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    how to solve the cold feet prob....

    I went car camping this past weekend in my newly made DIY, 5-pound, underquilt and it got down to about 30. My entire body was toasty, except my feet, which were not covered by the quilt. So, my questions is, how do you guys keep your feet warm in a shorter (not-full-length) quilt?


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    Either put a small sit pad in the footbox of your TQ for your feet to rest on and/or get down down/synthetic booties for your feet. I had a bad frostbite scare a few years ago and now my feet are always freezing and the booties do the trick for me. The ones from REI don't pack really well but they have a foam sole which keeps me from having to use a pad under my feet most of the time.

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    I zip my jacket over the end of the hammock.. usually my down jacket
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    All of the above and if you're still cold add chemical warmers called Toe Grabbers. They stick to your socks and can be worn inside your boots too for around camp. I change socks when I go to sleep in my hammock and simply switch them over to them then wear my down booties.
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    You need insulation UNDER your feet, no matter how many things you pile on top of your feet. Down booties will crush under the weight of your foot also, next to the hammock. You're choice is a foam CCF pad to cover where your under quilt doesn't, or a full length under quilt.

    The toe warmers, like a hot water bottle, add nice overall warmth, but if your feet are touching the cold nylon of the hammock, you'll still find a cold spot.
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    Thanks guys. It looks like I'll be getting a CCF pad here pretty soon, cause I cannot camp with cold feet....

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    All of the above. I use down booties with toe or even hand warmers thrown in the toe portion.

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    I wear clean, dry wool socks to sleep in. Not just any socks, old, thick socks that have lost all of their elasticity. You don't want any constriction that will limit blood flow.

    Also, wool, unlike down, will not compress under the weight of your feet, continuing to insulate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I wear clean, dry wool socks to sleep in. Not just any socks, old, thick socks that have lost all of their elasticity. You don't want any constriction that will limit blood flow.

    Also, wool, unlike down, will not compress under the weight of your feet, continuing to insulate.
    I totally agree with this. I know all the rage is the Smart Wool type sock because of the merino not being itchy and they have all this elastic in them so they keep their shape. I think they're a little snug for optimal warmth though. I may be old fashioned but I still use Wigwam El-Pine rag wool socks. They're thick, they're floppy and they last for years. But most of all they're WARM!
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    You can always buy a pair of wool socks that are a size...or even 2 larger than what you would wear normally to be used specifically for sleeping in.

    I do find that while down socks will still compress in the heels of the foot I can use a much smaller and much thinner pad for my feet when I am wearing my socks.
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