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keeping hands warm recommendations
I'm looking for opinions on what is the best pair of gloves you folks have found. This is not necessarily for hunting but for a rancher that has trouble keeping his hands warm. What says you?
I have something like this for fly fishing in the winter. I can get them soaked, shake them out and they will continue to keep my hands hot. Problem is they are bulky.
Rag wool and some hot hands
If you need some dexterity then Glomitts with pocket for chemical handwarmer is the best way for me.
If dexterity is not important (driving a tractor or ATV) then High Plains Sheepskins Timberline Mittens are my answer.
Past that, a separate hand muffler is the last resort.
No good for working, but for sitting on a stand, get a cheap belt-type muff and put a disposable hand warmer in it. I love mine and i think it was about $15. On year #4.
They’re beastly expensive if you pay full-boat, but I picked up (on clearance at Sierra Trading Post) a pair of Filson wool-lined goatskin work gloves that have kept my hands warm even when they were soaked clean through. I have no idea how much snow I’ve shoveled with them on, but I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.
So those are what I use when I’m good and active; lower activity, I threw in the towel 20 years ago and started keeping a heat pack on the back of each hand in between the shell and liner of my ski gloves (teaching gets COLD!).
Now there are gloves, mitts and glo-mitts designed for that purpose. Best ski gloves I’ve ever owned are SmartWools.
Noticing a trend towards wool?
I get cold hands easily. Bad circulation... Anyway, i keep a second pair of gloves inside my jacket and switch as needed. Wish i could find a pair that was just plain warm and had some dexterity.
I just bought 3 pairs of chopper mittens and 4 sets of rag wool liners for just under $100 from midwest Gloves. I got the black gloves. They usually make u order 6 pairs but not the made in the USA line. Randy Newberg swears by this style. I will know how they work after my 4th season colorado hunt.
No matter what hand covers you use, they work better if you use a muff. Or , a built in muff pocket like the one in the Sitka Fanatic.
Swany gloves. I use them snowmobiling and often end up loaning them out to someone in the group with frozen hands before the day is out. The x-cell II is amazing.
Stay away from finger gloves & the warmest is mittens with wool liners & if need be hyand warmers in side them.
On stand the muff is the best....I have a old one that is flat which is nice. It has the original Trebark camo....that tells you how old it is.
Years ago, I was sent a pair of battery heated, finger gloves. Tried them one year in SK. Useless. But really warm, even without the battery thingie. But almost no dexterity. I also have a pair of, I think sealskin mittens, lined with some sort of fur. Bought them on a rez. in Canada. Extremely warm, but you sure couldn't pick your nose with them on. Down here, most of the time, I hunt in a pair of batters gloves. When it gets cold, I use the muff-also handy as an easy access pocket for camera.