The weather forecasters here in Utah say that the beginning of April is generally the last time for measurable snow here in Utah, clearly mother nature had other thoughts this winter season. With snow still falling, some ski resorts staying open until Memorial Day, and the cold weather not releasing its grasp, T Squared has had the season of all seasons to test and review the thermolite insoles from 3M a leader in insulate technology to keep you warm.
How do they work? Well 3M states: Thinsulate thermal insoles are made with a combination of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation to provide exceptional warmth, performance foams to minimize shock in each step and antimicrobial and moisture management technology to reduce odor in the insoles. Translation: layers of material are pieced together in a fashion that not only provide comfort but trap the heat that your foot naturally releases. The human body releases its core heat through the head and the feet so if you can keep the heat with you, the less you have to work to stay warm. Thinsulate thermal insoles provide a quick and easy solution for consumers to enhance the warmth and comfort of their outdoor activity demands with the Thinsulate insulation patented technology. A combination of performance materials provides a multi-layer barrier to help keep feet warm and dry. A great feature about 3M is that the material used in the insulation used in the insole is recyclable. In a world of waste, companies find simple ways to reduce their waste and re-use, good for 3M.
How are Thinsulate thermal insoles designed?
Thinsulate thermal insoles are made up of four layers:
- The top layer is an abrasion resistant fabric, improving durability and containing antimicrobial technology to reduce odor.
- The second is foot-conforming foam – to provide additional comfort.
- A third layer made of Thinsulate insulation bonds the comfort layer and bottom layer, providing exceptional warmth.
- Patented foam in the bottom layer absorbs shock, provides energy return, wicks moisture and includes additional antimicrobial technology to inhibit odor-causing bacteria.
The soles fit all major shoes and sizes. Here at T Squared we put the insoles in skate shoes, winter boots, ski and snowboard boots, cross country ski boots, snowmobile boots and a pair of running shoes that were used to snow shoe in.
We suggest that you leave the natural insole of the shoe or boot in, it prevents unnecessary wear and tear on the thermosole. The only shoe that was odd to wear the thermosole in was the running shoe. It made the foot taller in the shoe and the top of the foot rubbed on the shoe. If you are going to use the thermosole in a running style shoe, this would be the one time you should remove the natural insole of the shoe.
We were concerned that keeping the heat in would cause the foot to sweat more causing a chill in the foot. It’s natural, when cold air comes in contact with a wet foot your foot gets cold. The insole didn’t cause a ton of excessive sweating; just a little above normal so wear a great pair of moisture wicking socks and your feet will be warm the entire time you are playing in the snow.
Here in Utah we see changing weather every day. These thermolite insoles will be a constant in your shoes to keep your feet warm.
This winter our adventures took T Squared skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, hiking in the snow and everyday winter activities, we used the thermo insoles numerous times and can say that if you suffer from cold feet or just want that extra bit of warmth, then 3M has a great product for you. We recommend them most for use in ski and snowboard boots and any boot that you wear that your walk in or stand in. They do what they are designed to do and your feet will thank you as you enjoy another Utah winter.