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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I wonder how can I keep my feet warm? I tend to get cold feet easily. Does it has to do with sock or boots? I wear ski sock though.

I try to search on this but when I type "cold feet", I get search result from "cold" and "feet" separately. How can I search for the word "cold feet" together?

Thank you.....
post #2 of 25
Put a hat on... or a warmer(more windproof) hat

Or another layer on your core area...
post #3 of 25

Anyone using this?

post #4 of 25
Start by making sure you dry your boots after every use and especially each night if you're skiing the next day. Moisture content will build up in the liner if you don't and each day your feet will get colder quicker.

Start with warm boots, dry feet and dry socks each morning - very thin socks that wick. Wear a hat! Keep you're core warm as well as your legs.

Make sure the lower buckles across your instep are not too tight and restricting circulation. (Using thick socks to try and stay warm can make the boot too tight.)

The Boot Gloves above do work ...again, put them and the boots on warm. They help insulate and also keep water from getting into the liner thru the overlap in the shell.

Hot-tronic's foot warmers will help keep feet warm, but everything above has to be in order for them to be effective.
post #5 of 25
Good overview cgeib. I'll add to it, don't wear your ski socks on the way to the hill. Change in the lodge, make sure your feet and socks are dry.

I use hotronics and love them. Used to get numb toes on very cold days, now it doesn't matter how cold it is. (Boot Gloves did very little for me personally - want to buy mine?)
post #6 of 25
if you where the boots around a warm house do your toes still get cold? If yes then it is a lack of blood flow that is causing cold toes = need more instep room = thiner socks, grind boot board, thin foot beds, loose boots on lift

if your toes are awarm inside the house, and just cold outside then dry liners, dry socks, hats, boot heaters, boot covers, extra layers, hottronics etc

all of the above wil not hurt too if it is circulaton, but wont do much if no blood is getting to the toes
post #7 of 25
I said it before and I will say it again..Thermoflex liners.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
Right here. I use 'em with my new Lange WC 150's...'cause that boot has absolutely no warmth at all! They don't keep me warm...they do, however, slow the heat loss, so I can get an extra hour or so of skiing before my feet lose feeling.

I've used 'em in the past with Lange WC 130's...and they worked nicely, and allowed me to survive much longer...but again, if you're gonna be out for a long time, these only buy you time...
post #9 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I said it before and I will say it again..Thermoflex liners.

great idea if the feet are getting blood, and nice for lots of other issues too, but if the feet are not getting blood flow they won't help with the warmth issue.
post #10 of 25
Ah. That explains a lot for me too. I also have a problem with cold toes, though I never really could find out why till you guys mentioned circulation. I have a habit of strapping my boots on real tight cause I like to really crank out my turns out on the slope. Anything less makes my ski boot feel like a rubber rain boot. Still, I guess I can trade stiffness for warmth.
post #11 of 25
if you need to crank the buckles that much the boot might be a bit too big in width or lenght?

might be, might not be ......
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much everyone! Tomorrow, I'm going to walk around the house with the boots on.
post #13 of 25
its circulation. without blood flow that part has a hard time staying warm. make sure your boots aren't too tight when you buckle them.
post #14 of 25
I'm surprised no one has said it yet, but wear good long johns, and make sure your legs are nice a warm. It will help keep the blood warm as it reaches your feet (granted the boots need to fit properly so they don't cut off circulation).

If your feet also sweat a fair amount, try using anti-perperant on your feet, to minimze the sweating (water builds up in boots).

Believe it or not, footbeds can help as well (if you don't have them) by helping your foot to maintain a proper alignment.

If all else fails, I know people that swear by Hot-Tronics.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the boot gloves because they cover your buckles and do not readily allow you to loosen up your buckles when on the lift or standing around.
post #15 of 25
I use Boot Gloves with my XTs (very thin liners). If you have to buckle and unbuckle your boots on the hill, I think that the shell doesn't fit your foot very well. I know that it's always been an "in thing" for high-level skiers, but it tells me that the boots do not approximate the foot shape, and so cause excessive discomfort when buckled for skiing. I just don't think that's necessary for most skiers (nationally and internationally ranked racers notwithstanding).
post #16 of 25
Ssh- I can see your point, but I don't think its all inclusive.

my feet are straight up terrible when it comes to circulation. Very low bodyfat combined with prominent veins and reynauds syndrome. Cause me to get real cold real quick. The bootgloves seem to "help" but they do not keep me warm. My boots do not hurt one bit, but I always unbuckle on the lift because the slightest pressure on my feet and they are done for. (i lace shoes specially as well)
post #17 of 25
I have raynauds - hence my suggestion of wool & keeping the body warm
post #18 of 25
RJP, thanks for that insight! As with most things, I guess, YMMV. However, I still expect that a lot of folks would benefit from better fit and less buckle pressure...

I skied with a number of folks this past Saturday who (intentionally) left their buckles unbuckled the entire day. I'm still trying to figure out what that was about... Good skiers, too, and no we weren't doing the "ski with the buckles unbuckled" drill...
post #19 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion
great idea if the feet are getting blood, and nice for lots of other issues too, but if the feet are not getting blood flow they won't help with the warmth issue.
The Thermoflexs do not create hot spots that stop the blood flow.
post #20 of 25
ssh - I kindof see both sides....

I ahve always had foot grief from boots....

I find it often easier to just leave buckles undone for a bit than to play with them these days.... It has reached the point I often do not notice the undone boots because I do it so much! Then I want to turn it up a little & realise my feet feel not quite right.... aaahhh boots!

then again if I do them up I am likely to start fiddling with them - as I rarely am comfortable in boots..... a good day my feet don't complain - but I cannot stand for a bit when the boots come off....
a bad day the feet will cramp & heel area will move around & calf/achilles area ache.....
post #21 of 25
If I don't unbuckle when it's cold, I get frostbite on my toes. All the racers I know do it out of necessity. At least for me, it is not because my boots don't fit, they are just very tight.
post #22 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
The Thermoflexs do not create hot spots that stop the blood flow.
agreed compleatly,

if the shell is creating the circulation issue then any liner will be about the same.
post #23 of 25
Along the lines of the feet getting numb with boots on indoors it could also be the boot squeezing around the calf and cutting blood flow off there. The forefoot, instep and such may have room and be comfy (not tight) but if blood isn't getting by the top of the boot then the die is cast regardless of socks, rest of fit ....
post #24 of 25
Hi Disski!

I also have Raynauds. I bought the Thermic foot warmers but wish I had bought the kit to affix them to my orthotics. They do help keep my feet warm, but I'm a little too high in my boots.

-snowmiser-
post #25 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by luvski
I wonder how can I keep my feet warm? I tend to get cold feet easily. Does it has to do with sock or boots? I wear ski sock though.

I try to search on this but when I type "cold feet", I get search result from "cold" and "feet" separately. How can I search for the word "cold feet" together?

Thank you.....
Type the following (including the quote into the search line in Google...

"cold feet site:forums.epicski.com
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