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Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Bill Stewardson, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    Hello to all.

    Now then, it really is megga cold round here (Sheffield) just now, and is likely to be like this for a while.
    Being old enough to remember free school milk , once I get cold I stay cold, which happens a lot as I spend much of my time wandering along The Rother.
    Thing that gets me the most is cold fingers,, once they go that’s that.
    So,, gloves I have are far too “bulky” for working fiddly camera dials etc, question therefore being,
    Which are the best gloves for working your beloved toy in the worst of the cold ?


  2. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Bill,

    Any gloves, or even mittens, plus silk liners.


  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If your finger tips tend to go white in the cold and lose feeling then it is a circulatory condition (can't remember how to spell it, begins with an R, R.....'s Syndrome) and as you say, once they go!

    For Christmas I was given a set of "hot rocks". These are USB charged hand-warmers that can double up as power banks. They heat to 40 C (optionally 50 C) in a few seconds and you can turn them on and off. The run time seems to be about 3 hours continuous and although I have one for each hand it is sufficient to swap one hand to hand. They work best in a pocket so that less heat is lost. You need a 2A mains USB charger - can't charge them from a computer.

    I wear thick padded gloves if I'm out. My Canons have big buttons and can be used with gloves.
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  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Ardent spirits, used wisely, can help. Why do you suppose that St. Bernard dogs are traditionally portrayed with brandy barrels around their necks?


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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I agree. Silk gloves are relatively cheap. I get mine via amazon.Jasmine silk. company.
    I do have Raynaud's syndrome, so my hands can go bloodless even holding something cool. Supermarkets are a chore. I go round wearing my gloves there. Also useful are fingerless wrist warmers. I get cashmere ones from a company who recycles cashmere into cosy products. It is called Turtle Doves.
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  6. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Woollen mittens which have a flap over the fingers....

  7. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Reynard' s syndrome
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  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's the Foxy spelling
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  9. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    These are probably the sort of thing you're looking for...

    Somewhere I have a pair of standard 'Thinsulate' gloves where I cut a slit into the forefinger which allowed me to slip the end of the forefinger back over the actual finger - seemed to work quite well.
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  10. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    I will train Snowy (that’s him at Left) to follow me dragging along a John Smiths.
  11. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    “Any pair of gloves” many thanks for your help.

    I went to the Army & Navy store, they have gloves which radio operators use in cold places,
    Finger and thumb cut off on one hand, cost a fiver.


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  12. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    go to your local market, I got two pairs of fingerless gloves for £3
  13. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I had a pair of shooting gloves with just the trigger finger missing. They would’ve been ideal last week. Shame it’s not just my trigger finger of the gloves that are missing, as I can’t find the gloves anywhere. be ideal. I was in krakow last week, and I had thick woollen gloves, which I eventually gave up on and just put my hands in my pockets when I got cold.
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  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I can remember having chamois leather ones when I used to go up in the Jet Provosts. Wish I had them now!
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  15. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    That badge definitely needs replacing with this one.

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  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I was quite good!
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  17. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    Many thanks to everyone.
  18. ChrisNewman

    ChrisNewman Well-Known Member

    I have Raynaud's, so if it’s cold, my hands are usually cold, even if exertion has overheated the rest of me! I have some SealSkinz ‘Outdoor Sports Mittens’, with a thermal rating 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. They are half finger gloves with a fold over mitten flap to cover the ends of your fingers (held back a Velcro fastening), and another flap for the thumb. I’ve seen similar gloves, but without the claim of waterproofing, of another brand, I think Jack Wolfskin. They’re great in cool weather, but with my hands, if the temperature gets anywhere near freezing, they’re not warm enough, even with a pair of knitted half finger gloves underneath. I’ve been looking for gloves of a similar design but much warmer (when we were growing up, 1962-3, our mother bought a box of ex-army gloves, some of which were lambskin with the wool on the inside, again with fold-back mitts, but less sophisticated). But I’ve had no luck, and looking on the SealSkinz and Jack Wolfskin websites, I no longer see any like my current ones.

    I hope you find some gloves that work for you, Bill!

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  19. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    My wife suffers from Raynauds and plays tennis (outdoors, 12 months of the year!) with a Yaktrax Hand Warmer in each glove. They last for 8 hours so should be long enough for a day's shooting this time of year.

    Back to the OP, I'm out and about with a Nikon D750 and quite thick gloves - but by shooting with aperture priority, autofocus and Auto ISO all I need to do is zoom in or out and press the shutter, with not a lot of fiddling required! Works for me!

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  20. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

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