Kombi: Glove manufacturer lends a hand to people with arthritis
Mark Pascal knows about pain.
“My grandmother had crippling rheumatoid arthritis. She suffered for almost a decade and it got worse annually. Her fingers were deformed and the result was visibly painful. She suffered terribly and there was nothing we could do to help her.”
So when Mark was diagnosed with arthritis and spinal stenosis eight years ago, he already had a hint of what he might be in for. “I’m fortunate in that, unlike many with these conditions, I deal more with stiffness than with pain at this stage. But it has made me very aware of what it must be like for those people who do live with the constant pain of arthritis – especially in Canada, where the cold winters can play havoc with your joints.”
It was this thinking that led Mark Pascal, vice-president of Kombi in Montreal, to think about developing special products suitable for people with joint pain. Mark Pascal and his father Ed run Kombi, a sportswear design and manufacturing company known worldwide for the design and production of high-performance cold weather gear. The family-owned and run business celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, and has operated since 1961 under the Kombi name.
Mark’s brainwave was heating gloves.
“Heating outerwear just makes sense when you’re living with the harsh realities of winter in Canada, or pursuing some of the more extreme winter sports. But I could see that they would also offer added value for people with arthritis who are much more susceptible to the cold. People like my grandmother.”
Kombi’s Radiator gloves and mitts offer up to 4 hours of heating to ease arthritis pain and protect the wearer under the most extreme cold weather conditions imaginable. Rechargeable batteries and push-button simplicity make the gloves user-friendly, and state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing ensure they stay warm, dry and durable.
As a special promotion, Kombi is making their Radiator gloves and mitts available at a 25% discount to Arthritis Society supporters. And 65% of the proceeds from each sale will support The Society’s research initiatives and programs for people living with arthritis.
“I’m learning that staying active is an important part of managing your arthritis,” says Mark. “But it can be hard to stay active when the thermometer drops. It’s our hope that these gloves will help people living with arthritis stay active in comfort during the long Canadian winter.”
The Arthritis Society thanks the Pascal family and Kombi for making their Kombi Radiator gloves and mitts available for the benefit of the Arthritis Society, and for their loyal support over many years.
Mark Pascal and his father Ed run Kombi in Montreal.