Low-Temperature Handwear with Improved Dexterity.
Technical rept. no. 2, 1973-1975,
NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MASS
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Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility NCTRF conducted tests of second generation models of experimental prototypes which proved superior to the Navy standard in all dexterities and equal in low-temperature environments -40 F for 2 hours. The best candidate prototype Type IV, Mod 3 was selected and a limited number were constructed for field tests at various Alaskan military sites. Test subjects, engaged in a variety of duties involving manual dexterity, rated the experimental glove Type IV, Mod 3 superior to the standard Navy handwear in all dexterities but less protective at -40 F for extended periods of time 4 hours. A single drawback was that the experimental glove, utilizing a polyurethane foam liner, absorbed excessive moisture perspiration and melting snow, thus representing a potentially serious hazard. Changes were made to incorporate a moisture barrier lining Mod 4 and NCTRF conducted in-house tests to ascertain the effect on both low-temperature and manipulatory capabilities. Author
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