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Balaclavas and Warm Extras

These extras are the key to fine tuning comfort. Keeping the head and neck warm makes a big difference to overall comfort, while keeping the blood warm as it passes near the surface in the radial artery is the way to keep hands warm. For this reason we put wristovers and neoprene cuffs in this section. Best of all, these are small items that can be added or removed over the course of a caving trip; as a rule, on a longer trip it's worth keeping one or two of these as spares for stops (planned or otherwise). Also worth considering are those cold waits by the big entrance shafts of Derbyshire, and the long winter walks back in the Dales! A big thick pair of mitts, a woolly hat, and a belay jacket can be worth their weight in gold if left in a waterproof bag just around the entrance...

Powerstretch Balaclava 
£15.00
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Powerstretch Balaclava

Warm, flexible, comfortable and quick draining, Powerstretch is an excellent material for caving, as those who own an Illamina undersuit know well. In the cave environment where wind-chill is much less of an issue than in the mountains, it is possibly the best for warm head wear. Our balaclavas are made by Meander to a very high standard. Ours is a single hole version, available in black. A must for winter cavers, and always a potentially vital piece of safety kit.
Neoprene Cuffs 
£8.40

Neoprene Cuffs

Warmbac neoprene cuffs. An effective way to keep hands warm in wet sections of cave. Close fitting and long enough to form a seal over the cuffs of an oversuit, these come into their own in wet crawls and pitches. The radial artery is closest to the surface at the wrist, so reducing heat loss here is a good way to feel more comfortable. Because the neoprene cuffs are not attached, they can be taken off in sections of drier passage, or when constant rubbing of the neoprene on bare skin could become uncomfortable, such as long, drier pitches.
Meander Powerstretch Vest 
£33.00
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Meander Powerstretch Vest

Vest made of Polartec Powerstretch, a very flexible and warm technical fabric. A very useful piece of clothing for both cold caves and also general surface work, especially on expeditions. This *long* vest-cut garment is very fast-wicking and quick draining, allowing a caver to increase comfort on slow moving trips, or as a general heat-upgrade in colder caves or as part of bivouac kit. Particularly effective worn next to the skin, but may be layered (most effectively with other technical fabrics). Only available in black. Or very very dark grey (sorry, that was a Batman joke. It IS only available in black).



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