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Cold feet

How do you keep your feet warm.
I wear rubber alpha burley lacross boots and tried
Several combos of thick and thin socks.
I cannot get my feet warm at all. Any best practices would be appreciated.
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December 08, 2013 at 7:08am
20 Comments
bluediamondent Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 8:05am
rubber boots

If u wear rubber boots below 45 to 50 degrees you can forget about warm feet on the stand. They dont let your feet breath and moisture builds up causing a big problem regardless of what the manufacturers claim.

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gaseous Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 8:16am
warm feet

I personally like Muck Arctic boots. Wear a thick pair of good Cabela's wool socks with that and my feet feel good sitting in a duck blind form 6-930 am. Don't do a lot of walking like you would to deer hunt so I can't vouch for them for that aspect

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Jetsg4 Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 9:57am
Old man....

I had the same problem for ever and an old man finally gave me the solution.

In my situation I was walking a long way through swampy areas to my deer stand where I would still hung all day. He told me to wear a regular pair of white socks when I get dressed in the morning, and bring your good/warm socks with you. Once I get to my stand, I take off my boots and socks, dry them off, and let them breath for a few minutes. Sometimes it's cold sitting there with nothing on your feet, but better than them being cold all day. Then put on your warm socks and boots. It worked and fixed years of me having numb toes or leaving stand because of hurting feet.

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bluediamondent Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 10:04am
cold feet

Jetsg4 has let the cat out of the bag. Now everyone will know.

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joeadams Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 10:30am
Toasty Toes

After finishing grad school at LSU in the mid 80’s I moved to New York City for 15 years and very quickly figured out two things: I’d never experienced true cold and I had never really been shown/taught to dress for the cold. Years before I bought my first deer camp in the Catskills I went to scout public land (no internet or Google Earth) and was shocked to see official State signage that stated that cotton long underwear was banned beyond that point as it amounted to a potential death sentence! After talking to fellow outdoorsmen I came to learn the basics: NO COTTON! Wool, fur, feathers, and synthetics are the only way to go. Layer! More layers of thinner garments that are somewhat loose fitting will keep you warmer and give you more freedom of movement. You need the looseness to allow air to be trapped more efficiently. As for feet this loose fit is key. ! When hunting as a guest at a 5000 acre 19th century Camp (one of the “Great Camps” of the Adirondacks) my host went over these basic rules of comfort as iron clad regulations to prevent my potential death or injury from hypothermia or frost bite. As for feet he explained that even though I had good socks that if I couldn’t wiggle my toes freely in my boots with layered socks, on stand, my toes would get too cold fast. To this day if I’m going to stand hunt (or walk less than a few miles a day) I wear boots that are a full size larger than normal. Thin poly-pro liners under heavy wool work well for me. The liners help wick sweat but you need that ROOM to allow movement and air circulation so that moisture can get out. I’ve got a bunch of boots and regardless of leather, nylon, or rubber, insulated or not, layering and fit are key to toasty toes and a comfortable hunt.

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bluediamondent Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 10:53am
warm feet

And I guess next you will be telling us about the myth of gor-tex.

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beauxnarreaux Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 1:24pm
Warm feet

I've made all the mistakes in this area but I've got something that works for me now. The method is a little different but the reasoning is probably the same is that mentioned in previous post. First I wear soft wool socks fairly loose fitting and my insulated rubber boots to my stand. If it is going to be mid 20's or less I take my boots off as soon as I get to my stand and set them aside. I then loosely wrap my feet in an old insulated flannel shirt and then cover them again in an old pair of insulated Camo pants just sticking my feet in about as far as the thighs. Again loosely. It's true having enough room for a small pocket of air is crucial. Once the air is warmed and with adequate insulation around it, it will keep your feet from becoming too cold. As a backup plan I bring 'hot hands' and will open them and place them inside my socks under my toes if I find it's needed after doing all the above. Usually it's not needed. I don't have to walk very far but if I did I would change my socks like mentioned earlier. The flannel shirt and Camo pants are just what I happen to have available and work so well I just use them but there are probably many thin, quality insulated items that will work as well or better.

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krazykarl Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 1:47pm
cold feet

box blind with buddy propane heater works great for me!!! lol

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Orian Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 2:32pm
Hot Foot.

Wool. Wool. Wool.

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JIMMY W Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 5:01pm
easy

Rub feet down heavy with Bengay and then cover with wool socks!

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Iceman Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 6:43pm
Muck

I wear Muck Woody Max and they work for me. Here are a couple of key things to keep your feet warm with them in my experience.
Never tuck your pants inside of them. Defeats the whole purpose of them being breathable.
Roll them down on the way to your stand and keep them rolled down until you cool off from the walk in. I usually make it through the entire hunt without rolling mine up, but if it's in the high 20s I'll usually roll them up after being in the stand for an hour or so.

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bigjim Profile Photo
Posted December 08, 2013 at 7:12pm
Cold feet

I had same problem with Alpha Burlys. I switched to Bogs blaze 1000 and 500% better. I got the Blazes 1 size larger and wear a pair of wicking socks from academy with heavy socks over. Today I walked 1 hr 15 mins to my stand and no sweat. These boots have a special liner that doesn't sweat and doesn't ever smell. Yesterday I sat 11 hrs in freezing conditions the whole time and 15 + mph wind and my feet stayed warm but I did have a camo fleece sock over boot with 1 hand warmer in it. The fleece over socks I made work well especially with a hand warmer when really cold but these boots never sweat like lacrosse and muck and never smell and quite a bit warmer. Hope this helps.

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swamp-fox Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2013 at 7:50am
Jetsg4

What he said...it's the only way to keep feet warm. Even if you walk 100 yds, you don't realize how much your feet sweat and/or rubber holds in moister in that short time.

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basshawg40 Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2013 at 10:05am
deoderent

I read this in my bass master magazine and haven't tried it myself yet. It says to spray your feet with deoderent and to make sure to get between your toes, this will keep your feet from sweating thus keeping your feet warm.

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bluediamondent Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2013 at 10:30am
anti-persperant

Makes sense to me. Will try it as soon as I can.

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rwray Profile Photo
Posted December 11, 2013 at 1:33pm
Muck

I just bought a pair of Muck Woody Elite boots and they by far are the most comfortable and warm boots I have ever owned. I wore them this past Thanksgiving weekend while hunting Richard K. Yancey when the weater was in the low 20s. Regular pair of socks, Wlaked through plenty of water and sat all day. My feet never got cold.

In my opinion worth every dime

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Gone-Pecan Profile Photo
Posted December 13, 2013 at 9:46am
ditch the rubber boots

Get you some 2000 gram pac boots and wear regular socks. you will be good to under 20 degrees.

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Yak-a-Lou Profile Photo
Posted December 13, 2013 at 10:39am
Keeping feet warm...

***Dead skin retains more moisture. Scrub your feet vigorously the night before (or every night).

***Antiperspirant works on your feet too.
Less sweat = less moisture = less cold.

As others mentioned… oversized shoes/boots, wicking socks and quality wool socks. Read on the label what percentage of wool is used in making the socks. Some are only 40% and may be as much as 50% cotton. Army surplus socks = 100% wool.

The following is *NOT*NOT*NOT* recommended for climbing stands, ladder stands or other precarious perches where tripping and/or falling might be an issue. It's wonderful for box stands or (dry) duck blinds. Buy an Army surplus wool blanket. Cut it in half. Save half for a lap blanket (a nice bonus). Cut the other half into quarters. Upon arrival in your box stand or duck blind wrap each foot with 1/4 wool blanket. Option: Two wool Army surplus scarfs - one for each foot also works well but you don't get the bonus lap blanket.

Option for climbing and ladder stands… it cost a little more but they sell insulated over boots. They work very well and reduce tripping issues that the less expensive option mentioned above might present.

Just my 2¢. Worth every nickel you paid. ;o)

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passthru69 Profile Photo
Posted December 13, 2013 at 12:05pm
I Have Tried It All

Hunted from Canada to south Louisiana. Special boots = garbage. Special socks = garbage. Insulated lacrosse green boots + one pair regular everyday socks AND ARCTIC SHIELD BOOT BLANKETS and a HOTHANDS foot warmer inside. Never Fails. I do have two pair of boots to switch out each hunt to let them dry out better. Too simple and easy. They fit easily into my pack. I put them on in my climber. They fit easily over your boots.

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cottonmouth51 Profile Photo
Posted December 14, 2013 at 1:22am
Cold feet

They are expensive but they work thermacell you'll have toasty warm feet

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