WildSnow Weekend — Keeping Warm With Geeky Boot Gloves

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | December 11, 2016      
Boot Gloves look horribly geeky, but they sure keep my feet warm.

Boot Gloves look horribly lame, but they sure keep my feet warm.

My toes have suffered frost nip and Raynaud’s, so I’ve tried everything to keep my feet warm on super cold days. After WildSnow’s 2010 Denali expedition, I inherited Lou’s Boot Gloves (or more honestly, I swiped them). They have become my favorite way to stay comfortable, especially when I wear my lightweight (and minimally insulated) ski touring boots.

Lou modified his Boot Gloves for Denali. I used them for 5 years and they got quite tattered, so I bought a new pair this fall. They are working fine for me right off the shelf, no mods needed.

Boot Gloves are a nice stocking stuffer, shop for them here.

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12 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — Keeping Warm With Geeky Boot Gloves”

  1. Jonathan Moceri December 11th, 2016 6:01 pm

    I also suffer from mild Raynaud’s Disease. And I use boot gloves whenever the temps are below 25F. Even with my intuition liners.

    Another trick, to keep the toes and fingers warm, is to use low dose of an alpha blocker Rx drug like prazosin. 0.5 mg PO before skiing will keep those toes and fingers warm. But it might make your blood pressure a little low. So try it out at home first.

    I’m also looking at buying some aerogel insulation and making boot gloves out of it. They say it has about 10X the insulating value of down. Something to tinker with in the workshop.

  2. Rather not say. December 12th, 2016 1:33 am

    Hi Lisa,

    I know someone who wears the same white TLT6 boots as you and might like a pair of those as a Christmas present. What size boots do you wear, and what size boot gloves did you order?

  3. Lisa Dawson December 12th, 2016 10:48 am

    Thanks for the tip about prazosin. Over-the-counter Niacin helps too.

  4. Lisa Dawson December 12th, 2016 10:54 am

    Rather, my boots are size 25, BSL 277. The Boot Gloves are size medium, which fit Lou’s boots too (size 27.5).

    The Boot Gloves have a velcro strap on the back which allows me to snug them up nicely on my TLT6’s.

  5. Topi December 12th, 2016 1:48 pm

    DIY tip: get some XXL down tent boots/ slippers, cut the bottoms off and mount some rubber cords where needed. Worked perfectly with my Aliens. I didn’t found Boot gloves available in Europe.

  6. Lisa Dawson December 12th, 2016 4:14 pm

    Topi, we always like to hear about DIY tips. Thanks!

  7. Jonathan Moceri December 12th, 2016 6:49 pm


    Thanks for the tip about Niacin. As a physician I should have thought about it. Thank you for the education.

    I also use the ubiquitous toe warmers. With enough room in your boot, they certainly help.

  8. JCoates December 12th, 2016 11:36 pm

    Anyone have any experience with these?


    The technology looks promising although Europe continues to keep the good stuff for themselves.

  9. Lou Dawson 2 December 13th, 2016 4:37 am

    JCoats, I’ve been told that Thermacell has thinned their insoles, very similar to your link. I’ve got some Thermacell set up in a pair of boots I use on super cold days. They took some work to fit correctly but I like the performance. A bit thinner would have been much easier. Too bad these use the cutesy name, I’m not sure what to call them. I guess Plus One? Or Plus One Plus Winter? Or Plus Winter? Or start a sentence with the + characters, as follows.

    These things are interesting. + One might make it hard to write a coherent sentence that doesn’t stop reading flow, but they do look cool.


  10. XXX_er December 13th, 2016 3:02 pm

    In spie of a pretty high geek factor I also use the Boot gloves along with the chemical heater packs for alpine skiing when its cold, my hands & feet don’t seem to get as cold when moving/touring

    you wana start with warm boots and the Boot gloves seems to help a bit with keeping that warmth in

    when they get tattered you can easily fix with Aqua seal

  11. Steven Peterson December 29th, 2016 6:53 pm

    Took the recommendation and tried them out since I have been having cold toes the last couple winters. I do not ski with a wide stance and at 65 doubt I will change that so in 5 days they were pretty slashed up and I am sending them back. Seems like they need some edge resistant coverage on the between the boot side.

  12. Lou2 December 30th, 2016 5:19 am

    Sorry to hear that, glad you can return. I remove mine for the downhill but agree they could have several design improvements including full shielding from ski cuts. I’ve tried to convince several gear makers to build and market a better version but no interest. Annoys me as a better version would truly be an excellent accessory for lots of people. But this version does work if used within their limitations. Lou

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