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  1. #1
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    chili powder in ski socks?

    does this actually work?

    I have heard that it keeps your feet warmer, but i am suspicious

    thoughts?
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    I've heard cayenne and that the irration may promote blood flow similiar to bengay etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick > jesus View Post
    does this actually work?

    I have heard that it keeps your feet warmer, but i am suspicious

    thoughts?
    definitely.

    I hear it works great for blue-balls too.

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    Yes it works. I've done it . Cayene works great. Even regular pepper works. I'll put 2-3 packs of the little pepper packs from the condiment counter per sock. I try to get it in the front of the foot and mostly around the toes . I guess the pepper dialates the capillaries which promotes blood flow.

    I'm not sure about any long term effects though.
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    well...

    It certainly does something, I don't know that "works" is the right word. The time I tried it, I was on a winter camping trip. We had just fished building a quinzy, and I was wet, beginning to get cold. I changed clothes and socks and gave it a shot. It didn't really seem to work when I was cooking dinner outside, but as soon as I warmed up in the sleeping bag it kicked in. HOT, like the sensation to your mouth with that sort of pepper. I don't know if I'd call it warm in a temperature sort of way, but it did have a reaction that increased circulation.

    I didn't really like the way it felt, so I tried brushing it off the next morning. Even with new socks I had a similar experience to the night before. When I was stationary and in camp- nothing. Then as we went out and hiked and the blood got flowing it kicked in again, hot and spicy.

    If you are curious about how your body will react, just give it a try. However, I would recommend doing it first on a short day when you have the freedom to experiment, and shower that same night.

    Another weird way to stay warm is taking Niacin. It improves your circulation, but in my experience made an itchy feeling when hiking.

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    I tried it-once. Seemed to work pretty well skiing on a -10 degree night. Had to get up early the next morning to play tennis-forgot all about the pepper. When my feet started sweating they were on FIRE.....

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    I soak my feet in habaneros every morning.

    But, interesting - I'll have to try black pepper on the next cold day.
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    sounds like it works, but why the fuck would you do that to your nice boots and socks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointedem View Post
    sounds like it works, but why the fuck would you do that to your nice boots and socks?
    Because your feet are cold?

    Just guessing.

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    i'm trying it tomorrow with cayenne
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    Throw some beans and ground beef in your liners too so that at lunch you can enjoy some yummy boot-chili!!

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    mmmmm boot chilly

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    interesting concept...

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    Q: Chilly boots?


    A: Chili boots.


    Bam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Because your feet are cold?

    Just guessing.
    if your feet are that cold that you are going to ruin your shit by putting a spice in your boot, maybe try boot heaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointedem View Post
    if your feet are that cold that you are going to ruin your shit by putting a spice in your boot, maybe try boot heaters.
    You put it in your socks so that it contacts your skin, not in your boot.
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    damn, wish i'd had interwebatudenal hook-up in T'Ride this past weekend.

    was riding on Friday when it was rumored to be 1 degree with serious wind-chill factoring.

    all i know is that my toes were so cold it took them about 45 minutes to defrost at the end of the day. and i'm talking that crying like a baby painful defrosting that lingers for hours.
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    These look pricey, but very very nice...


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    Intuition Liners have fixed the cold problem for me. Once was enough for the cayenne.

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    that was actually my next query:

    can liners make a difference?

    i'm working on 3 season old stock Nordica liners. they don't feel too packed out after 80+ days, but damn if they don't let the cold air in (mostly for the big toes).

    anybody have input on the warmness factor of Intuition or Zipfits?
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    Chemical burns and irritation are so underrated.



    Yeah dooks: get intuitions. they'll fit and they've got to be the warmest liner on the planet. After a long day hiking in my AT boots I can feel a friggen puddle in my toe box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post

    anybody have input on the warmness factor of Intuition or Zipfits?
    Intuitions= warm, noticably better than stock liners.

    Zipfit= not so warm from what I hear, though no personal experience.

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    I tried the cayanne thing yesterday in -5/-10 conditions and it worked for me. The day before was this cold as well and my feet were like blocks without the pepper.
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    Deodorant works well

    I have found that any strong spray deodorant (spray top & bottom of feet) works wonders. Roll-on deodorant works good. Also baby powder or talcum works pretty good, too.

    Of course, I have a Snap-Dry boot dryer that works great. But in a pinch, newspaper wadded up will sop the moisture out of any liner. It will help if you check how wet the newspaper is, and wad up some dry newspaper. That will help to dry your toes and feet.

    Another trick is to take your liners out of your boots - the liners will dry some, but not all the way. It's better than nothing.

    Also, bring on the mountain some spare socks. A half-day of skiing your socks will be damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    After a long day hiking in my AT boots I can feel a friggen puddle in my toe box.
    just imagine the tasty soup you could make with some pepper and lentils

    its like a jetboil, that you wear around your foot.

    might as well throw in some ramen while youre at it

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