SnowUniverse guide for buying ski gloves
SnowUniverse guide for buying ski gloves
To enjoy skiing or snowboarding all day long, you need to be well-equipped and to stay warm until the ski lifts close. There are many brands sell ski gloves and it can be difficult to know what to choose when buying a new pair of gloves or mittens. Below, you will find useful information to help you buy a decent pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.
Gloves or mittens - the eternal question!
Before anything else, you must decide if you prefer gloves or mitts. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and if you ski and snowboard, you might find that you want both. Gloves keep your fingers agile, which is very practical when you need to access items in your backpack or take photos on the slopes! It's also easier to get your hands through those ski pole loops if you have free finger movement. Things become more complicated with mittens, but by avoiding cold air between your fingers, they stay warm through the air that circulates within the mitts. For kids, mittens also has the advantage of being quick and easy to put on.
Mitten and glove characteristics to consider
- The membrane: this is what ensures a waterproof ski glove. A membrane keeps hands dry while letting them breathe. Most major ski brands offer their own membrane on their ski gloves (Imp'R for Rossignol, Aquashield for Ziener, C-Tex for Cairn etc.). The most famous membrane is still GORE-TEX® and it’s found on many products due to its effectiveness for water resistance, breathability and resistance to cold. Some glove makers manufacture their products with a Windstopper membrane which is a great windbreaker, with maximum breathability and water resistance.
- Insulation: this is an essential feature to be considered when buying gloves. It defines the heat level of the glove. There are different types of insulation: natural or synthetic down, fibre, actiLOFT and others. Also, most ski gloves will have a thick layer for heat insulation. For the more cautious, we recommend PrimaLoft® for warmth and comfort, or heated gloves! For some time, it’s been possible to buy heated gloves. A battery placed inside the wrist provides heat for around 3 to 6 hours, depending on the selected heating level.
- The outer fabric: this feature is down to your taste! Leather has a certain style and it is soft and durable. Fabric is more affordable. It’s worth knowing that not all ski mittens or gloves have a water-repellent membrane. Don’t overlook the importance of the palm of the glove or mitt: there must be a good grip to properly hold ski poles.
- And the rest: it's up to you if you prefer a short sleeve that slips under your jacket or a long sleeve over the top of your jacket. Wrist fasteners on gloves can be elastic or velcro. For children and the forgetful, consider buying gloves or mittens with straps that are placed over the wrists to avoid unexpected chairlift falls!
We also recommend buying silk inner gloves to improve comfort and the heat input of your gloves or mittens. Thin and light, Rywan silk gloves put themselves under your waterproof gloves without sacrificing comfort. For cold days, you can buy carbon-activated heaters. Ecological and economical, they provide between 8 and 12 hours of heat.
After buying ski mittens or gloves, is there a warranty?
All our products are guaranteed by the manufacturer. The warranty duration varies depending on the make. Warranty processing is done by us. If problems occur, please use our after-sales service form.
SnowUniverse guide to sustainable development
To keep your mittens and gloves in great condition, avoid putting them on the radiator to dry, and opt for open air instead. This avoids damaging the insulating layers of your gloves. Don’t wash your waterproof mitts and gloves regularly because eventually you will lose impermeability. It’s essential to wash GORE-TEX® gloves with a special product (such as Nikwax) to maintain its water repellent membrane.
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