First of all I want to thank everyone for the interest and positive reaction to my post about the heated gloves. I was thinking this was perhaps just another “wimpy Suzanne has just bought another gadget” thing. But I’m glad I overcame my self-doubts and took a constructive approach. There were some questions that I’ll answer here instead of answering each comment separately.
Before I do that, though, I’ll tell you why I’m not using those lovely gloves for a while. Yesterday I had a heart catheterization, it was scheduled (no emergency), deemed necessary by my cardiologist to see if there was any blockage around the heart and if a stent might be necessary. Good news – no stent necessary, everything looks good. The catheter was inserted at my wrist and I have to take care that the wound heals well before I put pressure on my hand or bend my wrist. So I won’t be gripping those handle-bars for a couple of days.
My thoughts on your questions and comments:
Bill: I think I will buy a pair of these for my ace support crew and her freezing hands for walking and hiking. Good idea, Bill. For walking I have always used a small rechargeable hand warmer that I keep in my pocket and switch from right to left and it probably heats longer than the gloves. But maybe serious hikers don’t put their hands in their pockets. For hiking I would go for a thinner version of what I have, though.
DJG: Do you know how long the battery charge lasts? I haven’t used them yet for more than 80 minutes and at the highest temperature (there are three settings) before recharging them and they were still good. There are a lot of comments on Amazon where they are being sold, and the experience with how long they last seems to differ tremendously, some very negative and some enthusiastic. It also depends on how cold it is and how well insulated the gloves are I guess.
Greg: I’m interested in those gloves. You mentioned how you had to remove the gloves to take the lens cap off your camera, but I’m wondering how they work for the touch screens on one’s camera–especially the camera on one’s phone. Easily the hardest thing for me is to take my warm mittens off to take a few pictures. It doesn’t take very long before my fingers get bitterly cold. My gloves are kind of thick. The touchscreen finger works but it is clumsy. A thinner version might be interesting. Otherwise I use knit gloves with two or three touchscreen finger tips and they work perfectly with a smart phone. Just not warm enough for me.
Rich: I’d guess the lining may become a bit more comfortable with use? That’s what I’m hoping. I’ve never liked fluffy linings in gloves or boots because they seem to restrict the flow of blood to some degree. Larger gloves wouldn’t work either, I decided, because the fingers would be too long and there would be even more fumbling with keys and zippers.
Nancy: I said they are garish, but I do like bright colors and red is my favorite color, too! I just thought the design in the picture was a bit over the top. Just wanted you to know that I like your red pogies!
Wishing everybody fun Christmas season rides with warm hands!