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Old 12-18-2012, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cold Feet

My wife and I bought new 2012 Polaris 800 and 600 RMK's. We took them for our first ride last weekend. After 3 hours of riding, our feet were frozen. The temperature was 26 F. Not cold! The sleds were operating at 123 F. Our feet were never cold with our 2003 Polaris 700 SKS's. We wear very good felt lined boots with two pairs of socks.

What can we do to get more engine heat on our feet?

Frost bite in Idaho!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Strange, I have never heard of some models being colder on the feet than others.... I wear a pair of Muck boots (made of thick neoprene) with one pair of extra thick smartwool socks and never get cold feet. Smartwool is the best, worth every penny!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your response. My Polaris dealer said that he had not heard of cold feet with some models. He suggested that I try Klim boots ($250). Of course Polaris just bought Klim. Probably a good purchase for Polaris for the boot sales alone!
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Could it have something to do with change in rider position between chasis style? I haven't even put my butt down on one of the newer Polaris' but I love to tuck my toes in under the cowl of the older Gen II chasis.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The foot position appears to be nearly the same. The "running boards" on our old SKS's were part of the cooling system and therefore were heated. Not the case on the new RMK's. Cooling is under the tunnel.

There are air exit holes on the top back of the hood. It appears that if these exit holes were restricted that more warm would have to exit at your feet. I may try this and watch the engine temperature carefully. thoughts?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a 2012 Pro RMK 800 and my feet are toasty warm.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Does two pairs of socks feel tight? If your feet are too tight in the boot, blood has a hard time flowing and warm blood is what heats your extremities.

Stupid comment but did you maybe wash you boot liners in preparation for your trip? I went ice fishing with the brother-in-law and a few others (Hightower, are you out there?) and one of them had washed his felt boot liners the night before. He thought two cycles in the dryer would be enough to dry them, guess what, two hours later and he had frost bitten toes. We almost had to cut the boots off because it hurt him too much to pull them off.
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We did not wash our boot liners and my boots fit fairly loose. We are going to try the Klim boots. Thanks for your response.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't know what the "best" boots are but I have some Sorel Glacier boots and my feet have never been cold - regardless of the conditions. There isn't anything much more important than warm feet while sledding! Good luck!

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Old 12-20-2012, 09:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i bot boots last year from sportsmans guide and they are rated for -100 f so my feet are never cold they are big and bulky but i like my feet and they are nice and were only 60 bucks so
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Electric socks or hot paws insoles.....FTW!!!!
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This sounds completely counter-intuitive... but...

Are you wearing the same clothing on your upper bodies as before? Getting the same wind protection? The body will naturally reduce blood flow to the extremities if the temp of your core drops too far. They done studies that show this. One piece of research I saw showed a person in a meat locker with a well-insulating vest and no gloves. Their hands were cool from the cold air, but certainly not numb and they retained full motor control.

A second stint in the cooler with a lighter duty full coat and light duty gloves resulted in the test subject's hands essentially going numb. During all of it, they were measuring temps around the trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet, etc. What they determined is that keeping your core warm allows for the body to pump blood freely and feed your extremities with warm blood.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Only expensive things i wear are the 50 dollar gloves. The boots are 60ish, offbrand carhart 70ish and cheap snowpants, along with my hjc fullface helmet. I never get cold, even on 5-6 hour trips. I have an 85 indy 600.

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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the polaris liquid coolers might be heating your boots keeping u warmer just a thought
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Re: Cold Feet

LaCrosse Ice King boots and your feet will never be cold again, period.

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