Gloves and mittens are some of the most important accessories for skiing or snowboarding. Having cold hands is never fun and is definitely not fun while skiing or boarding. This guide will help you understand the different materials that make up each part of the glove as well as explain some other features that you may want to consider before making your purchase. For the best comfort, fit and warmth for you it is best to consider
• Shell Material
• Palm and Cuff Lengths
• Size and Fit
Gloves and mittens vary in the amount of warmth they provide so it is important to choose a pair that best suits your needs. Are you someone who tends to get cold hands while others seem to keep warm hands in any conditions? If you are someone who always feels the cold it is important to look at a glove or mitt that has a higher amount of insulation, a high breathability rating and a high waterproof rating. For someone who has warm hands in any conditions or someone who tends to keep warm or even get too hot while skiing or snowboarding then you might like to choose a glove that has a high water proof rating and a high breath ability rating but a lower amount of insulation.
The shell material of a ski or snowboard gloves is usually made up of one or both of two types of fabrics including synthetic outer shell or a leather outer shell. A synthetic outer shell is usually made up of Nylon with the higher end gloves consisting of a waterproof and breathable fabric. Leather on the other hand is the tried-and-true material for gloves and mittens. Leather is normally cowhide or goatskin, can be more durable and pliable than nylon materials and is naturally water-resistant. Leather gloves can be waterproof, windproof and warm. When maintained properly with leather waterproofing treatments, these gloves can last for years.
Some Waterproof Membranes found in the gloves that we stock at Rhythm Snowsports include; GORE-TEX® - GORE-TEX® membranes for gloves and mittens are an insert placed between the outer shell and insulation. They typically offer the highest level of waterproof breathability for ski and snowboard handwear. Shop GORE-TEX® Gloves & Mittens Hipora® - Gloves made with Hipora® fabrics are waterproof, windproof and breathable with a polyurethane (PU) coating, which is famous for being more stretchable than other PU coatings. It has microscopic pores all over the polyurethane coating to prevent liquid water penetration, yet allow moisture to evaporate out. Shop Hipora® Gloves & Mittens Polyurethane – Most waterproof/breathable fabrics have a laminated membrane or coating made of polyurethane (PU). PU coated fabrics make up a large portion of the glove and mitten market, offering a good combination of waterproof breathability and cost. Many manufacturers offer their own proprietary PU membrane, and combine this fabric with leather or synthetic materials in high wear areas. WINDSTOPPER® - Gore WINDSTOPPER® fabric is made with an ePTFE membrane that it is only windproof and breathable, not waterproof. By combining durable wind protection and high breathability, this type of ski and snowboard glove will keep you warm and comfortable with fewer layers and less bulk and is suitable for cold and dry climates. Like most soft shell fabrics, WINDSTOPPER® products are typically coated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent), which provides them with a modest degree of water resistance. They may wet through in heavy rainfall but can be worn comfortably in light drizzle.
Some insulation types found in our gloves at Rhythm Snowsports include; Down – Best for dry conditions, down is nature’s best insulator and makes an excellent choice for very cold conditions with moderate activity. Made up of a combination of down plumules and feathers, this material traps air, which helps keep your hands insulated. Higher rated down garments will have greater insulating ability for their weight. Down's insulating qualities are hard to beat in cold and dry conditions, but its advantages are reduced when wet and it can be slow to dry. Shop Down Gloves & Mittens Primaloft® – Primaloft® uses a patented synthetic microfiber insulation material to help the body retain warmth and conserve energy. This is a very good insulation choice if wet conditions are expected. Primaloft® is not as warm as down by weight, but it’s breathable, compressible, water resistant and provides good insulation even when wet. Shop Primaloft® Gloves & Mittens Thinsulate™ - Made of unique ultra thin microfibers, 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation provides excellent insulating properties with less bulk, making it ideal for use in glove and mittens where dexterity is a priority. Palm and Cuff Lengths When purchasing your ski or snowboard gloves it is important to consider the palm material and the cuff length. It is important for the areas on your gloves that get the most use or wear and tear be fitted with reinforcements in those areas. Those areas include palms, fingertips and thumbs. If you purchase a glove that has reinforcements in these areas the glove with endure the conditions for longer. The Cuff of a glove is important when purchasing a ski or board glove as it is the part that will prevent snow from getting into your sleeve or your glove. A dry glove means a warm glove. The style of your snow jacket and cuff will also come into consideration as some styles are designed to go under a glove cuff and some styles or snow jackets are designed to go over a cuff.
If a ski or snowboard glove is too small, it will be uncomfortable. But if your ski or snowboard glove is too big, it will be hard to warm or take too long for your hand to warm inside so properly sizing your ski and board gloves and choosing the right pair is important for warmth and comfort. Ultimately size and fit of a glove cannot be beaten by trying it on in person. If you are unable to do this the best way to check size and measurement is; • Measure the circumference around the widest part of the hand with a closed fist • Measure Length from tip of Middle finger to wrist • Note that measurement, round it to the nearest cm and refer to the sizing chart to find your approximate glove size.