I tried it Tuesday: Hot hands

   January 27, 2010 2:22 pm    3

 

Tuesdays are “I tried it Tuesdays” where I’ll tell you about something I recently tried — a movie, an activity, a restaurant, etc.

Yes, yes…I know it’s Wednesday again…. give me a break, eh?

hothands

Today’s topic: Hot hands hand warmers

What are they: Little pouches of warmth.

Come again? They’re these little baggies full of…well, I don’t know…but you shake them up and they get warm.

What do you do with the “warm baggies” full of God knows what? Stick them in mittens/gloves, in your shoes, in your shirt….or wherever you need a little extra warmth.

Why I tried them: Winter running = freezing cold hands. Freezing cold hands = showering with your sports bra on. Why, you ask? (or maybe you don’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway) because…freezing cold hands and the loss of opposable thumbs means you can’t get a sweat-soaked sports bra off. No joke.

How they work: We covered this — I haven’t a clue. Here’s what the package says: “All-natural ingredients. Safe. Natural Heat. No Odor. Air-Activated.” Contents say: Iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite. So…there you have it.

To make them hot, you simply remove them from the outer protective package. Then, shake the pouch to mix and activate contents. Takes 15 to 30 minutes for them to heat up.

What they’re good for: A little bit of warmth to hold onto for any outdoor activities — shoveling, running, skiing, sledding, watching a football game, etc.

How hot do they get? Not so hot that you can’t hold them comfortably. The package says the average temperature is 126 to 144 degrees Farenheit, but…that sounds much hotter than they feel.

Do they work? Yes…and for 10 HOURS. They work so well, that on a recent long run in 18-degree temperatures, I had to take them out of my mittens (I wear them between a pair of stretchy gloves & a pair of big mittens) because they were making my entire upper body sweat.

Where can you get them? Home Depot, Lowes and most mass retailers.  Look for them hanging in all the little things they sell at the pegboards near the registers or…check the sporting goods department at WalMark, Kmart, etc.

Cost: A buck or two.

Can they be reused? No…but they last for 10 hours, so you can always pass them on.

Other: In case you missed it earlier, they do take 15 to 30 minutes to heat up…so if you’re going out sledding at 1 p.m., crack your Hot Hands open at 12:30.

 

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