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Keep hands warm with these gadgets



It's unseasonably (and for some, unreasonably) cold in Florida right now. When it gets cold here and the humidity remains high, a 50-degree cold can feel like a 30-degree cold and the damp air can make your hands sting. I don't like to wear gloves unless it's absolutely necessary because the bulkiness and loss of finger sensitivity makes it hard to use my gadgets. So I need some gadgets to keep my hands warm so I can use my other gadgets. Got it?

Here are two gadgets I recommend for survival in the cold:

Zippo Hand Warmer

I bought a box of those little chemical hand warmers for my recent trip to New York and they really didn't work well. They took forever to warm up, didn't last long and really didn't generate much heat. The Zippo Hand Warmer is a different story. It was designed for hunters, ice fisherman and skiers so you know it will keep the hands of a Floridian plenty warm. With smooth, all-metal construction it will slip into your pocket and you'll forget it's there. It runs on lighter fluid for up to 12 hours and can be refilled for continuous use.


Freehands Gloves

Have you ever tried to text someone with gloves on? Freehands Gloves are designed to keep your hands warm while providing use of your index finger and thumb on each hand so you can access your digital gadgets. They're made from various knit, fleece and synthetic stretch materials and have hinged finger caps. So you can expose your fingertips to use your digital device then quickly cover them up again. A magnetic catch holds the finger caps out of way when in use. The design is really quite brilliant.



So if your hands are stinging in the cold while you're trying to post a Facebook status or make a photo of your kids all-bundled up for school, you might want to check these things out.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 4:33pm]


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