Update! These socks are no longer available at Cabela’s but you can purchase them here. I don’t know if they done with all accessories from Gyde (Gerbings new name).
I have poor circulation, I’ve been in situations where at the end of an all day sit I’m shivering so bad the treestand rattles and I can’t feel my feet. A very dangerous situation not only risking hypothermia but climbing down the ladder without being able to feel where I am stepping, I could have fallen very easily. On one occasion I was wearing the red battery powered soles by another company. They failed after the first couple hours. They weren’t cheap and are pretty uncomfortable.
I knew there had to be a better solution than hand warmers or clown boots. My feet get cold anywhere, I need a source of heat, insulating cold feet doesn’t create warmth.
Fast forward to finding heated sock liners by Gerbing. I was impressed with them the moment they came out of the box, the silky, soft, and thin material holds the heating pad on your foot. The quality is evident in the fact you can’t feel the seam between the red and black material or the heating pad that rests under the front half of your foot.
They feel like regular socks with the flexible heating pad you can walk and climb up rough terrain and treestands with no issues. I can wear the sock liners with a thick sock inside my everyday boots. The elastic on the top keeps the liners up is flexible enough that it doesn’t cut off circulation or dig into your calf.
They don’t add any bulk and can be worn with any footwear. I tested out the sock liners in uninsulated waders in 28 degree weather. With just the sock liners inside thick socks with the heat setting on low my feet were toasty warm. Combined with my heated vest powered by Gerbing I was fighting a nap before the sun came up on the duck pond.
The heat is instant when the power button is pushed. Low was plenty for my morning duck hunt, I used the sock liners for two mornings and had plenty of battery left for another day. I did make the mistake of wearing them on a mild afternoon and my feet did get a little too warm but the material kept my feet dry.
The sock liners I bought from Cabela’s came with the sock liners, two 7v batteries an extension system to use with waders or bibs so that you can access your battery without having to pull your waders or bibs down exposing yourself to cold or creating extra movement in the stand.
Also included are battery holders that wrap around your calf and two clips that can attach the battery to your boot tops. A double charger is included and a storage bag that fits everything inside.
The socks are hand washable. I wear size 9.5 shoes and the medium is a perfect fit. Batteries are chargeable over 500 cycles.
Approximate Battery Run Time/Heat Output
7.4-Volt Lithium Battery 2600MAH
Setting Heat Output Duration
High 100% 135°F 2 hours
Medium 66% 115°F 4 hours
Low 33% 90°F 6 hours
Hours are calculated at 1.0-amp draw rate
The sock liners MSRP for $199.99 and are available on Cabela’s.com, Gerbing.com and other online retailers. Other accessories are avalible through Gerbing.com as well.
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