DURING THE WINTER SEASON, MY FEET TEND TO GET NUMB. I CAN’T FEEL MY TOES
This is the major complaint for customers during their ski holiday. They try to find a warmer holiday destination alternative. But equipment and technology has drastically improved enabling them to get back on the slopes no matter if the thermometer is below 0° or during spring skiing
Let’s have a closer look to the causes of cold feet in skiboots
Mechanical : This is the most common. The skiboot is inappropriate to your foot shape or too big.The shell creates a pressure onto your foot by a pressure point often on top of your instep ( overtighting the buckles ) reducing the natural blood flow, making the lower forefoot section to turn numb . This pressure point could be also on the lower section under the inside ankle bone . The liner padding causing a pressures restricting the blood flow from the lower leg to the
Natural :The human body must constantly regulate it’s internal body temperature ( lungs, liver, brain , genitals ) to a stable temperature of 37,5°. The outside environement will have an impact on our body thermo regulation : sweating in a warm enviromment , or in a cold environement, the blood flow reduction to our extremities ( fingers, toes, ear lombs, nose ): the capillary vessels in the end section of our limbs are contracted limiting the blood flow . The supply is then requited to supply a minimal flow= life without heat . That’s why we get cold feet.This is known as Raynaud’s phenomenon a discease affecting mostly women
Remedy to cold feet in ski or touring boots
- For starter’s get the right shell to match your foot shape.The shell must allow a nice fitting ywothout any pressure bpoint that could affect your blood flow. This can be modified by shell work such as shell exoansion or grinding.
- Total Feet will choose the proper shell to your feet and skiing level specifications . It will be then modified in the in step or heel section to match your foot structure
- A thermo footbed will be custom made to your feet in order to improve the thermal isolation on the lower foot section
- In some cases , a custom made INTUITION liner will provide the best insulation and fit around the foot and an unrivalled comfort in the toe room.
Nowadays, technological improvements mostly in the NICAD and Lithium batteries and cbles and connections have made heating much more reliable in skiboots : integrated heating elements on your ski orthotics or integrated in ski socks. You’ll be able to enjoy skiing no matters what the outside conditions are and keep your feet happy no matter if you’re a occassionnal skier, or ski instructor, ski patroller. This comfort can be the same sensation as comparing this with your car’s A/C. You’ll be asking yourself how you’ve managed without until now…
How does it work ?
A large oval heating element provides effective anatomical coverage of toes The Hotronic FootWarmer Power Plus batteries offers three base level settings for comfort and warmth maintenance. A fourth setting offers a quick, extra blast of heat when needed.Simply slip the heated insoles into your footwear and plug them into the rechargeable Battery Packs. Thenfine tune the temperature setting to 1, 2, or 3 for comfort and warmth maintenance.
FOOTWARMERS by HOTRONIC have established as the leading brand in footwarmers over the years.I’ve mounted my first footwarnmer in 1979 in Canada, and relied on them ever since. The new generation will allow a 10000 recharging cycles and a 3 year manufacture warranty.
Heat Socks by LENZ
A true reliable innovation The heat element and connectors are integrated seamless in the sock . A small Lithium battery is clipped to the top cuff of the sock: no more loose cables external batteries. The socks are machine washable and can be bought seperately. This sytem is well used by racing skiers who have to stand long hours in the racing suits durin g training sessions or during the freezing cold winter days.
You will enjoy this , if you’ve looking for a simple easy to use heat system in your skiboots
TOTAL FEET recommends the LENZ Rcb Lithium 1200 set 220,00€