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our youngest 4.5 yo is very cold natured and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on really warm ski gloves/mittens. we have tried warmers in the gloves, layering, etc. and her hands still get ice cold. any suggestions to look into greatly appreciated.

 

thanks

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our youngest 4.5 yo is very cold natured and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on really warm ski gloves/mittens. we have tried warmers in the gloves, layering, etc. and her hands still get ice cold. any suggestions to look into greatly appreciated.

 

thanks

What I learned is that my daughter's hands would get cold faster at that age when she didn't have enough keeping her core warm.  She was the type that didn't like to have too much on her body and hated long underwear.  Took a while for me to learn how to convince her to dress more warmly.

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^^^

Right. What's on her head?
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our youngest 4.5 yo is very cold natured and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on really warm ski gloves/mittens. we have tried warmers in the gloves, layering, etc. and her hands still get ice cold. any suggestions to look into greatly appreciated.

 

thanks

 

I found that most children's gloves and mittens are pure garbage for serious snow use. Most products aren't warm enough, they aren't waterproof, they let in snow, etc.  Here are some ideas:

 

1) Mittens are warmer.

2) Hestra gloves and mittens, and the Burton Oven Mitt were good for the kids.  These are quality products and repel water.

3) You can use hand warmers with little kids, but be careful.  On really cold days I wrapped a coffee filter around the hand warmers to protect the little guy's hands.

4) Make sure either the ski jacket has clips for the gloves/mittens, or the gloves/mittens are attached to something that goes around your daughter's wrists.  This will keep her from losing the gloves, or dropping them in the snow.  You don't want snow going inside the glove.

5) When you find a glove or mitten your like, buy a flight of them in different sizes when they go on sale.  If she is a size "4" now, pick up a size 5 and 6 too.  Getting stuff that works for 50%-70% (or more) off makes more sense than hoping to find something that may or may not work the next year.  Kids don't care about last years color or style.

6) If your current gloves/mittens do not resist water, spray them with Scotchguard. If it is a Hestra that uses leather, use the leather conditioner that comes with the gloves/mittens.

7) Make sure she goes in before she is cold or tired.  At that age the idea is to have her want to come back for more, and the more she kicks and screams to ski again the better.


Edited by quant2325 - 1/1/14 at 8:57pm
post #5 of 8
Don't know how small they make 'em, but Hestra Heli mittens and gloves comes in children's sizes. They are very warm (actually too warm for me when it's not below 20)

http://hestragloves.com/en-us/gloves/junior/army-leather-heli-ski-jr-2/
post #6 of 8

I picked up these for my 3 year old, and they've been great so far.

 

http://www.backcountry.com/hestra-my-first-hestra-mitt-toddler

 

Had him out this morning for couple of hours in temps that started out at 15* and got to about 20* by the time we left.  I asked him a bunch of times if he was warm enough, and he said yes every time.  His hands seemed warm when we got inside too.

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our youngest 4.5 yo is very cold natured and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on really warm ski gloves/mittens. we have tried warmers in the gloves, layering, etc. and her hands still get ice cold. any suggestions to look into greatly appreciated.

 

thanks

What I learned is that my daughter's hands would get cold faster at that age when she didn't have enough keeping her core warm.  She was the type that didn't like to have too much on her body and hated long underwear.  Took a while for me to learn how to convince her to dress more warmly.

this has never been a problem. we layer them up well and actually she is a little hot box and doesn't complain.

 

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^^^

Right. What's on her head?

on colder days balaclava under helmet.

 

it is usually just her fingers/hands.

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Originally Posted by midwestfabs View Post
 

our youngest 4.5 yo is very cold natured and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on really warm ski gloves/mittens. we have tried warmers in the gloves, layering, etc. and her hands still get ice cold. any suggestions to look into greatly appreciated.

 

thanks

 

I found that most children's gloves and mittens are pure garbage for serious snow use. Most products aren't warm enough, they aren't waterproof, they let in snow, etc.  Here are some ideas:

 

1) Mittens are warmer.

2) Hestra gloves and mittens, and the Burton Oven Mitt were good for the kids.  These are quality products and are waterproof.

3) You can use hand warmers with little kids, but be careful.  On really cold days I wrapped a coffee filter around the hand warmers to protect the little guy's hands.

4) Make sure either the ski jacket has clips for the gloves/mittens, or the gloves/mittens are attached to something that goes around your daughter's wrists.  This will keep her from losing the gloves, or dropping them in the snow.  You don't want snow going inside the glove.

5) When you find a glove or mitten your like, buy a flight of them in different sizes when they go on sale.  If she is a size "4" now, pick up a size 5 and 6 too.  Getting stuff that works for 50%-70% (or more) off makes more sense than hoping to find something that may or may not work the next year.

6) If your current glove is not waterproof, spray it with Scotchguard. 

7) Make sure she goes in before she is cold or tired.  At that age the idea is to have her want to come back for more, and the more she kicks and screams to ski again the better.

great tips. we looked at the hestra mittens but were out in her size unfortunately. we always put warmers in the pockets of the gloves. after some experimenting this afternoon think we got a dud box of warmers as well.

 

we going to give swany x-change mittens a try and buy different hot hands instead of the grabber and see.

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