Whether it’s for work or for play, it’s absolutely important to keep your body at a balanced temperature (+37°C or +98.6°F). That’s easy enough until Winter hits and your body has to manage preserving heat while being challenged by the low temperatures, wind and wetness that cold Winters bring. And at the most extreme, your hands and body can fall prey to hypothermia or frostbite and you absolutely don’t want that. Let’s first understand how our hands and body can lose heat.
4 Reasons Why Our Hands & Body Lose Heat
Heat loss occurs from radiation when your hands and body are exposed to the cold. It’s the difference between the temperature of the air vs. the temperature of your body, hence, during cold weather, you better wrap those hands up! That means putting warm Winter gloves on so your hands aren’t exposed to the cold Winter air. And if you don’t, the heat generated from your hands and body would be given off to the surrounding atmosphere. The body loses 65% of its heat through radiation.
Heat loss occurs from evaporation when water is converted from liquid to gas. When we’re talking about the human body, you lose heat when you sweat, as the sweat would evaporate from your hands or body to help cool you down. If you’re doing rigorous activity outdoors that can lead to overheating and sweating, then your body temperature can drop quickly right after. To prevent this, you’d want to wear gloves that can keep your hands warm but also breathable so your hands don’t uncomfortably overheat and sweat. Another tip is to make sure to always stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle on you so you can always rehydrate.
Heat loss occurs from conduction when your hands or body gets in contact with a cooler surface or object. When touching a cooler surface or object, heat is transferred from the hotter area (you) to the cooler area (the object). And in work environments that are outdoors, that’s a lot of conductive heat loss if your hands aren’t properly protected. This is why looking for insulated, lined gloves will ensure there is little to no heat transfer and heat loss when operating with cold surface and objects.
Heat loss occurs from convection when the surrounding cold air displaces the warm air around your hands or body. Similarly to tackling heat loss from conduction, you want to be looking for insulated, lined gloves. Additionally, to make sure heat doesn’t escape away from your hands, look for a snug-fitting cuff so heat is retained inside the glove and cold air doesn’t enter your hands.
Watson Gloves – Your Source for Cold Weather Protection
At Watson, we use a variety of innovative materials to reduce heat loss, which can be found in many of our Winter gloves. Polariz™ is our latest answer to heat loss – it is microfleece lining that’s coated with mini aluminum dots. This innovative material helps reflect radiant heat back towards your hands to keep them warm while allowing your hands to be breathable. This helps combat heat loss from radiation, which is the most significant source of heat loss. You can now say goodbye to both cold hands and sweaty, hot hands and say hello to comfortably warm hands. You can find Polariz™ lining in our high performance 9585 Commander glove.
Keeping your hands warm and dry should not always mean accepting the bulk that comes with it and the sacrifice in dexterity. Our Cold MX™ insulation ensures that jobs involving a lot of dexterity can continue without much restraint thanks to the extremely thin, compact insulation that keeps your hands warm without any of the added bulk. And just like Polariz™, we think this is a real game changer. You can find Cold MX™ insulation in the 9585 Commander and 91051 The Breakdown.
I Need Gloves But Which One?
It goes without saying that it’s important to keep your hands covered with gloves to protect them from being exposed to cold weather while keeping them dry and warm. But it’s not as simple as slipping on any pair of gloves and heading out the door. Getting the right glove depending on the environment and situation is important. Whether it’s for work or for play, we got you and your hands covered.
Whether it’s working in construction, in cold storage or anything else in between, your hands are an extremely important tool to your work. And when temperatures fall, you don’t want to let the cold working conditions impair your work performance. Uncomfortably cold work conditions can impact your job productivity in two ways: 1) Impact on manual tasks due to loss of coordination and loss of dexterity in your fingers. And in extremely low temperatures, the cold can affect your core muscles, which means reduced strength and stiffened joints. 2) Impact on your mental ability due to reduced mental alertness and concentration from cold-related discomfort.
Check out our recommended work gloves that will help keep you focused on your job and not on the cold:
When you’re heading outdoors for some recreational Winter fun, it’s still important to keep your hands warm – especially if you’re out for long hours. Take a look at our glove recommendations for casual and recreational wear:
Dress Warmly – From Head to Hands to Toes
Whether you’re out in the Winter cold for work or for play, don’t let cold fingers stop you from what you’re doing outside. Whatever Winter glove you’re looking for, we have a wide selection of Winter gloves to suit your every need. Stay warm, stay hydrated and stay safe this Winter season.
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