As native born Coloradan, I know cold—and trust me, when your feet get cold while skiing, hunting or just plain walking outside, it goes downhill from there. Cold feet = cold everything.
So when our staff tested heated socks, we were excited to see which socks could stand up to a Colorado winter.
Heated socks all work much the same way—a lithium ion battery sends heat through thin alloy wires woven into the socks. (Yes, most are machine washable—except one noted below).
After trying out several different brands, we realized some worked better for men and others best for women.
For men, we decided Binnice New Heated Socks took the prize—the heat lasted long and they were thick and soft.
What We Liked
• Toasty! These socks heat up to 149 degrees on high—that’s warmer than others we tested.
• Last almost all day. We are talking about 9 hours of use (on low setting) and 6 hours on high. Yes, we got six hours of use set at the highest temperature.
• 3 heat settings.
• Thick and soft. These socks are made of cotton and spandex with four layers.
• Can machine wash in a laundry bag. The maker suggests hand washing, however.
• Recharge in about 3 hours.
What Needs Work
• Only one size.
• Heats only the front of the foot, from the instep to the toes. Still, we found these socks to be most toasty.
• Too thick for some folks. If you want a somewhat thinner heated sock, we’d suggest the next recommendation.