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Question Heated Socks and mittens

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by dmz, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Has anyone ever used heated socks or mittens? Be interested in your feedback. Looking at getting heated socks and mittens for Japan next month.
     
  2. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have the Lenz heated socks. They're a ski-specific sock with the heating filaments added. That's important because most other heated socks are intended for cold weather workers so the socks are too thick and cushy for ski boots.

    Lenz uses Li ion batteries that clip directly to the sock, no wires to tangle or cause pressure points. The extra-long cuff just folds down to securely hold the battery in place without additional strap or velcro. They are bluetooth enabled so they can be controlled from a smartphone. Sounds a bit precious but actually very useful, much preferable to opening zips, velcro, mid layer and base layer to adjust heat on a battery. The phone app shows battery level and heat level, takes a few seconds to adjust while you're on the chairlift.

    Used these socks for one season now, very happy. In general I run hot, but a few frostbite episodes over the decades has left me with toes that are vulnerable to freezing. I got the heated socks mainly for Lake Louise races that I work, it's another level of cold there compared to BC southern interior where I normally ski. But I've come to wear them a lot more than I thought I would, they just take the edge off. Our club race coaches both swear by them, they spend a lot of time standing and watching racers so they too are vulnerable to frozen feet.
     
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  3. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks - I was looking at both the Lenz socks and mittens. Which sock do you have? The number 1, 3 or 5?
     
  4. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have been using the Lenz 5.0 heated socks and they are outstanding. Finally, the end of frozen toes.
    Also, my wife has had terrible times with frozen fingers over the years and she has been using the Lenz heated mittens and she swears by them. A bit exy but worth every penny IMHO.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    heat socks:
    - Wash at 30 C
    - Do not hand wash
    - Wash socks in the supplied wash bag
    - Do not spin
    - Do not tumble dry
    - Do not boil
    - Do not bleach
    - Do not iron - Do not dry clean
    - Remove Lithium packs before washing
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just rinse them by hand, but careful not to wring them out.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wot, no ironing of the socks, might have to rethink this plan.
     
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    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    The 'do not hand wash' thing is interesting.
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The hand washing of itself isn't a problem, it's just that people usually twist and wring the water out right after that. Damage to the heating elements and wires is likely.
     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don’t have heated socks but do use Hotronics boot warmers. Combined with boot gloves (things that slide over your ski boots) they kept my feet nicely warm in Canada this January, including several Arctic days at Silver Star (below minus 25). I also use el-cheapo heated gloves bought off EBay. For around $60, they don’t last long but again, they kept my hands warm at Silver Star and heated all fingers and thumb (not all do). And I suffer from Reynauds so fingers and toes do get cold (and painful) easily.
     
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