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Old 12-01-2002, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Whats a cure for cold feet?

I need to keep my feet warm. This past weekend when the wind was blowing 40 mph, and the timps in the mornging were mid teens to twenties weren't really kind to my feet. The rest of my body was fine, probably because im a big boy, have lots of natural insolation, but me feet were freezing. When I bought my boots, (Red Head bone dry) I didn't really think about hunting in Coldweather, and I know the worse is yet to come in late muzzle loader season. My boots have 400 grams of thin-sulate, I wear a pair of wool socks, and under them, a pair of regular socks, and it still doesn't do the trick. Buying a new pair of boots isn't an option now, but most definantly next season.
Any tips or seggestions would help abunch before muzzle loader season arrives.

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Old 12-01-2002, 09:00 PM   #2
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Jason,
Get rid of the cotton sock's and get a pair of polypropalyne sock's and then put a good pair of wool sock's over those and if it's real cold I'll put a set of toasty toe's in the mix.
I wear laCrosse burly 800's when it's cold and they seem to work very well unless it's bitter outside.If I'm up and moving around my feet will stay warm all day.
You never want to wear cotton because it hold's the moisture next to your skin and then you'll freeze your as$$ off for sure once your in your stand and the cold settle's in. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-01-2002, 09:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Whats a cure for cold feet?

Use an underliner sock that will wick moisture away, with a heavy sock over--wool or a high tech fiber, whichever you prefer. Definitely not cotton anywhere, since it absorbs and holds moisture. I wear Rocky boots with 1000 gram thinsulate over that "sock system", has kept my feet warm on stand all fall through some very cold mornings. So, that would be my recommendation, and think that less than 1000 gram thinsulate (800 might work) won't be enough if not moving around, regardless of what socks you wear. Hasn't been for my son with same socks or electric socks and boots with 400 grams of thinsulate (has been growing too fast to buy 1000 gr for up to now--will for his next pair now that his feet are bigger than mine!)

Arctic boot covers are also supposed to work very well, although I don't have any personal experience. They're cheaper than new boots.
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Old 12-02-2002, 04:56 AM   #4
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buy the little cold feet packs from walmart 4 pairs for 1.50. they really work put em in the end of your boot up where your toes are. i use the hand ones in my gloves as well.
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Old 12-02-2002, 05:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: Whats a cure for cold feet?

A little trick someone told me that works well while sitting in a tree stand.Cut the sleeves off a old camo sweatshirt or jacket,pull them over your boots and trim to fit.It works like the boot blanket or bears feet in catalogs.Combine this with the sock systems and heat packs and your set for a all day on stand.
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Old 12-02-2002, 07:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Whats a cure for cold feet?

I would definitely echo the comments about poly-propylene socks next to the skin for starters. The other thought that I haven't seen mentioned here is this...

Evaluate whether or not your hunting attire is constricting your blood flow to your feet. Nothing will cool you down quicker than not getting good blood flow to your extremities. A prime suspect area would be your pelvic region. If you are wearing jeans as opposed to sweatpants, which many people do, you may be cutting down your blood flow to your feet and legs when you sit down, etc.

I always wear loose fitting sweatpants and oversized outer hunting pants. I may look like the Pillsbury dough boy, but I never get cold either. When it is colder I make sure to have a polypro layer next to the skin too.

Also, I normally don't dress until I am in my stand or sometimes I will dress a 100 yards away or so. If you get all heated up getting to your stand and then sit you will end up cold within about 45 minutes. Good luck and be glad you don't live in Canada!!
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Old 12-02-2002, 07:11 AM   #7
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Default Re: Whats a cure for cold feet?

I would definitely echo the comments about poly-propylene socks next to the skin for starters. The other thought that I haven't seen mentioned here is this...

Evaluate whether or not your hunting attire is constricting your blood flow to your feet. Nothing will cool you down quicker than not getting good blood flow to your extremities. A prime suspect area would be your pelvic region. If you are wearing jeans as opposed to sweatpants, which many people do, you may be cutting down your blood flow to your feet and legs when you sit down, etc.

I always wear loose fitting sweatpants and oversized outer hunting pants. I may look like the Pillsbury dough boy, but I never get cold either. When it is colder I make sure to have a polypro layer next to the skin too.

Also, I normally don't dress until I am in my stand or sometimes I will dress a 100 yards away or so. If you get all heated up getting to your stand and then sit you will end up cold within about 45 minutes. Good luck and be glad you don't live in Canada!!
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Old 12-02-2002, 08:17 AM   #8
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Default Re: Whats a cure for cold feet?

Scanned though this topic real fast but did not see it mentioned. I too wear the La Crosse Burlies but if it is going to be extremely cold, I will put a hand warmer in the bottom of each boot. Also put a couple down the back of my shirt (not next to the skin) near my kidneys. It will keep you warm, almost make you to warm for the entire stand. Take a needle and thread and put a couple button up pockets where you kidneys would be then they wont slide around or have a buddy pin them to your back side for you before slipping everything else on.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-02-2002, 09:02 AM   #9
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I agree with many of the replies as to using polypropolyne socks. As well I wear Lacrose Ice man boots they also make an Ice King boot that is very warm they are very heavy to walk in but they will keep your feet warm!!
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Old 12-02-2002, 09:31 AM   #10
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The best solution.
A little secret. The best way to keep your feet warm on long days in the stand. Use rubber tingly overboots with shoes. Thay cut back on smell and keep my feet toasty. They are also very quiet, while walking. I usally use typical leather boots when walking, but for warmth you can't beat tingly's. Try it and you won't be disappointed.
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