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Socks/Mittens/Pot holder
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Steven Inge
(tnis0612) - F
Socks/Mittens/Pot holder on 09/23/2009 08:43:10 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a good pair of warm sleeping socks that I can also use as gloves or as a pot holder. What type of material should I be looking at for keeping warm but also durable enough to handle some heat and wont melt? any specific suggestions?

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Possum-down socks are the most! on 09/23/2009 08:45:47 MDT Print View

Gotta love those possum-down socks from this web site!


Steven Inge
(tnis0612) - F
Re: Possum-down socks are the most! on 09/23/2009 08:53:53 MDT Print View

Yeah I saw those...what do you think about their durability if they were to get pretty close to a fire? I've got a Ti-Tri stove that I use in woodburning mode so I'm a little worried that they could get damaged pretty easily...and they are a little more than I want to spend!

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: Re: Possum-down socks are the most! on 09/23/2009 08:58:23 MDT Print View

They are truly a great product and offer quite a bit of warmth for very little weight. With that said though, I don't put them near a fire or wear them for anything other than sleeping as I worry about their long term durability and exposure to elements not really intended for their use.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Re: Re: Re: Possum-down socks are the most! on 09/23/2009 09:11:24 MDT Print View

I use mine as potholders all the time with no ill-effect, but I'm working with a Caldera Keg system, not a wood fire, which is far less controlled.

Still, as sleeping socks, they can't be beat. They aren't as durable as synthetics, but then again, you're not making the same demands on sleeping socks as you are on hiking socks.


Edited by nerdboy52 on 09/23/2009 12:23:47 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Re: Possum-down socks are the most! on 09/23/2009 09:33:05 MDT Print View

If only they'd get them back in stock! I got lucky and picked up the gloves from another member here, used those as potholders last weekend with my Ti-Tri in woodburning mode and they worked great. One hint, make sure you don't have the pot/cup handle over the opening! The wood fire comes blasting out of there.

Jeremy Gus
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
re: Socks/Mittens/Pot holder on 09/23/2009 10:01:03 MDT Print View

From my experience, I would highly recommend going with 100% wool. Any other fabric mixed in there does not do well with fire. I would also recommend separating your mittens/Pot Holder from your socks. They get pretty dirty and sooty and if it's raining, wet. All of this does not mix well with the inside of your sleeping bag.

Also, I've found 100% wool gloves are hard too find. Seems like everyone wants to mix something else in there. I think this is primarily to add some durability which leads me to my next point.

I haven't tried this yet, but I've read that boiled wool is the way to go to add durability and better water resistance. Buy a pair of globes the next size bigger than you normally wear. Put them in boiling water for bit, take them out and when they are just cool enough, put them on and let them shrink to fit your hand by letting them dry on your hands.


Marco A. Sánchez

Locale: The fabulous Pyrenees
re: Socks/Mittens/Pot holder on 09/23/2009 10:41:48 MDT Print View

You’re right Jeremy: wool blends are more durable than 100% wool.

Also, boiling wool is an ancient process whose result is a fabric that is windproof, more water resistant and warmer. Here you can read how to boil wool.

/A .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: re: Socks/Mittens/Pot holder on 09/23/2009 12:21:07 MDT Print View

I have observed boiled wool to be quite a bit heavier and a little less warm than loftier virgin wool. The wind resistance is ok, but they would have to be rather thick in gloves to work well for this. Another consideration is the "hand" of the fabric - boiled wool often ends up being rather stiff compared to virgin.

The possumdown does work well and is a mixture of 2 natural fibers: Merino + bushy-tail possum fur. I like combining them with a water/wind-proof outer mitt for versatility.

John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
wool gloves on 09/23/2009 23:16:50 MDT Print View

Okay....I am ready for the assualt after this is read. I have always used the G.I. issue 100% wool glove liners. They keep my hands warm, are durable, and are very cheap to buy. I pay $1.50 on base for them. I am sure they are very cheap at surplus stores as well. They weight in at about 2oz a pair.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
woool gloves on 09/24/2009 07:40:39 MDT Print View

Actually the best thing about those gloves is the fact they are uni-hand so if you wear a hole in one you can keep recycling the good gloves. Everytime I get in a surplus store I buy a couple of pairs. Thanks fo the tip.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Wool & Heat on 11/08/2009 22:34:09 MST Print View

I'm currently using some 3oz wool gloves as both gloves and my pot handling method. I've recently been seeing some merino wool gloves around that are much thinner and lighter (ie. 1 to 1.5oz). Does anyone know if merino wool stands up to heat like regular wool does? Or does it burn easier since it's finer?