Hi SOTA folk.
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I really suffer badly with colds hands when activating. It seems that some people suffer more than others in this respect. I have really good gloves but once my hands get cold (while the gloves are off) they takes ages to warm
Over the years I have tried many things to combat this problem. The little bags of some powery chemicals that need shaking to activate always seemed too fiddly - I have cold fingers right? They also only last around an hour - if that. The liquid ones that crystalise when you click a metal thing inside give off lots of heat but they are heavy and only last about 30 minutes (even less when it is really cold). I also always hate the amount of energy you have to waste to reactivate them.
With Christmas on the way I started looking once again at solutions to my problem. My daughter has ordered me one of the hand warmers that have a charcoal stick inside: report on that after Christmas.
Today, while walking through Macclesfield I noticed that an outdoor equipment shop had a sale on so I went in and, with a bit of haggling, got a good deal on a Zippo handwarmer. First impressions have been very good. After one false start lighting it (not quite as easy as the advert suggests) it has been providing plenty of heat in my pocket for the last three hours. The heat output seems to vary somewhat - I think dependent on how much oxygen it has. The bag it comes with regulates the oxygen level somewhat and it you take it out it gets a lot hotter quite quickly.
I am also of the impression that it could be marketed as far more than a hand warmer. In a mid layer pocket its heat would help keep your whole body warm - remember it will give heat out all day unlike any of the alternatives.
There are lots of similar products. If you suffer from cold hands, check them out. Warm hands = better CW after all.
73 Richard G3CWI http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/
PS I have no commercial interest in Zippo hand warmers!