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01-10-2013 02:34 AM  7 years ago
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Adam Landefeld

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Review: Raydiowarm cold weather radio mitt
Product Review: Raydiowarm Cold Weather Radio Mitt

When winter rolled around here in Northern Utah I was just getting full swing into my heli mojo mode. I was really having a great time and flying a lot. I had made more progress in four months than I had in the previous 3-4 years I would estimate. So you can imagine how disappointed I was that I might only have a handful of “good flying days” until spring. It typically stays around -6C to 5C for most of December-February here. It snows, it blows, and it is generally great weather… for skiing or snowmobiling or igloo building.

I began looking for ways to make winter flying a successful proposition for me, the pilot (I knew how to keep my machines in working order and take care of my LiPos and such). I tried timing myself with the weather… that never worked. I tried many different “fingerless” gloves to marginal success. I covered myself in those chemical “hand warmers”, which was not too bad but I still would have my fingers icy cold at about the 2nd to 3rd minute of a flight, or I had to keep light gloves on with the hand warmers tucked into the palms and was back to restrictions on my hands. I even tried bundling my whole body up to the extreme with the exception of my hands to see if that would work. None of these were making cold weather flying actually enjoyable. The most I would get in would be 4-5 quick flights with a lot of hand slapping and feet stamping in the snow.

I remembered that I had seen pictures of “radio gloves” before and they had intrigued me but I was always worried they would feel restrictive and distracting because the ones I had seen at the field always touched the hands of the pilot. I started looking around at what was available in these offerings and quickly came to the conclusion that only one was going to be worth my time. I loved the product description, photos and concept of the Raydiowarm mitt.

I contacted an extremely friendly Ray Bishop at Raydiowarm mitt and asked how I might get one of his products. His confidence in his product and his engagement as a vendor was great. He gave me pricing and instructions on ordering so I paypal’ed him the money and anxiously awaited the arrival of the product. Ray received the order and air-mailed it out to me immediately from the UK.

My package arrived and I had the Raydiowarm mitt out and on the bench in a about 3 seconds. I popped the sides up inside and the Velcro secured panels immediately snapped it up into the shape you see in the pics. Perfect, I could already tell there would not be an interference issue. Then I took the included wrist cuffs and locked them in place, they secure with Velcro as well and can be removed if you were just too warm. I got the harness system out and attached and had the mitt hanging from my front before the packaging had hit the floor. That was when I realized that the quality and craftsmanship on this was amazing. I noticed that the material itself was extremely durable, the stitching was done very well and clearly would not be going anywhere (it felt tough enough for a cattle rancher). The panels inside were well covered, provided exactly the right amount of structure and were light. I opened the front flap and slid my radio in, the Velcro used on this flap and everywhere on the Raydiowarm mitt is about 3 times heavier duty than what you could get away with, apparently Ray does not “get away with” anything. The radio view window is very nice, and I could easily see the display.

Great, lets go fly in the cold, bring it on!

My test day was hovering around -12C-13C with some light ice crystals floating around in the air. There was about eight inches of snow on the ground. It was the exact kind of weather situation where my fingers would normally be numb in a matter of a minute.

The cold made starting my .90 nitro a bear, but eventually the engine caught and sat purring on the bench as I strapped the mitt on with the included waist strap and over-shoulder harness. The harness system makes it so you are not holding the Raydiowarm mitt and radio at the same time. You put your hands through the wrist cuffs and just hold the radio, the mitt is just kind of hovering there and you can adjust the height it sits.

I noticed right away that this was going to be a success. Because of the wrist cuffs and good sealing on the Raydiowarm mitt, the warmth from my hands was captured inside and was actually pretty nice already. I finished my first flight without any of the normal numbness I was being accustomed to. I could not believe how unhindered my hands were during the flight. I had originally planned a very mild flight to get used to the mitt but after about sixty seconds had launched right into a 3D routine.

While I was putting packs in another machine I noticed that some condensation had appeared inside the mitt and collected on the inside of the window. It was so cold out that it had instantly turned to ice once. I threw a couple chemical hand warmers into the mitt and let them sit while I prepped my next flight.

The next flight was just a normal flight, I wasn’t even thinking about the mitt anymore, just flying. The hand warmers had even increased the comfort inside the mitt and when I was done they kept the condensation from freezing on the inside of the window and I just wiped it off with a towel.

I’ve since put this product to the test at least a dozen times and am convinced that it is now in my “top five of all time” RC purchases. My winters have now become possibilities instead of dreads. If you live somewhere cold and want to keep flying during the winter, I would not hesitate a second to recommend the Raydiowarm mitt to you.

Happy Flying!
-Adam

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01-12-2013 10:31 PM  7 years ago
utahbob

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in the bag
Hey is this product still available? who sells it? Thanx
I do a great decending funnel!
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01-12-2013 10:37 PM  7 years ago
utahbob

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sorry
I guess I should have looked for it on the web first--a friend told me it was no longer available!
I do a great decending funnel!
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01-13-2013 01:48 AM  7 years ago
Adam Landefeld

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Definitely still available at Raydiowarm.com

In fact, the product has been updated recently and the one I reviewed is the latest version.

-Adam
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01-13-2013 02:11 AM  7 years ago
spacecopter

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My local hobby shop has them in stock, too (I just phoned them today)

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No sponsoring - I pay for what I fly
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01-14-2013 08:57 AM  7 years ago
ch-47c

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Interesting video of Antartica flying on his website.
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