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 Post subject: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 11:17 am 
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I went winter camping for my first time a couple weekends ago on a snowshoe trip. I loved it, but my toes turned to ice cubes on the hike in, and stayed that way until I got into my sleeping bag.

My boots are rated to -40 and are super comfy. They also have replacement liners.

http://www.baffin.com/product-p/43000160.htm

What tricks do you guys use to keep warm feet? I want to find a sustainable solution (i.e. i dont want to use boot warmers)

I hear a good trick is to use extra insoles? Thoughts?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Feet
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 11:28 am 
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Winter boot sizing is more important than their rather arbitrary "temperature rating", in my opinion.

I make sure all my winter boots are at least a full size larger than my regular boots, and I never have a problem with cold feet.

I alternate betwee Steger Mukluks and North Face winter boots, depending on conditions. Both of these footwear options have plenty of room, and I never have a problem with cold feet.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 1:13 pm 
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Wool socks and as Mike says lots of room in a quality boot. Antiperspirant on the feet helps some people.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 6:28 pm 
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Well you have a good pair of boots so the problem likely as stated already they are just a bit small.
This works for me. It takes up less space then a thick pair of wool sock.
From the skin out. Mens nylon dress sock, Plastic bag, mid weight wool sock. It is the old vapour barrier trick.
Now if you want the real thing here is the socks from MEC Outside in
http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/ ... unisex.jsp

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/ ... unisex.jsp

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwear/ ... unisex.jsp

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 9:00 pm 
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Thanks for the input!

The standard liners are tight on my feet without having them in the boots...

My replacement liners are much thinner (with the same rating of -40) and do not constrict my feet at all.

When I was camping, both days i wore a pair of THICK wool socks that my girlfriend got me. First day I had the tight liners, second day the loose ones and my feet were warmer (still cold though). I will try wearing a thin pair of socks with the roomier liners next time and will report back.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 24th, 2012, 9:25 pm 
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Possibly try having dry socks to change out.

I prefer to snowshoe with hiking boots. Much lighter and more breathable.
I also use a polypropylene liner with a outer wool sock year round.

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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 25th, 2012, 1:35 pm 
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In my opinion, the problem is most likely with your brand of boots. Don't get me wrong, I think Baffin makes excellent boots, especially liners, but my complaint, and the complaint of many other people, is that the toe box is too tight, constricting blood flow. I've had numerous pairs of Baffins over the years, most rated -100C or lower, and always had problems with chilly toes. The only way around it is to MASSIVELY oversize your boots, 2-3-4 sizes up, but then you run into a sloppy fit everywhere else.

What I am doing now is using the Baffin liners (great quality in my opinion) out of my Impacts (-100C) in my Steger Muks. I also have a pair of NEOS overboots, and I use the -70C liners out of my Pivot snowmobile boots in them, with a set of insoles I cut out of closed cell packing foam. Both systems are infinitely warmer than the stock Baffin setups. I've heard time and time again of people saying Baffins are just too tight on the toes.

I also use polypro sock liners with 100% wool outer socks. I spend many many nights outside at temperatures well below -40C and my feet don't get cold.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 26th, 2012, 3:39 pm 
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I went to exchange them for a bigger size, but they didn't have any so I returned em. I will do some more looking around and find another pair I like. Any suggestions on where to go boot shopping? Any brands I should look at in specific?


Any suggestions on how to know they will be good when trying them on?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Toes
PostPosted: January 26th, 2012, 3:40 pm 
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I much prefer the feel of more rigid boots than soft shell ones.

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I like more than

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