Heated Sock Liners

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.

Flexibly is key to climbing stands and rough terrain.

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.

Included everything seen here.

Three different ways to wear the battery.

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.

Everything fits in the storage bag.

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.

Cabela’s and Gerbing Logos are the sole property of it’s rightful owner(s) and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

Cabela’s Women’s Heated Vest powered by Gerbing

Cabela’s Women’s Heated Performance Camo Fleece Vest is powered by Gerbing Technology. Read more about Gerbing here.

Photo courtesy of Cabela’s.

 

Keeping warm when you are hunting is very important. If you’ve ever spent a day shivering and wishing you had a heater or heated blanket, this is the vest for you. I tested this vest on duck hunting and walking the dog, I was kept toasty warm with and without layers. On a 28 degree morning duck hunting the lowest level heat was enough heat to keep me warm paired with my Gerbing Sock Liners. I had a warm jacket and only glove liners to conceal my hands. Keeping my core warm kept my hands warm enough not to need bulky gloves. I have poor circulation so this is a fantastic way to keep warm without bulking up.

I was very impressed by the quality of this vest, it’s soft and form fitting without being too tight. Cut with a woman in mind the vest keeps the heat pads close to you where they work the best.

Protective tab keeps the zipper from rubbing your chin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a lot of thought put into this vest from the protective tab on the top of the zipper to the easy accessed heat level selection button on the outside of the vest.

There are 3 heat pads, one on the back between the shoulder blades and two over the chest.

3 heating pads on the vest.

 

The battery has it’s own pocket inside of the zippered pocket to keep it securely plugged in even if your pocket is open. The button next to the zipper lets you select your heat level even if you are layered up.

Pocket inside the zipper pocket keeps the battery contained.

 

 

The vest comes in Cabela’s ZONZ Woodlands and is split between polyester/fleece on the bottom and slick polyester/spandex on the top and side accents. Cabela’s has added the signature women’s teal logo on the front and back.

Just a hint of color for a feminine touch.

 


These feminine accents make the vest functional and fashionable enough to wear even when you aren’t using the heat.

Includes everything you need to stay warm.

 

Although there are wires connecting each heating pad to the battery, I didn’t feel any of them while wearing the vest both alone and as a mid layer.

The vest performs best as a layer so the heat is retained, although you can still feel the heat without outer layers. The heat level selection button is bright so keep that in mind when you are hunting and make sure it’s covered.

Green = low, yellow = mid, red = high

The vest is hand washable and I ordered a size smaller than normal and the fit is perfect.
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

MSRP on Cabelas.com is $199.99 other styles and accessories available on Gerbing.com

Photos by Michelle Harmes

Cabela’s and Gerbing Logos are the sole property of it’s rightful owner(s) and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

Endorsement Disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerbing Heated Apparel

Nothing ruins a hunt like being cold. When you can’t feel your feet it can get down right dangerous climbing out of the stand. Uncontrollable shakes create a audible warning for any nearby prey should there be any loose metal parts on your stand.

So much money and effort is spent on staying warm. Frustration mounts when it seems impossible to find something that will work for more than an hour or two. The problem is lack of movement. The cold seeps in and there is no energy spent creating heat for your clothes to retain.

I have bad circulation, my hands and feet seem to always be cold. I have tried some heated insoles and found them lacking, they run out of juice quickly and there is no way to discreetly change batteries. I have tried the thick boots and socks but I am fed up with having to have a ton of gear should I travel or just in case the weather changes.

A few years ago at a small expo I ran across a company that few have heard of, Gerbing. Currently based in North Carolina, Gerbing started out in the 1970s in Olympia, Washington after an engineer kept getting cold riding his motorcycle to work. What he invented has created a way for outdoor enthusiasts to get outside even in the coldest weather. Most of their products were originally geared towards motorcyclists but they have come out with hunting gear as well. Heated vests, sock liners, gloves, seats and even lay down blind pads are just a few of the items that can keep you warm as a hunter and you can keep the gear you already have. Visit gerbing.com for even more items. The additional accessories allow you to customize your gear and extra batteries mean you can easily stay as long as you want, should your battery wear down.

I want to introduce you to the women’s heated vest and sock liners. Although they are sold by Cabela’s with the Cabela’s name they are powered by Gerbing Technology. After seeing the technology and quality of Gerbing first hand I wouldn’t have chosen any other brand.

Click for the vest and for the sock liners.