The 3 Rules of Warmth

jMost northerners know what it takes to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and I’m not talking about that magical liquid in the flask. Im talking about the gear you’ll need to hang out in the cold and not even notice that it’s -30 degrees. I’m a Texan that went to live in Colorado for a year to be a ski bum and I only wish a wise man had told me the 3 rules of warmth before I was months into freezing my butt off. A lot of people have their own recipes for staying warm. Momma always said, “wear some layers,” and I’m not going to contradict Momma (I was raised better than that), but that advice is a little vague when you find yourself leaving the house in a blizzard.  Continue reading The 3 Rules of Warmth

Love, Hugs & Outdoor Gear

I logged onto Facebook this past Sunday in anticipation of reading post-Super Bowl game comments and was surprised to see how many people posted they were glad that football season was over. Why? Well, not necessarily because they didn’t like football but because and I quote, they were “happy to have their husbands” back. Sad but so true and the good news for those who “lose” their loved ones for a few months is that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner  — time for redemption?

While Valentine’s day is synonymous with love, hugs, flowers and chocolate, I like to look at it as more of an opportunity to bring the romance of the great outdoors to the one I love. For example there was one year we experienced such mild weather that I surprised her with a late night float along the banks of the Colorado river (Lady Bird Lake) here in downtown Austin, Texas. I brought all the goodies one would expect on Valentine’s date such as a couple of glasses of wine, cheese, crackers and chocolate. I even brought her a blanket to stay warm while we enjoyed the sweet sounds of our favorite music.

I do realize that weather can be a problem this time of the year but with a bit of creativity and gear made to keep you warm or dry, there is no reason not to give it a try. Can’t paddle? Go camping. Too cold? Make a fire and warm up some tea or coffee! Or, you can always keep it indoors and make a feast with our complete line of Lodge cookware…nice plug huh?

Sure, this article in fact is about gear but more importantly, they are gifts they’ll cherish through the experience and memories you both make using them.

Think outside of the box this year!

Roland @ACK

Brrr, I’m cold!

It’s 29˚F outside and I can’t help but feel that chill creeping into our store. Sure, I’m wearing two jackets, jeans, a hoodie, beanie and a hat but what’s really keeping me warm are the Grabber Hand and Toe Warmers. I was curious and thought I would give them a try to see how well they worked and was quite pleased with the results.

Naturally, I wondered how these little pouches were able to get so hot and keep me warm for an extended period of time. I gathered this bit of information from Grabber’s website and thought it would be a great idea to share with you:

These warmers operate on a chemical reaction with air similar to rusting. The warmer ingredients are iron, water, cellulose, vermiculite, activated carbon and salt.

The heating process takes place in this fashion:
•    The iron in the pouch, when exposed to oxygen, oxidizes and therefore produces heat (aka, “Air Activated”)
•    When iron oxidizes it produces iron oxide, more commonly referred to as rust
•    The salt acts as a catalyst
•    The carbon helps disperse the heat
•    The vermiculite is used as an insulator for the purpose of retaining the heat and the cellulose is added as a filler
•    All of these ingredients are surrounded by a polypropylene bag
•    Polypropylene allows air to permeate the ingredients while holding in moisture

I usually have pouches in each glove and show and since they are so inexpensive, I keep a number of them in my truck during the winter season for days such as this. They are great for any outdoor activity whether working or playing and they save me on cold days in the store especially in our warehouse area.

Dave Graves
Assistant Manager
ACK – San Marcos