SunLoops® hand warmer holders were invented by Sandy Seibert and Jill Wright, both Raynaud’s sufferers who were searching for a solution to warm their cold hands during attacks.
Sandy is a teacher and avid outdoors woman. Once she reached middle age, she discovered her hands turning white when becoming chilled, excited or stressed. It was painful, annoying and difficult to conceal in public. Eventually she was diagnosed with Raynaud’s and could put a name to her pain. Attacks became an issue at work, and limited her ability to enjoy the outdoor sports she loved.
She tried many of the traditional and nontraditional approaches to managing her Raynaud’s, including massage therapy, acupuncture, herbal remedies, biofeedback, mindfulness, and medication, but found these solutions to be limiting, expensive or just not enough. With a background in jewelry design and textiles, she partnered with her friend Jill Wright and together with their collective initiative and creative skills, they invented SunLoops.
SunLoops can be generically described as hand warmer holders, or “Heater Holders” as they are referenced on their web site. The product consists of a nylon spandex band that fits around the knuckles, covering the lower part of the fingers, and middle of the palm. The band has a pocket that holds a disposable hand warmer in position, so it is wrapped either under or over the knuckles (your choice). The warmer provides steady heat for hours to the hands while allowing freedom of movement to type, hold a phone, use ski poles, grab bike handles, weed the garden, or whatever your pleasure! For additional warmth, the bands can be worn inside a glove or mitten, or over a lighter glove.
I recently tried them on a brisk fall day during an attack and was able to type with the heat packs on the top of my hands. They definitely provided some relief, but offered more comforting warmth when placed on the palms. They can come in handy for lots of everyday functions when more dexterity than gloves provide is needed, or when holding onto a handheld heater keeps you from getting things done.
One additional thing I tried that I was curious to test: We know that if you don’t use disposable heat packs for their full 8 to 10 hours, you can put them in an air-tight zip lock bag and they will reheat when later exposed to air again. Knowing this, I tried putting the SunLoops – still holding the heat packs inside their pockets – in air-tight zip lock bags the same way, and it worked! Just remember to open the pockets and re-expose the heat packs to air in order to reheat them again. It’s a great way to economize on heat packs when using the product!
Special Offer for Raynaud’s Members
Offer Code: warmhands
SunLoops are available in three sizes (small, medium and large) for $21.95. As the price includes a pair of air-activated hand warmers, plus shipping, this is a very good value. But it gets even better: As a proud Sponsor of the Raynaud’s Association, SunLoops is offering our members a 15% discount. To qualify, simply enter the offer code warmhands during checkout.
Please consider SunLoops for situations where it’s borderline cold and you need a lot of dexterity. As the thumbs are uncovered and unheated, this could be an issue for longer or extreme cold applications, but they certainly offer a useful option to be included in a Frostie’s portfolio of warming products.
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