battery heated gloves
Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:40 AM
Well the weather's getting colder and as usual I am dreading the winter because my Raynaud's seems to be worsening progressively each year. Also, I think this Winter in particular because I was diagnosed early this year with limited scleroderma.
I have a million pairs of different gloves, none of which stop my fingers going dead. I tried the silver astronaut gloves last year and they didn't work either, so this year I am considering the battery operated heated ones. From the research I've done so far, rechargeable battery packs with gloves that have heat going into the fingers seem to be the best option. However, before I spend a significant amount of money on some gloves with the hope that they will prove to be my best ever buy, I wonder if I could ask my fellow sufferers for any recommendations, or are you not allowed to recommend specific makes? It's just I'd hate to spend a load of money only to find out I could have got something better or cheaper.
Warm wishes to you all,
Posted 28 September 2010 - 01:55 PM
You and I are quite alike!! I have Raynaud's and limited scleroderma. My winter routine has been to wear a pair of the little cotton gloves ALL the time, whenever I am outside. I then take two of the little hand warmers you get in the packets and put them in the tops of my heavy-duty mittens. I have not tried battery operated gloves yet, but I looked at some websites. If you search for "battery operated hunting gloves" you can find some pairs as low as $20. I am planning on buying myself a pair to try out this winter. I may go with mittens instead of fingered gloves just because they are supposed to be better for circulation. I hope this information helps! I will let you know if I find out any more details.
Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:39 PM
I also have all manner of gloves and still can't stay warm consistently. I have a pair of motorcycle gloves that plug in and noticed a difference between the ones that just heat the palms and back of the hand and those that have wires that thread through the fingers, with the latter being much warmer. I have also started to consider battery operated socks as I am having an awful time keeping my toes warm in the cooler weather.
I try and keep my core warm just on the general principle that a warmer core keeps warm blood flowing.
Good luck and let us know if it works for you.
Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:03 PM
I think they were designed for fishermen, hunters etc. and I bang on about them to all Sclerodermians I meet.
They are much better than the ones you put in the microwave in that you can keep them running all day.
I ordered mine off the internet but the problem is I think we are supposed to avoid most brand names on the forum. May I say that they are made by a well known lighter manufacturer whose name begins with Z---- and swear, scouts honour, that I do not have shares in the company. You may send me a PM (just click on the envelope icon at the left of my forum message) for the brand name, if you want it.
Anyway wrap up well,
Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:52 AM
Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:13 AM
I used to see those sold in hunting or horse back riding catalogs.
Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:49 AM
Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:52 PM
Thank you for inquiring about the battery operated gloves. Perhaps, I too would be interested in purchasintg a pair this winter. I am sorry I'm not able to help you, but am happy that Buttons, Vanessa, Jill and Sara were able to. On today's chat it was very nice to meet you and I hope you will join us in future chats. Take care.
Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:19 PM
I hear that one of the best natural fibres is Possom - New Zealand are currently over-run with this particular little creature. It was unfortunatly introduced to their country, and is now causing great concern due to it out-performing the indigenous animals. So, Possom fur is quite popular with them at the moment ! I personally can't comment, but if anyone has any experience ?!
Keep watm ladies.....winters a-coming here in NW England. *Brrrrrrrr*
Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:41 AM
Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:07 AM
All of that said, the weather here in Grey Pittsburgh, PA has been damp and very cold as of late. If I make certain that my wrists and ankles are kept extra warm, I can maintain heat in my hands for the majority of the day (I do wear gloves, but not battery operated or heated in any way.) I just make sure that I have thick socks on that go way past my ankles, and sweaters, or thick cotton shirts/hoodies that go past my wrists and rest on my hands. I've thought about buying those cheesy '80's terry cloth wrist bands... bet they'd work like a charm.=) I still have no idea what to do for my poor nose...
Hope that helps. Peace blessings,
Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:50 PM
Posted 02 October 2010 - 01:18 AM
I don't have it that bad with Raynaud's, but I knit a pair of wristlets in wool sock yarn and I wore them during a class in an air conditioned building this summer. They were just the thing I needed to keep my wrist and hand warm, and since I needed to be able to type it was great that my fingers were uncovered. I'm not sure these would work alone, but maybe under mittens or a loose glove a wristlet would be helpful. There are patterns all over the internet if you are a crafter, or you can look into getting them online. They are considered fashionable by the younger crowd so I think you could find them in many places. I would get wool since the natural fiber is good at keeping things warm even if damp.
I had other people in the class looking enviously at me when I was in my cashmere sweater and wristlets and they were in summer attire and freezing. Sometimes I've got worse problems in the summer when they think that the air conditioning should keep the building at a "winter" temperature. I was wearing 3 layers, long pants, socks and lace up shoes, and the wristlets, and still had a chill now and then. Of course I had to un-layer when it came time to go home on my bike. I seem to always be prepared with many layers everywhere I go. I had to take 3 sweaters home from work yesterday because I'd left them in my office. It has been chilly in the morning and beautiful in the afternoon. The heat hasn't been turned on at work, so I brought my portable. I also took my wristlets in so I'll be prepared. Last year I stocked up on the charcoal heat packs and I have enough for a month or two for this winter. It is great when hunting season starts here, you can stock up on all that kind of stuff without looking weird.
Posted 02 October 2010 - 12:48 PM
Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:33 PM
Lil Dee is talking about Possum fur. Nobody has replied so perhaps I had better add my two penny worth of experience. I have to say I have never tried Possum gloves, I have some rabbit fur lined ones to use when I need them. But I do wear possum sweaters. Well, not exactly 100% possum like fur gloves would be. We here in NZ have a number of manufacturers who make garments from a mixture of possum, merino, silk, cashmere, nylon - any number of different combinations. One I really like wearing is 65% ultrafine merino; 25% possum; 10% silk. Another one is something like 10% nylon; 25% possum; 25% lambswool and the rest angora. Merino is marvelous, it is machine washable and comes as fine as cotton or as chunky as can be. Possum is fluffy like Angora but oh so cozy.
Just like the rest of you I wear layers and in winter you will find me in minimum of 3 layers of merino on top, merino leggings, then polar fleece or wool trousers and a sweater of one of the above mixtures or else a chunky merino.
There are lots of online sites where you can order New Zealand possum products and the more we sell the better because they are a real pest in the forest, not to mention in the garden - they just love rose buds!!!! They climb to the tops of the trees and feast on the new growth. I guess you have lots of pests in the US too and some of them more dangerous than the possum but our problem is that our conditions are ideal for them and they breed like flies.
We are just coming out of winter here now but I still have 2 layers on today, 2 tops and 2 bottoms!!
Warm hugs from NZ,