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Disposable hand warmers, yay or nay?

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I always used to poo poo the idea, but a few years ago after a few hours having to video my son race training in minus 23 on Zauchensee, I tried a packet and have to say, they were a life saver.
Does anyone else resort to this evil trickery or am I really just a Nesh Southern Bastard, as Scarpa says?
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@holidayloverxx, I always wear the foot ones at the Night Race!
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I don't really use them but I'm going to start putting one next to my iPhone in my jacket to stop it "freezing" in more than one sense of the word.
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You would be well advised to have a few with you in
Banff or Lake Louise, you put them on the back of your hand.

I just notice @Kooky you are in Zauchensee!
That was my first time skiing
With the school ... Stayed in the Hotel Post 1963 it was only a cafe with a Football table and a juke Box.
the beer was 9d (nine old pence a big bottle) ... loads of Schillings to the pound.

There was only a T-bar for a lift that only went up about 50m ... but we did not waste our money on that ...
We walked up.
I think I've still got my Bronze Badge from the ski school.

Please excuse me I've been writing utter drivel ... it was Pertisau/Achensee Ooops!

I am familiar with your area though ... I stayed in Sankt Veit im Pongau ... 1991
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@gad, Thats a good idea!
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I always carry them, and use them occasionally. Simpler than carrying a spare pair of gloves, and can be useful even when wet gloves isn't the problem. In one strange incident (I don't normally suffer particularly from cold hands but for some reason that day I was actually in pain from it) I had to stop skiing altogether because I didn't have any left. So they can make the difference between being out and being sat inside.


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Don't know if they still do them, but the Lidl reusable ones are great, I usually carry a couple. Press the 'button' to activate them and boil in water to recharge. Probably get them on fleabay as well.
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Yep and if you leave them in your gloves overnight it helps dry them out for the next day (that's having used them all day, not new ones)
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I use them most of the winter as despite really good gloves I suffer from very cold hands. We buy, or rather my son gets them for me, large boxes from Costco as otherwise they get quite expensive. I had always poo pood them till we were in Vermont a few years ago, bitterly cold and I resorted to one of the lodges to warm up and bought a packet there and was hooked.
My OH takes a spare packet with him quite often and has been known to help out a damsel in distress.
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DrLawn wrote:
@gad, Thats a good idea!


We were in Solden over Christmas and it was in the outer pocket of my shell jacket but inside a leather folder type and it still froze ! Which is a pain when your looking to ring your family on a glacier Sad

But I've only just thought of this great idea now !
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@DrLawn, Laughing Laughing Laughing

@gad, awesome idea! I will put one next to my camera, it fired off one shot and died
Mad
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, we stopped at about 11 am for a medicinal brandy and there were several screaming(and I do mean, screaming) children in there having their hands and feet thawed out.
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Pamski wrote:
...My OH takes a spare packet with him quite often and has been known to help out a damsel in distress.


Never need them myself but always carry a couple... like carrying tissues at weddings.

The reusable ones are good but boiling them isn't always possible and they're a bit heavy just to carry for weeks unused then give away.
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You'll see it in snow and rock soon , hand warmers, foot warmers, iOS and android warmers Madeye-Smiley
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@adithorp,
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like carrying tissues at weddings.



Are you related to Boris Twisted Evil
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I actually rode the gondola with a really traumatised Russian kid a couple of years ago and gave him a spare pack of hand warmers, his parents had never seen them before and were so thankful they gave me some vodka from their ski pole.......RESULT!
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gad wrote:
You'll see it in snow and rock soon , hand warmers, foot warmers, iOS and android warmers Madeye-Smiley


Get a Samsung and you won't need the warmers Toofy Grin
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I found them very useful after I suffered an arterial blockage that knocked out most of the circulation in my left arm. Doubt whether I could have got through the week without, and it wasn't that cold.

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Yay. Always carry a couple of spare sets for my kids. Only thing to bear in mind is that the reaction in the disposable ones is itself temperature sensitive (i.e. Like most chemical reactions, it's slower when it's cold) so can take a while to get going when it's really cold. As a consequence, it's worth starting them up early - if it's a cold day, before you leave in the morning.
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martinm wrote:
gad wrote:
You'll see it in snow and rock soon , hand warmers, foot warmers, iOS and android warmers Madeye-Smiley


Get a Samsung and you won't need the warmers Toofy Grin


A bit worrying that the airlines are now instructing people to turn them off in their pre flight demos now !
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Kooky wrote:
I actually rode the gondola with a really traumatised Russian kid a couple of years ago and gave him a spare pack of hand warmers, his parents had never seen them before and were so thankful they gave me some vodka from their ski pole.......RESULT!


Not such a good result for me - no vodka! But I was damn glad I had a spare pair in my pocket when this little one arrived into the restaurant in bits, crying her eyes out because her hands were so cold. Totally traumatised! And it was a long ski back to town. The parents hadn't seen them before and were SO grateful. Not vodka grateful, but still...
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Kooky wrote:
@Pyremaniac, we stopped at about 11 am for a medicinal brandy and there were several screaming(and I do mean, screaming) children in there having their hands and feet thawed out.


Yeah, I'd forgotten about that, but you've reminded me that it was indeed 30 minutes of genuine pain, going through the thawing out process above a radiator in the restaurant! I should have gone in earlier.
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Yay, and again yay.
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I can only repeat yay and again yay. I suffer from very cold digits and now not only ski with them but carry a few spares in my handbag all winter.
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I've only ever had to use them once. After forty plus years you'd think i'd remember to dry the gloves overnight. Threw the kit in the backpack for the bus ride from banff to sunshine in -20c ish, up the gondola, out into the cold. Gloves out, dammit. Ran into the shop intending to buy new gloves, but the lass serving said to try the hot packs. Life (and wallet) savers. Always have a spare set nowadays.
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gad wrote:
martinm wrote:

Get a Samsung and you won't need the warmers Toofy Grin


A bit worrying that the airlines are now instructing people to turn them off in their pre flight demos now !


If you're refering to the recent Galaxy Note 7 problems they are now banned on flights. Officially in the US for sure but I noted when flying from Geneva in early November that all the check in desks and the security screening had signs saying they were banned.
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Just take the batterys out and carry them! Very Happy
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Tubaski wrote:
gad wrote:
martinm wrote:

Get a Samsung and you won't need the warmers Toofy Grin


A bit worrying that the airlines are now instructing people to turn them off in their pre flight demos now !


If you're refering to the recent Galaxy Note 7 problems they are now banned on flights. Officially in the US for sure but I noted when flying from Geneva in early November that all the check in desks and the security screening had signs saying they were banned.

Had an email from lufthansa last week regarding my February Austria trip saying they have also banned them.
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Don't usually use them but did buy a big box from Costco a couple of years ago. It was -18 in Selva Thursday and Friday and our entire family was using them. Will be taking some to Mayrhofen later this month just in case.

I bought my wife a Hotrox electric handwarmer and that came in useful too. Will run for 6 hours on medium heat. To bulky to fit in a glove but great if you have to sit outside for a coffee/beer.
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Worth buying them in bulk from Amazon. 20 pairs of warmers for £14.39
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my partner lost all feeling in her hands as well as excruciating pain Skiing in December despite a good pair of gloves. Without the hand warmers, which we purchased from a local ski shop, we wouldn't have been able to go out again. Pretty sure she has Reynard's though.
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How long do these things usually last?

Having one to keep my phone warm and stop it from turning off and not logging my ski tracks data would be very nice!
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@MountainIdiot, Usually about 6-8 hours in my experience. If your phone won't last the day, even with ski tracks on, then I think you need a new phone.
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@foxtrotzulu, you are most likely correct, just trying to avoid having to shell out for a new one for a little bit longer!
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+1 for them from me (well, MrsHD anyway). I don't think she could have coped last year in Winter Park without them.
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@foxtrotzulu, you are most likely correct, just trying to avoid having to shell out for a new one for a little bit longer!


New battery for my stalwart 4S was £15, and 20 mins to change after watching a couple of YouTube vids. Delays £700 on the latest one for another year.
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Never for skiing, but they are always in my backpack when shooting skiing. Not that I would use them very often, but I do spend package or two every season. And they are awesome when you need to be on hill for hours and it's -15c with bunch of wind Smile
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The teabag ones are better than the reusable gel ones - last much longer. Gel ones suffice if you only need a boost for 15 mins or so. Also apparently work under a bootglove (but on top of shell of boot) for adding some extra oomph to your tootsies.
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Glad to read the comments above about hotrox, was just about to rush out to Lakeland and buy some as I see from FBook that they are currently on sale at circa £14.99! If they dont find into ski mitts then there is little point. I will stick with my tea bags. Following these threads just keeps on giving.
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I use them every once and awhile and think they're great!
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