/ Gift (gear) suggestion for walker with cold hands
My Wainwrighting partner gets really cold hands when we're out walking when it's cold despite her wearing several pairs of gloves. Doesn't affect other extremities such as feet so probably not a circulation thing (that she should be seeing her GP for).
Does anyone (particularly those who suffer a similar affliction) have any suggestions for a piece of equipment or gear that really helps in these circs? It's her birthday soon and I'm looking for something along these lines as a present.
There used to be a gadget in the 80’s where you lit a piece of charcoal in a velvet covered box. Kept warm for ages. Good for warming cold hands.
i will have a look.
zippo hand warmer
Wrist gaiters make a huge difference, and mitts will be warmer than gloves too. I got a pair of Buffalo mitts for Christmas as belay/emergency spare mitts, and I can't fault them. Stupidly warm considering both their cost and weight.
You can get electric gloves but I was always put off by the bad reviews for cheap ones/insane price for good ones
disposable hand warmers - work great.
hot hands or little hotties are the two brands I know of.
I'm a fellow sufferer and have tried 'em all. I'd suggest, as others have already, wear mitts not gloves and use disposable hand-warmers which are just great and last for hours. Downside is they're not eco friendly but the re-usable ones, whilst getting very hot, last only for a few minutes then you're carrying around useless dead weight. Worth mentioning if you haven't used them that in very cold weather they may not "start" so best to open the pack and stick 'em in your mitts before leaving the warmth of the house/hotel/car.
Incidentally I bit the bullet and bought the mega-bucks batt op gloves. Good, but especially for walking and not technical climbing, I'd stick to the disposable hand-warmers. A quid a pair and they work. The above mentioned wrist warmers or a jumper with thumb-loops help too.
Just noticed your gift idea. A pair of these at a quid won't impress much I'm afraid. But a box of a gross might well be appreciated?!
Another vote for Wrist Gaiters.
Also beware of wearing too tight gloves or too many close fitting glove layers - that can reduce even normal circulation.
I wear a pair of thin liner gloves and a merino long sleeve base layer with Wrist Gaiters over the top overlapping both, then mid-layer and loose-ish main gloves over the top, again overlapping and long thin goretex mitts over everything.
Thanks for all the really helpful tips, really useful and plenty of food for thought there. She's going to be a lucky lady with hopefully warm(er) hands.
I use a pair for bouldering in cold weather, heat for more than a full day
A box of Viagra...
I can't imagine anyone has ever had cold hands in a pair of Dachstein mitts: https://www.climbers-shop.com/1377025/products/dachstein-mitts.aspx?origin=pla&kwd=¤cy=GBP&gclid=CjwKCAiA24PVBRBvEiwAyBxf-QjWsx2PcPptVrbQy7Qrm9u7Nv13eulTsguwoTQNzzbyxHLCzaN1BhoCDDsQAvD_BwE
Still warm warm wet. Not very dexterous obviously but easily on and off. Too warm for me most the time. These or buffalo mitts. Dachstein's probably slightly harder wearing, although take longer to dry.
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