FINDING THE RIGHT GLOVE FOR YOUR ACTIVITY
Gloves are so much more than an accessory to keep your hands warm, they protect your hands, they are used for functional purposes as well as adding style to you outfit. A glove is more than just a glove.
Sizing Your Glove
A correctly sized glove will provide dexterity, warmth and comfort, it is important they fit correctly to maximise performance. A glove should fit snugly but allow enough room at the end of outstretched fingers for you to pinch a quarter of an inch of fabric, whilst making sure your palm is completely inside the cuff so that your wrist remains covered. When making a fist, the fit should not be too tight that is restricts your fingers from bending.
Type of Glove
The most expensive glove on the market may not be the best glove for yourself, when looking at gloves it is important to factor in its functionality, the amount of protect and your personal style into account.
When looking at functionality, you can break the Snow + Rock glove collection down into four categories:
Snow gloves offer the best protection against the elements, by using a waterproof membrane and thermal insulation, snow gloves are built to keep your hands warm in wet and snowy conditions. These gloves are usually made up of either a synthetic fabric or a treated leather to help boost the waterproof rating and durability of the glove.
Snow gloves can be very technical, find out more about ski gloves here.
ICE CLIMBING GLOVES
Ice climbing gloves tend to have a short life spam, even the very best of ice climbing gloves need to be replaced more often than you would expect. Walking a fine line between dexterity, warmth water resistant and protection, it is no wonder why people tend to carry multiple pairs of climbing gloves, when climbing in the winter. In general, the thinner the glove the more dextrous the glove is, making it easier the climb with but lacks insulation to keep your hands warm. Many ice climbing gloves will have a leather palm and finger tips that helps with durability and the ability to belay.
Walking gloves are far less technical than snow and climbing gloves. Their main function is to keep your hand warm, usually in a warmers climate. This leads to a thinner, more dextrous glove usually made out of a stretchy fleece material that offers warmth, breathability and flexibility. Some walking gloves will be constructed from a softshell, offering a water repellent surface.
Glove liners are great versatile accessories to carry around with you, they can add extra warmth by being worn under a snow or climbing glove. A glove liner can also be used on its own, as a walking or casual glove in warmer conditions.
Gore-Tex is a popular technology found in snow and climbing gloves. The third-party membrane is known worldwide for being the industry leader in performance waterproof and breathability.
Windstopper, created by Gore, is a ePTFE membrane that guarantees a windproof and highly breathable performance, yet is not waterproof. Ideal for cold, dry conditions, the softshell fabric, typically coated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent), keeps your hands warm and comfortable with less bulk and layers.
Primaloft is a popular insulation that can be found in both snow and climbing gloves. This is a third-party product that many companies include within their products, due to the warmth to size ration performance that works extremely well, even once wet.
Etips are commonly found on lightweight and walking gloves. Etips allow you to use touch screen devices without the need of taking off your gloves.
Aftercare plays an important part of prolonging your gloves life that many people overlook. Occasional washing and reproofing your waterproof and leather gloves will help them stay waterproof for longer and prevent the leather from cracking.