Ski Gloves Buying Guide
Ski gloves are a must when heading to the slopes. Much more than a simple accessory, ski gloves are vital when going outdoors in such cold temperatures as they keep your hands warm and help with circulation. Follow this guide that has everything you need to know when selecting the perfect pair of gloves for you.
Ski gloves vs Ski mitts
You might be thinking, do I pick gloves or mittens for skiing? What is the difference between them?
Firstly, the classic ski glove ‘five-digit’ version is the most popular among skiers as they allow more functionality and movement. This will help when you’re trying to do up zips and handle gear. Ski mittens were traditionally only worn by snowboarders but are becoming more and more popular amongst skiers. This is due to them having one pocket for four fingers so more heat can be shared. In short ski mitts are warmer than ski gloves but sacrifice dexterity.
Ski gloves key features intro
Our ski gloves and ski mittens have a set of functions and features that will help enable you to perform at the best possible level. We’ve outlined these functions and features below.
Easy pull straps on ski gloves and mitts help keep the snow out and the heat in. The best ski gloves have adjustable cuffs for wrists and arms of all sizes.
Textured gripped palm and thumb
Ski gloves and ski mittens that offer a textured grip palm and thumb help improve grip allowing you to easily hold ski poles ensuring you feel safe and secure all day long on the slopes.
Most ski gloves have a wrist loop that helps keep the glove attached to your wrist even if you are not wearing them. This is especially good if you want to eat, drink or take a photo quickly as it reduces the chance of them getting lost. The best ski gloves for kids would also include this feature, as they more than anyone are more likely to lose them.
To help insulate and trap heat from the hands many brands have ski gloves that use fleece liners. There are many artificial insulators that can be used for this but fleece tends to be used the most by top skiers.
What size ski gloves do I need?
When choosing ski gloves, getting the size right is really important in order for you to have the best possible skiing experience. You should be able to move your fingers around without it being too tough or restricted, but at the same time you don’t want them to be so big so that you can feel them sliding around. If you’re unsure you can test by stretching your fingers out and trying to pinch about a quarter of an inch of the ski glove fabric. If you’re still unsure, make a fist, the fit should not be so tight that you can’t curve your fingers fully. In addition you may need to consider that your hands will need room to breathe, however you don’t want them to loose as you’re likely to get cold air and snow in your gloves and up your sleeves.
Our ski gloves come in sizes small, medium and large and are available for both adults and kids. Our official size charts for adults and kids will help assist in identifying which size is best for you and your family.
Now you’re equipped with everything you need to know about the best ski gloves and their benefits. Shop the Dare 2b range across mens, womens and kids helping to keep you warm, dry and protected.