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Hoffer

Anyone use battery operated socks??

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Hoffer

Hey all-

Just thought I would post this question with the experts!! Has anyone here had any experience with the battery operated/heated socks?? I have always had issues with cold feet - especially sitting in a deer stand. Any kind of feedback would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance.

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koonie

I've got a pair and have tried them a few times. While they generate a little heat it's not nearly enough to make a noticable difference. I'd get good boots with as much thinsulate as possible and if you have to, use the heat packs as they generate much more heat than the battery operated socks.

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Lip_Ripper Guy

I would agree. I bought a pair a few years ago and they were completely worthless. It sounds like a good concept, and it should be, but it is not a good product at all.

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g_anoka

Thanks guys, you just saved me $20.00. But on a side note, anyone found a better sock to keep the tootsies warm?

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tunrevir

had a pair 6-8 years ago worked great the first time or two out then wouldn't work anymore. I've had better luck with a good polypropelene liner and wool sock paired with a good boot. My .02.

Tunrevir~

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Ferny

Cold feet, Poor circulation or bad boots?

If it's the boots try a cheap ~$60 pair of military black or white "Mickey Mouse" boots. I saw some at Fleet Farm the other day. There's a guy every year at the Ice Fishing Show that sells them also. I've had my pair since 1983! No liners to wear out either and they're waterproof. They're heavy and not very comfortable for a lot of walking but for ice fishing or deer hunting they are awesome!

I have heard the bag foot warmers are very warm. I use the smaller ones in my gloves and they last all day. I like to put another one on the back of my neck while deer hunting to keep me toasty all day.

For socks I like a thin poly-propo under good old fashioned wool. There are many new high tech socks out now days!

Don't forget to wear a warm hat too!

Good Luck,

Ferny

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irvingdog

Good, dry boots with a proper fit.

1 pair silk or nylon socks. I like silk, but that's just me....

Good thick wool socks, or a poly/wool blend.

On the worst of days, the chemical heaters inside the boots are pretty darn nice.

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luckey

I bought a pair many years ago. I only use them when it's really cold (10 or below) and they worked fine for me. They run a D cell battery.

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Deitz Dittrich

My dad uses them all the time ice fishing.. he really believes in them... I myself have never tried them..

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Scott K

I have used them battery socks, and I wasnt even sure they were working. I have bought new boots since then. A good set of boots, 2 pairs of socks, one cotton, one wool. And on extreme cold mornings, them chemical heat packs, they have them boot shaped now so they dont walk around in your boot as much.

I dont have a pair, but I heard socks and hats made from lamas hair, are the warmest. I was going to buy a pair at a flee market this past summer, but for $30 for a pair of socks, just seemed to high at the time, but I am sure come deer hunting, if my feet are cold, I would pay twice that then grin.gif

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vister

don't overload on the socks if you have to walk a lot to get to the stand. As a carpenter, some of those january and february outside working days can be pretty darn cold. one thing i've found to work the best by far is to only go up to 1200 grams of thinsulate. don't put your boots and wool socks on until you get out of your vehicle. The whole problem with cold feet is from your feet sweating. No matter how many grams of thinsulate you have or what kind of socks ya got, i guarantee your feet will be warmer if you just wait till ya get to the approach where ya park to put on those socks and boots. also, the 2000 gram boots, i would only recommend for ice fishing ON the ice. they will flat out make your feet sweat way too much if you plan on doing a lot of walking.

if you have to walk a ways before you get to your stand, just put on fresh, dry socks when you get close. scent isn't as big of an issue come firearms since the deer don't have to be as close.

while out west elk hunting, i always carry at least two extra pairs of dry socks in my back pack. May be a hastle, but dry warm feet makes the hunt MUCH more enjoyable.

the same with gloves, try not wearing them until you are done walking to the stand. poor cirulation or not, sweat is the killer of cold hands and feet!

also, i was born and raised a farm boy. one thing not to do if your fingers get cold is to blow on them to warm them up. if you can see your breath, it is vapor. blowing on your hands and then putting them into your gloves will only make it more miserable, as your gloves will slowly get wetter and wetter. just throw a heat pad into each one of your pockets, then if your hands get that cold...

one last thing, take your boots off of the boot dryer at least a half hour before wearing them. yep, they may be nice and toasty at first if you don't wait, but your feet will probably sweat right away, and you guessed it, cold feet too early in the morning

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NAPAFISH

Stay FAR away from anything cotton

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BLACKJACK

Some good advice concerning sweating and socks.

Years ago I had the battery operated socks and they were worthless, you could hardly tell they were on. Nowadays I have two pair of heavy boots, one pair is a 1200 gram pair of Cabelas boots that I will use until about 25 degrees and the other pair are the LaCrosse Ice Kings, I never get cold feet in them. Spend the money on one good pair of boots, they last you for years because you really won't wear them that much, just in cold weather situations. I like those LaCrosse boots so much that I just bought a pair for my wife to bowhunt in. She wanted to go cheap and buy the boot blankets and I said NO, too darn slippery on a frosty morning in an elevated stand.

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