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Posted: January 27th, 2010
I tried it Tuesday: Hot hands

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.

Comments
3 Responses to “I tried it Tuesday: Hot hands”
  1. Danny Lucas says:

    Golly Heather….I never know what you will come up with next.

    Recently, I commented to a woman, and she revealed her thoughts on the male/female brain syndrome. We saw totally different things in the same subject at hand.

    Perhaps this is a male/female brain issue too, but it seems to me that removing a cold freezing sports bra is Dan’s job and falls under the contractual clause known as “For better or for worse”. I admit, I do not know if this is the better part, or the worse part, but it seems to fall in there somewhere.

    These handwarmers remind me of my father in my youth. He was an avid ice fisherman. Heck, he fished nearly every day of his life, year round, when not procreating an abundance of siblings. Warm hands are required for both activities, but I always remember him taking these gizmos to an ice fishing hut. I think they were fueled by Zippo fluid, or Coleman camping products fluid. They were metal and majorly warm.

    Today, safety committees hand out sticks that you break and they glow light for 12 hours. I suspect your gizmo is more of the latter technology.

    In these times of belt tightening, you may want to read Dan the contract he made long ago “for better or for worse” and read him his Miranda rights too. Then, save a buck and put him to work. Just a thought.

    Perhaps just a male/female brain thought. :)

    Happy Tuesday…, er, Wednesday.

  2. Chris says:

    I should get a pair and duct-tape them to my hands for when I’m typing at work!

  3. Pam Liccardi says:

    When I was in high school we used these all the time at football games or band competitions to keep ourselves warm.

    But now I have a new use, suggested by my midwife: putting them on my sore back. I told her about using my hot water bottle and she said the handwarmers the hunters use are also good because they heat up easily and last so long. I haven’t tried it on my back yet, but found it interesting.