How Do You Keep Hands Warm?

Liz gets cold hands. Really cold. In Alaska her down mits were huge. It looked like she had a Marmot on the end of each arm.

She's tried several ways of keeping her hands warm including these washing-up gloves with fleece underneath. None work.

Pogies are best, but fiddly. Neoprene gloves are cold when wet in wind.

Any suggestions? EDIT - Thanks from Liz for all the great ideas!

10 Comments Here:

DaveO said...

Reed Chillcheater makes a gauntlet style elbow length glove with 'lobster fingers', that is a cross between a mitten and glove where two fingers are in contact with one another. A pair of cross country ski gloves with these over the top should be an improvement over regular gloves. Up here in Lake Superior country its a constant problem with the air normally being much colder than the water this time of year. Here's some more comments in an old post. http://gitcheegumeeguy.blogspot.com/2007/11/warm-fingers.html

Simon said...

Thanks Dave - we'll look at the Chillcheaters.
Simon

DaveO said...

One thing I neglected to mention. I've found wool to be much superior to fleece as far as insulating properties when damp or wet. Hope it helps.

Michael said...

Simon, I've been using LevelSix neoprene mitts this winter in temps down to -10°C with warm results. They have smooth neoprene outside so don't cool down like the nylon ones which retain moisture on the surface. Inside there is a fleecy lining. When really cold I add some thin poly gloves and have never been cold. You ought to be able to find their web page using google...

Simon said...

Hi Michael - you ought to know about cold paddling! It was a post of yours a while back made us attempt some experiments. I'll check these out, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon I used to windsurf during the winter and had large dry gloves which I would were wool or fleece under.
These dry gloves were like kitchen gloves but came futher up your wrist and sealed.
These allowed me feeling in the hands on the coldest of day's
Good Luck , cold hands can spoil great days out

Alan

corgimas said...

Crazycreek makes thermabands....might work if inside a dry mitt or glove....they are great for Reynauds disease/syndrome.....they work great because they are heating up the inner wrist arteries and blood vessels....
http://www.crazycreek.com/interior.cfm?page=products&Category=8

Anonymous said...

Have you tried Kokatat pogies for paddling. I get cold hands but these work well for me - in scottish winters. They are very soft and flexible and not too fiddly I think. Have some cosy mits ready in a dry bag for when you land

Douglas Wilcox said...

Hi Simon, I agree about pogies and YAK make nice fleece lined ones that are still warm when wet. But they are a fiddle, especially if you like taking lots of photos.

Thick gloves give me cramp. I have done a lot of winter windsurfing since '77 and the wild chill is extreme! The two best solutions I have found are Gul palmless gloves (sadly not on their current website) and o'neill flx blind stiched 1.5mm gloves are really superb. Windchill is the real enemy and these O'Neills keep it at bay.

Maurizio said...

Hi guys, i live in north of Italy and here during the winter is quite cold. I started using these gloves two years ago: http://www.glacierglove.com/ it's the best solution i have found so far.
Bye
Maurizio