Finding the right level of insulation is important. Properly insulated gloves provide improved warmth and breathability while allowing for improved movement and fit. How cold it is where you are going to be skiing or snowboarding will affect the level of insulation required and you may want more than one pair.
Different types of insulation include:
Down – Made from natural feathers and plumules, down traps air which helps keep your hands warm. Higher rated down improve warmth while reducing weight and volume. Down is incredibly warm when dry but if wet it can reduce its effectiveness and be slow to dry.Primaloft - Primaloft uses a synthetic microfiber insulation material to help the body retain warmth and conserve heat. This is a very good insulation choice in wet conditions and although Primaloft is not as warm as down by weight, but it’s breathable, compressible, water resistant and provides good insulation even when wet.
Thinsulate - Made of ultra thin microfibers, Thinsulate insulation from 3M has excellent insulating properties with less bulk, making it ideal for use in glove and mittens where dexterity and movement is important.
The glove lining is a layer of material built in for comfort and to help increase warmth. Gloves and mittens are often lined with fleece or wool and often have moisture-wicking properties to help keep sweat away from your skin and to pass it through the breathable membrane.
Another good option is a removable liner such as a Burton Powerstretch Liner or Mons Royale Volta Glove Liner. Both feature moisture-wicking properties to keep hands dry and warm with the added benefit of being able to remove them for warmer conditions.
Many ski gloves and mittens have reinforced palms with added grip. This helps protect the gloves while adding grip for binding in or holding on to snowboard edges
Short or long? Choosing cuff length comes down to personal preference. Short Cuffs are designed to go under your jacket sleeve and can provide better mobility. Long Cuffs feature a longer, wider fit and are designed to fit over your jacket sleeve and can prevent snow getting in.
Articulated Fingers – Some gloves pre-curved fingers, helping you to grip a board or chairlift bars easier.
Zippered Pockets – These can work as vents for warmer days or to put a hand warmer in on colder days.
Touch-Tech – More common now, Touch-Tech allows you to use your smartphone while keeping gloves on.
Size and Fit
Having gloves and mitts fit correctly will help with warmth, comfort and improve movement and dexterity. A proper fitting glove should fit snuggly and allow enough room at the tips of the fingers to pinch around 5mm of fabric. When making a fist, the glove should not be so tight that it constricts movement.
Many glove manufacturers use different fits for mens, womens and youth gloves. Buying a gender specific glove will help with getting a correct fit.
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