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Buffs, Balaclavas, and Vests

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 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...

Neoprene Cuffs 
£8.40

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.
Starless River Genuine Buff 
£15.00

Starless River Genuine Buff

The Starless River Buff is a *real* Buff...therefore it has the full flexibility, longevity, and ability to wick and insulate that you would expect from such a well known product. The ideal present, even if it's for yourself! A headover; a hat; a sweat band; a neck tube. Not just warm, but also a good way of ensuring a good fit with most helmets, whatever the shape of your head. The only thing better than one Buff, is two Buffs of course. Our Starless River Buff has a classic image of Bakerloo Straight in Dan-yr-Ogof, taken by Robbie Shone. So it's practically a work of art.
Petzl Helmet Liner 
£18.00

Petzl Helmet Liner

A close fitting, breathable and wicking piece of headgear. Effectively wearable all the time for comfort, sweat-catching, reducing smelliness of your caving helmet... made to fit neatly under a helmet without getting in the way. Machine washable at 40C, made of polyester and spandex. Available in black and yellow, as shown. Weight 15g
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 Hood 
£23.40

Neoprene Hood

High quality Warmbac 2.5mm hood. Thin neoprene hood, flexible and comfortable for caving use. Not suitable as a stand - alone for cold water diving, but extremely useful for free-dives and ducks - a warm head makes most short immersions infinititely more bearable! Available in sizes S - XL; in the context of caving, a bit big is probably more appropriate than a bit small.
Powerstretch Vest 
£33.00
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Powerstretch Vest

Meander make a vest out of f Polartec Powerstretch, a very flexible and warm technical fabric. A versatile and 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. Black only.



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