Winter is here and even if you don’t live in a northern city or town and won’t be freezing your toes off this winter, chances are you might travel to one. While I hang my hat most of the time in northern California, I travel a lot, including back to the East Coast and Europe and yes, in winter. We headed to New York in February and those winter temperatures and wind can be harsh at times. Why not be prepared with thermal socks, gloves and hats?
Meet Heat Holders, a company who makes socks for men, women and kids, hats, gloves, tights, thermal underwear, snug-overs, thermal blankets, neck warmers and leggings. They are apparently 7 times warmer than regular cotton socks and 3 times warmer than ordinary thermal socks.
We heard about them and couldn’t help but think, “this is a no brainer.” They boast that they’re the warmest thermal socks in the world. The nice thing about their socks is not only are they warm, but they’re also incredibly comfortable and I’d argue, some of their lines are even cozy.
We loved the look of the neck warmer, which is designed to be warmer than a scarf. Made from a cable knit blend, the Heat Holders 3.5 Tog Neck Warmer has a silky, fur-like HeatWeaver thermal lining to retain warm air and keep you warmer for longer.
The advanced, high performance Heat Holders insulating yarn helps protect against the cold and wicks away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable. The specially sculpted fit of this neck warmer drops low to contour around the chest, neck and chin for extra warmth and protection. Like many of their other offerings, they have matching hats, gloves and converter gloves.
They make super warm hats also which was a godsend when we went back east in February. Ladies Hats are 8.25 inches high and 9.25 inches wide. Their ladies chunky cable hat is knitted in an attractive, soft marl two-colored twist yarn with a ribbed hem and incorporates the latest HeatWeaver thermal lining, a luxurious, plush fur-like insulating fabric, that maximizes the amount of warm air held close to the skin. Note that I love purple and hence am highlighting their funner warmer colors, but if you’re a traditionalist, they offer white, black and a taupe color.
We also LOVED their converter gloves. The women’s Heat Holders 2.3 Tog HeatWeaver Yarn Fingerless Gloves with Converter Mitt are both fun and functional. These mitten-style gloves offer you the best of both worlds, with open-ended fingers for when you need a delicate touch, such as delving in your purse or texting, and warm mitten caps to slip back over in an instant. The reason I wanted to try these out is because I do so much photography and when you’re shooting in colder temperatures, you want that flexibility. The cuff is extendable, unfolding to create long protective sleeves that hug the wrist for extra warmth and insulation.
They’re most known for their socks of course, and have a wide range to choose from, whether you want the thick chunky socks for ice fishing or tubing or medium sized for activities like skiing and ice skating, or thinner socks for when you need to wear a regular shoe. We loved the variation and diversity of what they have on offer, including their Heat Holders LITE thermal socks, which have been designed to provide thermal protection and comfort but in a medium thick profile — perfect for more traditional shoes and boots!
Made from a combination of acrylic, polyester and elastane, they are diabetic friendly and provide relief for cold feet due to circulation problems as well.
The offer fun choices for men as well as classic solid colored reds, navy and black. Their striped crew length Heat Holders for men are their warmest thermal sock. Thick, chunky and with a massive tog rating of 2.34, they have long pile cushioning and great for when the temperatures get into the teens. Brrrr!
So How Does it Work?
Heat Holders are made using a three stage process. An advanced insulating yarn is used to construct a sock with a long loop thermal pile which is then intensely brushed. This traps warm air generated by your body closer to your skin for longer, keeping you warm and comfortable.
The socks are made using acrylic yarn, which is great at wicking away moisture so your feet won’t sweat. Heat Holders socks come in ankle, crew, and long lengths and levels of warmth. For example, the Heat Holders LITE socks are a thinner fit than traditional Heat Holders as mentioned above, but more functional when you need to wear regular shoes. New Heat Holders Worxx socks are reinforced in the toe and heal for extra durability.
They make them in both small and super large sizes for men and women, so if you have an extra large foot, they can accommodate. They also have socks for both younger and older kids. The Heat Holders children’s socks are also over seven times warmer than a typical cotton sock. Two different children’s sizes are available, for children from 3 to 8 years old and from 8 years+ up.