From the quirky to the innovative, we've been hearing tons of ways to keep your fingers warm in freezing temperatures. We're in the business of keeping warm, so here are some of the best ways we have found- Starting with the unusual..
This is a strange one on us. Did you know NFL players often coat their faces and arms in Vaseline to prevent windburn? It's supposed to act as one more layer of insulation and protect skin from drying and taking abuse in the cold air. We also heard that paramedics north of the Arctic circle often put Vaseline on their hands because they need to keep their fingers nimble in certain emergency situations. Messy, but effective.
2 and 3) Cayenne Pepper/Chili Powder- capsaicin
We're grouping these two together. This is another unique tip we've heard from those in the winter running circles. The idea is to sprinkle a little powder or flakes of either cayenne pepper or chili powder onto bare skin, and the skin will react to draw blood to the surface. This is thanks to chili powder's active ingredient of Capsaicin, but the cayenne pepper flakes act the same way. We've heard this is quite effective, but we've also heard a little goes a long ways, so be careful!
This is the first step we all go to- find some cheap liners that'll fit in our gloves. Often this can be effective and provide just the little bit of insulation we need to keep our digits warm, but sometimes too many layers can work against us by isolating our finger's heat from each other. Also if you're playing hockey you lose some feel for your stick, but this is definitely worth the first try!
6) Third Assist Gloves
Of course we'll throw a quick pitch for our gloves. We've tried a number of different insulations over the years in our gloves, but we only share our favorites. You can skate around in our gloves, but the primary focus is for hockey- protection and warmth. Our gloves are lined with insulation throughout to keep a warm, but breathable enclosure. However we make sure not to line the palm or finger fronts so the user can maintain full feel of their stick. Check out our selection and see if it's worth a shot for you.
Have you tried any of these out- or heard of others? Let us know in the comments below!
This past winter season was the busiest yet for the small team here at Third Assist. With March coming to an end, we’re figuratively closing up shop for the season- not too many insulated hockey gloves and winter hockey jerseys are sold during beach season. But with our season ticking down we must review the business: products, sales, new prototypes, taxes, etc. So next comes the question:
How did we do and where are we going next?
We are happy with the growth we had in 2017. We undertook minimal marketing and achieved more sales this year than any year past. Every year we have grown and this continues to be the case which is encouraging for the future. As long as Mother Nature doesn’t take a toll on every rink and pond in the north we’re anticipating the same steady increase for next year. However, this is one small difference.
Next year, we’re getting the Third Assist name out there.
Third Assist, on its own, is a pretty weird name (Hockey players should catch the reference easily). Some of our products, without an open-mind and a carefree attitude, are at times a little weird themselves. But that’s exactly what we’re going for. The pond hockey and outdoor hockey community are fun-loving, free-flowing, creative types and these are exactly the folks we aim to reach next season. So what’s in store for next year?
We’re expanding our glove line, sharing our pond hockey tournament custom jersey design shop, and creating partnerships with small business and tournaments around the country. We’ve haven’t undertaken heavy marketing in years past, but after a few years of product testing and encouraging sales we have decided to take the next step. This next winter you may even see Third Assist in a retail store near you. But until then keep an eye on the site, and as always feel free to reach out if you want to get involved. It was a great 2017 with your support. Thank you for continuing to enjoy hockey as it was meant to be played!
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