BenBrown wrote:I wonder if anyone has ever tried battery heated socks?
Haven't needed them.
In the winter here in Idaho Falls, my wife and I have rarely used the heater. And we might use the heated seat once/year. Heated seats are not a commodity for us. Some tips:
1. My wife put heat reflective foam on the seats. This is basic egg-crate packing foam. Then she put a towel over that (it ties down to the seat to keep everything from moving). The gluteal never gets cold. And the car becomes cushier. And in the summer, this cushion was breathable enough to eliminate sweat.
2. In the winter we always wear a very thin layer of long johns all day. It keeps us warm in the car and we don’t get a cold shock when getting out of the car. It also keeps us comfortable in buildings (if it stays <70F).
3. Wear down gloves. They’re light and comfy. Then we don’t get a cold shock when getting out of the car to go in the store.
4. Wear a light hat. Then we don’t get a cold shock when getting out of the car to go in the store.
5. Buy a nice 8oz down coat. We don’t even feel it on. If it drops to 0F add an 8oz fleece jacket underneath. You don’t need an electric vest or electric blanket. Down coats can handle a very wide range of temperatures.
6. Use the defroster for 15-60 seconds at a time. That’s all it takes to clear the window.
7. Use -40F windshield fluid.
8. Wear a comfortable boot. I’ve loved my down North Face Nuptse Boot. It’s not uncommon to see people walk in boots all day. However, at work I do switch out to sandals. Ironically my boots are lighter than the sandals. I wear a thin layer of sock followed by a thick wool sock that I will change once/week. I change the liner sock every day.
9. I do store the iMiev in a garage that stays at 40F.
10. If it super cold (<10F), I also wear a balaclava. Not only does this keep my face warm but keeps the breath off the windows. And I don’t get a cold shock when I get out of the car.