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badzero December 30, 2017 11:01

Recomendations on cold weather gloves?
The local temps are hitting around zero, so it's a good time to test the cold weather gear. I have my bases covered with the exception of useable gloves, the 3 pair I have picked up leave me with frozen fingers after 10 minutes of shoveling snow and I feel kind of stupid with mittens on when it's only 5 degrees. The mil surplus intermediate cold glove were the worst, but the Columbias and the Marmot aren't far behind. Anyone have any suggestions?

erhauser December 30, 2017 11:21

First put on a hat. Then put on a warmer coat. Follow with insulated bib overalls.
The reason is that for some reason your body thinks it is very important to keep blood flowing to your brain so when you are loosing more heat than you produce it cuts blood flow to your hands and feet.

The next problem is that thin things, like fingers, have much more surface area than thick things like your arm and thus loose more heat. The same thing still happens with gloves. Use mittens. If you have to have the dexterity of gloves for doing things like feeding horses, put on knit wool gloves then slip chopper mittens over them whenever possible. In moderate cold I go with uninsulated choppers for real cold (<-20F) I use insulated choppers.

Tuhlmann December 30, 2017 11:25

Outdoor Research has gloves for lots of applications, but they have several options for mountaineering which will be expensive but worth it. Using a liner and shell 2-glove system has worked well for me when temps drop to single digits or below. I wear a close-fitting merino wool/lycra liner under a membraned/breatheable shell. As conditions change you can wear either/or piece independently. Iíll also say that if you can deal with the reduction in dexterity, mittens are substantially warmer than gloves.

wanneroo December 30, 2017 12:29

One of the gloves I like is these $8 "Artic Guard" gloves. You can find them on Amazon. They have a grippy rubberized hand and a regular knitted glove on the back of the hand. You don't get great dexterity but I find them very useful for shoveling, snow blowing and plowing as I have to plow on a open Kubota RTV.

kfranz December 30, 2017 16:22

There's about 90 degrees of difference between your finger temp and 5 degrees outside. Look at your boots.
Do they have separate toe compartments? If the answer is no, quit being a diva and wear the mittens. Gloves trade dexterity for warmth. The colder it gets, the worse gloves suck. You dont need the dexterity gloves provide to effectively run a shovel. You're only being stupid if you're cold.

Now that I've covered that, nearly any glove will be warm enough if you get a pair of silk liners for them. Those things are fugking magic.

meltblown December 30, 2017 17:36

Move below I10 problem solved. :rofl: I don't see how you guys do it. I'm a first class wuss with cold weather

Abominog December 30, 2017 19:00

Outdoor Research Pro Mod. Make sure you get the shell and liner. Mil spec $330 new. canít buy commercially; I canít even get them and Iím a OR Pro. but used on eBay for $25 (large only other sizes will run $50 or more) Just got a set today.

Jon Frum December 30, 2017 20:06

Stick a hot hands heater in there $5/ 10 at the Squallid Mart.

kfranz December 30, 2017 21:00


Originally Posted by meltblown (Post 4519988)
:rofl: I don't see how you guys do it. I'm a first class wuss with cold weather

We are all just that much tougher than you...:biggrin:

raubvogel December 30, 2017 22:55


Originally Posted by kfranz (Post 4520090)
We are all just that much tougher than you...:biggrin:

badzero December 31, 2017 08:33

Thanks guys, I've been stuck " back in the day" with the old wool inserts with leather work gloves since the 80's. Must have gotten old and soft with the last few warm winters, because this is the first year I've ever had problems.

Uncle Mick December 31, 2017 09:22

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KoKodog December 31, 2017 09:43

damn Mick, my nuts pulled up so tight when I saw that .........

....... theres a new lump in my throat :eek:

KoKodog December 31, 2017 11:24

hand warmers can do wonders when properly placed

inside of thigh will help warm blood flowing thru femoral artery keeping legs, feet and toes warmer

inside of arm (bicep) will help warm blood flowing thru brachial artery keeping arms, hands and fingers warmer

the trick is to keep warm blood flowing to prevent capillaries from constricting, slowing/shutting down blood flow

ideally you would sew a pocket on your long johns inside leg & inside arm (outside of garment) to slide the hand warmer into to keep it in place

on average as we age reduced circulation/blood flow is a fact of life

FREEZE-OUT Inner Glove Liners is what my one buddy starts with to ride in cold weather

then a outer glove to protect more

Illurian00 December 31, 2017 13:14

Check your blood sugar.

Trypcil December 31, 2017 13:19

Spend Money!

KoKodog December 31, 2017 15:23

this will warm you up........ 45K BTU's of radiant heat, shovel a few minutes, then warm your hands, shovel a few minutes, then warm your hands, shovel a few minutes, then warm your hands, shovel a few minutes, then warm your hands,


badzero January 01, 2018 01:27

-10 this morning when I shoveled, I dug out the surplus ecws gear and was sweating by the time I was done.The gloves gave me no problems today, guess the trick was keeping my core temp up.
I swear I'm not retarded guys, the VA,their coma and treatment has made me forget more than you would ever believe. It scares the hell out of me some days.

AFeod January 01, 2018 13:39

Iím a big fan of kinco brand for cold weather. The ax men mittens are nice once you accept wearing mittens. Then theyíve got ski patrol type gloves at a reasonable price. I own a few different pair and buy them for my crew as well. Wax them up w/ some obenoffs beeswax and polpropolis and youíre good to go

Whydah January 01, 2018 15:52

Out of the three or four pair of gloves I have the warmest is the pair made from alpaca. They are not durable enough, however, to use as work gloves, and in frigid temps they won't keep your finger tips warm on a deer stand for more than an hour or two but they are the warmest I own. The other morning I finally remembered I had two boxes of chemical hand warmers, so I used two, one on the back of each hand inside the glove to keep the blood warm flowing to my fingers. Worked.

C-ya January 11, 2018 14:44

I'm a Floridian living in Michigan and cold hands and feet have been the bane of my hunting time. I cannot keep them warm. I gave up and got mittens a few years back and love them. I bought some military surplus trigger finger mittens and use them down to about 10įF. Under that, if I'm out for long (not snowblowing but hunting or playing with the kids), I have some milsurp flyer's mittens with an extra wool mitten inside for 3 layers that does the trick. For in and out type trips, I have some glo-mittens - fingerless gloves with a mitten flap that flips over to cover the fingers from Cabelas. Been using them for years. They are pretty good for cold but not frigid temps. I use them when hunting a lot, too, as they free the fingers up for the crossbow or rifle trigger when the time comes.

For my feet, I have good boots with Thinsulate and wear two pairs of socks, one silk or polyester and a good merino wool pair. Good wool is awesome. I also use polypro undergarments as a base layer to keep my core and limbs warm.

brunop January 16, 2018 14:01

+1 for the Obenauf's for leather gloves and everything else.

Herr Walther January 16, 2018 15:20

I spend a lot of time with my dog outside no matter the temp. Much of the time I am stationary while she is chasing the Kong around, or we will walk for 30-40 minutes, or a combination of both.

I start with thermal underwear, and then fleece lined sweats on the bottom, and BDU's over that. The top starts with a t-shirt, thermal underwear, flannel shirt, and then a wool sweater.

A car-coat length down coat with a down tunnel hood, fur ruff (and yes they do help keep your face warm in a wind), a fleece face mask/skull type cap(Carhart), and then a watch cap on top of that with the hood up and the coat zipped to the nose.

For the feet, wool socks and insulated Meindl boots. Gloves are nothing special, just leather gloves with a thermal lining. On the coldest days with wind I have a waterproof/windproof pair of ski gloves.

That getup is good down to zero with a brisk wind chill staying stationary or with minimal movement. Probably be good to wear if I was still a hunter. It starts getting warmer when walking so I unzip the coat a bit and lose the second cap, but keep the hood on.

The dog has her own fur coat.

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