I went ice fishing last weekend, and my toes were warm. Seriously. I can’t remember this happening in the past; usually, ice fishing is a cabin-fever-induced exercise in misery, fraught with numb feet, shivering, and drilling numerous extra holes through the ice just to try to warm up. Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s still a heck of a lot of fun, and way better than being stuck on land even if the deck doesn’t exactly rock underfoot.
But the cold toes? I just plain hate that. Enter: Heat Holders.
I got an email a month or so ago from the folks that make these socks, asking if they could send me a pair to test out. Why not? I figured I knew some frozen toes were in store, so I may as well take them up on their offer and give these things a try. And although I don’t usually make the Fishing Friday blog an exercise in product promotion, I’ve got to tell you, folks, these things worked.
What’s so special about Heat Holders? According to the makers, it’s because they have advanced thermal insulating yarn made from specially developed advanced fibers (ummm…), long-looped thermal pile with innovative knitting technology (okaaaay…), and a soft-brushed interior from an intense brushing process (oh, stop it already). In fact—place the “as seen on TV” logo here—Heat Holders have a TOG rating of 2.34, while thermal socks have a TOG rating of 0.89 and cotton socks have a TOG rating of 0.33. Funny. I always thought a TOG rating referred to how big the tautog you just caught was. But evidently, it stands for “thermal overall grade,” and it tells you how warm a fabric is.
Whatever. I don’t know about all that stuff, but I do know one thing: while the rest of me shivered, my toes stayed warm. Seriously—these socks worked, and they worked a lot better than any others I’ve tried.
For more information, go to Heat Holders.
Tip: Read the customer reviews on their web site. It seems odd that all 648 give Heat Holders five stars, but judging by the grammar they’re legit - and pretty darn entertaining.