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2.0 out of 5 stars Not that warm, not that fast. Better for mild days or high activity than for standing in the cold., January 22, 2009
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These handwarmers were not what I expected. While they did not suit my needs, they may suit yours.

Need to know about this product:
1) the hard warmers are very small. They fit well into gloves, mittens, and under the tongue of loosely laced sneakers.

2) they take VERY long to warm up. I opened 5 pairs to share with friends on a very cold day. The warm-up time varied from 30 minutes to 40 minutes. Don't expect to get instant relief from the cold.

3) these items are only moderately warm. This is a positive and a negative. The positive is that you can keep them close to the skin for a long while without any irritation or burns. They aren't scalding hot. The negative is that they never really get that warm. On a breezy 25F day, I felt like this product was near useless.

4) they last a long time. They really do last over 8 hrs.

For standing in the cold, these are terrible. If you are out skiing, biking, or doing some aerobic activity, this may be just enough to keep your extremities warm during breaks. But for low activity events, these just aren't warm enough or fast enough on a cold day.

Not that warm, not that fast. Better for mild days or high activity than for standing in the cold.
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Initial post: Feb 1, 2011 9:26:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2011 9:27:12 PM PST
You are supposed to keep them in your pocket so they can stay warm.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 6:39:56 AM PST
Earl says:
suggestion to let them expose to air for a minute or less to let the chemicals activate. then place them into a pocket or better glove and put your hand in them. they get very warm when not exposed to open air and kept in a place where the heat can build up.

I have used them when in Montreal Quebec during winter carnival. worked well in near zero degree f temps! just need good gloves to keep the heat in ... if you put them in thin mittens or hold them in your hands out in the cold air I would guess they would not work. also works great if you put them in your boots after exposing them to air and they start to warm up.

in a good winter glove they will get very very hot... at one point I had to move them from gloves to pockets because glove had built up too much heat.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 1:06:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2012 1:07:57 PM PDT
El-Cheapo says:
@M. Barley - Yes, they were in my pockets. Friends had a pair stuffed into his gloves. They were not warm under cold, breezy conditions.
@Clueless -- your experience did not match our experience with this product.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 10:57:01 AM PDT
IndeedPanda says:
What I've learned is to expose them to air for a bit when they cool. Like you, I found them to be only mild when stuffed into gloves and pockets. They really seem to get hot only when they have air (neutral, not too cold). I use them for ear aches and they usually get too hot if I leave them open to the air for too long. Seems everyone has different experiences so I figured I'd share mine since you took the time to write such a detailed review. Anyway, if you have a lot left I hope this advice is useful.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 8:04:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2013 8:25:24 AM PST
J.R. says:
The body warmers are larger, produce more heat and last longer than the hand warmers. The foot warmers do not produce much heat because they are in a closed space that is deprived of oxygen. Shake the packet vigorously in the open air to reactivate the heat. Put one packet inside your glove or mitten and hold another in the palm of your hand to get maximum benefit. Mittens keep your fingers warmer than gloves. To stop the chemical reaction at the end of use, seal the packets inside an airtight plastic bag. To reactivate the heat, remove and shake the packet again. Suggestion: Think of a way to push oxygen into your shoes or boots when the foot warmers stops producing heat. Maybe blow through a plastic tube, or squeeze a bulb syringe?

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 11:09:57 AM PST
Onefeather says:
I have used these for a long time and never had a problem with them getting warn and sometimes I have had to move them around because they can get a little too warm. I keep them in my car and house, they are great if caught in a snow/ice storm, hunters use them and we used them when on a motorcycle in real cold weather.
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