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    Default Keeping Feet Warm

    I finally got out on the river for the first time in along time this week and I kitted myself out to beat the cold, or so I thought! My body and legs were fine, they should be with all the gear I was wearing but my feet, ohh they were cold, very cold. I managed just over an hour and if it was not for the fact I was actually catching I would have extradited myself much sooner.
    I dont own a "proper" pair of wading boots instead use a pair of hiking/walking boots I got in the sale last year and whilst these were perfectly adequate in the warmer months with not having to wear several layer of socks they did fail or should I say I failed miserably when it came to winter water temps. 1st fail that I should have undertaken BEFORE going out was to check I could actually get my feet into the boots with the additional layers of socks on. It was one hell of a squeeze getting my plates in there and my feet were constricted even with the laces undone. 2nd fail was getting the damn things off again! I am not sure what happened but they were even harder to get off than get on! Vacuum perhaps?

    So today I have perused the t'interweb and bought a couple of items. I remember a member saying he is using steelies as his preferred boot so I bought these : MENS LEATHER STEEL TOE CAP SAFETY WORK ANKLE TRAINERS SHOES BOOTS UK SIZE 13 47 | eBay
    These are 2 sizes larger than I normally wear and hopefully will allow that bit of extra room for me to wear these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3mm-neopre...72.m2749.l2649 and a pair of thick socks.

    Very much purchased on a budget, a very tight budget but I wondered what other members use. Have any of you used neoprene socks for example and if so what do you wear under them (or not) or are there any highly recommended socks I should be adding??

    My feet thank you in advance!

    JJ
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    JJ nothing worse than cold feet , I can highly recommend Norwegian Army Socks , just google Surplus and Outdoors , these are just as warm as a pair of Simms Extreme wading socks that cost 30 pounds . High wool content in these socks , 11 pound a pair , the postage will be 3 pounds . Sorry I cant post the link JJ

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    Try wearing a pair of silk socks under the wool socks for an extra layer of warmth without bulk plus they will keep you from going insane with the itchiness of wool and there is no way to scratch your ankles and calves when wearing waders!!! Should fund them with the ski clothing of any sports store or order sealskinz
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    Default Re: Keeping Feet Warm

    JJ, I tried neoprene socks but had to wear them inside out, they had a bad seam down the back of them, they didn't keep my feet that warm
    and also tight with thick socks under (probably needed at least a foot size bigger).
    I've been wearing a pair of Aldi Ski socks then some heat holders socks over them and so far been, okay even when wearing the steal toe caps boots.
    The idea is not to constrict circulation around the feet.
    I have a wife and daughter. I'm always wrong and outnumbered.

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    Thanks for the advice chaps. I shall be down the surplus store tomorrow to see if they have the Norwegian socks and if not can they get them. Silk socks sound like a great idea... I wonder if I could raid the Mrs knicker drawer and make some?? Perhaps not I do value my life!! Heat holders.. Are these battery powered or sum such? Now there is a niche market!!

    JJ
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    Default Re: Keeping Feet Warm

    Go to Battery Heated Clothing Reviews | AWESOME Products! for a review of the best battery powered socks
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    I wear neoprene wellies which I find good. I also at this time of year bang some hand or boot hotties in my wellies. 1 a pair well spent, easily last all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j j View Post
    Heat holders.. Are these battery powered or sum such? Now there is a niche market!!

    JJ
    https://heatholders.co.uk/socks

    You might be able to buy them from Sports Direct as I have seen them in store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    https://heatholders.co.uk/socks

    You might be able to buy them from Sports Direct as I have seen them in store.
    Ordered on the bay of evil for a good saving. Mens Original Thermal Heat Holder Socks size 6-11 Uk, 39-45 Eur, Navy | eBay

    Thanks for the heads up Wobbly. Fingers crossed all the gear will be with me before the weekend giving me Sunday to play.

    JJ
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    Warning! I have a couple pair of these thermal socks and they are warm but your feet will sweat in them so I would recommend two pair so you can change.
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