|DIY arm gaiters with silver racing stripes.|
I wear my arm gaiters with a short sleeved shirt. They are easily taken on an off without taking off my pack, unlike a long sleeved baselayer. They allow full dexterity, but in comparison to my fleece fingerless gloves, they keep my wrists warm. I think this will be key since I realized my shirts and jackets don't protect my wrists since I've got freakishly long arms. Keeping the wrists and all those veins that are close to the skin well insulated I've recently learned is really important to prevent cold hands.
The other feature that I tested on this trip was the power of the racing strips. On hour 4 of this trip, I was uncharacteristically worn out. We've been gearing up for our next big trapeze show, and the 1 to 3 hour trapeze practices everyday (including a 2 hour practice that morning) had finally caught up to me. I downed my "emergency" chocolate and put on these arm gaiters, and their shinny silver sparkliness (in combination with the chocolate sugary goodness) provided extra energy on the steep sections. It's no wonder that superheros where these things. Perhaps my next version will have lightening bolts.