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ThermaCell Heated Rechargeable Insoles

March 7, 2014
By Denny Fetty - OVO Pro Staff , Ohio Valley Outdoors

I was given the opportunity to field test the newest product from ThermaCell: their Heated Rechargeable Remote Controlled Insoles. I received them in October and it gave me plenty of time to do a bit of research and to get accustomed to them. I read the instruction booklet and put them on the charger. I also activated the remote control and checked out the features.

The unusually warm weather we had this past bow season proved to be a problem for field testing. I was barely wearing a jacket most days. Another problem - my feet are usually very warm, all the time. I use boots with very little insulation in them because I really don't need the insulation. Too much and my feet sweat. Then after sitting still in the stand for 3 or 4 hours, my feet freeze. I've tried just about everything possible to find a balance that keeps my feet dry and warm to pretty much no avail. I've tried different materials of socks from 100% wool to blended wool of all types and again, nothing's worked. I have even tried my regular sneakers, or tennis shoes, with rubber slip-on boot covers and that didn't work. Hand and foot warmers absolutely drive me nuts! I can't stand anything in my boots except for my socks and feet.

As temperatures chilled in November, I finally got to use the ThermaCell Heated Insoles, and I have to say I was impressed. Just having the insoles in the boots made my feet warm and I didn't even turn the power on. After about 2 1/2 hours I started to get a chill and turned on the insoles on to medium heat. Almost instantly they warmed up and my feet were definitely warm enough to turn them off. I actually only turned them on three times that day for about a minute or two each time.

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ThermaCell Heated Rechargeable Insoles

I used them again on the first day of muzzleloader hunting and again only turned them on for a minute and then right back off. The temps were in the 20's and at dark with the wind howling it felt really cold but I was dressed for it.

According to the booklet the insoles charge will last up to five hours. The outside temperature and thickness of insulation in the boots will affect run time. As for my boots, they are knee high rubber bottoms with camo uppers and 400 grams of insulation media.

The new ThermaCell Heated Insoles are very user friendly. If you have high uppers though, they can be a bit difficult to install. To help the user remove them, there is a fabric tab to pull on and guide them back out of the boots. The wireless remote works up to seven feet away and has three settings: No Heat; Medium Heat (100 degrees) and High Heat (111 degrees).

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I would recommend the ThermaCell Heated Wireless Rechargeable Insoles very highly to folks that have trouble with cold feet during outdoor activities. I think they are awesome, and give them "Five Stars".

Other advantages of the ThermaCell Heated Insoles:

Easy access panels for ON/OFF switch and charging ports.

Easy to follow instruction manual.

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Initial charge time 4 hours.

Lithium ion polymer batteries can be fully recharged over 500 times.

Remote control batteries can be easily replaced.

Price range from $95.94-$129.99

In my final summary, I would recommend the ThermaCell Heated Wireless Rechargeable Insoles very highly to folks that have trouble with cold feet during outdoor activities. I think they are awesome, and give them "Five Stars".

Give them a try and beat the cold. And stay in the stand or blind longer. That may increase your chances of a successful hunt.

 
 

 

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