When it comes to ski, snowboard or other winter sports, choosing the right ski gloves becomes crucial. Depending on our choice we could suffer the cold temperature or get hurt, consequently, ski gloves are basic for our protection, performance, and enjoyment. Ski gloves have to protect us from the external elements, keeping our hands warm and dry, and facilitating movement as much as possible. Basically, if you are thinking of ski or other winter sports that will expose you to low temperature and snow, the ideal is to choose waterproof gloves, with thick thermal inner layers.
There are a few other things to considering when buying ski gloves. Let´s overview them.
- Mittens or finger gloves? Although mittens tend to be warmer, the movements are limited. As mittens keep our fingers together, they feel warmer compared to gloves of the same material and thickness, but if you intend to maintain precision in case you need to grab an object, finger gloves are your best option.
- Waterproof ski and hiking gloves are highly resistant to water penetration. However, beware that you will be protected for hours but not for entire continuous days. That being the case, you will need to let them dry each other day or have a second pair to alternate.
- Gloves with hard plastic protection. When the sport you practice exposes you to being hit, select gloves with plastic protection in the knuckles
- Adjustable fist. It is recommended to choose gloves that can be adjusted with elastic bands or straps and buckles. This helps to prevent snow from getting inside and to prevent missing your gloves. (Note: some models come with side zippers for the same purpose).
- Why can´t I find f feather gloves when feathers are known to be so warm? Maybe you could find feather mittens, but those are meant only to keep your hands warm and wouldn´t work for snow sports. Finger gloves are not wide enough to harbor the needed amount of feathers. Additionally, feather mittens or gloves wouldn´t resist humidity or wouldn´t favor compression (like when having to hold an object like an ice ax).
- Proper size. Regardless of the gloves being adjustable at the fist or wrist, always select gloves your own size. Small gloves will feel uncomfortable, limit your movements, and cause pain. Oversized gloves will not provide the warmth and protection needed, while will also make you lose precision, not to mention the risk of losing them!
- Touch-screen gloves. Some just can´t help having to stay connected even during sport practice, some just want to be able to use their mobiles at any moment if needed. Good news for them is that you can find quality ski gloves which are effectively touch-screen. These gloves come with small pads at the area of the fingertips.
Did we mention color and design? No, because, ok, those are not something required to safely practice your favorite winter sport and keep your hands warm and protected. You don´t need fashion ski gloves to be good at it either. But with the immense variety of models, colors, and patterns, why not pampering yourself with a nice looking pair of ski gloves?