My lady and I had to go to Bangor for the day a while back, so I decided to make a stop off at the local Maine Military Supply store that’s located right off of Interstate 395. It’s just south of Bangor; it’s on Rt. 1A in Holden. I’ve never been there before, but what I remember of a military surplus store near the town in which I grew up, these types of stores are rather awesome. I had a feeling I was going to want everything they had in stock.
Okay, I’ll admit, I didn’t want everything they had in stock, but I did want most of it. I mean, ammo boxes, machetes, knives, firearms, camping gear – you name it, this place had it. The only issue I experienced was that I didn’t know how their prices where. I had no idea if a sleeping bag cost $100 more there or less there than elsewhere. Because of this, I played it safe. I bought only one thing. Well, two of the same thing. Military wool mitten inserts. The inserts cost only $2.99 per pair, so I figured I was somewhat safe from any wild price swings that I may have encountered after I got home and checked on things online. As it turns out, I got a deal. On Amazon, these same inserts cost $6.49 for a two-pack. After tax, I may have saved a few cents. Whatever – these inserts are so good and so cheap. I love them.
If you aren’t aware, wool liners are to be used in conjunction with those huge cold-weather military mittens you see all over the place. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, just search “military gloves” or “military mittens” on Google or Amazon. You’ll see a wide variety online. This type of mitten runs large so you can first put on some liners and then the gloves over them. It’s this multiple layer effect that works so well to keep the cold out. I’ve been doing something similar with another pair of mittens and fleece gloves I own with decent results. My current setup isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than anything I’ve tried in the past.
Take a look at these wool inserts. All of them seem to be medium sized and they’re made of 75% wool and 25% nylon. I’ve yet to purchase the glove that goes over these liners, but I’ll do that soon enough.