A couple of months ago, Meredith O’Neil from Springtime Farms offered to send me a pair of her Snuggly Toes foot warmers (which are made from the hair/fibers from alpacas) to try out this winter. According to Meredith, alpaca fibers are both softer and warmer than wool, so these sounded pretty promising, and considering how much I hate cold toes in the winter time (who doesn’t?), I gladly took her up on her offer. So, she quickly got a pair in the mail for me and since then I have just been waiting on the weather to get cold enough for me to need to use them… and it’s finally getting there! (I am in the southeast, so it takes a while before we get “cold” weather.)
The pair of Snuggly Toes that I received are a men’s size 12 (as requested). They are approximately 1/4″ – 3/8″ thick and weigh 2.7 oz for the pair. I find them to be slightly bigger than the size 12 insoles in my Lowa boots that I plan to use them in, so I will need to trim them to size (which is recommended in this situation).
Each pair of Snuggly Toes are made (from start to finish) right here in the USA. After the alpaca fibers are sheared, Meredith separates the alpaca fibers from hay, or other items. She then sends the cleaned fibers in to Autumn Mist Alpacas (a small alpaca farm in New York) to have it processed. She then gets the fibers back as a yarn, which is spooled on a cone. From this yarn, she knits a blanket on her knitting machine, and then “felts” the blanket to be sure that the fibers are stuck together and durable. Once this is all done, she will finally cut each pair of Snuggly Toes out by hand.
Just looking my pair of Snuggly Toes over, they seem to be well constructed and after reading about the procedure which Meredith uses to make these, they sound like they will be durable enough to last me at least an entire hiking season, probably more considering out short winters. In fact, she stated that she used a single pair over the course of a “long 6-month” winter, but of course as with anything else, the actual life of the Snuggly Toes will depend on how much they are used.
I definitely look forward to using these Snuggly Toes this winter in my hiking boots, and as I mentioned in the (following) video, also inside my GooseFeet Gear overbooties or down socks. Although, she does say that these insoles are “most effective if you are walking” which should make them great for hiking, as long as they are not too hot! Either way, I plan to start using these on my winter hikes and will be sure to talk about them more sometime next spring after I have used them during our “wintery” season…
Also, here is a video I made earlier this morning in which I talk a little more about them.
Thanks for reading/watching!
Disclaimer: Meredith O’Neil provided me with a complimentary pair of Snuggly Toes for this review. I will be sure to update this “review” sometime next year after I use them for a full season to better reflect my own personal opinion after actual use.