When testing products from Gobi Heat®, it had been years since we’d tried heated socks. And it was literally heart-warming to see how far technology has come over the years in the category.
I can remember the days of heavy disposable D batteries hanging off the side pockets of heated socks while standing on a cold commuter train platform seeking warmth. The good news is those days are over! True, my commuter days are behind me, but even better, heated socks are now a much more comfortable, convenient option!
Gobi’s Tread Heated Socks come with rechargeable batteries that are so thin and lightweight, you’ll hardly be conscious that they are there! The socks are made of comfy, stretchy, machine-washable cotton that is thin enough to fit into most boots and some sneakers.
The heat is delivered quickly and reaches down to the pads of the toes where people with Raynaud’s really need the warmth. I expected the wires to be a bit uncomfortable, but you won’t feel them inside your footwear – I was only conscious of them when stepping directly on a hardwood floor, which is something you’re not likely to do when it’s cold enough to need the product.
Beyond being rechargeable and reusable, one big benefit over disposable toe warmers with these socks is the remote control. While connecting the remote to the sock batteries took some trial and error, once I mastered this step, using it was easy. The remote offers the ability to turn on the socks and surf through their High, Medium and Low settings with the punch of a button. If you’ve ever used disposable toe warmers and needed to remove them in a public place, you’ll know how welcome this feature is!
I was only able to keep the socks on the highest setting for a short time before needing to turn them down. The High setting reaches up to 140ºF. Other products we’ve tested only heat up to 113ºF, as we’ve been told that medical experts recommend this temperature as the highest level that is safe for being in contact with the feet, and that’s the heat level corresponding to the lowest setting for these socks. For this reason, we would recommend using the Low setting once you’ve gone through a toasty warm-up on higher levels. This step should also help extend the heat time, as the socks offer up to 12 hours of battery life on the lowest level of heat.