Originally Posted by midwestfabs
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.
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