Have you northerners got lined boots for cold floors?

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My check list discoveries are that most folks have cover for heads ,hands and bodies but few are paying attention to feet. Maybe we are too accustomed to going from warm abodes to "soon to warm up" vehicles to other warm places. As I contemplate convection currents and cold floors, I think about declining circulation in the extremities of oldering geezers. Good warm lined boots are just one item. What else may most of us be forgetting?

-- Watchful (seethesea@msn.com), March 12, 1999



Good post. I was just thinking about boots the other day. Warm clothing could be in short supply Oct-Nov-Dec of 1999 if there's panic at that time. It would be a wise move to get thermal underwear, boots and the like while they're still in stock for the winter we're just starting to come out of.

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 12, 1999.

Kevin; I hear that stores are clearing boots out on sale now to make room for spring stuff. Guess the same will apply to gloves and long underwear. This may be an act now or forget it situation!

-- Watchful (seethesea@msn.com), March 12, 1999.


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 12, 1999.

Good one Watchful, and yes, a great time to do so. I just hope we won't be needing combat boots! <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), March 12, 1999.

Good luck finding cold weather stuff now! Most of the sales start in January, here. All that's left are the tag ends, now. I know 'cause I decided to get one more pair of mitts each *sigh*

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), March 12, 1999.

A good source of winter clothing, boots, long johns, etc. is Gary Owen's company The Sportman's Guide. 1-800-888-3006. They have a website http://www.sportsmansguide.com but I've never been to it. Of course if you are allergic to olive drab you might not like some of there stuff. :) Seriously though they have tons of close-outs, wool military surplus from Switerland, Sweden, both Germanys, USSR, etc.

-- Ken Seger (kenseger@earthlink.net), March 12, 1999.

Think garage sales. It's lots of work to sort through all those piles of stuff but it's cheaper even than catching things on sale at department stores. I've garage saled for years and will look this year for warm clothes, canning jars, containers, books, craft items, candles, oil lamps, paper goods, etc. Happy hunting, Linda

-- newbiebutnodummy (Linda@home.com), March 12, 1999.

Good point, newbie. All sorts of hidden treasures to be found. Also check out Goodwill and Salvation Army. We have boxes of gloves, boots (even Mickey Mouse boots) that we accumulated over the years. I swear that some of this stuff was only worn a few times.

I picked up a Carhardt for 5 bucks last summer at a Goodwill, and haven't had to feel the wind while shoveling snow since :-)

-- Tim (pixmo@pixelquest.com), March 12, 1999.

Think consignment shops, thrift stores. I got my hubby those big huge boots with the big lining (ya know, the green ugly ones...) for 8.00 but it was 1/2 off day...they were brand new...got me three pairs, notice on the inside of most boots all from taiwan? uh oh...better stock up. Walked out with 2 bags of bootz for 11.00. Walmart is clearing flannel shirts for ladies 5.00 along with sweatshirts and pants. In cleveland ohio area. Good luck get moooving...

-- consumer (private@aol.com), March 12, 1999.

How do folks?

In regards to keeping your feet warm. I have lived in the arctic and the best item is knit wool socks. They are worth gold when you need them.

Recommendations, keep them clean, use wool soap, wear a larger boot, put duct tape on the back of the heels (first part of the sock to go), wear old socks over them. Natives knit the socks from the west coast, but the mennites, or others may still knit them.

Also military issue winter boots with a extra set of liners is the best bet for outside. KEEP THE LINERS DRY, going out for even a few hours will cause the liners to get damp from your sweat. Same for your hands. Always dry out your gear. When working I used to dry them out during coffee and lunch breaks.


-- Brian (imager@ampsc.com), March 15, 1999.

Ski shops start marking down merchandise soon, if not already. Sock liners plus ski socks will keep your feet warm in almost any weather. Also, you can get packets of chemical toe and hand warmers that can be put in boots and mittens and keep hands and feet warm for several hours. Ski shops also have lots of long underwear as well as waterproof clothes of all sorts.

-- meeko (meeeko@hotmail.com), March 15, 1999.

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