Question ?? warm feet

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2010/12/13 08:57:59 (permalink)

Question ?? warm feet

I'm looking for some new foot wear for ice fishing.
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Lacrosse felt packs or Muck Pro artic boots? Other suggestions?
What type of sox do you prefer?
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    sealegs2
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 09:45:51 (permalink)
    Either one of those boots will do the job. Just check the rating of the particular boot to see what teperature comfort level they are rated for. The lower the temp rating the better.

    The key for me to keeping my feet warm is not overstuffing the boot. I generally get a size larger than my normal street shoe. You need some air pocket inside the boot. If your socks are snug agains't the inside of the boot the cold will transmit right through the socks to your feet.

    I just wear regular socks in my boots and my feet stay warm. Oh yeah make sure the boot is fully waterproof.
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 10:25:36 (permalink)
    sealegs2 is right, don't over stuff your boots...some think the more socks they put on the better, but thats actually worse...also make sure your not sweating in the boots or your done for...I can't wear most winter boots because of that, I will actually do better with light weight waterproof boots because I don't sweat in them...

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 10:37:52 (permalink)
    Also, try to isolate your feet from the ice as much as possible. I started wearing ice cleats last year. They keep your boots from making direct contact with the ice. It Helps out a ton
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 11:05:27 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: saltydog

    Also, try to isolate your feet from the ice as much as possible. I started wearing ice cleats last year. They keep your boots from making direct contact with the ice. It Helps out a ton
          Very valid point ..  with either of my CLAMS i have gone to using a large truck mud-flap..  It keeps your feet elevated nicely  NW/
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 12:56:43 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies....on boots.
    Sox...wool or synthetic blend?
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 13:15:52 (permalink)
    I like the thick 100% merino wool.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 14:59:16 (permalink)
    Better have some waterproof boots also it's not all hard ice you fish on. Last year i walked more in water after breaking through the first crust than i was on hard ice.
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 16:14:07 (permalink)
    They're heavy, but I've been wearing my neoprene 1200 gram waders for the past five years or so ice fishing. It obviously keeps your feet dry. It also keeps your knees dry when you kneel down and keeps the wind off of you. I used to freeze fishing on Kinzua and can't say I've been cold ever since I started wearing my waders. Of course my clam keeps me warm too. :) So if you see someone on Moraine in camo waders ice fishing, I'm not waiting to fall in. Just staying warm. Stop over and say hi.
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 16:43:46 (permalink)
    Chuckles I have a pair of Lacross Icemens felt pac they are about 8 yrs old, they are the warmest boots I ever wore, I wore them for Goose hunting up Pymy on the coldest days in the past and feet never got cold, I believe they are called Lacrosse Icebergs now, I do use them for Ice Fishing also, but when it is not that cold I can get by with my 1000 gr. Archer boots.  Good luck.  John

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/13 19:27:37 (permalink)
    Cabelas Predator Extreme boots.  Rated at -150 degrees.  Have had my pair for about 6 years and I absolutely love them.  I'm a hardcore ice fisherman who thinks nothing of being on the ice for 18 hours at a time.  My feet have never, ever been remotely close to being cold in these things.  Wear them with wool socks, cotton socks, or no socks, it doesn't matter.  Before these I've owned Sorels, Lacross Ice Kings, Proline Tundras, and Mickey Boots. 
     
    All of these boots did a reasonably good job at keeping my feet warm, but none of them except the Mickeys would keep my feet warm all day while sitting in one place.  Most of these boots were very heavy as well.  My Predator Extreme boots were 4.8# per pair...however, I see the new P.E. boots are a  bit heavier now at 5.6#/pair.  Most of the other popular pac boots are between 6.2# and 6.6#.  That doesn't seem like a big difference, but if you're pulling 80-100# of gear through calf high snow and slush across a lake...that extra pound is significant.
     
    My second choice would be the Cabelas Trans-Alaskans.  Very warm too, but a bit bulkier and heavier.  One downside to both the Predator and Trans-Alaskan is they are NOT safe to drive with!   Both these boots are high and wide which make them like snowshoes on the ice, but make it very easy to hit the gas when you're trying to hit the brake.
     
    BTW...I don't own stock in Cabelas, in fact I don't ever buy anything from them anymore except boots.
     
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/14 14:52:55 (permalink)
    Get a pair of the heavy weight filson socks. They will be the last pair of warm socks you buy. Wear them with a pair of the moisture wicking liner socks. you will be amazed.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/14 23:23:50 (permalink)
    Lacross Ice King are hard to beat, rated to -150
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/15 09:48:52 (permalink)
    i agree about the Lacross Ice Kings great boots for the cold. i never tie them either bc if u would happen to fall through they can weigh you down alot when filled with water... that way i can just kick em off if it would ever come down to it. lets just hope i never have to do this!

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/15 22:52:42 (permalink)
    I use heavy duty barn boots (Tractor Supply) 2 sizes big (air = warmth) and wear nice socks (wool blend) and a neoprene sock (5 mil I believe) and have 1/2" #10 sheet metal screws into the thick lugs for excellent traction on the blackest of ice, and they're tall enough for the deepest of slush.  I also made little carpeted platforms using 2 X 4 blocks and 8" X 12" planks of 1/2" plywood to rest my feet on.  I use a Frabill flip-over, so keeping my feet off the ice is a must.  The planks pop out of the slush or ice build up and stow super easy when time to move.  My feet are never the reason I quit fishing.
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/16 00:01:11 (permalink)
    Wool Socks, A felt pac-boot with a waterproof outer. and a pair of wicking inner socks. The heavy duty waders are not a bad idea either. Lots of good information in this post so far.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/16 01:39:19 (permalink)
    Also go to a wider boot


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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/16 15:52:05 (permalink)
    I also agree with the Lacross Ice King boot, been wearing mine Ice fishing for 10yrs. No cold feet yet.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/17 12:49:59 (permalink)
    truth be told there is no better boot than military mickey mouse boot you can by them on line or at any army -navy store at half the cost of any other cold weather boot so warm you only got to wear 1 pair of regular socks ..hands down the best
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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/17 17:49:23 (permalink)
    I'm in need of some new boots also.My Ice Man boots are close to 12 yrs old and have many miles on them.Do you guys remember the Hunting/Fishing Library book series?I think it's the panfish or ice fishing book there is a tip about using a small piece of 2x4 to keep your feet off the ice.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/18 17:02:18 (permalink)
    I've had a pair of Cabela's Trans Alaska boots for 3 or 4 years now...I've been going to Simco on multiple trips each year for 30 years now, ice fish every opportunity here and cold weather deer hunting - and these are by far the BEST boots I've ever owned for cold weather. Yet not so heavy to do chores (snow blow, walks in snowy woods) in, and I have not had a problem driving in them.

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/18 17:28:31 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Pachuckles

    I'm looking for some new foot wear for ice fishing.
    Questions ??
    Lacrosse felt packs or Muck Pro artic boots? Other suggestions?
    What type of sox do you prefer?

    Muck Arctic Pro; the tall ones. 2 pair of wool socks with a "hot hands body warmer" in between the socks and youre gold all day...and theyre the most comfortable boots youll ever own. just sayin'
    post edited by **commander** - 2010/12/18 17:44:47

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    RE: Question ?? warm feet 2010/12/18 20:42:06 (permalink)
    there is no better boot than military mickey mouse boot you can by them on line or at any army -navy store at half the cost of any other cold weather boot



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