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    How to keep your hands warm in the winter.

    I just returned from my 1st cold weather shoot of the season (-26c with wind chill) and my hands are still numb.
    Having been born and raised in Atlantic Canada I know how to dress for winter weather but have not been able to find a suitable method of keeping the digits workable. Thought I would toss this quandary out to fellow cold weather photographers and ask them how they prevent finger freeze-up.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy
    Thought I would toss this quandary out to fellow cold weather photographers and ask them how they prevent finger freeze-up.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    No pain, no game!

    Cheers

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    I use these gloves but not in the temperatures you work in. I hate it when my hands get so cold that loading a roll of 120 is difficult.
    http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Acce...to_Gloves.aspx

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    I try to keep moving as much as possible. I also use big fat mittens; inside those I wear army surplus polypro gloves. The polypro is thin enough to enable note taking, knob twisting, etc. When it gets really bad I'll fire up a few chemical handwarmers and keep them in my jacket pocket. If that doesn't work then it's just too cold for me.

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    Fintan, those are summer gloves!

    It is impossible for me to keep hands warm photographing in really cold weather. At a maximum, I use polypropylene glove liners inside insulated GoreTex mittens that pop open so you can use your fingers briefly. Sometimes I use chemical hand warmers inside the mittens or in my pockets. Mostly I use my darkroom because the middle of winter is my favorite time to be there.
    Jerold Harter MD

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    As with your other outerwear, the trick is to use layers. In this case, a warm mitten (typically ragg) over a thin glove, like this:

    http://www.modernmountainman.com/cat...product&id=763

    over this:

    http://www.modernmountainman.com/cat...product&id=580

    You only take the mittens off when you need to use your fingers.

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    I thought this was what wives were for...?



    Possibly this is why I'm still single...! :rolleyes:
    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB
    I thought this was what wives were for...?
    Hah, hah, hah. I'm pretty sure the women would say the opposite. Most of the women I've known have a real dislike for the cold, especially when it comes in the form of your cold hands anywhere on their warm bodies.

    I think you'd have much better luck with a dog.
    "What drives man to create is the compulsion to, just once in his life, comprehend and record the pure, unadorned, unvarnished truth. Not some of it; all of it."

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    I used to have a pair of atomic gloves - toasty warm. Unfortunately, they also made my hands glow in the dark, causing problems with loading sheet-film holders.

    I like the design of these , perhaps inside a pair of these .
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

    Ralph Barker
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    I wear silk glove liners and then a pair of gloves designed for duck hunting that have pouches for chemical warmers, the fingers open up to allow usuage of the finger from a spot just below the first knuckle, seems to work for me with no problems.

    Dave

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