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#5370235 - 10/20/14 02:41 PM Best Cold weather socks?
Mathp Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 454
Loc: Coppell Breckenridge, TX
Nearly froze my toes off last year in 10-15 degrees after that ice storm in Breckenridge. What are the best really cold weather socks you have?
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#5370821 - 10/20/14 07:13 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41108
Loc: Metroplex
Not the socks it's the boots!!!

I wear merino socks mid weight all year long.


Get you some sorrels or Columbia bugaboo for cold weather

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#5377859 - 10/24/14 02:35 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
staywarmguy Offline
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Registered: 09/10/14
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Socks and boots are important but if you walk a good distance to your stand, put on a new pair of socks once you get there. Also, soak your feet in powder before you leave. That will help keep them dry.
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#5379432 - 10/25/14 05:21 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Keller
It's hard hunting north Texas, because we start the season in 70's (some years 80's and above) and sometimes late in the season it can be in the teens or lower like last year. Really requires lots of layers or different sets of gear. This all you know.

For feet, the best thing is as mentioned above a really good pair of boots. But those would get worn only late season. I have a pair of 400 weight boots, good for mid-season and on, really anytime Temps are below 45. For colder days I wear a pair of heavyweight wool socks, and that helps a lot. My toes did get cold the morning it was 11 degrees last year (yes I was crazy and hunted that day after the ice storm, saw a few doe and had a horrible drove home) but I could have layered my
Socks and probably been fine.

Two big things with feet:
1 keep your feet dry. If your feet are wet they will be colder for sure, and that means sweating or even just wearing the same Socks two days in a row. Fresh socks are a must.
2 don't constrict your ankles or feet. Leave some room for circulation and warm air down there. If you construct the blood flow to your feet you will have cold feet. Likewise, if you compress your feet and don't allow enough space for your feet to breath they won't generate warm air and you will get cold feet.

When I played football in Ohio, many times we played in freezing drizzle toward the end of the season. Hard to play in boots, so I would put on a pair of socks, put a plastic bag around my feet, and then another layer of socks. My feet would be dry and warm and never had cold toes. Could be a help
If you don't want to spend money for some good heavyweight (1000-1200 gram) boots.

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#5381962 - 10/27/14 09:56 AM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
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Loc: West
Thermacell heated insoles
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#5382026 - 10/27/14 10:17 AM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: FoxTrot]
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Originally Posted By: FoxTrot
Thermacell heated insoles


I have a pair but have not used them enough yet to give them a thumbs up or down.

Whatever you use, there is much to be said for wearing a thin, non-cotton sock next to the skin with a thicker sock over it. The thin sock will pull and evaporate moisture from the skin and keep your toes warmer.
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#5382350 - 10/27/14 12:27 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
aerangis Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
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I've used powered heated socks and wasn't impressed. I don't want my feet sweating and IMHO they weren't worth the cost. If I need I might use a heatpack. Otherwise, boots and socks.

You can't go wrong with wool socks and thinsulate insulated boots rated for the temps you expect to encounter. I use Cabelas wool socks and buy boots a size larger so I can layer socks.

I have a few pairs of boots for different temps and environments. I'm sure quite a few other folks here do as well. A boot that works well at 40 degrees isn't going to work well at 10 degrees. And vice versa. The unnecessary bulk would be a PITA.

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#5383688 - 10/27/14 10:06 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: aerangis]
bluesman Offline
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Registered: 11/17/08
Posts: 303
Loc: Kerrville, Texas

US Military issue Polypropylene Thermal sock liners. Put on under your socks. Absolutely the best stuff I have ever used.
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#5383905 - 10/27/14 11:22 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: bluesman]
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Originally Posted By: bluesman

US Military issue Polypropylene Thermal sock liners. Put on under your socks. Absolutely the best stuff I have ever used.


Wear with wool socks, the poly sock wicks off the moisture to the wool, so carry an extra pair of wool socks to change to dry wool socks. Also don't wear boots that are so tight that you cut down the blood flow and put your feet up as often as you can. I had a stool that I could rest my feet on, they are off the cold floor and the blood circulates better.
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#5411293 - 11/10/14 03:52 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: FoxTrot]
Mathp Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 454
Loc: Coppell Breckenridge, TX
Originally Posted By: FoxTrot
Thermacell heated insoles


That reminds me I bought some right after last season!
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#5411685 - 11/10/14 06:19 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Another vote for wool socks with poly liners. The disposable adhesive charcoal toe heaters like Grabbers and Hotties are cheap and worth every penny, IMO. They'll fit nicely inside your boots and on your toes.
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#5413456 - 11/11/14 12:59 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
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It's not so much the socks or the boots, generally speaking. Most of the time the issue is people not leaving enough space between the sock and boot for air to provide proper insulation. Thicker socks don't mean warmer feet. I wear standard white socks year round and most of the time they are underarmor brand ankle cut socks. Nothing special about them. They allow for enough air space in my boots for the heat generated from my foot to heat the air and provide a layer of warm insulated air between the sock and inside surface of the boot. It's been many years since I complained about cold feet.
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#5416154 - 11/12/14 02:59 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: duckbill]
Hunter11 Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 328
Loc: Spring, TX
If you are stand hunting, get a pair of boot blankets and put a hand/body warmer in between the boot and the boot blanket. Make sure (like another poster said) allow for PLENTY of ventilation between the foot and boot. this is why I always buy a pair of boots about half a size too big...feet swell and with thicker or layered socks, could cause circulation issues that lead to cold feet.

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#5416253 - 11/12/14 03:39 PM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
Revoman Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: Abilene Texas
I wear SmartWool socks over Poly liners on those cold days. I also invested in top quality Danner and Meindl boots. My feet stay warm -0 hunting in Oklahoma Panhandle
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#5423566 - 11/16/14 06:45 AM Re: Best Cold weather socks? [Re: Mathp]
deadlast2004 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 220
Loc: ft worth, texas
Danner boots and good wool socks. The feet and hands stay warm and everything else will follow! Don't cheap out. I have Danner boots over 10 years old. Get what you pay for. Comfortable on walks over 7 miles in and out on a recent hunt.


Edited by deadlast2004 (11/16/14 06:46 AM)

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