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As recommended I bought these for a trip to the jungle in Borneo. They were most certainly tried and tested and came through shining - although a little muddy.
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These leech socks were extremely comfortable and gave a good cover to make you secure against leeches. I purchased them for a walk through the Borneo Rainforest and did get a leech on my socks, but he couldn't get through and so they clearly worked and were worth the purchase. I saw a couple of other socks which people were wearing, but I have to say, these were clearly better in terms of fit and coverage. I did get asked by a few people where I got them as they had not seen any with the easy fitting. Highly recommended if you are going anywhere where leeches can lurk.
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We bought these for our trip to the Borneo jungle. They did the trick. Didnt get any ticks and were easy to pack small and wash afterwards. The bright blue colour makes it very easy to see ticks against them to flick them off! We sprayed ours with insect repellant and they kept the smell for a long time. Have fun :)
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I've walked in the jungles and rain forests of Malaysia and Cambodia, and never actually worn them. To be honest, I'd have been embarrassed. No one else bothers, and you'd look a bit silly. Secondly, it won't stop the leeches; they'll still attach themselves to your socks but keep climbing until they find flesh. That'll be your belly or your back then. Or your neck, or your arms. Thirdly, these places are always stiflingly hot and humid, and the thought of wearing yet another layer was pretty unpalatable. Finally, if you get a leech on your leg, stop shrieking and flick it off. I know some leeches carry disease/parasites...in which case tuck your trousers into your socks. I've not yet found a leech that can burrow successfully through socks, but I've heard it can happen if the weave of your socks isn't tight enough, and the leeches are small/determined enough. Anyway, some leeches (eg tiger leeches) drop from the trees, and no sock is going to combat that.

LMC's tip: wear a wide-brimmed hat.

If you're that squeamish about leeches, then remember that the jungle will have many, many other creatures that will try and bite you, suck your blood, give you nasty diseases or parasites, or just punish you for being there. Probably best you don't go if such things bother you that much.

Note that my review is only based on S East Asian jungles. Other places may benefit greatly from the use of these socks.
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[Update May 2015] After my tour of Sri Lanka I can confirm that these socks prevent any leeches getting to my wife's legs. Even the blue colour was not a big turn off. Far better a blue leech sock than walking through a leech-infested forest wearing flip-flops or sandals and no socks. Yes, countless tourists were doing this, totally unaware of the presence of leeches or leech-socks. Needless to say, the leeches had a gourmet buffet from them all. Yuck. I've uprated this to a full five stars because they WORK, are easy to put on and don't make you sweat any more in the Sri Lankan heat than you were sweating anyway (89% humidity).
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Yes, they fit as expected on my wife (I ordered a different pair for tall adults) and thye are great except for the fact that they are BLUE; talk about wearing a big label that shouts TOURIST then this is it! What about khaki or even camouflage pattern? Tsk, tsk.

I can't actually prove that they work but given they are an all-in-one sock that you put on before putting on your walking boots I can't see how the leeches could ever get in. It also has a draw cord to stop them falling down, which would also prevent leeches working their way down the inside.

Of course leeches are no respecters of what you wear and last time they just ended up under my shirt and feasted leaving me blood-soaked and bleeding from the wound for hours so this time I'm wearing an Amazon-supplied Craghopppers Nozilife long sleeved shirt to see if this defeats them.

As leech socks go these are fine and if they were a different colour would get the full five stars!
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At first the socks got funny looks but I soon had the last laugh when, after trekking through some leech infested hills in Sri Lanka recently, my companions all suffered bleeding legs whilst I had complete protection. The ties work reasonably well, though after several hours of up and down walking they slip a little. No need to worry about removing leeches which get on to your boots - they soon give up the struggle ! Worth buying.
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By joanna on 21 Jun. 2013
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Bought these as the lonely planet recommended them for Malaysia, everyone giggled when they saw them however when they all had blood pouring down their legs it was a different matter excellent buy, using them again this year and buying another pair for my partner.
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These may look awful but they do the trick. Although the leeches I met in Sri Lanka are, apparently, not harmful I preferred not to have the experience of one making off with my blood, and the leech socks kept them at bay. This surprised me as I was initially a little suspicious of their rather flimsy construction and poly-cotton material. My only issues were with the awful colour (why do they have to be bright blue?) and the fact that being 'one size fits all' meant that they are far too long in the leg for someone like me who is vertically challenged.
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