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Thread: Heated Clothing and lighter fuel hand warmers

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    Heated Clothing and lighter fuel hand warmers

    Call me a wimp but once I sit in the high seat my body seems to shutdown and not generate heat - its the same at home in the office, just the way I'm made i suppose. Needless to say I don't perform at my best when my hands, feet and body are cold. Even on 15 degree mornings this summer I have worn two pairs of trousers 3 shirts and a jacket and not overheated (until the drag back to the vehicle).

    Does anyone have any experience of heated clothing (insoles, gloves jackets), does they work - can it possibly deliver enough heat over a couple of hours to justify carrying the batteries.

    Or is there any other way to fool my body that i'm still active and to keep burning the sugars - I have plenty of available energy ready to burn.

    Ideas please before the winter.


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    I've used those chemical hand/foot warmers when kayaking in cold weather before- very toasty!!

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    I have never used one myself however I found this on the bushwear website:

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    You have to get some 'little hotties' off ebay. They are small and really cheap and I can honestly say they're great and make a big difference.

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    I use thermal underclothes known as wooly bears (the type worn by divers under hot water heated wet/dry suits but also used by offshore sailors)

    They are fantastically warm on even the coldest days.

    I was an offshore commercial diver for many years and that's all we wore under a pair of coveralls during time on deck doing the tending etc (even in the middle of winter in force 10 stuff up near the Arctic circle)

    I still use the same type of stuff now when I'm working in my workshop during the winter months.

    You can get them 1 or 2 piece or all in 1 and in different weight grades.

    The downside is that if you have to do some seriously hard work whilst wearing them you will sweat like a pig ! I would think that winter high seats wouldn't be a problem for them whatsoever.

    Try a dive shop for more or this link will help




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    You could also try Xerotherm Artics which come in two pieces and designed for cold water diving have kept me warm even down to 4 degrees in the Forth of Firth. About 150 for a full set I think. They also do a thinner version which coupled with a helly hanson base layer are fairly warm. Maybe a couple of hand warmers in your pocket and a good hat.

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    try a peacock handwarmer, old fashioned powered by ligher fuel, stays very hot for appx 6hrs. have used them on nightshifts during winter. fantastic. if you want a good base layer look at reed thermal clothing in braunton, devon. cant remember web adds.

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    Never quite sure why some folk make suggestions about stuff they have never used.....guess just trying to be helpful but not effective.
    Speaking from practical experience (coldest was Poland about 5 years ago driven boar for 6 days. For 3 days it was about minus 50 centigrade! Then it warmed up to around minus 15 !!
    Best gloves are 'ragwool' brand (wool outer, thinsulate lining, fingerless mittens with overgloves) BUT.. very bulky ! I now use peacock handwarmers which are very good and much cheaper to run than the crap throaway 'hot bags' . I run two - one on left and one on right and wear thinner fingerless mittens as sold to fishermen . Forget the fancy thermals - Marks & Spencers for the past 3 winters have been selling Merino wool long johns and thermal vests (it's a bit too early to ask if they are doing same this year as they may not have their winter stock in). I'm allergic to wool next to skin - but Merino wool is OK. I also wear a really good goose down gilet . Good mountaineering shops sell them. Mine is Jack Murphy in green. Best winter boots are made by the Canadians. Best socks - various makers but make sure they are true winter weight and loop pile throughout (don't get pure wool as it flattens - wool mixture is best) bridgedale are very good (expensive!!) .

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    Thanks for the tips - no recommendations for battery - so for feet it looks like disposable heating pads - for the hands / pockets I'll take a closer look at the peacock warmers - how do they compare with the charcoal warmers?

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