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I hunted geese on Saturday up here in W. Pa. Temp was 17 degrees F, no wind. I was wearing liner socks, topped w/ army surplus socks, topped w/ thermal acrylic socks in uninsulated leather top/rubber bottom boots. Uncomfortable.

Started looking in the catalogues; saw Lacrosse Ice King boots in Bean. Any of youns have any experience w/ these? They seem like boots that will keep warm if you're standing still. Cabela's Polar Cap Pac? Same as the Ice King except that the Ice King has 400grams Thinsulate. Both have an insulated sole (Ice King has a midsole as well) & a removable liner. Help, fellows! Guess I have cold feet!
 

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for 17 degrees i would suggest at least 1000 grams of thinsulate. i dont think 400 grams will keep your feet warm. i have some 800 grams boots they do a pretty good job. but its not usually that cold either.
 

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I agree, get at least 800 grams if not more. I have some Lacrosse I use for deer hunting where I'm standing still a lot in cold weather. They are bulky and you sure would not want to be walking around alot in them, but they are made for cold weather inactive activites. For walking around like pheasant hunting, insulated leather gortex boots are much better suited. As for removable liners-a great hing as you dry them out over night easily for the next days hunt. :thumbsup: BTW I would imagine that the cold weather gear should be going on sale shortly, if not already on sale. :thumbsup:
 

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From the sound of the type of boot you were wearing (not nearly enough), plus the all the socks, your feet probably started sweating before they became cold which made it worse......

I wear one pair of quality socks, and Lacrosse Burly (Rubber) 800gr Thinsulate hunting boots. More than enough to around zero temps.

I have a pair of Lacrosse Ice Pac type boots I purchased 17 years ago. Rubber lower, leather upper with quilted inserts. Best hunting boot I've ever owned!

The trick to warm dry feet is finding quality socks first that don't make your feet sweat.

Lacrosse is a top of the line hunting boot. You pay for them, but they are worth every penny.
 

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I agree with gsphunter. The key to any cold weather hunting is layering, whether it be your feet or the rest of your body. A liner sock underneath a wool sock(and for me its always a pair of wool socks when hunting) is essential. Wool is an all around good material as it still retains heat when wet. It is important to wick the moisture away from your skin, and the poly-pro socks are made to do just that. Even if your feet do get wet the wool will do the work! Concerning the rest of your body, this is why that Underarmour gear is selling so well. Layer, layer, layer. It can't be said enough. as far as the boot goes, I wish to echo the previous statements; 800 gram thinsulate is the minimum you should consider in the temperatures mentioned (17 degrees F)
 

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And what the above posts are not directly saying is this: Do not wear any cotton-or cotton blends. Whether it be socks or a t shirt, cotton is worthless in cold weather as it has more drawbacks than pluses. Acrylic is another good material, wicks moisture away, dries easily, high loft for warmth, etc... I use acrylic socks and wool socks combo, works well. My long underwear are Acrylic and/or Polyester which wicks moisture away and again dries easily. :yes:
 
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