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Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« on: September 25, 2017, 19:09:42 »
With the nights drawing in and it getting colder I am trying to find tips to keep flying outdoors during the winter.
I have found some heated fingerless gloves on ebay for under £4. They are usb powered and as I have an xt6o lipo to usb converter I can power them from a spare lipo  ::) So hopefully that will keep my fingers warm enough.
I have a 'big' warm coat but does anyone have any tips on keeping legs and feet warm?

So any tips to share?



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Re: Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 19:16:45 »
As a died in the wool slope soarer (where all the best winds come in the damn winter and you are up an exposed hill), I recommend.............

1. Motorcycle Goggles (if LOS)
2. Motorcycle Balaclava (you can get lycra for when not THAT cold)
3. Ski/Snowboard Suit

The Lidl's and Aldi's of this world often have offers on these and they are good enough and strong enough

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Re: Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 19:18:44 »
Oh, and I wear steel toecap waterproof boots and thermal socks.  With that lot on I usually only use thermal fingerless gloves so little or no resistance to control.

And the Lycra balaclava fits well under my headset without having to adjust straps, etc.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2017, 19:23:06 by Bad Raven »

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Re: Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 19:29:36 »
Military training kicks in-
1. Keep your core temperature up - then you body takes less heat from the extremities.
2. Get a good hat - I have a Russian hat I use - stop heat escaping from your head
3. Dunno about electric gloves but you can get chamical sachets that produce heat, they can be used inside gloves or shoes.
4. Fingerless gloves - bad experiences with these, the glove gets caught on switches and sticks - be careful
5. You can get radio muffs - cover the radio and your hands, not used them but I know pilots who do
6. Make sure you have a fan on your goggles, particularly if you have a hat, fogging is a bitch

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Re: Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 19:46:03 »
generally I avoid cold flying but on the off occassion Ive done it Ive parked my motor close to my flying point , setup up and hopped back in the car with the heater before putting on my goggs :laugh:
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Re: Staying warm flying in cold weather?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 19:50:36 »
I  used a carp fishing suit, peaked balaclava , Aldi ski goggs,  and shooting mittens for slope soaring.
And before anybody asks ,yes the mitts were on a tape through the suit. :shrug:


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