They are sold in little packages for around $1.00 each.
Later in the season they can usually be bought for around
1/2 price because they do have a shelf life. I have used 5
year old warmers and they still have about 10-20% of life in
them, but those aren't going to help except in a pinch.
I can say the first time I bought some of these I was
impressed. They were really cool. You just ripped open the
package, shook them up, and put them in your gloves, or
pockets...and they just got warm. It is in excellent idea if
you aren't going to be in a heated ice fishing shelter. Out
in the wind...and snow and...well...you are standing on ICE
for goodness sake!
And that's the thing...the ice below your feet is the
biggest issue, in my experience. Inevitably, my feet get
cold, and I don't care how much rubber there is between
you and the ice.
If you are standing or sitting and your feet are on
the ice, then sooner or later those laws of
thermodynamics catch up to you. I spend a lot of time
inside a heated shelter and still, as the day goes on,
my feet get cold.
Nothing, and I mean nothing ruins an ice fishing trip
faster than someone who is cold, and cold feet is where
So, here is my suggestion: Buy the 'hand warmers' for
your feet! They work fantastic, except for one episode i
Those hand warmers can be fire on your feet
Well, this is what happened. I discovered the whole
'feet get cold...use hand warmers!' thing about 10 years
It was -40 F, and that is -40 C for those of you in
Canada. I'm out hassling Northern Pike with tip-ups. and
I'm drilling holes with an 8 inch auger (that's 20.3
centimeters for those of you in Europe) and I needed to
drill about 10 holes around the perimeter.
It was REALLY cold.
I had put a couple of hand warmers in my boots, under
my toes, thinking it would help. It did. For the first 2
holes, I was just thrilled. After the first holes and
walking around and getting a bit winded from drilling
the holes, I noticed my feet were really warming up.
Next hole? Hmmm...OUCH!
It seems these things get warmer and warmer with
moving and shaking...and since my boots were pretty
big...they got a lot of oxygen...and those things nearly
fried my toes off! I had to stop and take them out. My
feet were just on fire (figuratively, of course.)
So, what is my suggestion?
Well, buy a few of them...use them in your pockets if
your hands get cold, put them in your boots if you are
just going to sit there on the ice. If you are cold, you
will be impatient with everyone around you and that
isn't fun when ice fishing.
Again, these hand/foot warmers should be used when
you are starting to get cold and not to prevent
the cold. I suggest grabbing several packages and then
if anyone else in your ice fishing party gets cold, you
are the hero! (Plus, they will stop complaining about
how cold it is...)
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