Protecting the hands from the cold with good gloves is easy, the difficult thing is to know which suits us best. Here are some quick answers to common glove-related questions that pop up when winter arrives
1) Are thin fleece gloves enough for winter?
For moderate cold (from 32ºF to + 41ºF), gloves from Polartec 100, Polartec Powerstrech or similar can suffice. If you are still cold, or you are below 32 degrees you will need something thicker.
2) I have heard that wool gloves -when wet- keep protecting the skin, unlike synthetics.
Completely true, but if you need work with tools, ice axes, or walk with sticks they are too slippery and not very resistant to abrasion.
3) If I just want to have a pair of gloves for the whole year, which would be the best?
The best gloves would be the Windstopper type. They are very light, windproof, and sufficiently waterproof (although the seams are not sealed.) They also tend to be quite light and functional to walk with sticks on rainy days.
4) What is the best glove for snow or extreme cold?
Ideally, use a waterproof glove with a high-quality membrane (Gore-Tex or similar) and thick thermal filler (Primaloft / Thermolite / Thinsulate fiber or a combination of polar linings).
5) Aren’t mittens hotter than gloves?
Yes, by keeping your fingers together they are always hotter at a similar thickness, but they lack precision. You should be able to have precision and control in the fingers in case any unforeseen occurrence happens or if you drop an object. Good luck trying to pick up your keys while wearing mittens!
6) If I am particularly chilly and normal gloves do not work, what is the best solution?
The hottest are the self-warming gloves with a lightweight mobile-type battery.
7) What are the most important requirements in a good glove?
That it offers the protection you need (thermal or thermal + waterproof), that the fingers are comfortable and that you do not fatigue the hand when flexing your fingers.
8) How much does a good glove cost?
It depends greatly on the materials and the manufacturer. There are hundreds of glove types and brands available, so we gathered a list of the best, hoping it will make your decision easier.
The Best Gloves For Cold Weather
Under Armour Men’s GORE WINDSTOPPER Gloves
They are made from polyester and silicon, with a finish that repels snow, rain, and water.
Inside the glove there is a soft fleece lining to give warmth and comfort.
If you need to use your gadgets while wearing these gloves that won’t be a problem. On the thumbs and fingers there is a touch print that lets you operate a screen without taking the gloves off.
On the palm there is a non-conductive suede patch that gives you a better grip, and on the end side you have ribbed cuffs for additional protection and warmth.
The logo and piping on the gloves are reflective, which give you increased visibility, and you can use the built-in mini clips to keep the gloves together when you aren’t wearing them. Nothing is more frustrating than having to search for a lost glove!
Available in sizes from small to extra large.
OZERO Winter Gloves
Need some good protection from the cold weather? Just look at the layers these unisex gloves have on the back: on the outmost thermal layer, there is polar fleece that provides great thermal retention while being flexible and lightweight. The second layer is waterproof TPU, a material that’s breathable but protects your hands from moisture. Then there is a firm sponge for improved wind resistance and a snug fit. Next is a layer of heatlok insulated cotton that traps the air to create a thermal barrier, keeping the warmth inside the gloves. Finally, a layer of TR thermal cotton, which is very soft and skin-friendly.
The palm of these gloves for cold weather is covered in genuine deerskin suede leather, which gives you a solid grip and keeps things from slipping.
These winter gloves are perfect for any occasion; take them out for jogging, walking, snow shoveling, driving or running.
If you need gloves for extremely cold temperatures, these might fit your needs. They can keep your hands warm even when the temperature drops to -30ºF.
The gloves can be used by men or women and are available in denim-black, gray-black, and tan-black colors, and in sizes from small to extra large.
Achiou Winter Warm Touchscreen Gloves
They are perfect for people who need to be able to use their electronic devices while wearing gloves and have a useful three-finger touch screen design for the thumb, index, and middle fingers.You can operate your cell phone or car touchscreen just as if you weren’t wearing gloves.
On the palm there is a large area with triangle-shaped silicone pads that keep objects from slipping and provide a secure grip.
As you might know, some gloves can make your hands sweat, but that won’t be the case here because the materials these cold weather gloves use are flexible and breathable, keeping your hands warm and dry.
They can be used by men or women and are available in medium and large sizes. Pick your favorite glove color, these come in black, black & white, coffee, coffee & white, and rose red.
Harrms Best Touchscreen Nappa Genuine Leather Gloves
Harrms has managed to build a pair of gloves that use revolutionary nanotechnology integrated into the leather. This mimics the conductive properties that your skin has, ensuring full touchscreen compatibility.
You can pinch, zoom in or out, and so all the things you would normally do when you are not wearing gloves.
Inside the gloves, there is a plush lining that insulates them, and on the outside, you will find a beautiful and elegant layer of lambskin. They will keep your hands and fingers warm even when the temperature drops to -4ºF.
These gloves for winter are of excellent quality and have the look and feel of a much more expensive pair. The leather is extremely soft and supple and they are a real pleasure to wear.
Sizes range from small to 2XL.
N’Ice Caps Girls Ombre Shaded Waterproof Thinsulate Winter Gloves
The 3M Thinsulate insulation keeps the warmth inside the glove and has a grade of 40 grams.
A waterproof membrane insert keeps the moisture out.
The PVC layer on palm and hands provides a strong grip and keeps objects from slipping.
The N’ice Caps gloves are designed to stay dry even after hours of playing in the snow. They have wrist cuffs that keep the gloves in place even during the most severe playing.
They also have adjustable Velcro straps and elastic around the hand. These gloves will virtually never come off. An adjustable hook and loop will keep them together when they are not being used.
They’re are available in sizes for girls 3 years old and up to 15 years old. Your girl will love the wacky designs and bright colors they come in.
Pick between fuchsia multi-laser, purple multi-laser, black multi-laser, black multi, and fuchsia chevron.
Savior Heated Gloves with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
When things get really cold, simply turn on the heat and keep your hands warm and your fingers comfortable.
While some other heated gloves only heat a few sections, these will gently warm the entire length of each finger and the back of the hand. And durability doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice comfort. The gloves have a breathable membrane and an ultra-soft lining.
They are powered by a pair of rechargeable lithium batteries, which are included, and have three heating settings. You can feel the heat just a few seconds after turning it on, accelerating your blood circulation and helping alleviate Raynaud’s and other afflictions.
With a fully charged battery, you can enjoy the heat for up to six hours, more than enough for you to go out running, biking, motorcycling, fishing, skiing, snow plowing or taking the dogs for a walk.
A pully string helps to keep the glove snug around your hand, and they can be used by men or women.
Get them in sizes from X-small to XXX-large.