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Work2hunt
03-24-2013, 12:19 PM
I by no means spend my life in the mountains or hills for what it's worth,but it seems like ever time I make it out west for a hunt I end up with blisters on my heels ,balls of my feet and sometimes the tops of my feet. Most of my hunting is in early season with a muzzleloader so it has always been warmer. I've tried different boots, different socks, but nothing so far has seemed to work.


So.....what's everyone wear and how does it work for you?

Bitterroot Bulls
03-24-2013, 12:44 PM
I have bad feet. The best I have done on my own is with lace-to-toe style boots like Kayland Vertigo Highs and Danner Canadians. That has worked out well, because I could get good heel lock with different ways of lacing.

However, the best money I have spent lately was on Hanwag Mountain Lights with the full Gold Package treatment from Lathrop and Sons. I took the pictures, and traced my feet, and Steven got me all set up. I haven't even had a hot spot in those boots. Awesome. I still tie them to lock the heel, and let the toes wiggle freely though.

Work2hunt
03-24-2013, 01:01 PM
How about socks? Is there anything to them...I've heard some say to wear a liner sock with another sock over it and then change every couple hours to ensure your feet stay dry.

RUTTIN
03-24-2013, 03:04 PM
I got a pair of Danner Pronghorns from Lathrop and Sons, and got the Synergy footbeds to go with them and my feet have never felt better. I wear a pair of merino wool socks and lace them up according to what Lathrop and Sons recommended and have not had a problem with hot spots or sore feet since.

Fink
03-24-2013, 03:48 PM
I got a pair of Danner Pronghorns from Lathrop and Sons, and got the Synergy footbeds to go with them and my feet have never felt better. I wear a pair of merino wool socks and lace them up according to what Lathrop and Sons recommended and have not had a problem with hot spots or sore feet since.

I have the same setup. I like smartwool socks, I change them out after a hard hike, and take my boots off to let them dry, when given the opportunity. I made sure to break them in slowly, and have never had a problem with them.

packmule
03-24-2013, 06:04 PM
How about socks? Is there anything to them...I've heard some say to wear a liner sock with another sock over it and then change every couple hours to ensure your feet stay dry.

I wear liners with light wool socks. No particular brand preference. Walking around your feet are going to sweat whether its 100 degrees or -50, getting that sweat wicked away from your skin prevents a lot of problems.

Montana
03-25-2013, 06:39 AM
Same here... I wear Cabelas liners and I actually like REI's brand of wool socks.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-25-2013, 07:18 AM
No liner here. Smartwool or Darn Tough socks.

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 08:20 AM
I thought Guy did a nice 5 part video segment on the subject. Foot care has some important factors to think about to help keep us going up and down the trails and mountains. Proper fit, socks, insoles, moisture control, and blister prevention are all good to plan for. I'm kind of a visual kind of person so I'll post what I saw below that Guy posted about a year ago. Some good insight for sure. I kind of like Smart Wool socks as far as socks go. I like a Merino Wool Lycra blend too made by Lorpen, light hiker. One thing I think really helps me is making sure to keep an extra pair on hand. Dry socks really helps my feet out at least.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4QeCBO_83g

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 08:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIVbn7UYeKg

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 08:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrKBfJwRM94

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 08:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpVmb8DbEKA

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 08:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83YPFMZ20Ns

WapitiBob
03-25-2013, 09:54 AM
I always use liners and always carry an extra pair of liners and regular socks for trading out should my feet get too sweaty. You also have to keep your foot from moving in the boot. Just filling it with sock doesn't usually work for very long.

JMSZ
03-25-2013, 11:21 AM
I by no means spend my life in the mountains or hills for what it's worth,but it seems like ever time I make it out west for a hunt I end up with blisters on my heels ,balls of my feet and sometimes the tops of my feet. Most of my hunting is in early season with a muzzleloader so it has always been warmer. I've tried different boots, different socks, but nothing so far has seemed to work.


So.....what's everyone wear and how does it work for you?

For socks, Thorlos - I swear by them. I've worn them on 10-milers, I wear them when I do my 3-milers for physical training at my place. No blisters. The socks do make a difference, I've run and walked in the Air Force issued cotton socks and quickly ended up with blisters. The wrong socks will act just like sandpaper.

Another thing is that I change my socks regularly and air them out when I get a chance - another nice thing about the Thorlos, they dry quickly.

Cold weather, I wear the Thorlos and put a pair of wool socks over top of them.


For boots, make sure that they are not too big - if your feet are sliding around in your boots, you're going to get blisters no matter what you wear.

Personally, I wear Merrells at home and I'm still working on finding a good pair of hunting boots. The soles on the Merrells are too soft for going off-trail too long, otherwise, I'd wear those hunting, too.

Another thing, get out and walk more at home, it will thicken the skin and build some callouses on your feet.

And like Kevin Root said, take good care of your feets, keep them clean and dry.

Drhorsepower
03-25-2013, 11:48 AM
I've use sock liners sometimes. I also wear thorlos. Love them. I wear them everyday. I did pick up some merino blend socks of steep and cheap, so far so good, a little less cushion than the thorlos however but they haven't passed the test of time.

sjsmallfield
03-25-2013, 02:52 PM
No liner here. Smartwool or Darn Tough socks.

No liner for me either. Darn Tough all the way and their lifetime gaurantee is an added bonus.

Kevin Root
03-25-2013, 03:02 PM
No liner for me either. Darn Tough all the way and their lifetime gaurantee is an added bonus.

I might have to try some of these, Darn Tough socks just to test out that guarantee. I checked out their web site to see what was under the guarantee and it is pretty awesome.

"Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee Simply and without strings or conditions: if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn, return them for another pair or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life. When you are really serious about something you make it yourself."

sjsmallfield
03-25-2013, 03:53 PM
I might have to try some of these, Darn Tough socks just to test out that guarantee. I checked out their web site to see what was under the guarantee and it is pretty awesome.

"Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee Simply and without strings or conditions: if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn, return them for another pair or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life. When you are really serious about something you make it yourself."

No joke Kevin. I just had our first customer send a pair in a couple weeks ago. He came back to the store yesterday and said that he sent them in and had a new pair in 8 days. The only other thing they sent him was a Thank You letter.

Work2hunt
03-25-2013, 04:41 PM
Thanks for all the info. I'll have to check into the smart wool and darn tough socks. Has anyone tried cabelas ingenious socks? I got a couple pairs for Christmas but I've only worn them deer hunting and pheasant hunting. I put some miles on them but it was all pretty much flat walking. Not much for hills in northern Ohio or Minnesota, at least where I hunt.

ssliger
03-26-2013, 07:34 PM
When it comes to socks, I really like the socks that go over my calves. I bought a few pairs of Lorpen ski/snowboarding socks that are merino wool. I love them. They never slip down.

NorthT
03-26-2013, 08:27 PM
Nike dri-fit on warm days. My feet sweat like crazy. This last year tried merino wool liners with the dri fit. Smart wool is like putting my feet in a bag, same with thorlos, fox river. Haven't tried darn tough yet. Haven't had a blister with my set up. My boots are dannner 453 or Vasque breeze if I know it's gonna be dry.