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Topic - Walking poles and cold hands

jonny taylor on 12 Dec 2013
My girlfriend struggles with cold hands in winter, and she believes this is made worse by using trekking poles. I can't comment personally as I don't use poles, but I can well believe that an "open hand" posture is colder, and that there's a limit to how insulating your gloves can be if you need to grip the poles well. She also thinks that the handles on her Leki poles, which have a fairly thin-looking cork-like surface to them, help to conduct the heat away.

Questions then to people who know more about this than me...

- Any suggestions on specific glove makes that are good with poles but very well insulated?
- Do you think the pole handles are an issue, and if so can you recommend any particularly well-insulated alternatives?
- Any other suggestions? (chemical handwarmers are of course one thing to try...)

Thanks for any suggestions
Jonny.
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