Pat Shingleton: "Gloves or Mittens"
Gloves were in use for November and a couple of days in December. Mittens are more effective for hand warming. Exposed body parts such as ears, nose, toes and fingers are vulnerable. Hunters, fishing enthusiasts and golfers may experience "chilbains," caused by prolonged exposure to cold, damp weather. As noted in a previous column, symptoms include: redness, burning, itching and chafing of hands and feet. Years ago, the U.S. Army designed a climate-controlled high-tech "uniform." These waterproof suits included tubes, similar to NASA's space suits; circulating cold and warm to accommodate body temperature. "Objective Force Warrior" is a computerized suit, originally designed in the 90s, with a tele-screen helmet and purifying system.