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"Chasing Riseforms"
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So, I'm posting this for a friend of mine, and I guess myself. Do the battery operated socks help keep your feet warm all day while floating in a tube or is it an insignificant difference? Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Warm all day? Not even close, but they do work. In 40-45 water temp, they will keep your feet from going numb for about 4 hours max. That's as long as a 'D' Duracell will last.....the cheapos at Big Jive last half that long. When I use mine I'll have a thin pair of high quality socks[ Orvis sells them] on first. They aren't a 'form fit', so it's unlikely you'll have room for another pair of socks over them for your wading boots. I got them for late season bowhunting and usually had pack boots on. I've had this pair for over 10 years, you just need to be careful putting them on/off so you don't break the wires. Cost is around $35-40 for the socks, but the batteries are spendy. I bought a charger and 2 sets of top of the line rechargeables so total cost was around $100 .On a all day float in the winter, I change them out during lunch break. A fishing partner of mine has Type 2 diabetes and uses 'hot patches' designed for you feet: they have a light adhesive and stick securely to your feet. He's swears by them and they last around 6 hours. Now it's just a cost/benefit question for you!
 

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Larry, while snowboarding in very cold temperatures I've used a set of superfeet insoles that have a removable foam section under the toe. The air activated heat packs sold (hand/foot warmers) slide into the space vacated by the foam section. I have found that these, providing there is adequate room to wiggle the piglets a bit, allows for warmer feet for 6 or more hours. Knowing my experience with these I came across some superfeet wool socks that are very long, over the knee designed for float tubing and wading I think. These socks have a pouch that holds the hand/foot warmer packs atop the toes. Since you can't likely fit an insole into your neoprene stocking foot waders perhaps these socks with the over the toe (or some Near the Fjord seamstress engineering to add your own pocket atop your own woolies) would be a consideration. Best of luck my friend. Ed
 

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I would support Sportsman's response. I found them helpful for about 4 hours. I have seen ones with long cords, like from boot to pants pocket. These might have merit if one could bet to them to replace the battery.

My best luck has been with bootfoot waders. The extra room allows the socks to stay fluffy and warm.

Jerry
 

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Oh, this is encouraging!! A good thing we aren't talking 120 volts here! Ha. The inquiry is more for my fishing pal then me, so I'll let him be the guinea pig first!! Hopefully his waders are dry!
 

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Oh, this is encouraging!! A good thing we aren't talking 120 volts here! Ha. The inquiry is more for my fishing pal then me, so I'll let him be the guinea pig first!! Hopefully his waders are dry!
Nice guy, hope your fishing partner doesn't read this! As a rule, voltage doesn't kill you, it's the amperage. Try sticking your tongue onto a 9 volt battery...you get a little shock, so take a size 'D' , most socks use this size [1.5 volts] and much less amperage...and you wouldn't even notice. www.activheat.com I took a quick look at this site and it looks like they have the best product[ at twice the price ] I've seen yet. Having gotten a minor case of frostbite when I was in highschool, I've had to take extra precautions ever since. If I didn't already have the gear previously stated, I'd jump on these!
 

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The only experience I have with these things was deer hunting. Threw them on im my Danner boots and took off. About a mile or so down the road my feet were on fire. I had to pull them off they where so hot. Like said above when it gets cold I switch to neoprenes....
 
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