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01-05-2009, 05:03 PM
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What is the best way for kids to keep their hands and feet from getting cold and hurting at cold and outdoor rinks. My son wears thin socks and have never had a problem seems kids with thicker socks have the problem. WHat do you do about the hands.

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suck it up, just don't be out there for too long when its -30c.

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I have a pair of UnderArmor Cold Gear gloves: http://www.amazon.com/Under-Armour-C.../dp/B000BY862O. I haven't used them for hockey, but it seems they would fit under hockey gloves fine and help keep his hands warm. Personally, I've never had an issue with my hands being cold outside.

What kind of hockey gloves does he wear? My palms and fingers are (synthetic?) leather, not a lot of air movement. My friend says his hands get cold; he has several areas on his gloves that are made from breathable material, which could lead to heat loss.

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What is the best way for kids to keep their hands and feet from getting cold and hurting at cold and outdoor rinks. My son wears thin socks and have never had a problem seems kids with thicker socks have the problem. WHat do you do about the hands.
If your skates are properly fitted you shouldn't have much trouble with cold feet, because there won't be a whole ton of air in the boot.

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Snug fit skates and thick socks will cause problems. Any who have doubled or tripled up, adding too much material, in a pair of winter boots would find the feet get cold much faster if they become tight. Once the material is smooshed between foot and boot, you lose that dead air space and its insulating properties. Layering is fine as long as they are LOOSE layers. In the days prior to thinsulate and other modern materials, the US army cold weather boot relied on air. Refered to as Mickey Mouse boots. They had air filled bladders, resembling the famouse mouse ears, that provided rather decent protection. That dead air space will slow heat being radiated out from the boot.

Gloves, once wet from sweat or snow can be a killer. Wrist bands can help stop sweat from running into the gloves as well as long sleeve thermal long johns. For general skate rather than hockey, go with a good pair of mittens over fingered gloves. Seperating the fingers in gloves causes more material surface for heat loss. Also, keep a second pair of socks and mittens to replace those that get wet, if you wish to extend the time they are on the ice. Disposable or re-usable hand warmers also go a long way in helping prevent frost bite.

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Part of the problem with thick socks is that kids feet sweat and soak their feet before they play and then the sweat is what gets their feet cold.

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