I expect it's mostly the plastic against your lips. I will not keep the whistle against my lips when it's colder than 5 below. 0 I can stand for awhile 8 below NO WAY!!I am not too sure about putting a metal whistle against my lips during a MN winter.
Howard: What do you think now?Mine came this week. I have used it twice.
#1. It's hefty. No light weight here. The aluminum is not stamped out, light weight sheet metal. He told me it was machined out of a bar of aluminum and I believe him. Two halves screw together with a flat head allen wrench screw. I haven't had mine apart yet.
On a long water blind where you have to have the whistle in your mouth watching the dog for a misstroke swimming along a shoreline your jaw will be atremblin'. It does for me with the Green Monster and the Dalahasee too.
The sound is different. The Answer has a slightly higher pitch. It seems like the Crobilt whistle is lower pitched and there are two tones which hetrodyne. At least that's what I think I'm hearing. I first tried it swimbying the yearling. She heard it, responded to it no problem. I tried running a 420 yard x-wind land blind with it. I ran out of whistle at ~350 yards. The dog didn't respond to the Answer at that range and wind conditions either. She did a Dalahasee on the way back. That's the only two times I've used it so far.
My gut feeling is that the Answer is a little louder and will reach out a little further. I think the lower pitch and the mixing of two tones might be robbing a little volume/distance from the Crobilt. Don't know for sure and I'll know more in a couple of weeks.
Any whistle without a shroud is a ticket to early hearing loss for the handler.Ok,newb here, but doesn't anyone use a metal Acme Thunderer anymore? Thats a durable whistle very loud whistle (probably carries 1/4 mile), I've had it & used the same one for 29 years, I ride horses with the dogs loose & they've always heard it.