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12-01-2011 08:08 PM  5 years agoPost 1
QuantumPSI

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Atlanta, GA

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Alright, it's getting cold, but instead of packing things up for the winter, I REALLY want to keep flying. My skills have steadily been progressing and I'd like to continue this progression.

Flying in the cold has always been a problem for me. Keeping my body warm is not a problem, it's my hands. I can't use the super thick gloves, cause then I can't hold/feel transmitter. Not to mention, I'm a pretty thin guy, so I don't have much flesh on my fingers. Thus, my hands and fingers especially, can get numbingly cold before the end of a single flight. At this point, my fingers literally become stiff and it is difficult to move them quickly (not good for low 3D). Further, it can take up to 20 minutes for them to warm back up.

I've tried the TX mitt... not for me. Too much of a hassle and once I take my hands out and they get cold, they never get back up to temperature.

I'm looking for a solution here. Thinking along the lines of thin gloves with heating pads inside and the tips cut out on the thumb and index fingers.

So with that said, how do you guys keep your hands warm during the winter?

I'd really like to see people's solutions so I don't spend too much trying to figure something out.

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12-01-2011 08:10 PM  5 years agoPost 2
dschertz

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Jackson, MI

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didn't realize it got that cold in Georgia. Or is it the country?

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12-01-2011 08:13 PM  5 years agoPost 3
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I sit in my heated clubhouse. Go out and fly for 8 to 10 minutes. Re-fuel and go back in the heated clubhouse for some hot cocoa and to warm my fingers and do it all over again.

Here's a an old view looking from the clubhouse. You may notice a flybar on that helicopter.

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12-01-2011 08:20 PM  5 years agoPost 4
taxus812

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Conecticut - USA

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First winter for me but here are some thing I​was thinking of.

Do what Ice fisherman do. They have heaters for their pockets. You can use finger tipless gloves for flying. When down put your hands back in your pockets to warm up. You can get the heaters at an outfitters.

My kids have mittens and the top flips up to expose their fingertips. So it is even warmer.

I plan on trying to get a patio heater they are about $150 and run on propane. Its kinda the modern version of the fire barrol

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12-01-2011 08:23 PM  5 years agoPost 5
RobMcQuillen

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Rochester, NY

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You'r looking at it!!

If I find my thumbs getting too cold as too were I can't feel the sticks anymore I will land and stick em on my motor for a bit to warm them up. Then I can continue the flight. If only this Xera motor got hotter!

Rob

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12-01-2011 08:28 PM  5 years agoPost 6
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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I too am like QuantumPSI. Unfortunately I am a diabetic (type 2) and get cold really fast in the finger department.

Now I live in Illinois, 10 miles South of the Wis. boarder. It gets really cold here...-20 degrees is not uncommon here...

These last several years the temps may have reached -10 like for a day, but hover around the single digits +/-.

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12-01-2011 08:34 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Ejeremy

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Bourbonnais,IL

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The mittens with the flip top to expose your fingers are the best. Mine have the cut off finger tips. I put 2 hand warms in the flip top so when my fingers get cold I cover them back up. The hand warmers work really well and usually run .99 cents for two. They last for about 6 hours.

Or you can sit in your car with the moonroof open!!

Jeremy

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12-01-2011 08:56 PM  5 years agoPost 8
PC12DRVR

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USA

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Get a propane dish heater and stand in front of it, works like a charm. Not to close though, your pants might catch on fire, and its hard to concentrate on flying whith your pant on fire. dont ask me how I know.

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12-01-2011 09:06 PM  5 years agoPost 9
fastflyer20

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N. Tonawanda, NY

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+1 on the hunting mittens. The tips of the thumbs are completely exposed with the rest of the hand covered. They do feel different than no gloves, but much better than cold hands!

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ja...or-men~p~2802m/

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12-01-2011 09:08 PM  5 years agoPost 10
datidun

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N Ireland

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Last year i tried a set of disposable gloves and a pair of woollen gloves over that,the woollen gloves had the tops cut off so i could still feel the sticks,helped a bit but like you looking for that something better,one guy i did see was he had a fingerless pair of gloves on and next to his 12v battery he had a 12v Hairdryer,guys were using it to warm up there radio mitts

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12-01-2011 09:09 PM  5 years agoPost 11
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Careful when the heli gets cold, Things shrink and tighten up and sometimes shrink and loosen up..

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12-01-2011 09:50 PM  5 years agoPost 12
Azinferno

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casa grande az

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The solution is very easy just move to Arizona we fly here all year round rather its 50 or 120

1000 parts looking for a place to crash

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12-01-2011 09:58 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Ejeremy

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Bourbonnais,IL

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^^^ I dream of your weather when flying in the snow!!

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12-01-2011 10:03 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Azinferno

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casa grande az

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@ ejeremy I just wish I had the heli flying skills to fully appericate the weather. Only been flying helis a little more than a month and its completely kicking my Ass lol

1000 parts looking for a place to crash

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12-01-2011 10:14 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Ronald Thomas

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Easy fix

<<<<<<Move here

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12-01-2011 10:24 PM  5 years agoPost 16
niyot

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Baltimore, Maryland

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@ laughingstill

I am going to make the move laughingstill.
Just need a place to stay and a bird to fly.
Logo 600 VBAR, Henseleit TDR VBAR, and Mikado XXtreme when it is available!!!!
Not in any particular order!

any ideas????

Hood HeLi : RIP Roman

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12-01-2011 10:31 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Ronald Thomas

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I might know a guy

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12-01-2011 10:44 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Dood

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Wescanson

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Get a RaydioWarm. You can find really good deals on used RaydioWarms in July and August.

I've flown on the river in -10° weather with the wind blowing in my face and it didn't phase me one bit.

http://www.raydiowarm.com/

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12-02-2011 12:23 AM  5 years agoPost 19
JWatson

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Mustang, OK

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Plus one on the propane heater, works awesome.

J

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12-02-2011 02:01 AM  5 years agoPost 20
Rotowerkz

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Windham, NH

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I use running gloves I bought at Target. They have rubberized grips on them to help keep the thumbs from slipping off the sticks, but I don't see why you could not use them for pinch flying as well... I've gotten used to flying with them in the winter, so they don't bother me.

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