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Warm ski gloves?

post #1 of 14
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I seem to struggle to find warm enough ski gloves. I've got a pair of Swanys that are ok but if it really gets cold and windy, my fingers get downright frosty. I've been searching through all the forums and seen good comments on the warmth of Grandoe GCS (Hurricane?) and Hestra's. Any other gloves that would be good for:
warmth (can never be too warm), waterproof, windproof, durable and of course not too overpriced!

I've taken a look at the Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex XCR Ski Glove. Looks like an excellent glove but of course no one in this state carries the glove so I'd have to do the online thing as usual.

Thanks for any suggestions.
post #2 of 14
No doubt, some gloves are warmer than others, but the cheapest mittens are nearly always warmer than the most exotic gloves. I know you may not like the idea, but if you afflicted by habitually cold hands (poor circulation etc.) then you really should consider mittens. Also, cold hands sometimes results from sweating hands. The dampness robs you by conducting the heat away. If this is the case a pair of thin, highly wicking liners can be helpful. But, I bet you need to think about a good pair of mittens.
post #3 of 14
Polypro liners, and a quality Gore-Tex glove. If you can find one with a little pocket that accepts handwarmer packets, that may help.

Mittens are a good suggestion too, esp. the ones which have fingers inside, then a foldover mitten portion.
post #4 of 14
Check out these. They are the warmest I've ever had. My first pair disappeared so I got a second set and glad I did. They seem to be nearly indestructable and priced right.
post #5 of 14
Check out Hestra gloves. They are now available in the USA. This Swedish glove company also equipes the Swedish Army and the Swedes know a lot about cold winters.
Hestra makes a wide range of both Gloves and mittens from all-leather to Goretex/leather combinations. They are of the highest quality and very durable.
post #6 of 14
I bought Marmot Expedition Mittens for my daughter with cold hands. She's had warm hands ever since. These were the warmest we could find.
post #7 of 14
I think silk glove liners are the way to go - they're reasonable (about $10) and they should keep your hands warm. One other thing, if that doesn't help, somebody has wristbands with mini-warmers (to warm your wrist's arteries & veins). I'm sure they have them at any hunting store for under $20. What I do if my hands are cold, I carry shell nylon mittens that go over my gloves. One other trick is to put mild antiperspirant on your palms.
post #8 of 14
If excess sweating is contributing to the problem you might consider spraying some antiperspirant on them.

Is it your fingers that are cold? then a mitten will probably help and will leave room for a heat pack.
post #9 of 14
If your hands are cold, it my not be your gloves fault. I often find that if my core isn't warm enough, it will feel warm at the expense of circulation to my hands and feet.

- ben
post #10 of 14
I use gor-tex reimas for snowmobile use..fingers nice and warm down to 9 degrees and 30 mph winds at the mountain...about 70 bucks.
post #11 of 14
Do you older folk remember Lunar Mitts? it was a glove inside a mitten, warmest things I remember putting my hands in.
post #12 of 14
I combine the following to mitigate my circulation problems:

Campmor silk glove liners, Walmart fleece gloves, Outdoor Research Mt. Shuksan mitt (Gore-Tex). Total cost about $45.

Skied first chair to last chair at Winter Park when the wind chill was -65F and my hands were warm. 'Nuff said.

Oh, and Grandoes absolutely suck. I've had 2 pair. Waterproofing wears off after 1 wash, gloves are not dye-fast so they turn other things in the wash black, and they're not warm at all.
post #13 of 14
I don't know if you can get them outside Canada, but look for Auclair gloves. They make really great full leather ones. They've very warm, and I find they tend to wick moisture fairly well. On really cold days I combine them with a thin North Face liner.
post #14 of 14

Warm Hand Tricks

there are three tricks to a warm hand:

1. put your gloves on inside when your hands are dry. don't take the gloves off outside. you get snow in your gloves, snow on your hands, and you lose body temperature faster than Bush can run up the deficit.

2. buy gloves maybe slightly larger than you would think. you should have a nice little pocket at the end of each finger so that your fingers are not close to being jammed against the front of the gloves' finger. when your fingers are jammed up, the glove just works like a heat conductor and transfers the cold outer surface of the glove temperature into the glove, and vice versa. i have small hands but wear a medium glove, try this out.

3. you know that crazy strap that tightens the glove around your wrist? not the powder "skirt" or whatever, but the one closer to the back of your hand? tighten that down. it traps all the heat inside.

it's less about the glove and more about how you use them.

shameless product plug:

i find the Swany Utility Glove, at approx $75, to be super warm. this is a liner-less glove. i don't think liners do anything but make your hand more bulky. i've stopped using liners and started using those gloves. huge difference. and it feels much better on my hand. this glove, in indep. tests, has outperformed gloves that cost twice as much. don't know if that means anything. i'd say they are a great deal. swany has developed gloves for nasa, and have a very good articulation in the fingers in terms of what you can hold and do with them on. i think they are awsome.

i also love simple leather work gloves with a thinsulate or shearling lining that does not come out. go to your local harware store. buy the nicest ones they've got.

gloves with full leather outers are warmer.

when i have the money and i see a pair of Hestras i really like, i'm going to add them to the pile. this glove looks warm, comes from a super cold part of the world, and is meant for those who need warm, durable gloves for extended use outdoors. seems to fit the bill.

buy a glove that is designed for skiing, not for all outdoor winter activities, like something from marmot or TNF. these gloves are meant for different specifications and uses than simply skiing.

that marmot glove with the karbon reinforcement is pretty cool, though, and it was designed for skiing...
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