What happens when you hold Whistlemania II in sub-freezing conditions? Carnage.. frozen carnage.
Right now it is 59 degrees and raining, so I had to create the sub-freezing arena. First, I gave the Whistlers a good dunking.
You may wonder why I didn’t save up and store a quart of saliva for “real-world” testing. I would be lying if I said the thought didn’t cross my mind, but my wife already has enough stories to attest to my grossness without adding any more.
I then pulled them out of the water for a quick shake and dumped the water out of the box. The whistles were then placed in my freezer for two days, rooming next to some deer and hogs.
I recognize that this experiment does not exactly replicate coating a whistle with spittle in freezing temps, but it still holds value in my book. In a ways this may be more extreme due to complete immersion.
Some manufacturers claim that their whistle does not absorb water..
Absolutely not! This is a myth perpetuated in the manufacturing industry to try and differentiate various products. We use pore-filled natural cork. The pore filling process closes any natural voids found in cork, giving it a consistent sealed surface. Water coats the cork, but does not penetrate to any signifigant volume. We have tested whistles submerged for over a week and they perform exactly as a dry whistle. The 2 additional pea-less chambers will also operate in any weather or survival condition. http://www.whistlesforlife.com/whistles.html
And another claims their pea to be resistant to freezing..
The Pea whistle has always been flawed – until now.
Users have always found the peas in their whistles to jam, freeze, or deteriorate quickly under regular use. This is because the peas that are in standard whistles today are made out of corks – or similar moisture-absorbent materials. The wooden cork peas in conventional pea whistles absorb wet agents, such as saliva and moisture in the air, which in turn creates mold. Hammerhead peas are constructed out of materials that fight mold and bacteria.
Hammerhead peas are waterproof, specially weighted, and designed to outlast the competition in any weather condition. No more jamming, no more freezing! http://www.bestwhistle.com/#!__pea-technology
Myths, marketing, and mayhem, they may be cold, but they’re ready to rumble..
Jetscream Micro – Pass
ACME 660 – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Fox 40 Classic – Failed due to ice blockage
ACME Tornado 635 – Pass
Hammerhead – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Tin Whistle – Failed due to ice blockage. This was the only metal whistle tested, but the concern for metal sticking to your lips in freezing temps might have some validity. Here is a quote about the problem during the “Ice Bowl” –
Referee Norm Schachter had a metal whistle freeze to his lips. When he tried to rip it free, it took the skin off his lip, leaving a frozen, bloody lip! Referees then had to simply yell out commands instead of blowing the whistle to end plays.
Fox 40 Mini – Pass
AMK or SOL or Fox 40 Micro – Pass
ACME Tornado 636 – Pass
SOL Slim Rescue Howler – Failed due to ice blockage
ACR – Failed due to ice blockage
Coghlan’s 5 in 1 Survival Aid – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Zipper Pull Whistle – Pass
Coghlan’s 4 in 1 Whistle – Pass
Sternum Strap Whistle – Failed due to ice blockage
LMF Swedish Firesteel Army 2.0 – Failed due to ice blockage
Windstorm – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Hammerhead Mighty – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Lifejacket Whistle – Pass
FOX 40 Eclipse – Failed due to ice blockage
Storm – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Scotty Lifesaver – Pea froze, but whistle still worked. Failed to blow over 100 decibels.
ACME Tornado 2000 – Pass
FOX 40 Sonic Blast – Pass
UST Jetscream – Pass
Whistles for Life – Pea froze, but whistle still worked
Promo whistle – Failed due to ice blockage
FOX 40 Sharx – Pass
ACME Cyclone 888 – Pass
ACME 649 – Pass
BigPig Outdoors Pseudo-scientific Opinionated Conclusions:
1. Peas may freeze, but the whistles still worked. All the “frozen pea” whistles blew over 100 decibels at arm’s length on the meter.
2. Tiny air channels hold water that may freeze and cause blockage. ACR, SOL Slim, and the Promo have the tiniest air channels.
3. Carrying your whistle around your neck and under your coat in cold weather should remedy all problems.
4. I have not had a freeze up in actual conditions, nor have I read about any in an outdoor emergency scenario. If you have a first hand account of a whistle freezing up or can link an article, please share your experience in the comment section.
Tune in next week for Whistlemania III and if you missed the first one, go here: https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/05/whistlemania-i/