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    Keeping feet warm in cool/cold weather

    It's cooling down now. Rode to the mountains this morning. First time I felt my toes get cool.

    What do you guys do to keep your feet warm when it's cold?

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    Owning a boxer twin helps a lot.

    BMW used to offer battery-powered foot warmers to put in your boots. Haven't checked lately.
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    Smartwool, all seasons.
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    I don't feel the heat but my feet never get uncomfortable when riding my '87 K100RT in the cold weather.
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    and making sure that my boots aren't too tight

    otherwise it doesn't matter what i wear


    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmws View Post
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    Gerbing heated insoles: http://gerbing.com/Products/insoles.php
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    For reasons too long to tell I once rode a K75 about 80 miles in 8 degree F weather. There were no cylinders for my feet to hide behind. I had on an extra pair of socks but they simply compressed and were worse than the air pockets they replaced. The feet got numb, but when I got to the dealership and my feet started to thaw the pain was intense.

    So, for winter riding (in Kansas at the time) I bought a pair of Thinsulite lined hunting boots a full size larger than I normally wear. The Thinsulite is effective and the extra room allows layering socks without filling all the air pockets needed for effective insulation.
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    If it's real cold, there's nothing like Sorel Arctic boots. I have a buddy who rides year round in northern NH (snow and all) and it's his first choice.
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    Another reason I am looking forward to next year's Rally in Salem OR. I'll be able to visit the Danner Company Store (Portland) for a new pair of boots.

    The Ft Lewis with 200 G Thinsulate and Gore-tex works for me. Plus has cool "Made in USA" Flag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Owning a boxer twin helps a lot.

    BMW used to offer battery-powered foot warmers to put in your boots. Haven't checked lately.
    I've been using them for several years. Love them! I normally run them on position 2 of 4 and my feet feel neither hot or cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmws View Post
    smartwool, all seasons.
    +1

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    Gerbing's heated insoles inside of Danner Ft. Lewis 200g insulated boots with SmartWool socks. Ridden for hours in single-digit temperatures with no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Same here when the temps will be below 30 for most of the day.
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    Vapor-Barrier Liners

    It's very cheap to see if they work for you: Liner sock -> Plastic bag (newspaper type or mylar snack bag) -> Wool sock - Boot. More robust liners are available from camping sources, but don't pay unless it works for you.

    Chemical heat warmers also work well, too, provided your boots aren't too ventilated.
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    I use a pair of Gore-Tex socks I purchased from REI. I use them while backpacking in cold wet temps so it only made sense to me to use them while riding.
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