Product Review: Heat Holders Original Socks

Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.

Heat Holders logo on the side of the Ladies Original Crew sock - Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Heat Holders logo on the side of the Ladies Original Crew sock – Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Every day in life, there is a lot of activity that goes on behind the scenes. From the time I was just a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed going to the movies. It was a special treat when my parents would take us to the theater, and I had the absolute best time sitting there with a giant tub of popcorn and a grape soda while staring up at the big screen.

To this day, I still love going to the movies when I have spare time. Of course, with the closest movie theater residing about 45 minutes from the farm, it usually takes some planning to fit a trip into my schedule. These days though, I just as much enjoy bringing home my favorite films on DVD or Blu-ray to watch here at home. Because some movies you can just watch time and time again. And again.

Some of my favorite movies to watch this time of the year are the Harry Potter films. I’m not really sure why, because they aren’t Christmas movies…but there’s something about the holiday season that makes me start jonesing to watch some H. Potter. So I turn on the Chamber of Secrets. Or the Goblet of Fire. Or even the Half-Blood Prince. And then I start baking some cookies for good measure.

The movies never get old, because I LOVE Harry Potter – I grew up reading the books, and while the films aren’t quite as good…I still enjoy them. The special effects in the films are really pretty awesome. Every now and again, I stop and wonder just how many dedicated individuals were hard at work behind the scenes to make the magical world of Hogwarts come to life on the big screen.

Heat Holders are over 7 times warmer than traditional cotton socks, and over 3 times warmer than other kinds of thermal socks - Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Heat Holders are over 7 times warmer than traditional cotton socks, and over 3 times warmer than other kinds of thermal socks – Photo by Lorraine Peachey

Even though someone or something might not be visible, there might be a lot more going on behind the scenes then meets the eye. In Hollywood, that could mean a small army of special effects folks, stage crew members, costumers, and more. Or when I see a horse and rider pair that are just gleaming at a show, it might mean that a small army of grooms worked diligently to send their charges off in style.

Or, working behinds the scenes can be something much simpler. With all of the cold weather that we’ve been having here in Pennsylvania, I’ve been getting creative when selecting my wardrobe to keep me warm. While at a glance, I may just look like I’m bundled up in a coat, hat, gloves and boots, there is a lot more going on that is invisible to the eye.

A problem that I tend to suffer from in the winter time is having cold toes. And once my toes and feet are chilly, it seems to slowly spill over and effect the rest of my body. So making sure that I have warm feet is always a goal of mine. Usually, in the bitter cold, that means that I pull on an extra pair of socks. Or two.

Unfortunately, after wearing two or three pairs of cotton socks, I end up with sweaty feet. Which end up getting a bit of a chill to them. And I’ve been just tired of having sweaty and cold feet. So this cold season, I’ve been wearing Heat Holders Original socks – which are said to be ‘the warmest thermal socks’!

I was pretty excited when I learned about Heat Holders socks – because I like the idea of thermal socks that are designed to keep warm. Heat Holders are over 7 times warmer than traditional cotton socks, and over 3 times warmer than other kinds of thermal socks. And I do like that there are no batteries or heat packs to fuss around with either…just plain old socks for keeping warm.

An intense brushing of the interior maximizes the amount of warm air that is held in the socks. And the brushed soft inside also makes Heat Holders comfortable to wear. All day - Photo by: Lorraine Peachey

An intense brushing of the interior maximizes the amount of warm air that is held in the socks. And the brushed soft inside also makes Heat Holders comfortable to wear. All day – Photo by: Lorraine Peachey

In fact, their Original socks have a TOG rating of 2.34. What is a TOG rating, you might ask? It actually stands for Thermal Overall Grade. And in terms of the TOG rating, Heat Holders have been scientifically proven to be the warmest socks that have received a rating.

Heat Holders are designed and constructed with a three step process in order to keep feet warm. The first step of the design involves the use of advanced insulating yarn, which is a high performance fabric that has wicking properties. Next, is the use of a long looped thermal pile – which helps to hold in more warm air in order to increase the thermal TOG rating.

The final step of Heat Holders design and construction process is the inclusion of the soft, brushed interior of the socks. An intense brushing of the interior maximizes the amount of warm air that is held in the socks. And the brushed soft inside also makes them comfortable to wear. All day.

So when the pair of Heat Holders arrived, I eagerly pulled them out of the package. As I expected, they felt thick and soft to the touch…and I liked that they came in a lovely shade of pink. But what I was really surprised to feel was the interior of socks. In truth, the brushed inside felt super soft to the touch, and I couldn’t wait to try them on…because I had the suspicion that they would feel nice and cozy.

I wear Heat Holders under my muck boots, as well as my country boots. Even on cold mornings when I'm walking across the cold and frozen ground, I notice that the Heat Holders help to keep my feet warmer and more comfortable then my cotton socks - Photo by: Lorraine Peachey

I wear Heat Holders under my muck boots, as well as my country boots. Even on cold mornings when I’m walking across the cold and frozen ground, I notice that the Heat Holders help to keep my feet warmer and more comfortable then my cotton socks – Photo by: Lorraine Peachey

After trying on the Heat Holders, I was not disappointed. The brushed soft insides of the socks just made my feet feel absolutely cozy. Like they were being cocooned by clouds. Or cotton balls. Or something really fluffy and comfy. Basically, I felt like I was walking on a cloud.

Aside from being comfortable though, the Heat Holders also have performed admirably in the cold temperatures. I wear them under my muck boots, as well as my country boots. Even on cold mornings when I’m walking across the cold and frozen ground, I notice that the Heat Holders help to keep my feet warmer and more comfortable then my cotton socks.

Warmer then even wearing two (or three) pairs of them even. And while the socks do keep my feet warm, they do so without causing them to get sweaty. Warm feet. That are super comfy. And don’t get sweaty. Which work really nicely for me whether I’m doing barn work. Or riding. Or am snuggling under a blanket on the couch to watch Harry Potter.

Heat Holders offers their Original Crew socks in both womens and mens styles in a variety of colors. Both are available in a variety of colors, and have a retail price of only $15.99 a pair. Heat Holders also offers many other styles of socks, tights & leggings, and other accessories such as scarves, hats, gloves, thermal underwear and more.

Go Warm Feet (and the feel of walking on a cloud).  Go Heat Holders.  Go Eventing.

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