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Freezing finger tips, allergic to wool

post #1 of 10
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Sigh....I've got a problem:  when the temperature drops to around -10C, I can't keep my finger tips warm. The rest of my fingers and hands are warm, it's just the tips that freeze into total numbness. eek.gif

 

I've tried various gloves and mitts (Descente, Reusch, Swany, etc. including leather and with internal liners) to no avail.  I even put my hands under my armpits while going up the lift, but it's not enough.  Actually pulling my fingers out of the glove fingers and balling up my hands inside the glove does help, but when I put the fingers back in to ski, they freeze again.  Arrrrghhh! hissyfit.gif

 

Someone told me merino wool glove liners are the way to go, but unfortunately I'm really allergic to wool, even merino (which apparently some people allergic to regular wool can tolerate).  I tried Swany polyester glove liners, but they don't help much.  Chemical hot packs don't help since their heat doesn't reach the finger tips.

 

Any ideas?  Does anyone use electrically heated gloves/mitts?  Do they keep fingertips warm?

post #2 of 10

http://cozywinters.com/shop/heated-glove-liners.html

 

My wife bought these and they really work very well! She tried all the mitts on the market, including heated mitts but no luck. 

 

She wears the liners inside her Swany mitts and she is warm and toasty at level 2 out of 4. 

 

Highly recommended if you have issues with cold hands!

 

post #3 of 10

Wow, -10C, that's pretty bad.    -20C is pretty much to be expected, but -10..   

 

 

I've used the fist-inside-glove technique before, it works well.

Gordini, for example, sell finger heaters.

Polartec Power Stretch is almost as warm as merino - and is now available as liner gloves.

 

Good luck.

 

-fortunatepersonwithnomerinoallergy


Edited by cantunamunch - 1/17/12 at 2:29pm
post #4 of 10

If you use a mitten then you should have have no problem getting the heat pack to the fingertips or balling up your hand into a fist without taking it off. Try the black diamond mercury mitten - it has a high loft synthetic inner glove. You could put the heat pack between it and the outer glove or on the inside.

post #5 of 10

Marmot and Outdoor Research both make some serious expedition type mitts.  My son says his Hestra leather 3-finger race mitts make his hands sweat and that his hands and fingers have never been cold wearing them.  And we have skied in some pretty nasty weather her.e, definitely colder than -10C

post #6 of 10
How's your core temp? A cold core will result in cold fingers.
post #7 of 10

The best performing liners are the ones with the metallic threads. They are also the cheapest, usually under $10.

post #8 of 10

Gloves are always cold for people whose fingertips don't generate any heat.  Liners won't help.  Ditch the gloves.

Buy ski mittens that have some kind of synthetic insulation, or down's ok.   

Also buy hand-warming heat packs (I get them by the box, but they run about $1.00 per pair if you get them separtely).  They are the size of little tea bags, and miraculously get warm and stay that way all day.  Put one in each mitten.  I put the heat packs right against my hands; the mittens and gloves that have a pocket for the heat pack are no good for me; I need to be touching that heat pack.  If your hands are as cold as mine, this is the only way.  

 

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Originally Posted by huhh View Post

How's your core temp? A cold core will result in cold fingers.

Core is fine, actually smile.gif Paradoxically, I'm warm and toasty everywhere except my fingertips.

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Marmot and Outdoor Research both make some serious expedition type mitts.  My son says his Hestra leather 3-finger race mitts make his hands sweat and that his hands and fingers have never been cold wearing them.  And we have skied in some pretty nasty weather her.e, definitely colder than -10C


Thanks for the tip.  Are these the ones you're talking about?  http://hestragloves.com/en-ca/gloves/alpine-pro/heli-mitt/

 

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