By Phil Bourjaily
I love late-season hunting best of all, but I get cold. Goose hunting in windy, single digit (plus and minus) temperatures this last week has been miserable. I have learned that two hats are much warmer than one. I have been going through chemical handwarmers like potato chips and have also been wearing three pieces of gear that are helping me stay out in the field. Here they are, from affordable to way expensive. Put them on your Christmas list:
1) Heat Holder socks
Nothing keeps my feet warm. Seriously, nothing. I don’t care how many grams of thinsulate you cram into a boot, it’s not enough. Heat Holder socks, however, stave off the inevitable numb toes longer than anything else I’ve tried. They have extra-long looped, super fuzzy pile inside, and you can feel your feet get warmer the minute you put them on. They have a TOG (thermal overall grade; it’s a British standard of a textile’s thermal properties) of 2.34 compared to the average thermal sock’s .89.
They wick moisture well, too, so your feet don’t get sweaty. The first morning I wore them it was 0,* with a good 20-25 mile northwest wind, and I didn’t notice my feet were cold until 2 ½ hours into the hunt, which may be a personal record. So far Heat Holders are too good to be true.