Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
chucker34

Cold Feet

Recommended Posts

chucker34

I used to get them while hunting but now I don't.

My feet always seem to get tingly on cold mornings like we've had this week. And yes, I have good boots, a little too big to allow for air circulation, and wear a sock combo or polypropelene and wool.

I bought some boot insulators yesterday. They look like giant baby booties in camoflouge that you slip over your boots when you get to stand or blind. The extra layer of insulation is supposed to trap up to 97 percent of the heat coming from your feet/boots and recirculate it around them. Man, those things kept my feet warm this morning and they were sitting on cold dirt in a blind.

I give this crazy contraption my thumbs up!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walleyedan

I have the same problem, my feet get cold. I think it is from back in the day skating at Round Lake park in E.P. with my Bauer Huggers on. I think it did permanent damage. Aren't those foot booties noisy though? I think I need to keep putting toe warmers in my boots, I can't see myself with those huge things on!

Walleyedan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chucker34

WalleyeDan. Nope. They're nice and quiet and very lightweight - less than a pound for both. The brand I have is called artic shield and the bottoms have some sort of black rubberized material. They tighten up around the top of your boots with a drawstring. So they're loose enough for air circulation but not really loose. The past few days weren't the worst but it was below freezing in the morning and that will do it to my toes. They stay cold until the afternoon. But the boot insulators worked excellent yesterday. Don't think I'll need them tonight. LOL. I'm not even earing a coat, just my orange vest. Which reminds me, I need to shower up with the scent killer and get out there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
walleyedan

O.K., might just think a little more about those for the toes! Good luck hunting.

Walleyedan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

I switched to smart wool socks a few years ago and they are hands down the best socks I have ever worn.They do not itch as smart wool is the first cutting off the sheep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chucker34

Walleye Dan, I really like them. If you're not going hunting late season, wait until the end of the year and Fleet Farm or some place that carries hunting items seasonlly will probably mark them down a good bit. Otherwise, they're about $45-$55 depending on where you go. Make sure you bring your boots along because I don't think the sizing on the back of the packaging is correct. I wear a size 12 boot and I think the extra larges were the right fit.

Harvey Lee, so do you wear any socks under them like polypropelene ones? I got some socks a few weekends ago that are a polypropelene blend. They're medium weight and I've been pulling very thick wool socks over them but the combo takes up a lot of room in the boot. I'm thinking of just going with the polypropelene blend and the boot insulators next time out as a test.

I might also try dropping one of those heater packets in each insulator when the thermometer really drops to see if that makes a difference. Anything that can keep you on stand longer. I learned that this weekend. I got fidgety, not cold, and decided to get out of my blind to take a quick walk, stretch at noon and the next thing I know four deer are rocketing past me. It was my goal to sit still until 2 pm . : P Oh, well, they didn't even see me and were running from something else because they stopped aways off and were looking back in the opposite direction at another property.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kodiak

i wore light socks this past weekend cause i had to walk a a long ways across some fields to get too my stand..my toes got cold and i had some hand warmers so i put them on the outside on the top of my boots over my toes and it did the trick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

I wear my regular socks and then put the smart wool ones over the others and then my boots.No cold feet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • leech~~
      I remember that video, pretty darn cool! 
    • leech~~
      Man you can really see the standards of this site of have dropped.  A few years ago we were talking over $80-$100 Thorne Brothers Custom made Ice Rods.  Now a $9.99 dollar rod is the talk for the forum!  We need to bring back the Rich folks!
    • slammer
      I think we should start a Go fund me for Cropduster to take his plane up and give us some pics. lol  He did it a few years ago but not lately.  Its pretty cool veiws from above when ice is forming.  I wonder if he is still lurking around here?
    • EyeChsr
      was out tonight, 6-8 in out from the dnr landing. wheelers and a couple perms out. still open water out in front of Peters resort on the south shore. It starts out a couple hundred yards from shore and runs to the north- northwest for a long ways. some of the spots that were open earlier this week have skimmed, be careful out there if you see different looking ice stop and check!!
    • JIvers
      Thanks for the report--about what I figured, which is why I stayed down here in Iowa this weekend. I am fairly optimistic about getting on the ice in southeast or south central Minnesota next weekend; whether I am on a lake around Faribault or Waseca, or one of my old backwater haunts on the Mississippi remains to be seen. Maybe Clear Lake, Iowa. Whatever I do I will post my results.
    • JerkinLips
      9-11am was best time both days.
    • littlebear
      If you are willing to go a little further into Canada, I would recommend Hollinshead Resort, a few hours north of Thunder Bay.  The resort is the only one on the lake, and in June offers excellent Walleye Fishing, as well as some dandy Northern Pike.  It's somewhere you can drive to as well. 
    • monstermoose78
      Caught 20-23 gills and 6 crappies. Fun day on the 10 inches of ice. The whole lake was close to the same where I cut all the holes out and around
    • Wanderer
      I’m still seeing very random thicknesses all over.  In the past few days I’ve been from St. Cloud to Winnie and have seen vehicles on the ice and open water on the same lake. I’m in Little Falls.  Tonight I checked 2 lakes NW of town.  Both had people fishing.  One looked to be safe for wheeler travel and the other, very near it, still had an open lead and you could see the difference between the first sheet of ice and the second. I hope it doesn’t get covered with snow anytime soon so we can still tell where the changes are. Be safe. Bring floatation and picks.  And don’t drive yet! Ruh ro....
    • Bigfatbert
        Nice fish , great pics ,, what times of the day were best for you ?