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    LOL - I never noticed it until you pointed it out Tom. And only my second post here at VFFT. I better be careful or I'm going to get a bad reputation.

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    Out of control
    Quote Originally Posted by jdshiker
    I better be careful or I'm going to get a bad reputation.
    Too late...


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    I wish you the best of luck dealing with this.
    I have had cold hands for years and as I get older they seem to get even more sensitive. I have Raynaud's and I noticed that my entire body is more sensitive to cold now. Lots of layering and I always wear a hat.
    I bought a nice pair of Black Diamond well insulated gloves thinking they would be good for the "transition"season. Had them on in So NH last week for Bernie's 2 hr class. It took an hour for my hands to start to freeze up. Wore them again next class with hand warmers and they were OK. Temps in the 20-30's.
    I normally wear only Black Diamond's best mitten and also the very thick fleece with gortex overmitts. I NEED handwarmers in both 95% of the time.
    I almost didn't get accepted to my winter Outward Bound course in MN in 03 but I did convince them that I knew how to handle the problem. We used "choppers" and I made sure that I had hand warmers in 24/07. My hands were always moving on the course so that helped a lot keeping them warm.
    It's really a lot of trial and error to see what the best systems are for you under a variety of different conditions. Hand warmers have really saved me because I could do next to nothing outside in those cold winter winter months without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddy
    Hand warmers have really saved me because I could do next to nothing outside in those cold winter winter months without them.
    Sounds like you have hands like mine. I no longer wait until my hands are getting cold; I start hikes with hand warmers now.


    Ortovox has a website. They list the products in which I am interested under Classic Wool, but no retailers. Their US office is just outside Concord. I sent them an email, to which they have not yet responded.

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    I tried another search--this time on "boiled wool mittens"...and came up with an article on how to make them yourself from cast-off wool sweaters...
    Further research on my part turned up some BBS chatter with other DIY options. Some suggest buying ordinary wool mittens (6 bucks at Campmor) oversize and boiling them 2-10 minutes. One person suggested letting them cool a bit and wearing them dry, sort of a custom fit.

    Others say that the same effect can be achieved by washing them in hot water and running them through the dryer.
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    Or ... you could just buy the Dachsteins which was your original request via the link I cited above

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilgrim
    I've been using hand warmers for a long time. I now buy the Little Hotties brand in bulk at Costco. The packaging is better than the more commonly available Grabber Mycoal brand, which I have never been able to open without tools or teeth.
    Have you tried rigging them so they sit against your wrist? The idea is that it warms your blood as it flows into your hands. A friend with Reynaud's seemed to feel this made them more effective.
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    I have also had an increasing problem with cold hands - in fact it got to the point last year that I thought I would have to give up winter hiking unless the temps were going to be in the 30's! I was always hiking with hand warmers (right on my skin) and they still didn't keep my hands from getting very cold. Taking off my mittens (with glove liners on - the best are smart wool ones) to put on snow shoes or crampons or even just to have a snack meant that my fingers would be so COLD that they wouldn't come close to warming up for nearly 1/2 hour after.

    Since last January, however, I have been taking a whole food nutritional supplement that has made an incredible difference! Now I occasionally end up taking my gloves off because my hands overheat!!! This isn't a cure, by any means, and my fingers and hands still get cold - but it is not like it used to be. Now if I take my mittens off to eat a snack or put on snowshoes, it only takes about 5 minutes for my hands to warm back up. When I am moving and generating a lot of body heat, I am often bare-handed - at least until I stop.

    If anyone is interested in learning more - PM me.
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