Jeff Neagle - heat socks 6.0 Review
Back in November, just before the ski season started here in Vermont, we published an article and video about the new Lenz heat sock 6.0 toe cap merino compression. A lot has happened since then. First, the ski season has started! Then I broke my collarbone after about 18 days on snow. Unfortunately this made it difficult to test the ski socks for a period of time, but I've recovered from my injury and can finally start my review - just to start out, these things are amazing.
Let's start with the fit. I have to admit I was skeptical at first. I've tested quite a few heated socks and have generally found that they don't fit my tight racing ski boots. The heating elements often cause unpleasant pressure points in the shoes (I use a 24.5 Nordica Promachine 130 with a 98mm last). But the Lenz heat sock 6.0 toe cap merino compression surprised me positively. The heating element sits very flat and the way the wires are incorporated into the stocking is by far the best I've seen. Thanks to its fit, the heat sock 6.0 is therefore suitable for both leisure skiers and racers with fitted racing shoes.
Ok - the fit is already very good, what about the functionality of the heating element? As I mentioned before, I broke my collarbone at the beginning of the season. So I couldn't ski much myself, but acted as a supervisor for a group of freeskiers. They trained on the rail and I had to stand in the snow for about 4-5 hours every day without being able to move much. I've always struggled with poor circulation and cold toes and it's normal for me on days like this when I'm not moving much to lose feeling in my toes after about an hour. The Lenz heat socks were a real game changer for me. The parents watching their kids compete actually asked me why I seemed so relaxed and happy. My feet stayed comfortably warm throughout the day. Since I wasn't on skis, I could access the Lenz heat app via my smartphone as often as I wanted. I probably adjusted my heat settings 50 times that day. Partly because it was fun and I played around with the socks, but also because it allowed me to dial in a perfect temperature throughout the day. After that day I started skiing in them.
Just this morning we had a shoot for Rossignol 2021. Anyone who has ever skied in Northern Vermont knows how cold it can get here. This morning we had a crisp -20°C - of course I grabbed my heat socks. I set the socks to level 5 (medium setting) and headed for the mountain. I have no idea how I've skied my whole life without these socks. Normally on a morning like this I would be freezing after about 1.5 hours of skiing and probably head to the summit lodge in Stowe for a quick five minute toe-warming break. With Lenz this is not necessary! I was perfectly happy with the warmth they produce on level 5 and even after the 5 runs I never felt my toes get cold.
Will I put the socks on every day? No, of course not - but on cold days I won't hesitate for a second to switch to the heat socks.
The detailed report with video is available here: