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Old 10-24-2011   #1
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My wife's feet are cold

Just got off Lodore trip in 40-60 degree weather and my wife complained a lot about her feet and toes being way too cold. We are rafters. So I am wondering what I should get her for Xmas? She does have a dry suit, but prefers to wear splash gear because of tight gaskets on the dry suit. What can I get her to keep her feet warm during wet/cold runs? Would 5mm neoprene socks work? Or do you guys know something better?

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Alex

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Does she wear wool socks under her booties? It's a little trick that keep my feet toasty.
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Old 10-24-2011   #3
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Best way to keep your feet (and you) warm is to keep your feet dry.
Drysuit.
Boots.
waders.
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Get her a pair of muck boots like the concrete workers wear. She will need to wear good splash pants with a semi-open cuff that goes over the top of them. Or, gaiters like skiers wear for the tops of the boots.

If any water gets in, her feet will be wet, so also get a spare footbed for the boots.

I got mine at Sportsmans Warehouse for $35 or so a few years ago.
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She doesn't wear wool socks, I will try that.

We were thinking of getting those rubber mud boots as well. I am afraid if she ever fell in though those would be like anchors, no?
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A drysuit is the best, as long as it doesn't have ankle gaskets. Assuming it has goretex socks, then try the wool sock trick. She could carefully trim a bit (one ring at a time) from the wrist and neck gaskets.
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She doesn't wear wool socks, I will try that.

We were thinking of getting those rubber mud boots as well. I am afraid if she ever fell in though those would be like anchors, no?
Yes, absolutely. I don't wear mine when the flip risk is there. Don't flip! Keep her in the boat!
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Chota makes a great knee high, neoprene boot with rubber soles that cinches at the top of the calf. I use them on cold weather trips as well as in Alaska, along with smart wool socks. Keeps the feet toasty.

Because they fit relatively snug around the feet and calves, not much water could get in them if they were submersed so it wouldn't add any problems getting back into the boat.
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Does she wear wool socks under her booties? It's a little trick that keep my feet toasty.
x3 ^^ I use high end "smartwool" brand socks and 1/2 size big on the booties. The plus is, if ya drink from the bootie. a 1/2 size gives you a whole extra gulp! easier to stay hydrated.
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I've got a women's Kokotat drysuit that has the Goretex booties. I always wear a pair of wool socks underneath, not only for warmth, but to help keep the insides of the booties somewhat clean (they don't stink as much as when you go barefoot in it). I also wear NRS booties on the outside to protect the drysuit booties from snagging on something and ripping open. I'm very cold-natured and this system works well for me.

I understand her issue with the gaskets, however the drysuit is SO much nicer than splash gear. Getting a little wet with the splash gear most likely isn't helping her feet to stay warm either. The more I wore my drysuit, the more comfortable the gaskets got. I have heard of people cutting them down, but I was told just to tough it out until they got more comfortable. I would have been pretty upset if I cut them and then they stretched too much. FWIW...
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