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    For me it's always been back of hand. Palm position interferes with grip on ice tools.

    Direct contact with skin. Never been burned. Need all the heat I can get with Reynaud's.

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    I can't get them to stay put in my mittens or gloves. They end up folded in half around the tips of my fingers most of the time. I guess if one is just sitting a parent-child soccer game they might stay put... I know some gloves/mittens have a pocket for them, but I don't own any of those. Actually if they do stay put, it's on the palm side because they get pinned inside the grip with the handlebars or ski/trekking poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    I can't get them to stay put in my mittens or gloves....
    Why not just use ductape?
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    The toe warmers have big self adhesive pad that may work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    I seem to have the opposite problem: hot sweaty hands that dampen my fleece gloves and then chill my hands.

    I now carry 4 pairs of gloves and change them out as needed depending on temps and exertion level.

    I also carry a pair of Dachstein thick wool mittens in case I decide to go to the moon or something.
    ChrisB, this is exactly the reason for using medical exam gloves, e.g. nitrile gloves, as a vapor barrier.

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    I've used the unlined Ragged Mt overmitts with their mega-thick fleece inners for years. With Hot Hands in between on the backs of my hands. They warmers seem to stay in place with this setup. Wondering how much larger or heavier the handwarmers are in comparison. While on the topic, Ragged recently discontinued those monster thick fleece mittens. Anyone familiar with them and know where something similar is sold? I also have Dachsteins but the fleece makes my hands more mobile.
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    I tried handwarmers and they are not for me. Just have to wait 10 minutes and my hands warm up just fine without them. I tried them and found zero benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEO View Post
    ChrisB, this is exactly the reason for using medical exam gloves, e.g. nitrile gloves, as a vapor barrier.
    GAME CHANGER! Most have a slippery side and not slippery side. The slippery side is designed to be on the inside so they go on/off your hands easily. When I put them under gloves, I turn them inside out so they stay on my hands and the gloves (mittens) slide on and off easier. They're like $15 for a box of 100 at Home Depot (cleaning / painting use) and I can usually get many days out of pair before they rip.

    I've worn them cycling to work pretty much all month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    Yesterday, I summited a 4k with a girl I met online. Upon reaching the summit, eating, feeding my dog, drinking, my lightweight gloves no longer kept my hands warm and they got pretty cold. We got up to head down and I pulled on my heavyweight OR gloves, she did the same. BUT, she put handwarmers in hers, it took me 10 minutes of balling up my hands to get them warm, she was warm in no time. I think, I'm going to try and add some to my kit, anyone here use them? A few questions to those that do. Can they get too warm and burn your skin? Can they break open in your pack and make a mess? How long do they stay warm? Me and my dog were walking around Bass Pro last night and they have huge bundles for ten bucks, cheap enough. PS. I had frostbite years ago, maybe age is bringing back that coldness I had for years.
    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in the toes of my downhill ski boots during the ride to local areas. By the time I get to the lodge and put on my ski boots, the toes are quite comfortable and stay warm for a few hours. I then put the handwarmers in my hiking boots and leave them in the lodge in my boot bag. When I stop for lunch, I change into my hiking boots and put the handwarmers back in the ski boots. After lunch, I switch again and at the end of the day, my hiking boots are nice and warm for the walk back to the car. I'll bet you could do something similar with a pair of mittens. Open the handwarmers and put them in your mittens in your pack and when you stop, the mittens will already be comfortably warm. Put the handwarmers in a pocket while you're wearing the mittens and when you take the mittens off, put the handwarmers back in them. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in the toes of my downhill ski boots during the ride to local areas. By the time I get to the lodge and put on my ski boots, the toes are quite comfortable and stay warm for a few hours. I then put the handwarmers in my hiking boots and leave them in the lodge in my boot bag. When I stop for lunch, I change into my hiking boots and put the handwarmers back in the ski boots. After lunch, I switch again and at the end of the day, my hiking boots are nice and warm for the walk back to the car. I'll bet you could do something similar with a pair of mittens. Open the handwarmers and put them in your mittens in your pack and when you stop, the mittens will already be comfortably warm. Put the handwarmers in a pocket while you're wearing the mittens and when you take the mittens off, put the handwarmers back in them. Good luck.
    You can also stash them in a plastic bag (air tight) and they will stop heating, then come back to life when you need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    GAME CHANGER! Most have a slippery side and not slippery side. The slippery side is designed to be on the inside so they go on/off your hands easily. When I put them under gloves, I turn them inside out so they stay on my hands and the gloves (mittens) slide on and off easier. They're like $15 for a box of 100 at Home Depot (cleaning / painting use) and I can usually get many days out of pair before they rip.

    I've worn them cycling to work pretty much all month.

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    Wow, what a great tip. I'm gonna give these VB gloves a try next time out.

    Back in the day I did use VB socks but found the clamminess and weird skin effect uncomfortable and creepy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Wow, what a great tip. I'm gonna give these VB gloves a try next time out.

    Back in the day I did use VB socks but found the clamminess and weird skin effect uncomfortable and creepy.
    I used to wear rubber gloves as protective clothing at work. The only time I'll wear something similar for hiking is if it's raining. My favorite gloves/mittens for winter hiking are the Fox River three-layer gloves and double ragg mittens. They also work well with Mercury Mitt shells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Back in the day I did use VB socks but found the clamminess and weird skin effect uncomfortable and creepy.
    My hands are clammy at least and often times dripping wet. But they stay warm and I don't burn through glove liners either.

    YMMV. I am a heavy sweater.

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