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Gloves for Dad's Cold Hands

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am looking for some recommendations on gloves/mittens for my father. I went skiing with him last February and he was having some serious problems with cold hands. It was the coldest weather we had ever skied in(right around 0 every day) and he had to take a few breaks a day to warm his hands. He started with the same cheap ski gloves he has had for years. After day two he decided to go to Sports Authority and got a new pair of gloves(dont remember the brand) for about $40, but they didn't help much. We are going to Altabird and Jackson Hole in early February so he has asked for some warmer gloves/mittens for Christmas. They need to be good for skiing, but he will also probably use them for everyday use when the super-cold temps start hitting the midwest. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Edited by gmoney - 11/23/14 at 9:53pm
post #2 of 17
Check out free the powder gloves and he might want to go with mittens if he was having that much trouble with cold hands.
post #3 of 17

if his hands run cold:  try the lobster, 3 finger, type mittens.  they rock over mittens since the thumb and first finger remain free while the middle finger to the little finger are in the mitten part.

 

hestra makes lobsters in some different models.

post #4 of 17

Get mittens.  Nothing is ever going to be as warm as mittens.  Buy hand warmers in little packages and put one in each mitten right up against his fingers.  He'll have happy and warm hands.  In mittens, he can pull his thumb out of its sleeve and keep it next to the little hand warmer if needed.  That's only necessary when it's really really really cold.

 

Good mittens come with a curve built into them that mimics the curve of your hand.  They are pricey at this time in the season ($50-$90), but worth the cost.  Do not buy the cheapies ($30-$40) on the rack; they will not be waterproof nor well insulated.  Good mittens will last many seasons.

post #5 of 17

I've been very happy with the Black Diamond 'Mercury' Mittens frequently recommended there on Epic. Top quality-very warm-reasonably priced. They run a little large so you might consider ordering one size smaller then most other mittens.

post #6 of 17

I have never found a glove that even comes close to the Black Diamond Guide Glove.  I have had two pairs.  The only reason I had to buy a second pair is because I burnt the crap out of the first pair during a torchlight parade.  I duct taped them and used them for several seasons anyway.  I'm thinking about getting the lobster claw version this season.  I also carry and use hand warmers like liquid feet suggested.  The hand warmers are activated by 02, so don't carry them around too long.  If the packaging becomes compromised, the warmers won't work when you need them.

 

I put close to 100 days/season on the guide gloves and they hold up very well if you don't set them on fire.  They are on sale for pros for a few more weeks.  I think there is a general sale as well.  Check out the BD web site.

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

I have never found a glove that even comes close to the Black Diamond Guide Glove.  I have had two pairs.  The only reason I had to buy a second pair is because I burnt the crap out of the first pair during a torchlight parade.  I duct taped them and used them for several seasons anyway.  I'm thinking about getting the lobster claw version this season.  I also carry and use hand warmers like liquid feet suggested.  The hand warmers are activated by 02, so don't carry them around too long.  If the packaging becomes compromised, the warmers won't work when you need them.

 

I put close to 100 days/season on the guide gloves and they hold up very well if you don't set them on fire.  They are on sale for pros for a few more weeks.  I think there is a general sale as well.  Check out the BD web site.

I looked.  No lobster claws there.

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
I was already thinking mittens would be best, but figured I would leave it open in case someone had a good pair of gloves to recommend. Very curious about the Free The Powder mitts. Are they as good as people are saying, or are they too good to be true... The price scares me compared to others that are twice as much. Are they half the glove, or is everybody over charging? I emailed them to see when the mittens would be available and they said next week.
post #9 of 17
I have the gloves and they are every bit as good as gloves 2 and 3 times their price. I haven't been able to test them in super cold yet, but they feel like they will be pretty warm. We've had teens and twenties here and felt warm so far.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

I looked.  No lobster claws there.

http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/mens-gloves/guide-finger-BD801522_cfg.html

post #11 of 17

^^^^^Just XS and S. Seems that's the case everywhere. 

post #12 of 17

I use these as a liner

 

 http://www.mountainhardwear.com/butter-glove-1552781.html?dwvar_1552781_variationColor=090&cgid=All%20Gloves#pg=2&start=21

 

 

Keep my hands totally dry and warm

 

THE MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR'S BUTTER GLOVE LINERS ARE SMOOTH LIKE BUTTA.

The Mountain Hardwear Butter Glove Liners work as a great pair of running gloves or as a super liner under ski gloves. The Butter's polyester fabric draws moisture away from your skin while trapping body heat for extra warmth. So when your runs get sweaty you stay dry, but when the temps drop your hands won't go numb. The flatlock seam construction makes for a smooth, tight fit for wear under another glove. And the stretch cuff bunches comfortably on your wrist, locking out unwanted cold breezes.

post #13 of 17
On a non-glove note, makes use that Dad's core is well insulated. If his core is warm, it will help push heat out to his hands. If his core is cool, his hands are much more likely to get cold. The old saying is, "if your feet are cold, put on a hat." Super-warm gloves won't help if he's losing heat through his core, or his head for tham matter. Think insulated vest, warm hat, etc.

For non-heated gloves, you can't beat Black Diamond's Guide glove.
post #14 of 17
Free the Powder apparently sells direct to consumer only, so what they charge retail is maybe close to what wholesale pricing might be. They are way better than a pair of $100 Scott gloves I got 3-4 years ago.
post #15 of 17
Agree to use mittens and liners. The liners will keep the hands from getting exposed if you need to take the gloves off. Itll distribute the moisture which will help with warmth. Additionally they'll help keep you gloves cleaner to some degree. You can't really wash gloves
post #16 of 17

These are 1/3 the price of Butter, any thoughts????

 

Burton Power Stretch Liner

5

$9.98 $19.95

Item # BUR00EQ50% off

Color: Night Rider

post #17 of 17

they look great!  but note that a ton of other liner gloves all go for around $10-$15 or so when on sale.  The butter ones mentioned above are just expensive and at full MSRP; versus this one being extraordinarily cheap.

 

Here's the butter one on sale too if you happen to be an XL: http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-butter-glove-liner-mhw0697?rr=t

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