Ski Gloves are essential when taking part in any snow sports as you tend to lose heat quickly from your extremities. The last thing you want on a ski trip is very cold hands and numb fingers! It is important that you pick the right ski gloves for your activity to offer maximum warmth, comfort and flexibility.
Snowproof & Water Resistant Ski Gloves
This means that fabric is treated with a waterproof coating to make fabric water resistant, but this does not make the glove fully waterproof. This type of glove would be best for dry conditions, and for those who won’t have as much contact with the snow, i.e. skiers or more intermediate snow sport enthusiasts. These could also be used for keeping your hands warm on winter walks.
Waterproof Ski Gloves
Waterproof ski gloves are made with snowproof fabric and combine an additional waterproof membrane inside the glove.
Our Extreme (highest spec) ski gloves are made with a 10,000mm waterproof membrane; the lowest rating you can get for a hydrostatic head test is 1,500mm. This means they are highly waterproof, as well as being breathable and windproof to keep your hands warm, dry and comfortable while on the slopes.
Waterproof gloves are highly recommended for snowboarding as you will be frequently fixing your bindings after getting off lifts and they will usually be covered in snow!
Cold fingers could easily ruin your day on the snow, that’s why insulation is really important to create and maintain the right temperature. Our basic ski gloves have a padded insulation layer to help retain heat as well as a soft fleece lining inner for warmth and breathability. Our Extreme ski gloves combine the warm fleece lined inner and waterproof membrane with C40 thinsulate lining which offers one and a half times the warmth of down filling.
There are two main styles of ski glove to choose from, regular fingered ski gloves or mittens, and each is beneficial for different reasons.
If you particularly suffer from losing heat through your extremities, then a pair of ski mittens might be a better option. As there are no fingers, you can clench your fist together inside the gloves to increase hand heat. Mittens can be better for boarding as you don’t need the use of your fingers very often while skiers tend to prefer gloves to hold their poles with.
You can just wear your ski gloves when out on the slopes; however a pair of glove liners underneath can provide extra protection from the cold and wet. Ideally you want your liners to be lightweight and breathable. A pair of silk gloves are a good choice offering warmth without overheating; the natural fibres regulate the temperature of your hands. Silk gloves also maintain thermal properties even when wet. If you have a pair of snowproof gloves on these could offer the ideal layer to stop your hands getting too cold or wet.
Alternatively a pair of touchscreen liner gloves will keep your fingers extra toasty inside your ski gloves and still let you use your phone when you take your gloves off! A less bulky liner is also great when you leave the slopes and head for a coffee or drive home and you still need to keep your hands warm.
We have highlighted some of the common features to look out for when choosing your ski gloves to help you find the best pair for you!
Adjustable Cuffs & Wrist Loops– Allows you to secure your gloves so snow does not enter from the cuff. A quick stop adjuster (toggle) allows you to pull your gloves tight and close with one pull. Wrist loops are handy for attaching the gloves or mittens to your wrists when you take them off. Makes them harder to lose!
Textured Palm and Finger Tips– The fabric in these areas can be reinforced to give extra grip for holding poles or ski lifts.
Goggle Wipe– A rubberised plastic piece that acts as a squeegee to clear water and snow from your goggles.
Nose Wipe– A softer fabric on the glove which you can use to wipe your nose if it gets a bit runny!
Fleece Lining– Fleeced lined for added warmth.
Heat Vent– Improves breathability but also allows you to breathe hot air into your gloves for times when your hands need an instant hit of warmth.