Are your feet always cold while skiing or snowboarding? Do your feet get cold easily?
I recently received an email from a customer, thanking me for solving his long-term cold-hands problem. He asked me for my advice on solving his cold-feet problem.
The first thing I should tell you is who I am and why you should consider my opinion: I am a person who has spent his entire life, almost every day in the winter, in ski country AND I am the owner and head designer of a ski products company that focuses on warmth. Our products are ski gloves, but I have lots of experience with cold feet as well, as a life-long sufferer of poor circulation in my extremities (Reynaud’s Syndrome).
Here are my two cents-
What you do not need:
-Custom boot liners – I have spent a fortune on custom boot fitters and their focus is on best-possible fit in a new boot and NOT warmth.
-Liners with tongues - most boots come with liners that open forward and let the warmth out.
-Thick socks – they just kill circulation in your feet.
-Liner socks – they compress on your skin, negatively impacting circulation.
-Battery-powered boot heaters – I have owned several pairs and they never worked as advertised. In my experience they maybe-worked temporarily, but the heat was inconsistent. Even worse, they caused my feet to sweat, then that sweat would freeze. When they worked the best for me, my feet were constantly going from warm to cold and back and forth.
-Battery-powered socks – see above
-Alcohol and anti-inflammatory medication to improve circulation – a very short-term non-solution
What works best:
-Make sure the rest of you is warm by wearing extra warm layers, waterproof pants, jacket, warm hat or helmet, neck gator, and toasty gloves or mittens (we can help you with that).
-BOOT LINERS THAT WRAP AROUND YOUR FEET. The day I switched to wrap style liners my life changed. They are the best products made for skiing and snowboarding (besides our gloves). I use Intuition wrap liners (not Intuition tongue liners). I have no connection financially to Intuition. I just want people to be warm and happy. (That’s why I started Free the Powder).
I recently received an email from a customer, asking me for my advice on learning how to ski. After writing to her, it occurred to me I should create a blog post about the ideas I'd expressed.
At Free the Powder Gloves we spend most of our time focused on our gloves and customer service. In fact, truth be told, that's all we do because we absolutely detest spending our time on promotion and especially "marketing."
My poor business partner and wife Shannon has to listen to my incessant ranting about my hatred of marketing, marketing, and marketing all day, every day. So why do I hate “marketing” ?