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Heated gloves and sox(5 posts)

Heated gloves and soxrlupien
Nov 21, 2003 4:16 PM
Hi Folks,
Well, I'm sure this subject comes up a lot in the winter months but I haven't been able to find any specific information.
I'd like to know if anyone has any information on riding with heated gloves and sox. I figure I can't be the first person
to come up with this idea. The fact that I don't seem to be able to find any information or products in the biking community kind of leads me to believe that it may not be a good idea. Thoughts?
... never got satisfactory results...Akirasho
Nov 21, 2003 5:14 PM
... from battery heated gloves (feet are generally not a problem for me)... course, this was a few years ago... before higher capacity batteries (Li-Ion and NiMH) were readily available.

I tried gloves and mitts specifically designed for hunting/fishing... there may be other products designed for skiing and such. No Joy.

I've also tried hand warmers, but have never been too thrilled with the prospect of smoldering goods stuffed in a pocket!

One alternative that might give a tad of satisfaction are gel pacs (mine are Colemans... available at sporting goods stores). On the plus side, until activated, they remain in gel form and easily fit inside a pocket or pouch. Also, they generate a goodly amount of heat (approx. 130F) for a goodly amount of time (dependent on ambient temp). Lastly, they are reusable... just throw the spent pack into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes and it's reactivated. on the minus side... when activated, the gel becomes a solid... so I only use 'em as a last ditch hand warmer for the final dash home (usually keep two (one for hand warming and the second as emergency backup)). Note too that if you're not careful when packing the gel, it could activate inadvertently (you flex a small metal tab embedded in the gel) thus rendering it useless when you might really need it.

Anyway, that's what I currently use.

Be the bike.
Try "Hot Hands"Mike P
Nov 21, 2003 5:20 PM
I use these chemical packets called Hot Hands-2. They are just the right size to fit between my glove liners and gloves. I have also put them inside the booties on top of the toe part of my shoes. They are easy to carry in the jersey pockets too. Check the drug stores, they seem to have them on sale really cheap most of the winter.

Mike
re: Try high quality ski goveshudsonite
Nov 22, 2003 11:41 AM
High quality ski gloves will keep your hands warm. They are expensive, but they will keep your hands dry and warm. If I can ski to -35 and not be cold, I doubt you will be cold on a bike.

The ski industry has experimented with heated gloves and boots. Some people love them, others don't need them. Check out a better ski shop and you will find what you are looking for.

The most important part of the body to keep warm is the head. If the head is cold, the body redirects the blood to your head and your feet and hands will suffer. Keep your head warm, and you will have better circulation to your hands and feet.
re: Try high quality ski govesrlupien
Nov 22, 2003 4:05 PM
Tried Hot Hands today. Put one under the toes of each foot. Worked great! Not so good in the gloves though. Hands were warm enough but fingers still got cold. Need to do some work on the head issue as well though. That's the next step.