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Is Your Pen Mightier? – Gear Tasting Radio 29

By The ITS Crew

It seems like everyone has their favorite pen, whether it’s a fancy gel pen or a regular old roller ball. This week on Gear Tasting Radio, we break down our criteria for what makes a great pen and discuss some of our favorites.

Also on this episode, we answer some questions dealing with gloves, chest rigs and carrying cigars in the field.

Episode 29 – Is Your Pen Mightier?

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  • Dave H

    Cold weather gloves are the bane of my existence. I work outside, year round in Canada. Every winter I regularly freeze my space pens and have to switch to a pencil. I’m a big believer in using a glove system. You aren’t going to find a high dexterity, glove that is suitable for cold weather. When I’m, doing things that are going to require high dexterity in cold environments, I will usually layer up. Base layer I’ll use a warmish liner. For my work it’s also an FR rated liner. It’s enough that I don’t freeze my fingers right away or get frost nip when I rub up on something metal.
    On top of that for general work, I’ll usually use a thinsulate lined leather glove. Durable, doesn’t stiffen up and pretty warm. You can pick the skin that suits your needs. Warmest option is always going to be mittens. When out with search and rescue I’ve used lobster style mitts. They have 3 fingers so you have some dexterity, but still cluster your fingers together for warmth.
    Best advice like you said, find a layering system. I have some gloves for snow sports that have a insulation glove for warmth and an outer waterproof glove for protection and wind stopping.
    A big thing for cold weather protection as well is fit. You need circulation to stay warm. Your body is going to decrease blood flow to your extremities pretty fast. If you have tight spots from layers or a very close fitting glove, it can cause your hands to get colder, faster. Same thing applies to your feet. If you thick socks are too tight in your boots, you’ll loose circulation and get colder, faster. Something to think about.

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