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    heated insoles: anyone ever try 'em?

    these look kinda funky.

    Heated Insoles Foot Warmers | ThermaCELL

    I like the remote control but the price is pretty steep. Still, could be cool.

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    A friend of mine ( who is a tough ass State Cop) has some that have the little battery case around the ankle. He swears by them with lighter weight cold weather race shoes

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    My toes get cold very easily and I couldn't do much winter riding without an active heat source. I've been using Hotronic e4 warmers for a few years. Keeping the toes warm helps keep circulation from shutting down. There is a definitely hot spot in the middle of these pads, so I'm probably going to shift them outward a bit.

    No remote, but I clip the battery packs to my boots and can reach down while riding to change the heat setting. Strap on the Wolvhammers makes a convenient place to hang the battery.

    edit: The kit comes with pads, and you use them with whatever insoles you have.

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    ^^ That is what my buddy has....

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    these look kinda funky.

    Heated Insoles Foot Warmers | ThermaCELL

    I like the remote control but the price is pretty steep. Still, could be cool.
    sweet. I was just looking for some. I just got my feet reanimated from todays ride.
    Price is okay I guess, considering the price of warm winter boots?

    But then.. DIY anyone?

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    Just bought a set I will let you know how they work.

    I have lots of issues with my feet in the cold.

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    My GF uses an older style heated insole and heated glove skiing. She has a medical condition that results in poor circulation to the extremities. They work well for her.

    The concept is sound.

    We haven't tried this new technology.
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    vikb: Raynaud's ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    vikb: Raynaud's ?
    Yup. I didn't bother mentioning since I figured the specific condition didn't matter.

    She had an "attack" or acute episode early this summer on an early morning tandem ride. Doesn't look like much fun.

    Although it can get better as you age. Her mother's condition seems to have improved based on anecdotal evidence, but she's not a fatbiker so it's also possible she just isn't exposing herself to cold as much as she did when she was younger.

    I'm happy to ride sand in Baja so her being cold sensitive doesn't phase me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgould View Post
    But then.. DIY anyone?
    I actually have a set of motorcycle grip heating elements. I bet I could build a battery pack for not too expensive. Makes me wonder how hard it would be to get elements like the ones they use. A quick google search shows they are made, but I can't seem to find a distributor easily.

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    I know the guy that runs this company from living in Calgary. He loved fatbikes and winter riding. I have not tried any of his heated gear.

    Heated Gloves Calgary, Alberta, Canada, MotionHeat? - Heated Wear

    He built a 2WD e-Pugsley for a winter bike commuter in Calgary!

    Two wheel drive e-Pugsely? | The Lazy Rando Blog...
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    Grabber Toe Warmers are great.

    I stick them to the top of my feet, pointing outward over my toes.

    For about a dollar a ride I get warm toes. They are disposable unfortunately. Get them at Wally World. Been using them for over five years.

    I have thought about battery powered insoles, but even in the long I run I doubt it would be cheaper. Then that would eventually wear out and end up in the trash anyway.
    Last edited by Miker J; 11-28-2013 at 04:49 AM.

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    I got some with the remote on the way. I've been wrapping my insoles in plastic baggies and even went so far as to put my foot in a baggie a few nights ago, it was warm though on the 3.5hr ride (27F) so it wasn't a great test, my feet were super toasty though. When the heated insoles come hopefully my toes problem will go away, like my hands one did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I'm happy to ride sand in Baja so her being cold sensitive doesn't phase me!
    Right on. I used to gripe about the subpar extremity circulation I inherited, but then I somewhat recently learned of this condition.

    I'll never be complaining about it again.
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    I have Raynaud's real bad and I live in Ely MN. I have been looking into the heated insoles. I do a lot of XC skiing, I use the heat packs in my ski boots sometimes but just this year the Raynaud's has gotten worst and I'm buying the heat packs by the box and using them every day in my boots. I get the ones without the sticky stuff and I use masking tape taping them to my socks it's cheaper that way. I always ski in mittens & only use the heat packs for my hands when it's 15/f or below that temp. For the most part when I'm skiing I'm skate skiing & working hard, so I start out cold and my finger tips will go White and then it takes about 5 to 10 mins to get the blood back in my finger tips also I can not stop when I'm out skiing, when I'm done I have to get in the car and get the heat on.

    I had the Lake boots but they where to small and at 35/F I could only get about a 15 to 30 mile bike ride in. So now I'm going to try this heated insole in the 45 north boot with some bear mitts to go with the new Mukluk I'm getting.

    I think it's something like 1 out of 10 people that have Raynaud's Disease or Phenomenon know what it is. I have put links to what Raynaud's is up here in other post about cold weather riding so I hope this helps.
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    they work great but the issue is power at low temperatures.
    I have these Therm-ICs with
    battery packs for 4 AA each.
    I use them with shimano MT-91 boots.
    at -15C(2F) on the 2/3 or full power they work nearly 3-4 hours
    and at -20 and lower only 2 hours.

    good for short rides, but not much reliable for all-day riding.
    and they are pretty thick also and you should go size or two
    up with boots if you plan to use them.


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    I bought the thermcell heated insoles for my wife last year for Christmas and they worked great for her. I decided she should not be the only one with toasty feet. The remote is super handy as they have an auto shut off when they get too warm during activity. So during a ride when your feet are getting chilly just turn them back on. They do take up a bit of space in your boots so having a size larger is a good idea. I did hav an issue with the first pair I had. The battery on one insole would not take a charge. A quick call to the Canadian importer and they sent out a new pair the same day. Great service! No problems since and at $100 each to me it was money well spent for comfy feet and a happy non complaining wife on snow rides.

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    I bought the Verso heated insole for my wife who has Raynauds. The first pair had a problem which the company took care of right away. The remote works well and the soles keep her feet warm. She removed the insoles of some Northface boots and has been using these soles with them for a couple of years now.
    During the 'tween seasons she uses the chemical heat pac full soles. We do mainly 1- 1/2 hr rides. The soles will last up to 7 hrs when out of the package ( air/oxygen activated), so we put them in ziplock bags between rides.
    Now we are looking for an answer for her hands. The gloves Vic linked to maybe the answer. Thanks, Vic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1spd1way View Post
    Now we are looking for an answer for her hands. The gloves Vic linked to maybe the answer. Thanks, Vic.
    No problem. My GF might try a pair of the heated gloves for her daily bike commute. If she does I will post up something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I know the guy that runs this company from living in Calgary. He loved fatbikes and winter riding. I have not tried any of his heated gear.

    Heated Gloves Calgary, Alberta, Canada, MotionHeat? - Heated Wear

    He built a 2WD e-Pugsley for a winter bike commuter in Calgary!

    Two wheel drive e-Pugsely? | The Lazy Rando Blog...
    Thanks for that link. I might buy those gloves. I bought a pair of gloves last year....but the battery wire broke on the second ride and it wasn't easily repairable. The company didn't want to warranty them....so I called my credit card and they refunded my money. Too bad...because they were nice when they worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idinomac View Post
    I have Raynaud's real bad and I live in Ely MN. I have been looking into the heated insoles. I do a lot of XC skiing, I use the heat packs in my ski boots sometimes but just this year the Raynaud's has gotten worst and I'm buying the heat packs by the box and using them every day in my boots. I get the ones without the sticky stuff and I use masking tape taping them to my socks it's cheaper that way. I always ski in mittens & only use the heat packs for my hands when it's 15/f or below that temp. For the most part when I'm skiing I'm skate skiing & working hard, so I start out cold and my finger tips will go White and then it takes about 5 to 10 mins to get the blood back in my finger tips also I can not stop when I'm out skiing, when I'm done I have to get in the car and get the heat on.

    I had the Lake boots but they where to small and at 35/F I could only get about a 15 to 30 mile bike ride in. So now I'm going to try this heated insole in the 45 north boot with some bear mitts to go with the new Mukluk I'm getting.

    I think it's something like 1 out of 10 people that have Raynaud's Disease or Phenomenon know what it is. I have put links to what Raynaud's is up here in other post about cold weather riding so I hope this helps.
    Dean.
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    Been dealing with Raynaud's for as long as I can remember and I'm 55. I also live north of Montreal (in Quebec), where it gets stupid cold. Last year I bought the insoles with the remote, for x-country skiing and mountain biking. After one full winter, I love them. They have to be used in a stiff shoe or boot, because they are not made to bend really. So they wouldn't work in running shoes, I'll still use toe warmers for that.

    As for Raynaud's getting "better" as you age, I wouldn't count on that, based on my dad's and personal experience... sorry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    Grabber Toe Warmers are great.

    I stick them to the top of my feet, pointing outward over my toes.

    For about a dollar a ride I get warm toes. They are disposable unfortunately. Get them at Wally World. Been using them for over five years.

    I have thought about battery powered insoles, but even in the long I run I doubt it would be cheaper. Then that would eventually wear out and end up in the trash anyway.
    Same here, cheap if you buy then in bulk as well. For really cold rides the insoles along with the toe warmers ontop is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    these look kinda funky.

    Heated Insoles Foot Warmers | ThermaCELL

    I like the remote control but the price is pretty steep. Still, could be cool.
    Yep, I use them. They work wonders and keep my toes warm. It's great when you are cycling in snow.
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    Damn. I hope mine come tomorrow! (got two chem heater packets just in case tho)
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    A guy that I ride with used to have pretty bad circulation problems with his hands and feet. He was put on temporary massive doses of Cialis as part of a cancer treatment, and now he has no more circulation problems now that he's off the meds. He figured that the increase in blood flow to the extremities opened up the capillaries in his hands and feet.

    I've also heard of people taking those sorts of pills as a last resort to avoid loosing toes or fingers to extreme frostbite. Not sure how good it would work though.

    So instead of using electronics to heat your feet, maybe you could just "channel the inner fire."

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    My neighbor and erstwhile motorcycle roadracing teammate is the pres of Gerbing Heated Apparel's motorsports division. I just ordered a 7v soft-shell jacket and pair of insoles. I'm trying to get him to investigate making a set of heated pogies, both a 12v version for ATV's & Snow machines and a 7v version for bikes.

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    They have arrived. They will be tested shortly in -F weather.
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    Ok, well it's not really a fair test yet. I only got to charge them for about an hour or so. Still, in the -10 (average, probably -5 to -15)F temps, seems to have worked and my toes/feet did not go numb. My hands had some problems, chem heaters kinda saved the day at the end. I think it's because I let my gloves get damp. Anyhow, more testing tomorrow to see how they do, but so far so good. It wasn't dramatic heat, but then again I didn't get them charged either. I turned them on "high" about 30 min in to my ride. Still, not having frozen toes at the end in this cold with SPDs is impressive by itself. Will report further.
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