Warm Hand Tricksthere 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...