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Published on January 22nd, 2014 | by Greg


ThermaCell Heated Insoles: Getting Warmer, But Not Quite Hot

It’s the middle of a blizzard here in New York City, the second one in the past couple of weeks, and a reminder that no one is immune to Mother Nature and Her polar vortexes. It’s been freezing cold, if the snow wasn’t bad enough, with temperatures dipping way below freezing and a wind chill that has most folks staying inside around a space heater when they can. That’s not always possible- we have to go outside sometime- and we’ve been testing a way to make those ventures a little more pleasant.

The ThermaCell Heated Insoles sounded like the perfect antidote to the chill, an easy way to warm up our feet during the trudge to the subway. And they seem like a nifty idea, a modern take on the traditional heat packs that can get overly hot and certainly can’t really fit in your shoes. They fit inside just like any other insole and can be cut to fit, are available in a few sizes of course, and even come with a nice remote control. There are dual settings for medium and higher heat output, and no wires, velcro, straps, or hefty battery packs. The smaller rechargeable lithium ion internal battery means a more limited duration, to be sure, but four hours or so between charges is more than enough for our uses. They aren’t waterproof, but are water resistant.

There are some major downsides though- these are really thick, and you’ll probably want to (or need to) wear thinner socks in order to make use of them. More importantly, they simply don’t get that warm- their listed goal is to get to 111 degrees and, but the heating area is fairly small. Even on the high setting, we found ourselves wondering if they were really working- there seemed to be a small area of effect but our toes were getting quite chilly. We didn’t expect them to get “hot to the touch”- their FAQ is clear- but still were disappointed. The remote is easy to use and small enough to put away, though we worry about losing it. Charging via a normal outlet is simple, and they do feel fairly well-made and comfortable.

Still, we wanted more- and for around $100 as tested, expected it from the ThermaCell Insoles. Available now, online.


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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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