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During my winter hiking this year I have encountered an interesting problem with ice in my boots. This year I have encountered ridiculously cold feet early in the morning on my trips, so cold I was considering getting tested for diabetes or poor circulation, and I have never had this sort of problem before. I finally checked my boots one morning and noticed that the toe box was literally encased with ice inside the boot. I tested it again the next morning and sure enough, ice again. I guess I never noticed it because Ill do the classic "dress in your bag" maneuver where I warm up my clothes and dress in my sleeping bag. Outside of just knocking my boots for any critters that may have got in over night I just take my warm and cozy feet in my recently warmed up socks and slide em in the boots.
I do have sweaty feet issues and have to dry my socks almost every night I camp. I am starting to wonder if its my sock system. During winter I usually use a merino sock liner (Smartwool Liners ) and depending on how cold a Md Hiker merino, merino trekking sock or merino mountaineering sock. Now I should mention that when I noticed this problem I was testing out new socks. Instead of going with smartwool like I have for years I bought my merino socks from Fits (I do love them and think they are much more comfortable than smartwool) but they do have a different blend in the fibers. Im wondering if that may have something to do with it.
What I really think the solution is, is to just go with thinner socks and lass insulation that would cause my foot to sweat.
any feedback is appreciated.