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Mac/MS    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:37:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A lot has been said about the weather lately, cold vs warm, north & south, and so on but I remember snow in November 6 - 8 inches and going hunting zero degree outside even in the minus'. All I use to have to wear to keep my feet warm then was a good pair of leather shoes with the buckle rubber overboot. I have Rockys now and my feet would still get cold. Found out I had to thick a pair of socks and the warmth from my feet had nowhere to move. I found this year inserts at Wally World that were made with a space to slide the little heat pack in. Great for sitting in a treestand all day...heat ya right up when come time to walk though.


Duke(WNY)    Posted 01-06-2004 at 15:51:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you are taking any kind of high blood pressure medicine, cold extremities are a side effect for about 90% of them. I never had cold feet until I started taking BP medicine, now I can't keep my feet warm with any kind of boots.


RayP(MI)    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:44:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same here, Duke - you're right on about blood pressure medicine's unwanted side effect. Doctor doesn't seem to understand. Wife's a nurse, she doesn't get it either. My best footwear for keeping feet warm is a pair of synthetic socks inside a pair of larger wool hunting socks. I then use felt liners out of snowmobile boots inside "dairyman's" boots, with a couple of layers of carpet cut for insoles inside the boots. Keep everything DRY! (I have a rack over heat vent on porch - socks, boots, gloves always go in that when not in use) Another thing that is a big help in keeping warm is to keep your head covered. I use a heavy double layer knit stocking cap.


Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:04:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Socks are important you need to be able to move your toes so you need a little room for the heat. If my shoes are tight they will get cold faster. Mark H.


kraigWY    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:48:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
For some reason my feet don't get that cold. My father was a bit old fashion and had funny ideals. One was, when we were young he would make us run around the house in the snow bearfooted everynight, saying it would keep us from having cold feet in the future. I don't really believe that but for some reason I don't have any problem with cold feet. I normaly don't wear nothing in the winter but leather western boots. If I can keep my feet dry, they stay warm.


Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:24:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard of the old timers putting their hands in slush and getting them used to the cold .Makes the vessels dilate then they stay warmer . Haven't ever tried it .
When we were young the neighbor kids lived in and old drafty house and never had warm clothes . They seemed to stand the cold better than we did.
I think your Dad was some what right. You get used to the cold . If it got down to freezing in July we'd freeze to death .
Al


toolman    Posted 01-06-2004 at 13:31:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think kraig,s dad was onto something, i don,t wear anything too heavy as i over heat easily and for me thats as bad as the cold, i dress fairly light and as the weather gets colder i add layers, i wear a cheap 39 dollar pair of what i call snowmobile boots, they are lined and loose on my feet .no heavy socks if your feet sweat its worse, gloves and with this cold i got out the mittens,and winter coveralls,and at -39 i was quite comfortable.


Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:06:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Wife and Daughter can get away with light boots on there feet they call me a light weight. Mark H.


Pitch    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:13:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think being cold is pretty much mind over matter. As long as there is no wind I am comfortable for up to a hour at 20 degrees with just a T shirt.Fingers are my problem I have yet to find a pair of gloves thin enough to handle mail with that will keep my fingers warm. I just saw something on TLC or Discovery about rock climbers putting their hands in ice water. It supposedly trains the vessels to dialate.


Willy-N    Posted 01-06-2004 at 18:00:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was reading about that on one of the sites. I need to read it again and try to figure what they mean train the blood vessles. Mark H.


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