Ski season is here and adventure awaits you up on the mountain — fresh snow, hot cider, and cozy cabin getaways. However, in addition to fun on the slopes, this time of year can also mean cold hands. If you don’t have the best hand warmers for skiing, your time on the mountain can be pretty miserable. When you can’t feel your fingers it’s hard to ride a chairlift, adjust your bindings, or do anything other than curse the sky and wonder why you came.
Thankfully, some brilliant person invented hand warmers. These little packets, which are typically small and disposable, work by a process called exothermic oxidation which is essentially iron being exposed to air (which then rusts and releases heat). The packets also feature activated charcoal to help keep them warm for a longer period of time.
On top of these genius iron-charcoal packets, there are also variations such as reusable gel packs that are triggered by snapping a metal disk and can be recharged in hot water. If your hands get to the point where you’re crying from the cold and swearing you’ll never go skiing again, grab a pair of these, slide them into your ski gloves, and watch how a little bit of hand warmth can change your whole world.