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Old December 30, 2017, 11:01   #1
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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?
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Old December 30, 2017, 11:21   #2
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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.
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Old December 30, 2017, 11:25   #3
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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.
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Old December 30, 2017, 12:29   #4
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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.
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Old December 30, 2017, 16:22   #5
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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.
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Old December 30, 2017, 17:36   #6
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Move below I10 problem solved. I don't see how you guys do it. I'm a first class wuss with cold weather
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Old December 30, 2017, 19:00   #7
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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.
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Stick a hot hands heater in there $5/ 10 at the Squallid Mart.
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Old December 30, 2017, 21:00   #9
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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...
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Old December 31, 2017, 08:33   #11
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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.
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