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Hi all, When skiing I suffer from terrible pain due to cold toes. I have tried everything and now think my only option is heated insoles.

 

They seem to vary massively in price and the reviews are very confusing!

 

Please can anyone recommend some good ones that do not cost the earth, take up too much space- and work !!!

 

Many thanks

Jane:-)

post #2 of 15

I have the Hotronic http://www.hotronic.com/products/index.html footwarmers.  As far as i can tell, the difference among their models is battery life, not energy output.  They work by warming your foot enough thart your normal blood circulation to your foot and toes is not impaired, and your warm blood then keeps your foot & toes warm but not hot. 

 

I love them.

post #3 of 15

I bought my wife Hotronics this year. She's an always cold type. So far she's been extremely happy, though there haven't really been any bone-chilling days when she's been out.

 

I paid a bit under $200 for the current 4 battery model. Not sure if this counts as "costing the earth" (it's the wife's most expensive single piece of gear), but the doe seem to work and weren't hard to install.

post #4 of 15
K uses Therm-ic boot heaters and they make all the difference for her. She has the basic battery pack that takes AA batteries. She uses Everyready rechargeables and they last all day plus some. Also, keeping warm is key. Don't just turn on the heaters when you get cold feet, keep them warm all the time.

Starting with a warm boot helps a ton, too. Heated boot bags like the Hot Gear line warm the entire boot making putting the boots on like putting on slippers. As the boots and your feet start warm, you can use a lower setting on the boot heaters at the outset.
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

Starting with a warm boot helps a ton, too. Heated boot bags like the Hot Gear line warm the entire boot making putting the boots on like putting on slippers. As the boots and your feet start warm, you can use a lower setting on the boot heaters at the outset.

 

Absolutely.  If the interior of your boots is cold when you put them on, your feet will start out cold and only get colder.  I'm always amazed at people I see who arrive at RLM with their boots in the back of their pickup.  That is just plain nuts.

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Thanks Guys-I am looking at these websites already and there are UK suppliers ! I do keep my boots and feet as warm as I can but they always seem to loose the battle and eventually start to hurt ! the warming back up is the worst !!....Two guys we ski with a fireman and police man also told me about putting a very thin layer of petrolium gell on my feet ( vaseline in the uk) and this old army trick definitely helps too- but below -5 or so I just can not win...so Heaters it is !!

 

 I  really liked the reply saying we ladies are the "most expensive part of the kit" which is SO true !! I also think my poor husband ( who never feels the cold) would buy me these for valentines day !!- just so he doesnt have to listen to me moaning on about my poor sore cold toes !!.....I love skiing so much that I would rather have these than a diamond ring anyday ! and they are much less expensive !!!

 

Thanks again

 

Jane

:-)

post #7 of 15

Mrs Blue and I like the disposable toe warmer packs made of magic powder. Beats the hell of out me now they work. No worrying about battery packs etc. My secret is don't put the adhesive side down on the boot sole -  put the adhesive side up on the sock. 

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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

K uses Therm-ic boot heaters and they make all the difference for her. She has the basic battery pack that takes AA batteries. She uses Everyready rechargeables and they last all day plus some. Also, keeping warm is key. Don't just turn on the heaters when you get cold feet, keep them warm all the time.

Starting with a warm boot helps a ton, too. Heated boot bags like the Hot Gear line warm the entire boot making putting the boots on like putting on slippers. As the boots and your feet start warm, you can use a lower setting on the boot heaters at the outset.

FYI Thermic has gone out of business. I have Hotronics and have been treated well by their customer service. Suddenly after using for a couple of seasons I was riding up the lift with them turned off and one got so hot it was burning my toes. I reached down and disconnected the cable through my pants. When I called them the guy said that it definitely wasn't normal and immediately shipped me 2 new batteries and never asked for the others back.

And I do agree with starting with warm boots.
post #9 of 15
I own Hotronics and besides being just about the only heaters currently on the market, they really do work. I also wish they didn't cost so much but at what price comfort??
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by janeuk View Post

Hi all, When skiing I suffer from terrible pain due to cold toes. I have tried everything and now think my only option is heated insoles.

 

They seem to vary massively in price and the reviews are very confusing!

 

Please can anyone recommend some good ones that do not cost the earth, take up too much space- and work !!!

 

Many thanks

Jane:-)

 

Do you use your own boots or rent?

 

I find that rentals are always much much colder and obviously less comfortable. 

 

I have my own boots now. Nothing fancy, cost me about $250, and my feet have yet to be cold. Not even this season during which ive skied several days in temps between 0-10F sustained for hours. I also have aftermarket insoles in them which help also in both comfort (fit) and warmth.

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After re-reading the original post and subsequent posts by the OP, I have a question that needs to be addressed.  Very simply, Do your boots fit correctly?  Please so to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the "Which ski boot will work for me?" or some similar name and have your husband help with checking the shell fit of your boots.  If your boots don't fit properly, that will almost always lead to cold and painful feet.

post #12 of 15
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Hi I had my boots fitted in Fernie and they said the ones I had fitten in the UK were 2 sizes toooo BIG !! so no wonder the tendon on the top of my foor was inflamed !!...my new boots are a much better fit but - no joy on the cold feet front!!

Cheers Jane

post #13 of 15
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Hi yes I have my own- they were fitten in Fernie and very comfey...I will try all suggestions though as the cold toes make me miserable! and they pulsate and burn when they warm up!!

post #14 of 15

 Intuitions with Hotronics is about the max you can do.

post #15 of 15
Jane: the ONLY possible solution is Hotronics! I've lived through many painful days similar to your own and I finally plunked down the coin for the heaters and my toes and feet have thanked me ever since:) Seriously, there are few if any other options and while better fitting boots will help a tad, as will a boot glove, you will continue to have cold toes.
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