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Keeping THUMB warm?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Betting I'm not alone on this, invariably my thumbs (not fingers) get cold, even in my very warm mitts.  Any suggestions on this?

 

Do they make just thumb warmers?

post #2 of 16

My thumbs get cold.  On the chair I put them in with the other fingers. 

Of course you and I also have hand warmers in there, right?  The little tea-bag warmers.  Cheaper by the box.

On the most cold of cold days, I use two hand warmers in the mittens.  

Still sometimes have to put the thumb in with the fingers on the ride up, when it's below 0 F.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Would slicing and taping work to make 2 small out of 1???

post #4 of 16

The price we pay for having opposable ones.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Would slicing and taping work to make 2 small out of 1???

You mean slide the hand warmers?

I don't think so, but at $1.00 each pair, why not try?

post #6 of 16
Try a liner glove first.

I don't think you can cut a handwarmer, at least the type I have, which is little pouches of iron powder which you don't want spilling.
post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Betting I'm not alone on this, invariably my thumbs (not fingers) get cold, even in my very warm mitts.  Any suggestions on this?

 

Do they make just thumb warmers?

 

get even warmer mitts? and swap your mitts at lunch for a new dry pair.

post #8 of 16
Mine only get cold going up on the chair or drag lift. How about you? I go with liquid's method, which mittens w light glove liners work for-- tuck thumb into the palm area and wrap fingers over it.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

I also do as Liquid, but still get too cold, liners and hothands included.  Gonna try the snip and tape, let y'all know.

post #10 of 16
Dang, where do you ski, north pole?
post #11 of 16

Iff LL Bean gets enough requests for Thumb Warmers, they will develop a product--like their Wicked Good Toe Warmers, only smaller, to wear in gloves and/or mittens. So if everyone who suffers cold thumbs sends LL Bean a request, they'll start making Thumb Warmers.

post #12 of 16

saw an add for battery powered  mittens in Cabela's, I think they would work as well as boot heaters.

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

just sent a request to ll for THUMB warmers, waiting for expected "not at this time...."

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
and here we go...

Good morning Mr. Lavergne,

Thank you for your suggestion of offering thumb warmers. I will be happy to pass your recommendation to our product design team.

We have benefited greatly with input from customers just like you. I know our toe and hand warmers have been popular this winter!

We appreciate your time contacting us with your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jim
L.L.Bean Product Specialist
llbean.com

--Original Message--
From: gpmldc@gmail.com
Date: 2/1/2015 8:55:07 AM
To: customerservice@llbean.com
Subject: L.L. Bean Customer Service

Name: gerard lavergne
Order Related: no
Order Number:
Zip Code: 33126

Hello, have you thought of creating THUMB warmers, for use in mittens?
post #15 of 16

I've had several days of skiing recently with high temps for the day being in the low single digits.  Then there's the wind on top of that.

I've gone from two hand warmers per mitten to three.  


The third warmer is for my thumb.  I fold it lengthwise,  and slide it into the thumb of the mitten.  This is a bit awkward as it wants to crumple up.  

Then I wiggle and force my thumb in.  I can then mess with the outside to get the hand warmer to cradle my thumb evenly.  

When I take my thumb out, a hollow remains.  For the rest of the day everything fits perfectly.  

 

The folded warmer protects my thumb almost all the way around.  Today was particularly cold with wind chill values below zero, which went down farther when skiing fast.

On the underside of each thumb where the hand warmer did not reach, I felt the cold, but it wasn't intolerable.

Otherwise, the inside of the mittens were toasty, like sitting in front of the fire on a cold day.  

Which I am now doing.  Very nice.  

post #16 of 16

Here's another idea re cold thumbs:

 

HotHands makes a Toe Warmer that's much thinner than their pouches made for hands.

They have an adhesive on one side that will adhere to one's liner thumb, making for easier insertion into your outer mitt/glove.

Not rated to last quite as long as the hand warming variety, I've still found them to be quite helpful when snowblowing.

Stuck onto my liners' thumbs, the whole rig slides nicely into my Dachstein wool mitts.

 

As with the hand warmers, any that aren't 'used up' can be stored in ziploc for further use(s).

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HeatMax-HotHands-Toewarmers-Value-Pack-7-Pairs/21154929

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