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Posted: 11/29/2014 9:38:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 9:57:21 AM EST by stillerfan]
My feet usually stay warm but my toes freeze wearing my old gortex boots with thinsulate 400 gram and my rubber boots with thinsulate. I've been wearing merino wool socks. My toes still painfully freeze while I'm out there. I hate toe warmers because my feet sweat on the move. What works? I'm ready to drop $200 on a pair of new boots.

I should add I hunt in PA mountains. Yesterday was 25 degree high with snow on the ground. Yeah I know I'm a pansy compared to you Canadians and wannabe Canadians in MI & Wisconsin.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:41:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 9:43:53 AM EST by pcsutton]
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:41:53 AM EST
When I was younger and your hunted in the Northeast my feet always got cold the matter what leather boots I wore..
One Christmas my dad bought me a pair of Sorels.
My feet stayed much warmer and much drier. Now I live in Florida and wear flip-flops
which of course is your second choice.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:42:10 AM EST
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:44:07 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bassackwards:
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold
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Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:44:20 AM EST
It is hard to beat Sorel's for the price. I bought a pair of UnderArmor 800 gram boots last year and wore them ice fishing several times. They kept my feet warm and are comfortable to walk long distances.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:44:45 AM EST
try polypro sock liners. They wick away sweat and kept my toes from getting cold when I used to duck hunt a lot.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:46:02 AM EST
My toes and fingers get cold if I walk by the fridge. I have been out hunting here in SD until last night when I shot a small doe, and my mickey mouse boots are the ONLY boots that will keep my feet warm. I've tried all the latest boots, some are ok, some not any better than others, none are as warm as mickey mouse boots.

Sidenote, I can wear uninsulated hiking boots, with rubber overshoes and move snow for a couple hours and my feet stay warm, but doesn't take 15 minutes without the overshoes. Obviously has something to do with the thick rubber.

Mickey Mouse is your answer.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:46:53 AM EST
800 gram should be more than warm enough for your AO. Also those new insole heaters with the remote are the cats ass. Check them out here
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:50:52 AM EST
Archery hunting will warm you feet in a rather spectacular fashion.
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Great boots.. I wear them hunting and have worn them working in the winter building houses etc. Just remove that lining at night and you are GTG in hte morning.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:52:14 AM EST
I like Muck for ice fishing, go oversize because too tight = too cold. Leave room for good socks.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:52:48 AM EST
They do make the heated insoles which is always an option. From what I have read the charge will last between 5-8 hours depending on the heat setting.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:53:09 AM EST
Get some alpaca socks.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:54:55 AM EST
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Originally Posted By KBAD:
try polypro sock liners. They wick away sweat and kept my toes from getting cold when I used to duck hunt a lot.
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I have these under the merino wool socks. They are dry cold toes.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:55:32 AM EST
I have a pair of Baffin boots I bought back when I was still in Michigan. My feet never got cold, ever.

Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:56:41 AM EST
Irish Setter Elk Tracker 1000g
Smart wool socks
Sock liners

This works for me, not too hot for hiking to the stand
Warm enough for sub freezing temps on the stand
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:57:05 AM EST
First I would get rid of the wool socks. Then I would look at getting a 800-1200 gram boot. Make sure you get them a full size to 1 1/2 size bigger than you need. If your hunting in a blind remember to wiggle your toes a bit, the extra room in your new boots will help. Change your socks after a couple of hours. My feet sweat like no other and have to change them after a few hours
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:57:39 AM EST
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Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:58:13 AM EST
Sorels. I wear them whenever I have to go through snow. Feet stay warm and dry. Too bad they're not made in Canada anymore.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 9:59:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By StromBusa:
I like Muck for ice fishing, go oversize because too tight = too cold. Leave room for good socks.
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Yup.

Circulation is the key. Don't wear it too tight, whatever it is.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:01:16 AM EST
Boots with removable liners or get a boot dryer. Make sure you are starting out dry. Try spraying feet with antiperspirant everyday starting a few days in advance. Make sure your boots are not too tight, if you plan on wearing more then one pair of socks then try the boots on with the extra socks on, tight boots are cold boots. Don't tie the tops of the boots too tightly or wear socks with strong elastic at the top that can restrict blood flow to your feet. You are on the right track with your choice of sock.

That's about all I got.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:03:18 AM EST
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http://m.basspro.com/Rocky-Arktos-9-Waterproof-Insulated-Hunting-Boots-for-Men-Realtree-Xtra/product/14020409114634/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.basspro.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FNavig­ation%3FstoreId%3D10151%26catalogId%3D10051%2­6langId%3D-1%26searchTerm%3DRocky%2Bboots

Crap it didn't hot link. I got the 1200 gram and haven't had any problems with cold feet.
They are built well and have a heck of a lug sole for support.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:03:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 10:05:44 AM EST by pcsutton]
Just ran across these too. Thermacell Heated Insoles. Don't know anything about them, but like the remote control idea. Seems like a pair of these in a pair of sorrels would keep the nip away.

You can also put cayenne pepper in your socks.

Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:05:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 10:08:57 AM EST by bob1946]
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Originally Posted By DevilDog0402:



Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.
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Originally Posted By DevilDog0402:
Originally Posted By bassackwards:
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold



Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.


The white ones are better insulated than the black ones. I've got both. Once I was wearing them late season duck hunting on a particularly cold winter day when the spray and waves had built up a 4 foot tall mound of ice all along the shore of lake Ontario when a couple decoys near shore broke loose. Instead of messing with the canoe I just went in and ended up chasing a decoy into waist deep water. After I got out we hunted about another hour, I was freezing but somehow the boots warmed up. It was strange having warm feet with water sloshing around in the boots while I was literally freezing my ass off. My pants really ended up iced over on the outer layer.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:05:37 AM EST
Electric socks man. Work great for treestand hunting
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:05:41 AM EST
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Originally Posted By LocknLoad59:
They do make the heated insoles which is always an option. From what I have read the charge will last between 5-8 hours depending on the heat setting.
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I've heard these don't work well.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:08:46 AM EST
Red Wing Irish Setters. 800 grams, Gore-Tex, feet NEVER good wet or cold.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:10:41 AM EST
Sorrels are good but I've never been comfortable walking very far in them.

Lacrosse makes some good hybrid pack boots that fit and move well enough to make hiking comfy.

+1 on liner socks, good loose wool socks, boots sized to allow for socks and circulation.

Stand hunting requires that you have clothes to put on once seated. There is no way to wear what you're gonna wear sitting there, while walking in without either roasting (and sweating) on the way in, or freezing when sitting there.

Down over boots are another option. Put them on once in the stand.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:10:49 AM EST
Schnees

Not going to get in for $200, but your feet will thank you.

Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:11:23 AM EST
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He's hunting for deer, not cock.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:11:42 AM EST
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Originally Posted By cosmo05:
Red Wing Irish Setters. 800 grams, Gore-Tex, feet NEVER good wet or cold.
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These.

I have the 400gr pair of them since I double my socks up. They are fantastic.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:13:03 AM EST
, I can wear uninsulated hiking boots, with rubber overshoes and move snow for a couple hours and my feet stay warm, but doesn't take 15 minutes without the overshoes.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:13:42 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ken_mays:


He's hunting for deer, not cock.
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Originally Posted By ken_mays:


He's hunting for deer, not cock.


Thanks for helping clarify the situation.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:13:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By stillerfan:


I've heard these don't work well.
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Originally Posted By LocknLoad59:
They do make the heated insoles which is always an option. From what I have read the charge will last between 5-8 hours depending on the heat setting.


I've heard these don't work well.


I have never used them. They get fair reviews on most of the popular chain store sites.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:14:10 AM EST
Meindl boots FTMFW! Cabela's carries them, and they keep my feet warmer than my Sorel boots both on deer stands and when ice fishing.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:15:41 AM EST
You need some wool socks and a wicking sock underneath, you also need boots sized large enough that the blood to your feet won't be restricted with two pairs of socks. Also watch how tight you lace and tighten your boots, too tight, not enough blood flow and you get cold feed. Too loose and you get blisters.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:16:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 10:17:04 AM EST by 2000Z3M]
If you can find these you should be fine. I use them in winder hikes and for snowmobiling and my feet never get cold. This is in Aspen at 10K+ feet
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:17:12 AM EST
Danner has several pairs still made in the USA. Bought a pair last year for Christmas and they work very well in cold weather. Also my feet generally get cold easily, the Danner fixed that with ease.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:17:18 AM EST
Walking or sitting?

For sitting on watch you can't beat Mickey Mouse boots. I always have cold feet, I froze in my stand yesterday actually because I had my Muck boots on. The Mickey Mouse ones suck to walk in, but they are a joy to sit in.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:17:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Ridgerunner9876:
Sorrels are good but I've never been comfortable walking very far in them.

Lacrosse makes some good hybrid pack boots that fit and move well enough to make hiking comfy.

+1 on liner socks, good loose wool socks, boots sized to allow for socks and circulation.

Stand hunting requires that you have clothes to put on once seated. There is no way to wear what you're gonna wear sitting there, while walking in without either roasting (and sweating) on the way in, or freezing when sitting there.

Down over boots are another option. Put them on once in the stand.
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I've decided this last week that this is the last year I freeze my ass off deer hunting. I'm going to build a wooden blind, insulate it and build a small rocket stove to heat it.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:19:19 AM EST
I picked up some Danner Pathfinder Gtx boots for hunting for $89 on clearance.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:22:07 AM EST
There is another product that I have been testing a bit too lately, and it seems to work as advertised.

Arctic Shield boot insulators. They go over your boots when you get to your spot and insulate from the outside. They actually have worked when I have used them with muck boots. The problem is they are bit bulky, so you need to have a big enough pack to fit them in. Pretty handy though if you have a long walk to your stand and don't want to wear heavy ass boots to get there.

Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:26:54 AM EST
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The white ones are better insulated than the black ones. I've got both. Once I was wearing them late season duck hunting on a particularly cold winter day when the spray and waves had built up a 4 foot tall mound of ice all along the shore of lake Ontario when a couple decoys near shore broke loose. Instead of messing with the canoe I just went in and ended up chasing a decoy into waist deep water. After I got out we hunted about another hour, I was freezing but somehow the boots warmed up. It was strange having warm feet with water sloshing around in the boots while I was literally freezing my ass off. My pants really ended up iced over on the outer layer.
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Originally Posted By bob1946:
Originally Posted By DevilDog0402:
Originally Posted By bassackwards:
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold



Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.


The white ones are better insulated than the black ones. I've got both. Once I was wearing them late season duck hunting on a particularly cold winter day when the spray and waves had built up a 4 foot tall mound of ice all along the shore of lake Ontario when a couple decoys near shore broke loose. Instead of messing with the canoe I just went in and ended up chasing a decoy into waist deep water. After I got out we hunted about another hour, I was freezing but somehow the boots warmed up. It was strange having warm feet with water sloshing around in the boots while I was literally freezing my ass off. My pants really ended up iced over on the outer layer.
When you break through the ice at neg 35 bunny boots will save your life. They are the only boot made that can do this. They are the only boot I will wear in the winter snowmobiling.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:32:48 AM EST
Get some moon boots.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:33:39 AM EST
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Originally Posted By wwace:
When you break through the ice at neg 35 bunny boots will save your life. They are the only boot made that can do this. They are the only boot I will wear in the winter snowmobiling.
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Originally Posted By wwace:
Originally Posted By bob1946:
Originally Posted By DevilDog0402:
Originally Posted By bassackwards:
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold



Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.


The white ones are better insulated than the black ones. I've got both. Once I was wearing them late season duck hunting on a particularly cold winter day when the spray and waves had built up a 4 foot tall mound of ice all along the shore of lake Ontario when a couple decoys near shore broke loose. Instead of messing with the canoe I just went in and ended up chasing a decoy into waist deep water. After I got out we hunted about another hour, I was freezing but somehow the boots warmed up. It was strange having warm feet with water sloshing around in the boots while I was literally freezing my ass off. My pants really ended up iced over on the outer layer.
When you break through the ice at neg 35 bunny boots will save your life. They are the only boot made that can do this. They are the only boot I will wear in the winter snowmobiling.


It's too bad you can't get them knee high.They would be perfect for my area if you could. Even with muck boots I often find myself tipping them while still hunting, lots of nasty little wet spots scattered around here.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:34:00 AM EST
400g thinsulate = not enough for very cold weather. Try more thinsulate.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:36:15 AM EST
I've had no complaints with my Rocky's.
These aren't the exact pair, but are pretty close.
Biggest mistake folks make is wearing them too tight.
You need some wiggle room to trap warm air and promote circulation.
Even just a little too snug will mean cold feet.

Rocky Men's Blizzard Stalker Pro Hunting Boot,Brown/Black
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:48:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By wwace:
When you break through the ice at neg 35 bunny boots will save your life. They are the only boot made that can do this. They are the only boot I will wear in the winter snowmobiling.
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Originally Posted By wwace:
Originally Posted By bob1946:
Originally Posted By DevilDog0402:
Originally Posted By bassackwards:
I wore the rubber mickey mouse boots with double felt liners when in Montana. I never got cold



Tried them in northern MI. My feet still got cold. I have never found a boot that really keeps my feet warm.


The white ones are better insulated than the black ones. I've got both. Once I was wearing them late season duck hunting on a particularly cold winter day when the spray and waves had built up a 4 foot tall mound of ice all along the shore of lake Ontario when a couple decoys near shore broke loose. Instead of messing with the canoe I just went in and ended up chasing a decoy into waist deep water. After I got out we hunted about another hour, I was freezing but somehow the boots warmed up. It was strange having warm feet with water sloshing around in the boots while I was literally freezing my ass off. My pants really ended up iced over on the outer layer.
When you break through the ice at neg 35 bunny boots will save your life. They are the only boot made that can do this. They are the only boot I will wear in the winter snowmobiling.

I slip into Bunny Boots in November and slip out of them in March. My Wife wears the Northern Outfitters which is a great boot but doesn't like water. (The Nothern Outfitters boots are rather LARGE but very light).
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:58:31 AM EST
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I think if you stand hunt there's just no way to keep the extremities warm. Cabela's Stand Hunter line - bib and parka - are pricey but toasty. I've got a pair of their super-high insulation boots, and even when my core is warm, my toes still get chilly. Best solution is stuff a chem warmer up in the toe section for stand hunts. You will get colder faster with lighter boots (there is something to insulation, and I have separate spring boots and winter boots for hunting), but once you get down below freezing cold extremities are inevitable for most of us.
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