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How do you guys?

Postby Max4Holly » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:26 pm

Keep your dang hands and feet warm??? Been hunting a few years now and have yet to find a decent way to keep my hands and feet warm...they are the only things that get cold on me...
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby ColoradoGooser » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:29 pm

Good gloves and good socks
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby KyFowl20 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:37 pm

Even tho I have yet to purchase them, I would have to recommend heated socks. As far as the hands go, I personally do not wear gloves unless I am putting out it picking up in water. My hands seem to get much colder when wearing gloves. I usually just put my hands under my jacket between my thermals and jacket.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby TrapperRob » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:38 pm

ColoradoGooser wrote:Good gloves and good socks


Wool socks... With a good polyester liner.
I wear gloves that are fingerless that have those wool mitts that fold over your fingers. They work well, I also carry those hand warmer things you break open... They are great.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Max4Holly » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:50 pm

I don't wear gloves, can't call and can't feel my gun very well, thought about trying one of those hand warmer pouches that clip on your waders. I was very unprepared this morning when I got to the lake and the truck said 25 degrees...I can handle cold just fine but it just seems my hands and feet get the short end if the stick, might have to break down and look like an idiot and wear socks with a battery pack...
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby TrapperRob » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:03 pm

Max4Holly wrote:I don't wear gloves, can't call and can't feel my gun very well, thought about trying one of those hand warmer pouches that clip on your waders. I was very unprepared this morning when I got to the lake and the truck said 25 degrees...I can handle cold just fine but it just seems my hands and feet get the short end if the stick, might have to break down and look like an idiot and wear socks with a battery pack...


That's why I said fingerless.. You still get the dexterity, and you can flip the cover over the gloves and warm up. It'll probably keep the calling to a minimum...
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby possumfoot » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:07 pm

if your hands and feet get cold in 25 degree lows, its probably a circulation issue... i break ice without gloves and my hands don't get cold.. when it gets really cold i just keep may hands looped in my waiders.. never had issues with my feet.. normally just wear white cotton socks, but when temps get real frosty and i'm in a layout, i'll go with non-cotton dress socks and seasl skin goretex socks..
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:00 pm

your feet get cold from the perspiration from your feet, which makes your feet damp, and that makes them cold! spray your feet with antiperspirant before you put poly pro liner socks on, then put wool socks on. :thumbsup:
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:36 am

Zippo hand warmers (2) in a jacket hand pouch or one of the muffs you're looking at and heavyweight Smartwool socks in loose fitting, well insulated boots. I'm not a fan of polypro or silk liners and prefer plain, non itchy, Merino wool, but the big thing is to have room left in the boots to wiggle your toes and maintain good circulation.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby wanapasaki » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:43 am

Super thin socks, with wool socks over those. That way when you feet sweat, the wool will pull the moisture and your feet won't freeze. I used musher mitts for cold weather. They are suede with fleece lining on the inside. Sized XXL so they can easily be slipped off my hand when the birds come in and I need to call or shoot
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby aunt betty » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:23 am

Wool socks. Keep your core warm and your extremities should be good. I use the handwarmer pocket on my waders.
If its icy n windy you better have good gloves and handwarmers.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:33 am

I put on 14" rubber long liner gloves from the minute I get to the dock, to the minute I load my gun. Any wetness is deadly..from there, I leave my hands in a muffler that attaches to my waders. I wear a left glove for my forearm hand and leave my trigger hand free. My feet are impervious to the cold and even the few times the go numb, they don't hurt...
My hands are excruciating...I am going to order a zippo thermal handwarmer and make man love to it this year.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby talltimber » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:02 am

I wear plain cotton socks-shoes to the jumping off point, then change to wool socks/waders. My feet sweat no matter what I wear, and that's bad in the winter. Hands, usually don't have too much trouble, stuck into the sides of my waders like possum. Really cold, picking up a water set, non Texas rig- wool gloves. They get wet and heavy, wring em out and out them back on. Wool is where it's at when you're wet and cold. Those same gloves will not keep my hands warm when they're dry. Wind goes right through them. But wet, yeah boy.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby flyfisher76544 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:12 am

Neoprene gloves, keeps your hands warm..... but will hurt your calling.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:40 am

flyfisher76544 wrote:Neoprene gloves, keeps your hands warm..... but will hurt your calling.

And you'll sweat in them, which makes you cold again
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Dep6 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:30 am

Call me insane or crazy or both but I use the toe warmers on a pair of cotton socks with a wool sock over that. I am one of those that if my toes or feet get cold, I am ready to GO, regardless. I used them in NoDak and Canada.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby Botiz630 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:47 am

There is no such thing as warm feet.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby 18javelin » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:01 am

Indaswamp wrote:your feet get cold from the perspiration from your feet, which makes your feet damp, and that makes them cold! spray your feet with antiperspirant before you put poly pro liner socks on, then put wool socks on. :thumbsup:

I agree and over insulation can hurt more than it helps.

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Re: How do you guys?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:07 am

Only hunt early season when it is warm out. Boom problem solved
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby OGblackcloud » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:15 am

Nowadays with the fuel hand warmers and the electric gloves and feet warmers if your still cold its your own fault . Way back in the day we would take a coffee can and fill it about 1/3 of the way with sand. Pour some denatured alcohol in the can and throw a match in there. Blue flame that you can hardly see . Just keep a gallon of that DA in the boat or blind.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby dakotashooter2 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:22 am

Feet will get cold if they are 1) wet/damp, 2) too tight in your boots. When the temp drops I either go up 1/2 size in boots or go to a wide width. My feet get a little more breathing room and very little slippage..... When I walk my feet sweat, no matter how cold it is.... Unless I am going to spend a lot of time sitting I don't wear heavy socks.

For my hands I wear unlined fingerless wool (without the mit flap) and stick them in my pockets if they get cold. Even if they get wet the wool seems to insulate better than anything else. I also carry several pairs so I can change if I need to. Neoprene are nice if your hands are constantly in the water but their tighness restricts circulation and causes your hands to sweat both of which will make your hands cold if you are just sitting. when it gets real cold I will wear a loose fitting mitten over the wool gloves. This seems to work better than fingered gloves because the fingers can press against each other sharing heat inside the mit yet are sheltered from the wind/cold.
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Re: How do you guys?

Postby WTN10 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:29 am

Gloves bother me so I don't wear them. Wear wool socks for feet.
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