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Tips for keeping feet warm?(16 posts)

Tips for keeping feet warm?cbass
Jan 23, 2003 6:37 AM
I've continued to ride throughout the winter but my feet (toes) begin to freeze after an hour and a half to two hours.

Here's what I'm wearing:

1 pair of smartwool socks
shoes with the straps on loosely
wind sock shoe covers over the shoes
castelli windstopper booties over everything

The temps have been anywhere from 20F to 35F.

Does anyone have any tips for keeping my toes warm while out on the road in the cold?
Keep your feet cool & dry and your legs warm.MB1
Jan 23, 2003 6:44 AM
Seems like you may even have too much on your feet. One thing you must avoid in really cold weather is moisture build-up.

This year I have been wearing less on my feet and making sure that my legs are warm-I'm thinking that if the blood that is flowing to my feet is warm my feet will be warm too. I also have come to the conclusion that it is o.k. for my hands and feet to be cool as long as they are not wet and I concentrate on keeping my core temp comfortable.
hot hands chemical warmers.BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 23, 2003 6:48 AM
get some from the sporting good store and tape them to your socks, you feel will never get cold again! =)
it works awesome
hot hands chemical warmers.pa rider
Jan 23, 2003 7:00 AM
I used these last week to ride mtb. They lasted over 10 hours, so I also used them after the ride. I paid $0.99 for a pack of two at a sport store outlet.

Emory
Any concern for them getting TOO hot???biknben
Jan 23, 2003 10:48 AM
I'm having toe issues too. Under 25* for any length of time and the toes are gone. I'm considering getting some chemical warmers but wonder if it will be too hot or burn. I would hate to have to stop to dig these things out of my shoe. I thought about putting them between my shoe and bootie to see how that felt.

Any thoughts???
I use them between the shoe and bootie.MB1
Jan 23, 2003 11:00 AM
They actually don't get all that hot if there is limited oxygen so inside your shoe is probably ok as long as they don't touch your skin.

Amazing things. Well worth a try.
they don't get that hotJS Haiku Shop
Jan 23, 2003 11:02 AM
difficult to say how warm they are, but they get warm enough to keep your toes happy, and stay that way for some time. in fact, the ones i used saturday lasted from 8:30 AM until around 6 PM, but the claimed "life" is only 4-5 hours, i think.

the toe warmers i use between wool socks and shoes. the hand warmers i put directly on the backs of my hands inside my gloves. no worries.
hands and feetJS Haiku Shop
Jan 23, 2003 6:57 AM
before this weekend, the coldest i'd ridden was 22*F, and between there and about 40*F i had pretty severe problems with cold hands and feet, especially after several hours on the bike.

this weekend i rode in temps well below 15*F, with pretty strong winds, and had no problems. i used PI amfib gloves (with fingers, not claws), and wrapped plastic grocery bags around my hands (outside the gloves), loosely fastened around the wrists, until it got a little warmer. this allowed me to shift and brake (STI), and kept the fingers warm. i also put chemical hand warmers inside the gloves, on top of my hands, and am convinced that they worked.

same story with feet, except the bags. defeet woolie boolie socks (PI xstatic work well, too), chemical toe warmers between sock and shoe, on top of toes, sidi road shoes, and PKI/spokes neoprene MTB booties. an important thing to remember, too, is "wiggle room". if shoes, socks, booties, or anything else are tightly bound about the feet, circulation seems to be affected, making all other efforts worthless.

i'm also reading in several places (including here) that hands and feet stay warmer if the core and head are toasty. so, add to that a jersey, arm warmers, wool turtleneck, synthetic vest, PI windbreaker vest, and PI outer wind shell, plus a pair of voler tights under bellweather windblock tights. oh, and a light/wicking balaclava, ear warmer band around the ears, ear warmer band around the nose/mouth, and garneau helmet cover.

:) brrrrr!

-J
I've fallen and I can't get upKristin
Jan 23, 2003 10:39 AM
Could you walk once you put all that on? When getting dressed for the ride takes longer than the ride itself, its time to visit Blockbuster! Perhaps that's why I'm in category 4 on that little pole, eh?
like the kid in 'a christmas story'JS Haiku Shop
Jan 23, 2003 11:00 AM
yeah, time involved to get prepared is somewhat daunting. if i stop anywhere mid-prep, the ride is history. laundry after is a b!tch, too. gotta ride, though.

luckily we have a small fitness center at the office, and i'm using the treadmills (it's 20*F outside today) to keep some semblance of form. in fact, i think it's improving...
re: Tips for keeping feet warm?fbg111
Jan 23, 2003 6:58 AM
I second the chemical warmers. I ride in high 20s to low 30s and they're great.

Otherwise, make sure to prevent heat from exiting your body elsewhere, especially through your hands and head. Warm gloves, fleece/polartec hat, and scarf to clog up your jacket neck opening. Heat rises through your body from your feet to your head; lose that heat and you'll feel it in your feet first.

I wear on my feet:

silk undersocks to wick away moisture
fleece socks for warmth
Cabela Gore-tex over-socks if wind-chill is really bad
wind-sock shoe covers over the shoes.

The key is keeping cold air out and getting moist air out. The silk+fleece+gore-tex+windsock does a good job of that.
re: walkingcyclopathic
Jan 23, 2003 7:54 AM
restores circulation. If toes go numb get off the bike and walk 2-4min. Other then that get chemical warmers they are about the only thing which really works. Putting more layers is not gonna help.
move :-) nmDougSloan
Jan 23, 2003 7:57 AM
Loose shoes, heavy wool sox, booties to break the wind.dzrider
Jan 23, 2003 8:03 AM
For very cold weather I find it better to use clips and loose straps and some kind of shoes without cleats. Cleats put constant pressure on one spot and seem to slow the circulation to my toes. I can slide my foot around a bit on the platform pedals and keep my toes a little warmer. I also plan my rides to include bike shops where I'm always welcome to warm up. The guys don't seem to mind too much when you wake them up this time of year.
Bootie to break the wind---gross! Not in a paceline (nm)Skidoo
Jan 23, 2003 10:38 AM
Keep 'em dry and shoes not too tight ...Humma Hah
Jan 23, 2003 3:15 PM
Start with fresh socks, nice and dry, and dry shoes. That give you a head start. Once sweaty and damp, it almost does not matter how thick your socks are, your feet will be cold.

Shoes too tight restricts blood flow, and makes your feet get cold.

Your body attempts to conserve heat by reducing circulation to extremities. Reduce heat loss in your legs, and your body will be less inclined to shut down the feet. You didn't describe tights, leg-warmers, etc that you wear, but generally keeping the rest of you warm will help.