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12-18-2003 10:31 PM  13 years agoPost 1
hercules

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When you fly in the cold, do you wear gloves or not? The question might sound dumb, but today it was about 28 deg F and I couldn't stand flying with gloves on. I took then off and could feel the sticks again, but only for about 30 min. before my thumbs went numb! So, to glove or not to glove? That is the question.

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12-18-2003 10:33 PM  13 years agoPost 2
bkiggins

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I fly thumbs only, so I have a pair of old fox mx gloves that I cut just the bottom side of the thumb out, so the top of my thumb is still covered. It definitely feels different at first, but only for a flight or two.

Brian

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12-18-2003 10:35 PM  13 years agoPost 3
rplumbo

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I use the really thin cotton gloves you find at Target, Wal-Mart, gas stations etc. The're always like $4.99 per 2 or 3 pair. I've found they're quite easy to fly in. They'll only extend your 30 minutes, to maybe 35 or 40 minutes. But they help the reheating process. Best thing I ever did when winter flying was bring my propane heater and sit next to it in between flights. You can stay all day with that setup.

Reid

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12-18-2003 10:53 PM  13 years agoPost 4
cmdiduca

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I was thinking about trying one of those transmitter gloves. Anybody have any luck with them?

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12-18-2003 10:56 PM  13 years agoPost 5
white chocolate

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mittens

I just got my transmitter mitten from zac and I tell you what!! I love it allready and havnt even gotten to try it yet. I was putting my hands in it for bout two minutes and I could feel the heat in the mitten from my hands alone. I dont think I will have to worry bout the cold and if it does get colder a heat pak will definatly take care of that!!

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12-18-2003 11:08 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Pickle

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The best transmitter mitten made is available from Zach and Amy Sparks [sparksaz@novagate.com]. It comes with its own neckstrap, and even has sleeve straps you can adjust if you want to. It is a super setup and you will stay warm. I tried most every type of glove, fingerless, latex surgeons, cotton. I just didn't like any glove on at all and the transmitter mitten is warmer, anyway. There is no better person to deal with than Zach. Webpage is http://mail.chartermi.net/~sparksaz/txmitten/index.htm

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12-19-2003 12:25 AM  13 years agoPost 7
cmdiduca

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Pickle,
How much do the gloves cost and what are they made of?
Chris

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12-19-2003 12:28 AM  13 years agoPost 8
m1ke1

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I also use the same transmitter mitten and they are awesome keep you nice and warm.
The inside is Polar Fleece and the outside is flag material which blocks wind and any moisture.

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12-19-2003 03:31 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Sonic

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I use the transmitter mitten from Zach when it is below 35 degrees and thin cotton gloves with the finger tips cut off when its a little nicer out.
The mitten is a very well made and thought out. It is worth the investment if you fly in cold weather. Your hands will stay warm and after six or so flights you will become comfortable flying with the transmitter mitten on. Chek out the site.
sparksaz@novagate.com

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12-19-2003 05:13 AM  13 years agoPost 10
hercules

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Thanks for the replies everybody! I don't mind the cold, but the thumbs get cold quick on the sticks. I'm looling at the transmitter mittens, sounds good!

rplumbo, good idea with the heater. I have one thats been sitting around doing nothing. Looks like it will be fired up for some localized heat next time out.

Thanks again!

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12-19-2003 06:15 AM  13 years agoPost 11
tailrotordave

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rubber gloves.....

It has been getting down into the 40's here lately in the early morning and I'll sometimes wear a pair of rubber latex gloves. They are actually heavy duty latex that we use when working on the Caterpillar tractors--keeps the oil and muck out of your bloodstream.........
Anyway, you have complete dexterity with them and since they don't breathe, your hands stay warm. Holding the Tx feels fine.

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12-19-2003 01:38 PM  13 years agoPost 12
z11355

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hmm, I would think that because the
gloves don't 'breathe', the sweat would
eventually make your hands quite
clammy and cold as it transmits the cold
much more effectively than air would.

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12-19-2003 01:47 PM  13 years agoPost 13
tailrotordave

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Actually my hands are dry when I remove the gloves. No work is no heat generated and no sweat. Working in them can get them wet but they seem to be great for r/c.

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12-19-2003 02:50 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Alistair

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i used the mit from zack.

very warm... the screen was completely fogged up in 'bout 2 min. oodles of room, so you don't hit switches.

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12-19-2003 05:07 PM  13 years agoPost 15
bluefronted

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Try using a pair of gloes that the fly fishermen use , SNOWBEE makes a good type , the fore fingers and thumb are opened

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12-19-2003 05:48 PM  13 years agoPost 16
Zach Sparks

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Baja170

I am sorry you did not get my response. My email records show an inquiry on 12-10-03 at 12:58pm stating you did not have a paypal account and you were interested in a mitten for yourself and raptorrecker. I sent you a response less than an hour later and gave you details of the alternate payment method I accept. I then did not hear back and as I do with most everyone I do not hear back from I sent you a follow up email on 12-13-03 at around 2:00am. I assure you I was not ignoring you or blowing you off with the question of alternate payment. Please get back with me and I will take care of you.

Best Regards

Zach Sparks sparksaz@novagate.com

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12-20-2003 12:24 AM  13 years agoPost 17
rcheliflyer

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calif., usa

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I went flying today and it was cold to me about 45 f but also
with a bit of wind chill, I wore some of those thin themax knit gloves
not bad , but tried the next flight without them and the heli was a lot
more responsive feeling controlwise.

Good idea "tailrotordave",

I'll have to try the latex gloves, I also use them at work and your hands
stay quite dry ,unless you are really working hard.
Might just be the ticket for us West coast flyers, then maybe put the knit gloves over them when taking a break .

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12-20-2003 01:22 AM  13 years agoPost 18
tailrotordave

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z11355,
"I need more cowbell" is perhaps the funniest skit they have ever done on SNL. That song can't play on the radio without me finding something to tap against. I just now read that on your post.......

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12-20-2003 05:12 AM  13 years agoPost 19
hercules

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I found a pair of battery powered/ heated gloves at a local hunting shop today. It looks like the area just under the end of the thumbs can be cut out. I'll let you know how it works out.

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12-20-2003 05:33 PM  13 years agoPost 20
Zach Sparks

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Baja170

You said in the latest post that you had other questions. This is the only email I received from you:

W James
12-10-03 at 12:58pm

Hi,

I live out in the country and don't have a Papal account. Could I please
send you a personal check and I don't care if you have to hold it before
shipping. If so, I would for sure be interested in 1 and most likely one
for Raptorrecker to. I am Baja170 on RR and I'm honest.

Thank you for considering,

Will
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My response was on 12-10-03 at 1:57pm and it said:

Thanks for the inquiry on my mittens. I have all three of my available colors ready to ship. Sorry, but I don't take checks. I will take a postal money order if you don't have a paypal account. I just had too many problems with fraud last year and it was all through checks. I am sure you are very honest. My decision to not take checks is nothing personal to you and it truly does not mean that I don't trust anyone. It was just a desicion I made from last years losses. If you are still interested I will just need your postal zip code and I can get you a total including shipping. It does save some shipping $$ to send two mittens since two will fit in the same box I use to ship singles in and the rate is only $.90 more. I ship immediately upon receiving payment and shipping method is via USPS Priority with 2-3 days as typical delivery in lower 48. Let me know what you would like to do.

Regards

Zach Sparks sparksaz@novagate.com
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Please understand that I am only interested in knowing what happened with the email transaction and I would hope you could share the other questions you had. If you would let me know I would appreciate it. I am sorry that you are not using one of my mittens, but I am glad that you found something that will work for you. The ultimate goal is to fly.

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