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post #1 of 14
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I have very cold hands.

Who makes the hottest gloves / mittens?

post #2 of 14
Mittens will be warmer, but two things to do:
1. Buy a decent pair - ones at $20 probably won't keep you warm, but spending $200 on the Zanier gloves with built in heaters may be overkill.
2. Get some silk glove liners. Make sure they stay dry, and that should help.

Stay warm!

post #3 of 14
Yep. Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves. It's important to dry them thoroughly every night.

I like the glove where you can zip out the inner liner. I use the one Grandoe calls the Glove Component System.

The people I know who get perpetual cold hands buy a case of chemical hand warmers at a big-box discount store.
post #4 of 14
Just found the Zanier gloves site:
Zanier Gloves

Click on the Specials section, and you'll see their heated glove (just in case you thought I was joking)
I've seen a pair (at £150) and they do work!

post #5 of 14
The following are the most important things needed to keep your hands warm (in order of importance)

1. Get a good hat.
2. Cover your neck (scarf or gaiter).
3. Get a good hat.
4. Get a good jacket.
5. Wear mittens.

I'm well know for skiing bare handed when the temperatures above 32F.
post #6 of 14
The Vertigo Gloves or Mittens from REI are fantastic, and only $50. They're the warmest gloves I've ever had, and most of all, my hands don't get sweaty in them (a cause of cold hands), since that fleece liner is incredibly well designed to keep the sweat away.

Also includes a pocket at the top of each glove where you can put a hothand insert (chemical heat). They also have the requisite squigee, nose-wipe inserts and PVC palms.

Great gloves at a great price. You can get them online at REI.com
post #7 of 14
Yeah, its true what they say about the clothing. Keep your head warm and you will stay warm. I´ve been using EXTREMITIES mittens for couple of years now. Goretex shell with removable fleece/polypropylene inner mitten. I have never needed the innermitten because its too hot. Instead ive used normal MountainHardwear or Extremities fleece gloves inside it. They have stayed warm up ´till -30´C. And the best thing is that
you can take off your outer gloves and then be able to tie ropes and use all the smal thingies. In lower temperatures (0- -20´C) I use TNF gloves.Nimble and warm. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 14
The Pragmatic One was has it. Start with the hat, then worry about gloves. :
post #9 of 14
I use the Grandoe Glove component system, it really works great. I don't know if it's the hottest, but it keeps my hands as warm down to fairly low temps and in the spring when these gloves are way too warm, I can take the liner out and use the glove shell.
post #10 of 14
Keeping your core warm will help as some have said. The mechanics of it is that if your body is too hot it your body temp control will try to cool down by sweating and driving all the blood to the places that are cooler to cool the blood. usually the head and extremities. This usually means the hands and feet. A lot of times this means the face too so if your goggles are fogging big time and your hands and feet are not cold you can sometimes cut down on the fogging by opening up your jacket and letting your core temp come down a little. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #11 of 14
I, too, have a longstanding problem with cold hands, but have always preferred the dexterity of gloves. My suggestions:

-buy stuff geared towards mountaineering rather than skiing- it's usually better made, too. The best I have found so far are the Marmot gloves (pricy at about $120.00 but really warm); Black Diamond, Patagonia, and Mountain Hardware make good products, too. There was a recent review of gloves in Couloir magazine.

- definitely get a removable liner- one of the things that makes you cold is the liner being damp from sweat. Fleece is great, and primaloft (a synthetic "down") is, too.

- consider a "lobster claw" glove- it's a cross between a glove and mitten. Your first finger has its own compartment, and the other three are together like in a mitten. Added warmth, but better dexterity than regular mittens. I think that Black DIamond makes a pair. Try the Mountain Gear website (mgear.com)

- those chemical hand warmer things work well.

- ski in the west- it's much warmer!! (It's worked for me!) :
post #12 of 14
Swany sx-1 gloves. It was 8 deg.F with 20 knot winds and my hands were toasty.
post #13 of 14
If you have cold hands, start with a hat. I used to have the same problem until I started wearing a helmet. Now when I ski on-piste, I just wear a pair of leather spring gloves year round.

For backcountry or extreme cold, I go with my mountaineering setup. A pair of goretex O.R. Pro Ice Climbing Gloves w/full gauntlet and removable pile linings. www.outdoorresearch.com. I'm a HUGE fan of Marmot and Mountain Hardware gear, but you have to check out O.R. for gloves. If you've ever spent anytime on a frozen ice fall, on a summit, or backcountry these are the gloves you want on your hands. Grand West, in the Springs, probably has the best deal on them.
post #14 of 14
My vote is with the Marrmot gloves too. I also have a pair of Burton's that are good to. If you can find a pair with a removable liners, get it. Dry gloves are warmer gloves. I also make sure I carry a pair of thin liners that fit tightly on the hand. It allows me to control tempreature better. On the cold days were I have all of them on, my hands stay warm even when the temp drops below 0F. It also makes it nice for when I need to do something with my hands, I can pull it out of the glove with the thin liner still on, and my hands just don't get as cold. Usually I only notice my hands being cold on the lift going back up, after I've pulled my hand out to do something (Like read a trail map). To keep them warm you may want to tuck them under your arm pits, and let someone else read the map, while you go up the lift. It's not cool but it keeps the hands warmer.

Also you may want to look at a pair of lobster gloves. Perl Izume makes them for cycling and Cross Country Skiing. They free the thumb, pointing finger, and the rest are in a group like a mitten. I use them for cold weather cycliing. Works great.
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