It’s been so cold in the Wasatch lately I thought I was in Montana. We’re not use to temperatures in the teens, let alone the single digits, and it makes my tanning butter congeal, which I just hate. But at least my hands are warm due to two basic touring tricks.
1) Mittens. A thin, lightweight mitten is often times far warmer than a big, beefy glove as they allow your fingers to move around and trap a lot of warm air. I use a pair of Mountain Hardwear Spearhead Mitts, which have a fleece liner, basic shell and leather palms. They have unfortunately been discontinued, but there are others out there like them.
2) Keep your hands low. I adjust my poles so my hands are well below my heart. This isn’t super efficient as far as a touring stride goes, but it makes you move your hands more, which in turn keeps them warm.
It takes a while to get use to skiing with mittens, but one you do, they are incredibly warm and comfortable. If you get mitts with removable lines, you can slip a Warmer Grabber heat pack in between the shell and liner, which will send your fingers into a heavenly orbit of warmth.
On the skiing side of things, there are a few good little patches out there.
Category: 03 Clothing