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Cheap Way To Keep Toes Warm

Old 12-25-10, 06:39 PM
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Cheap Way To Keep Toes Warm

Tape all vent holes with duct tape. Take a pair of large heavy winter socks and pull them over the toes to mid arch level, then fold back over to toes. Cover socks with a layer of duct tape . Wear light or regular wool socks ( Smart wool), then a pair of heavier ski socks ( -33 Brand are good). Then pull neoprene booties over the above. Have been out in weather down to 15 f with toasty toes even being out 3 hrs.
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https://www.hothandsdirect.com/
These work great for gloves. I have never tried them in my shoes.
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I don't know what winter socks you wear, but my foot would double in size after all those socks. I think I could only be able to put on one pair of winter socks and still be able to fit in my shoes.

But you live in Indiana, so I'm sure you know what a proper winter sock looks like, are you wearing one-size-up hiking boots or something when you ride?
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that's enough layers of duct tape and socks to get you through a trip to the north pole.
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Seriously, this is way more than you need for 15F. More like -40F.
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Or you could just wear a good pair of booties and wool socks.
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Or you could just wear a good pair of booties and wool socks.

+1. Wool socks (I like Defeet Woolie Boolies) and a pair of wind-resistant booties have gotten me through plenty of longer and colder rides than 3 hours at 15F. But it seems that everyone has a different tolerance level for cold...so YMMV.

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Originally Posted by awesomejack View Post
I don't know what winter socks you wear, but my foot would double in size after all those socks. I think I could only be able to put on one pair of winter socks and still be able to fit in my shoes.

But you live in Indiana, so I'm sure you know what a proper winter sock looks like, are you wearing one-size-up hiking boots or something when you ride?
The ski socks from Minus 33 are described as "winter ski socks". They are not really that thick and with a normal weight wool sock from Smart Wool they fit in my Specialized shoes. I loosen the lower two straps way out so I can get in and the top strap also is kept looser.
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Seriously, this is way more than you need for 15F. More like -40F.
Not really- works for me.
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Old 12-25-10, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Or you could just wear a good pair of booties and wool socks.
As I said, I do wear booties but the booties and just socks on the inside of the cycling shoe are worthless for me below 30 F. The extra sock over the toe box, doubled back on itself with the duct tape over, then the bootie works great. Maybe I just have sensitive toes or than again, maybe I'm just a wuss.
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Old 12-26-10, 02:07 AM
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My article on keeping my feet warm in cool to cold weather ...

https://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm


Be the duck!

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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Tape all vent holes with duct tape. Take a pair of large heavy winter socks and pull them over the toes to mid arch level, then fold back over to toes. Cover socks with a layer of duct tape . Wear light or regular wool socks ( Smart wool), then a pair of heavier ski socks ( -33 Brand are good). Then pull neoprene booties over the above. Have been out in weather down to 15 f with toasty toes even being out 3 hrs.
First step buy new shoes, one size bigger....no way doing that in my current sidi's...I have trouble getting my feet in as it is...
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Originally Posted by o'war1 View Post
+1. Wool socks (I like Defeet Woolie Boolies) and a pair of wind-resistant booties have gotten me through plenty of longer and colder rides than 3 hours at 15F. But it seems that everyone has a different tolerance level for cold...so YMMV.
I like these:

https://www.tekosocks.com/activity/hi...-hike-tre.html
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Tape all vent holes with duct tape. Take a pair of large heavy winter socks and pull them over the toes to mid arch level, then fold back over to toes. Cover socks with a layer of duct tape . Wear light or regular wool socks ( Smart wool), then a pair of heavier ski socks ( -33 Brand are good). Then pull neoprene booties over the above. Have been out in weather down to 15 f with toasty toes even being out 3 hrs.
Originally Posted by SkyeC View Post
that's enough layers of duct tape and socks to get you through a trip to the north pole.
Originally Posted by recon455 View Post
Seriously, this is way more than you need for 15F. More like -40F.
Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Or you could just wear a good pair of booties and wool socks.
Sheesh, no kidding. That is way too much friggin work for 15F.
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These toe warmers work, but put them on top of your toes, not under. Unless you like the feel of gravel in your shoes. I try to remember at the end of the season and pick up a bunch on clearance. They store for a long time. And last on the feet for hours. YMMV.

https://www.rei.com/product/405012
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I keep the vents open in my road shoes (vented soles for "summer" riding). I do this because I use chemical toe-warmers and they need air to work properly. Therefore, I like to keep my feet vented. I also think it helps keep moisture from building up. I can't prove any of this, but my feet do stay warmer when vented in the winter than if I seal them off. Basically with the toe warmers, I just wiggle my toes and they kick in.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
My article on keeping my feet warm in cool to cold weather ...

https://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm


Be the duck!
Nice post, thanks. Are you missing the cold downunder?
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