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Old 10-05-2004, 12:41 PM
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Default How do you keep your feet warm while your hunting in a stand?

When it gets down in the 20's, I can barely wiggle my toes, much less feel them. I'm sure there are expensive insulated boots that I could purchase. I've seen those cheap heating pads at Walmart that you place in your boots, but they've never worked for me.

Any other ideas on how to keep your feet warm in freezing temperatures?
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Old 10-05-2004, 12:49 PM
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I use hand warmers and put in my boots under my toes.
Works like a charm.

I have seen those battery powered socks, don't know if I would trust them.
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:08 PM
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Give your toes plenty of room,I don't care how much insulation is in the boot,if the boot is too tight,your feet will be cold.

My regular size boot is 10 1/2,but my cold weather boots are size 12
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:17 PM
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ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR COLD-WEATHER HUNTIN BOOTS ARE AT LEAST 1/2 A SIZE BIGGER THAN YOU NEED, THEN LACE THEM LOOSELY. THIS ALLOWS THE BLOOD IN YOUR FEET TO CIRCULATE MUCH BETTER. THERE IS ALSO A PRODUCT THAT I REALLY LIKE WHEN IT GETS REAL COLD. I DON'T KNOW THE NAME RIGHT OFF HAND, BUT I'LL TRY AND FIND OUT. ITS A LIL POUCH WITH AN ELASTIC STRAP THAT GOES OVER THE TOP PART OF YOUR BOOT WITH A SLEEVE WHERE YOU CAN INSERT A HANDWARMER PAC. WORKS GREAT DURING THOSE LATE JAN HUNTS OVER HERE WHEN IT CAN REALLY GET COLD! STAY AWAY FROM THE BATTERY PACKS. YOU'LL BE NICE AND WARM FOR A WHILE BUT....WHEN THE BATTERIES DIE (TRUST ME, THEY WILL) you will be hurtin!
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:22 PM
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I wear the 1200 gram thinsilate rubber boots from b### p##. 1/2 size too big. Ive never got cold feet while wearing them. and their cheap!
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:25 PM
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:44 PM
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The little adhesive toe warmers seem to do the trick for me. You just pull off the adhesive protectant and stick to the bottom of your socks under your toes. Work great!!
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:54 PM
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Get you a pair of cold weather pack boots. I bought a pair of Rocky Snow Stalkers that are irregulars (some of the stitching is crooked : ) from Sportsman's Outlet several years ago. They are not much for walking, but I have hunted down to 6 degrees and not been cold at all.

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Old 10-05-2004, 02:08 PM
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Get you a desent pair of insulated boots. 400 grams thinsulate or more. Get your boats one size to big. Wear a pair of regular socks under a pair of thick wool socks. Then put a hand warmer under your toes. The extra size boat leaves room for the thick socks and hand warmer. I have hunted all morning with the temp as low as 6 degress doing this with 400 gram boots and my toes stayed alright. Anytime it gets to freezing or close I put the hand warmers in my boots. The ones called hot hands at walmart work good.
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:10 PM
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I've heard of using a plastic bag such as a bread bag over your feet before you put your socks on. I've never tried it but I heard it works great! Then main thing is to keep your feet from sweating. That is the biggest misconception when people are trying to their feet warm. They get extremely insulated boots or put on 3-4 layers of socks. The main reason for your feet getting cold is the fact that they sweat very easily. I like to wait until I go outside before I put my socks and boots on. That way I am not inside in the warmth with all of that insulation on my feet. The baby powder suggestion would probably work great too b/c it will soak up the moisture. Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:11 PM
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Buy a good pair of socks that get the moisture away from your feet. The reason your feet get so cold is because they sweat. Water and cold temps do not mix.
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:18 PM
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As stated earlier several times, lace your boots loosely. If I'm going to be sitting a long time I will even untie them. If you decrease the circulation to your feet they will get cold fast. I wear 1000n gr thinsulate Rocky boots. I've hunted in temps in the single digits multiple times with them. A good pair of wool socks and the boots is all I put on my feet. If my feet start to feel cold, I will losen the laces a little and try and wiggle my toes to increase the circulation more but that is about it.

How often does it get in the 20's in Florida?
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:18 PM
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About two years ago I purchased a set of boot covers called arctic shields (i think) which slip over your bood and velcro up. They are like a giant slipper over your boot. You don;t walk around in them just put them on when you get to the stand. These are the greatest invention to me in hunting. I also suffered greatly from the clod feet syndrome. So bad you want to climb out of the tree and walk around to get the blood flowing. Trust me they work great. I don't even wear insulated boots any longer when I hunt. Just silk stockings and a pair of socks over the top of them and i'm good to go.
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:22 PM
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I agree, Artic sheild boot blanket will keep my feet warm when nothing else will.
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Old 10-05-2004, 02:31 PM
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I agree, Artic Shield is the way to go. One morning last year it was 25 degrees and I hunted in my snake boots and wore the artic shield covers over them. My feet did not get cold and my feet usually freeze everytime.
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Default Cold feet?

I use shoes and socks, jk
I wear a neoprene booty on my feet then a wool sock and my boots have 800 grams thinsulate. This usually does the trick except extreme N Georgia hunts I've been on Cohutta/Warwoman in December and then I just add a second pair of wool socks
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:11 PM
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After your get on stand place a hand warmmer on top of your boots, then use a pair of old socks and pull them over the toes of your boots to hold the hand warmer on your boots.. Works like a champ...
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:20 PM
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1. Hand Warmers Under Toes.
2. Baby Powder On Feet.
3. 1 Size to big of boot.
4. Loosen your boots when on the stand.
5. Turn On the Heater in your 5000 dollar deer stand.
6. Buy a real good pair of Hunting boots, 1500 thinsulate.
7. Wear Socks that wick the sweat away from your smelly feet.
8. Put a bread bag on your feet.
9. Boot Covers, i.e. Artic Sheilds.
10. Neoprene Booties.
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:32 PM
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:44 PM
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My feet sweat a lot, fought with cold feet for years.

Finally found my solution...

Spray feet with Right Guard anti-perspirant, put on socks'n'boots.

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Old 10-05-2004, 03:45 PM
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I wear one pair of socks, then I put walmart type bags over my feet with body warmers placed on the top of my feet ,then put on my boots.Works fine for me.
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:54 PM
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Man I like the anti perspirant idea. That is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" type things. Artic shields sound good too. I have to warn you on the foot warmers. I hunted a very cold hunt in Illinois one year. I thought I would be smart and put the handwarmers in my boots. When the chemicals wear out, your toes are left in there with iron filings. The metal gets mighty cold when the chemical is gone. For short hunts they are ok.

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Old 10-05-2004, 06:19 PM
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buy you a pair of these. I bought a pair last year and I don't know how I got by with out them. They are very thin and will fold up easily for a fanny pack. These are not the big bulky ones. If it gets very, very cold I still put a hot hands inside the boot blanket, but I only did this once last year up here in Lumpkin Co. it was very cold. At BPS they are around $40 and worth every penny.

And I agree wear boots that are at least 1/2 size larger than you normally wear. I also wear socks that are at least 80% wool. I also have used the boot liner sold at Wal-Mart that you put a hot hands in the toe area underneath. They work very well also. About $8 includes one set of toe warmers which work better than hot hands.

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Old 10-05-2004, 06:20 PM
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I wear a boot with 800 grams of thinsulate and only wear my bots when actively hunting. I take them off as soon as I can after a hunt. I like to wick them out between hunts to let any moisture from sweat evaporate. :
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:58 AM
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Lots of great ideas here! I agree with the getting sweat away from yore feet. Sweat IS your biggest enemy. I wear a pair of thin polypropolene socks, with a pair of wool socks over them. the poly will wick the moisture away from your feet and the wool will absorb it without losing thermal retention. I have a 800gr pair of boots and as long as i don't have to walk too far I'm OK. One other thing I do when it is late season and really cold is to take one of those closed cell foam seat pads and put it on the foot platform of my stand. It will keep the cold steel of your platform from drawing into your boots.
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:09 AM
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I bought a pair last year, I agree with the others, they work pretty well....just don't over layer your socks if you go with the shields. If your feet get wet, it don't matter what you do, they're gonna get cold.
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:34 AM
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The key is keeping your feet dry. You put on your heavy socks, put your boots on, drive in your truck, then walk, your feet sweat, then you stop and your sock are wet because they are made from cotton and your feet get cold. Wear socks that wick away mosture and will keep your feet dry. I wear socks that wick away the mosture. Its the same principle as diapers. Wick away the wet and your feet will stay dry and warm.
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Baby powders, antiperspirant sprays? What about scent control?

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Old 10-06-2004, 11:57 AM
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i work in the footwear department of Bass Pro. i get this questiojn all the time. buy some artic sheild boot covers. they aare paper thin easy to pack and i tested them with dry ice. i boot my tennisshoe in the artic shield and the other foot just mym shoe. my one foiot went numb and the other was warmer after i took it out. dry ice is -109 degrees. ask for neal at in footwear thats me. they un for about 45$
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Old 10-06-2004, 12:02 PM
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There are insulated booties that slip over your boots that work really well. Just don't put them on until you are in your stand coz they're not made to walk in. As everyone else said, make sure your boots give your dogs plenty of room.
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the toe warmers or hand warmers were the fix for me. My toes always got cold, then I learned the larger boot, which helped some, but the toe warmers were the best thing.

Caution though, dont put them on before you walk to your stand. Did that, and my walk was only about 150-200 yards from the cabin, and it was a bad move. Wait til your in stand, then put them in the boots and I leave them unlaced. I wear Sorel pack boots, and now the rest of me is cold long before my feet are.
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Old 10-06-2004, 04:08 PM
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No further discussion will be necessary!!!
This is my Alaska recipe for warm feet:

Take a spare pair of warm socks, wool, fleece, whatever,
Walk to your stand, Change Socks!!!!,
place stinky, wet socks in a ziplock bag,
Replace boots with Goosedown booties, these are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to exotic cold weather boots and are available from REI, Cabela's, L.L Bean and various other retailers.
If it's real cold, throw a couple of Grabber Mycoal aka Wal-Mart hand and foot warmers in the booties,
Bingo, warm feet.

If you have a climbing stand, change once you are up or practice climbing in booties.

Now for the Hows and Whys:

1. If your feet get wet they will probably get cold as water transfers heat much more efficiently than air.

2. If your boots are too tight from trying to stuff too many pairs of "magic" socks into them, you will probably get cold. If circulation is restricted, warm blood will not be exchanged with the cooling blood from the extremeties such as feet and hands.

3.Neoprene booties will make your feet sweat, period. Sweat is bad. Neoprene is waterproof and is not breathable which means all water vapor released by your sweat glands will be contained within the neoprene sock.

4. Eat before you go hunting! The body consumes fuel(food) and converts it into various byproducts, one of which is heat. However, if you eat and immediately sit in your stand you could actually get colder. The body tends to use more blood around the stomach and digestive tract during the digestive process so instead of this nice warm blood pumping around your body it could be working on that triple cheeseburger.

As far as boot blankets and the like, if your feet are cold they will probably stay cold; have you ever heard of a cooler? Iit is an insulated container that one may place ice and cold objects into and the "cooler" will "insulate"the objects, keeping them cold for a prolonged period of time.
The boot covers may work for some but these people are doing something else right.

Don't get sucked into "gimmickitis" when good old fashioned know-how and low-tech products will suffice!

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Old 10-06-2004, 09:00 PM
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As long as you're hunting in something similar to a box stand (something with plenty of room to move around) use boot blankets. Put them over your boots as soon as you get in the stand and no cold feet what-so-ever. Cold feet used to send me to the house but not since I bought those. They work!

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Old 10-06-2004, 09:34 PM
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Bring a propane stove to your stand, along with two frying pans. Butter both yer feet and stick them in the pans. Keep the heat on medium.


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Old 10-07-2004, 10:34 AM
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nothing worse than cold toes!!!

some very well insulated boots have done the trick for me. 1200 grams of thinsulate. i believe they're irish setters. bought them on sale last year at a galyan's in kennesaw area for about $80.

i've tried the toe warmers you shake up and those things liked to set my feet on fire! maybe i got an extra hot batch. i didn't have them directly on the skin either. i followed the directions.
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Old 10-07-2004, 12:21 PM
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How often does it get in the 20's in Florida?
Not too often. I hunt in Surrency.
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just hang them off the stand and swing them ( they will warm up ) /////////// w/t
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I've hunted middle Al and SW Ga. for years without cold feet. During cold weather I wear something like New Balance walking shoes high ankle. The secret is, don't lace them too tight, circulation is the key to comfortable feet. Good wicking socks are a must too. I have taken a clean pair of wool socks to the stand, then put them on over my shoes, keeps the wind off and the chill out. What you do from there is up to you if you have to wade water.
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I've Used Everyin But The Battery Powered Socks And My Feet Get Cold Along With My Nose And Fingers. At Least If I Get Real Cold I Can Pull My Hands In My Sleeves To Warm Them Up But I'm Not Coordinated Enough To Pull My Toes Into My Pants Leg Without Fallin Out Of The Stand Or Breakin Somethin. I Have The Booty Things That You Put On Over Your Reg Boots And They Work Decently. Jessie
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Old 10-08-2004, 09:03 AM
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I just wear my Northlakes with 1500 grams of thinsulate with a regular pair of socks and I haven't had any problems...
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When it gets cold I pull out a pair of ArticShield boot covers. Then I can slip in a hand warmer in side the shield. Keeps them nice and toasty for hours.
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Pure wool socks and lace boots up loosely. I`ve never had a problem when usin` this setup.
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I ditto the Artic shields with one more step. I always carry a spare set of socks, and put on the spare dry socks before I get into the stand and put on the shields. You'll be suprised how damp the socks feel when you get done walking to your stand. Course my stands are 30-45 minutes into the mountains and I'm ussally in a full body sweat by the time I get there. In 20 degree weather.

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No matter what you wear you wont have warm feet unless you allow good circulation. Don't lace tight, and allow an extra size boot to put those thick socks in.
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