Choosing gloves for the wintertime can be tricky. If you choose gloves that are too thin, you risk having freezing and wet hands throughout the entire snowy season. If your gloves are too heavy, you can have problems gripping with your gloves on. To obtain the perfect balance for your winter needs, head to a local store and try on as many pairs of gloves as possible. Whether you’re skiing, shoveling or making a snowman, follow these tips to find the perfect gloves for you.
- Consider what you will need your gloves to look like. If you need your gloves to maintain a certain appearance, (for example, if you are wearing them to work), you may want to look into a pair of leather gloves. Leather gloves are warm and sleek-looking. Although leather gloves look great and are very warm, be careful not to get them wet.
- If you need gloves to shovel snow, consider buying convertible gloves with PVC dots on the palm. These gloves will allow you to grip a shovel, even in freezing conditions. The convertible gloves allow you to keep your hands warm, but expose your fingers in case you need some extra gripping power.
- If you are a skier, you will need to choose a set of gloves depending on the climate you will be skiing in. A heavy set of gloves in a warmer temperature can make a skier very uncomfortable, and vise versa. Some skiing gloves have special features, like nose wipes, that can be very helpful when skiing long distances in cold weather. If you plan on skiing this winter, choose gloves that are lined with either fleece or wool to allow your hands to stay warm and allow the fabric to breathe at the same time.
- If you are considering a pair of recreational gloves to keep your hands out of the cold, but that may not have much contact with the snow, you may want to consider knit acrylic gloves. Acrylic gloves come in a variety of colors and patterns and are generally very inexpensive. Acrylic gloves can be great for kids who lose gloves frequently, or for a backup pair of gloves to keep in your car for emergencies.
- If you will be handling lots of ice and snow this winter, you may want to consider a waterproof option, like cryogenic gloves. If you will be ice fishing or handling freezing water, you may want to purchase a pair of gloves that will allow your hands to stay completely dry at all times, even in freezing conditions. Cryogenic gloves may be a little more expensive than regular gloves, but the protection against ice-cold water is well worth it.