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Toe Warmers--An Essential Ski Bag Item

Back in the old days I never used to use these things...but I was young and stupid back then.

Up at the Pepsi Challenge, as Frank and I were preparing to confront a -10 start (or whatever it was), Frank saved my life by whipping an extra pair of toe warmers out of his pocket.

" you want these?"


There was a time when I would have turned him down out of the misplaced notion that I'd ski faster if I were cold.  Well, there is some truth in that. If you overdress then you just can't go as fast as you can when you're essentially naked.  Dressing is the real trick in skiing.  You want to be freezing your butt off at the start so you're encouraged to hammer like it matters.

The cold is like the snapping whips of your slave masters.

In all honesty, I can't say that I've ever been frozen at the end of a ski race (well...maybe there were one or two occasions where I was ready to get inside).  Your body generally finds an equilibrium between pace and warmth, and you finish without too much trouble.

But even all that is a complicated equation, your feet are never really the problem.

I mean, can you say that your feet were ever TOO warm in a ski race?

No, I don't think so.

So go ahead and slap the toe warmers on and feel that extra degree or two of comfort as you're standing there shivering before the gun.  They only cost a dollar or so each at Farm and Fleet!

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