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boot warmers?

post #1 of 13
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Has anyone tried the neoprene boot warmers? They go on the outside of your boots and supposedly keep the heat in your boot. Makes sense but am wondering do they tend to fall off? Get beat up when skiing? Appreciate any feedback.

[ November 09, 2002, 06:08 AM: Message edited by: Rhys Craver ]
post #2 of 13
I've never seen neoprene boot warmers, but I live on the west coast.

If you are having problems keeping your feet warm, you may want to see a bootfitter to get better circulation to your feet. Your boots have quite enough material to keep your feet warm, it is just a matter of your feet having warmth to radiate in the first place.

You should probably check out the bootfitting thread to get some advice on what you should do.
post #3 of 13
They work well. The only neoprene type are not as durable as the type that has a layer of cordura nylon over. I tried some yeras ago, but because of my race fit in the boots, I unbuckle whenever I ride the lifts, and the boot covers made that difficult.
post #4 of 13
If you are suffering from cold feet, try thinner socks, or not doing up your boots as tight, also, make sure you wear a hat, as that will help keep your feet warm.
It may be that the problem is lack of blood circulation to the feet, due to boots/socks cutting off blood flow to the feet, or blood being re-directed to your exposed head to keep it warm.

post #5 of 13
I've used both the neoprene covers and the quilted covers that Relaible Racing Supply sometimes has. The RRS covers are warmer, but biggest disadvantage is that you can't easily unbuckle your boots. I keep both in my bag for cold days. I also got a pair of Thermoflex liners, which I'm told are quite warm, but I haven't used them yet.

post #6 of 13
What Fox said & remember cotton = cold

Try Gingko Biloba for circulation too (but not if you are taking other medications - unless you check first)
post #7 of 13
gotta tell you some boots are just plain cold no matter what socks you wear or how good they fit, I have owned several boots & never suffered cold feet even before people found that cotton was cold, my icon x with footbeds are the coldest wetest I have ever owned even removing the liners to dry every night, fitted properly, buckled correctly, I can ski all day even eat lunch never loosen a buckle, also I ski every night on a trip, this is a common complaint with these boots I have learned, this season I will be sealing the toe box better & trying some of the boot covers, my first clue as to how cold these boots can be was seeing instructors holding them under the hand driers in the bathroom first thing in the morning some of them even had hotronics, aside from all that did I mention I really love these boots.
post #8 of 13
The neoprene works,I wore out a pair in four years-40-45 days a year.I have my second pair now but only use them when its really cold. If you start out with cold boots they will never get warm.Make sure they fit snugly but not tight.Don't put your ski socks on until you get to the lodge or your feet will sweat and get cold.Change your socks during lunch and drop in a couple of hand warmers in your boots during lunch-it will help especially if you take them out before you put your boots back on.Try using an antipersperant on your feet.The hotronics suck-too hot or not hot enough,cables wear out,batteries fall off-and thier $150+.Or buy a pair of boots with outlast in them.Nordica uses it in some models and a friend of mine swears by them.
post #9 of 13
I've used them but had the same problem with buckling/unbuckling. One tip an instructor gave me was to stick a foot warmer under the neoprene on top of the shell instead of trying to jam it into your boot! Never tried that but maybe this year.
post #10 of 13
Rhys Craver, in my never ending quest for less frozen toes I have tried almost everything. :

I have the neoprene covers, got them off the link for snowshack on this site. I love them, combined with Smartwool socks they have done more than anything to keep my feet warm. More than the hotronics.

I also use the foot warmers on really cold days on top on my toes. Might try Tamski idea, should be more comfortable.
post #11 of 13
Might be worth trying thermoflex moulded liners. They seem to insulate better than most stock liners.

Also get yourself one of those plug in boot driers. Putting on warm dry boots in the morning makes things much nicer.

post #12 of 13

Dry boots. Yes.

Putting on warm boots cause my feet to sweat before I get out to the snow. Then I do get cold feet. ( WET=COLD)

Cold boots, Like when you drive to the mountain with all your gear in the back of the pickup, is not the way to go either.

I like to arrive at the dressing area (lodge, locker room etc.) Wearing warm winter boots and thick wool socks. I want to have nice toasty toes after the drive/walk to the mountain, and befor I put my ski boots on.
Before getting on too much of my ski gear, I do my boots. I don't buckel them up right away to allow free circulation as I go about getting the rest of my gear on.

If I do get cold feet, A change of socks while getting your circulation going over a hot cup of tea or soup (coffee is not good for circulation) does wonders.

post #13 of 13
These posts have been copied from the 'boot alignment' thread to put them in a more pertinant thread.

I cured my cold feet and hands by changing what, when and how I eat. It may not suit everybody and I don't mention it a lot because it tends to get brushed over in the rush for a discussion on hand-warmers etc. and I feel like it is not worth the effort anymore.
I had cold feet, cold hands and a cold core for years (~96F! all day). If I wasn't moving, even if it was warm, I was cold.

All last season I cold gloat a little over the people who couldn't stay warm including the instructors. Four months outside in Whistler. Not the coldest of places I admit but not a sunny place either.

Changing my food intake gave me better circulation. It did take a bit of getting used to for me and my roomates. I need to sleep with my feet out of the covers 'cos it is so weird having warm feet and the window open all winter otherwise I can't sleep.

Let me know if it is something you want to try. It's not wacky or hard to do. Run it past LM as well.


BTW I use a fresh pair thin cotton ankle socks (think KMart) inside my boots and don't have a boot dryer

Please tell us the cure... Or is it going to cost us?

Hey, this is no charge info This is Epicski!

You may not want to make the changes as you can't just buy it.

I came across the solution when I changed my diet to lose some weight.

A Disclainer Firstly.

Please do not blame me if you think the science is dodgy, the people are into blatent commercialism etc.
You can get all the food from your usual suppliers and injest it through the usual orifice.

What I Eat

I eat mostly to the Zone principles when I am on best behaviour. I think that is similar to the Atkins maintenance regime.

My diet is a little higher in protein than what you get if you eat standard fare. I eat protein with carbohydrate where possible and a fair amount of oily fish. Aside from the warm feet thing I also rarely drink tea, coffee or sodas and am allergic to dairy proteins.

Ideally I try to eat about the equivalent of two chicken breasts a day in protein. That's my lean body weight in lbs * 0.8 (activity level high)= grams of protein.

I eat about 20% more in grams of carbohydrate making sure I eat the protein and carbs together, ratio roughly 50/50 calorie-wise.

For snacks I eat almonds or other fatty foods high in mono-unsaturated fat (sometimes wavering to real chocolate).

For those people not allergic to dairy, milk, yoghurt and lower fat soft cheese are easy 'ready-made combinations.

I don't eat tons of bread, pasta, couscous, fruit juices etc. Naughtily, I don't eat as much as I think I ought of veg or fruit but that's my problem.

I drink more than an average amount of water. If I drink alcohol I balance it with some protein.

I try to eat regularly during the day about every two to three hours but sometimes this is not possible. I fall off the wagon occasionally but try to make it chocolate or chips.

Just a brief summary. If you want more details I will provide what I can. There are quite a few companies selling suitable products and some websites (commercial and non-commercial) dealing with related science and health issues. A web search would guide you.
I only use one product on occasion.

To warm hands and feet.

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