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Do you wear toe heaters above or below your toes?

Old 01-07-06, 07:48 PM
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Do you wear toe heaters above or below your toes?

1) above or below toes?
2) rounded (narrower) or flat (wider) end toward toes?

http://www.warmers.com/Category.aspx...Ids=CategoryID

Their web site recommends (for general purposes) under the toes, as did LBS.
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No, I wear neoprene socks or Neoprene shoe covers if it's really cold.
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Originally Posted by curt in denver
No, I wear neoprene socks or Neoprene shoe covers if it's really cold.
You must have great circulation.
I wear neoprene booties, thick wool socks, and a thin liner sock (leaving enough room for blood to flow) and still get cold feet. Usually on the left foot first.

My LBS gave me some similar toe / handwarmers to try. I think you stick em to the bottom of your socks... hot air rising and all...
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Ah yes, the basic principle of heat rising. Makes sense. Wonder if this makes a difference in a bicycle shoe though?
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Round end towards the front. The best choice is under the foot,that's what they are designed for. Your shoe may be too tight though. Try and lace it very loose. If your foot hurts after a long ride with them on the bottom try on top.
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Ideally, they are worn below ... between your foot and the cleat area. The cleats are metal and will become very, very cold in cold weather. That coldness transfers up into your foot, making your foot cold. If you can put something like a chemical foot warmer between the cleat area and your foot, you can block that coldness.

However, if you can't fit the chemical foot warmer into your shoe, then tuck it into your neoprene bootie, laying in on top of the shoe over your toes. That way it will, at least, send some warmth onto your foot.
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Tried some Lake MXZ301, which are nice and warm, but developed knee pain repetitively after trying these twice. LBS thinks this is from restricted range of motion of ankles in the shoes.

Tomorrow is above freezing, so will try my regular shoes (Sidis) w/ these heaters. Just placing heater and shoe inside shoe loosely, feels more comfortable with heater on top of foot. This is likely because I push down too hard and need to focus on pulling up/back and keeping my heel down more. LBS looked at me today and saw that I ride w/ my toes pointing down too much. This is possibly why I have such trouble with frozen toes in the winter. Hands can be nice and toasty, but toes frigid.
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