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buck    Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:22:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Headware and clothing but what do you figid area people do for your feet. I have leather insulated hunting boots, Rubber insulated Pac boots and rubber over boots but none of these keep my feet warm for extended times.Does anyone have a paticular type or brand that they recommend or other methods that they use. I have tried the sealskin socks without much improvement.


cowlady    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
For just standing around on the ice (or bucket sitting in my case)and waiting for the fish to hit, I swear by my LaCrosse. The sole is about 2-3 inches thick and keeps a cushion between your feet and the ice. I also wouldn't trade in my Rocky the flying squirrel mud flap cap!

However, The surest way to keep warm on a fishing trip, is to find the nearest tavern and snuggle up to the wood stove!


deadcarp    Posted 01-06-2004 at 06:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
for years i swore by the white surplus wool felt pacs but i guess they went outa style - the wife liked moon boots but they're gone too. then i got a pair of leather/rubber sorels with the replacable 1/4" felt liner and they're good for 40 below. oh they aren't really toasty but that's good enough to stand out on the ice and fish in the wind. and survive for sure.


now this is gonna sound backwards but if your feet still get cold, put a better cap on your head! i use a dickey that can be rugged into anything from a collar or a skimask - then with a hood to kill the wind, you still have a way to prevent sweating. and that's the real clue to layers is for gosh sake avoid getting wet! keep all your parts between frostbite and sweat and you can last along time :)


Wisereader    Posted 01-06-2004 at 05:55:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I echo some of the earlier posts, I too have Rocky's. They really are great. Whatever boot you get, make sure that it has a minimum of 1000 grams of thinsulate insulation and Gortex lining to keep them dry. This is an unbeatable combo! If your feet, head and hands are dry and warm - your whole body stays relatively warm.


Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 04:45:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wear a pair of mickey mouse boots when the temps get low . Just got another pair this year.
the last pair lasted about 30 years. Much of that time I just had them in the truck in case I needed them . Alway told every body that I could put water in them when I put them on in the morning and would have hot water for coffee by ten .
Al


BOSS    Posted 01-06-2004 at 02:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the best boots made for outside are Rockys. They make different kinds for different temps. But the best overall would be the Bearclaws. I own a pair of the 165 below 0 kinds, bt I don't get to wear them too often. I usually wear a pair of the cornstalkers with a pair of cotton socks and the a pair of wool socks over them. Your feet will never get cold. I have been working outside for over 20 years now and I have tried about every kind of boot made. And the Rockys are the best.
I let my nephew wear a pair to go cut some wood and when he put them on he said they feel like slippers, they are so comfy.


Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 06:24:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are like slippers your right. Sure don't look like them cause they make my size 8s look like 13s but that is why they keep you warm. Mark H.


Willy-N Gloves    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:36:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
These are my favoite Gloves on the Tractor Rag Wool Convertable Mittins. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:40:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
snowmobile boots, buck thats about all i wear, seldom wear a hat, usually just a jack shirt but insulated coveralls now thats its this cold, depends on how long im planning on being out, don,t handle the cold as well as i used too.


buck    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:15:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

Man you too tough for me. I can remember the no hat days but now the quilted hat goes on at 30f and the hood follows soon after. Lined jeans and insulated coveralls all winter. Going to try out the ski hood/mask when this cold gets here.Expected to be around 0 to 10+f so to you that aint even cold. What are snowmobil boots. No snowmobils around here SW Virginia.


Willy-N Hat    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:27:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is what I wear in the cold winds and my head stays warm even at -8 below doing 20 mph on the tractor for a few miles. It is a Mad Bomber Fur lined hat very warm. Mark H.


Willy-N    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:32:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I get mine at Cabelas I have 2 pair for winter one pair is insulated to about 15 degs at the most if I am walking around cost 140.00 my other pair were about 230.00 (Rockies)and are good to -80 below and I can stand around not moving in them and have warm feet. You pay for good winter boots. If you don't want to spend that kind of money you can get the Military Mickey Mouse Boots for 25.00 to 50.00 on eBay and they are the air filled type and will keep your feet warm. My feet will freeze in cheap winter boots and took a while to find the right ones. The Rockies are not good for walking long distance in because they are almost like ski boots but I got them for just around the place not moving around much or on the tractor. Got to get the thinsulated boots sown to below zero to keep you feet warm for a long time or keep walking all the time. Mark H.


buck    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:00:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks for the info. Have herd about the Rockies before so lets say that my leather insulated boots that are suppost to be good to 20 deg are good for me working/walking in for about an hour on frozen ground at around 30 deg. How much of an improvement do you think the rockies would be? My pac boots will keep me going much longer but they are no to user friendly in the woods or doing chores where there are a lot of brush.


Willy-N    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:11:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Rockys are good for all day staying warm no matter what the temps get down to. If my feet get cold I am done for and in a lot of pain. Not sure I would do a 10 mile hike in them but maybe several miles no problem just that they are a stiff boot to walk in and still need breaking in some. My Danners are nice and fit good I have a narrow foot and needed to get a womans boot for a good fit I wear a 8-B and hard to find a good boot in that size. I just can't stand still in them to long in real cold sub zero weather. Mark H.


buck    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

Looks like your danners may be about the same as my hunting boots as far as inslation goes but there is no way mine are of that good quality. Think I will take a good look at the rockies. Thanks muchly


Willy-N These    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess the price is 179.00 now and they are good down to 135- temps. Here is a link to them. Mark H.


Willy-N    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:17:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The soles on the Rockeys are real thick and insulate you from the cold ground. They also have another boot inside them along with lots of insulation. They fit like a glove when you slip them on so your feet don't slip around in the boot walking. Best boot I have ever had on my feet during the winter. Not heavy either. Mark H.


Willy-N These    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:59:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
These are my working boots guess I got the prices messed up these were the expencive ones. They are Danner Fort Lewis thinsilated Boots. I have bad circulation in my feet and hands so I need good foot wear and gloves for winter. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:49:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i got a cheap pair of snowmobile boots.lol


Willy-N    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:03:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey I go in style with my boots now. Since I am not in construction anymore and ruin a set in less than a year I bought nice ones. They fit so much better then the cheap ones. Taken care of they should last me many years and I have cheap ones for dirt work that I can beat up and not care. They were last years Christmas gifts to myself. Mark H.


Linda in UT    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:29:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes if I know I'm going to be out in the weather for a while, I put one of the small Hot Hands packets in each pac boot and leave it there. I can't fit one in all of my boots & still get my feet in, but the pacs work. A little annoying for the first few minutes, but it really does help. This is especially effective if I'm riding horseback in the cold and snow.

I definitely wouldn't recommend that for anyone with circulation problems in their feet, though. I buy a box of the Hot Hands packets for about $17 at CostCo at the beginning of winter.

I also try and make sure my pacs are warm when I put them on. I've turned them upside down over a floor heater vent, or used the hair dryer to warm up the insides. Mostly, just not leaving them in a cold room or where there's a draft is sufficient.

I have a couple of different styles of pacs - one is much warmer than the other. That might be something to look into.

Some folks swear by electric socks. I have a pair but haven't used them enough to give an opinion. A friend's son went to work in a MT stockyard as a teen and asked his mom to buy him a pair of electric socks. After trying them, he wasn't embarrassed to tell anyone he was wearing them.

You probably know that layering your socks is important, too. I wear long cotton boot socks as the first layer and then add wool blend socks over them.

Keeping your head warm will definitely help keep your feet warm, but you probably already know that.


buck    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:36:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks for the reply. Yes I use the hot packs at times when I know I am going to be out for long times. I also double up on the socks and in between th two layers of socks I use thin nylon socks which seem to help.I used to work the livestock yards during my highschool years. Remember one big feeder calf sale at Dublin Started taking in stock at 7 am on tuesday and loaded out last truck early Friday morning around 2am. Steady going and no sleep the entire time but I sure did like that paycheck.


toolman    Posted 01-05-2004 at 22:48:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think a person gets acclimacted to the weather, i usually get used to the cold just in time for it to warm up, i just came in from feeding and its about -30f , nearly a full moon beautiful out , spent time playing with the horses untill they got mad at me ,kinda nice real quite ,bright don,t even need a light.


Linda in UT    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:15:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aren't those special times? I love being outside on clear nights with a full moon and just spending time watching my livestock.

As for becoming acclimated, I agree, but only up to a point. You do become used to colder weather but sometimes the body gets stubborn and refuses to adjust as much as one would like.


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