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Warmest Women's Gloves

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Last year was my wife's first year skiing, all was well and she made great progression over 3 4/5 day trips but she had a major problem with cold hands on chilly mornings. Any ladies out there who have had the same problem and who can recommend the best cold weather glove/mitt ?. Bought some Hestra mitts for this year already but they seem pretty thin so have doubts whether they will really do the job. Another frozen hands emergency on the hill incident (we are talking tears here) would be a disaster - well for me at least as no more trips, so really appreciate any good recommendations !
post #2 of 19
Hestra's are thin, but they sure are warm. Especially if you put their glove liners into the mitts (as opposed to mitt liners). You can also get ultra-thin silk liners which I used to use with my old gloves (I don't think I'll need it with the Hestra's I bought for this year) and adding an outer shell over top of the mitt makes a difference too (keeps more air allowing it to get warm and add insulation) You can buy racing over-mitts from many different places.
post #3 of 19
My wife has the same problem. In fact at the Denver Science museum they have an infrared camera that shows the heat eminating from your body. My wife and I were both standing in front of the camera and my hands were glowing red & yellow while my wife's hands were blue (quite cold). I guess she just doesn't have the circulation needed to keep her hands warmer.

Anyhow, we went through a lot of different hand gear last season - many different gloves (Dakine, Swany, Head, Patagonia), but the best option for her was Patagonia Capilene glove liners inside of Dakine Cobra mittens. The liners were great to keep her hands dry inside the mitts and if she had to take of the mittens to do something then she wasn't doing it with completely bare hands.

Of all the gloves we tried the Patagonia Primo was definitely the best. They're quite expensive normally, but I happened to nab a pair off eBay. However, on the coldest days even the gloves aren't enough for her.

P.S. I just saw that Mithra posted at about the same time and said the same thing - glove liners in mittens - it's the way to go.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks ! Will give the Hestras plus liners a go and see how that works.
post #5 of 19
I have mittens that have silky gloves inside them like built in liners and a zipper on the side so you can get your fingers out without having to pull the mittens off. You can also throw a hand warmer packet in the pouch. I buy those by the box and always have toasty fingers.
post #6 of 19
I have the same problem. No matter what gloves I use it's never enough.

First of all, scratch the gloves and get mittens, instead. They really are warmer. Get the warmest ones possible.

Second, use glove liners. Try two (one over the other). I know it's bulky, but it really helps.

And third if that isn't enough, toss a handwarmer in the mittens, too.

I ski when it's as cold as -25 (wind chill), and believe me, all this works.
post #7 of 19

expedition mitts

marmot, blackdiamond, and rei ed vestiers mitts are everest-ready. the ski mitts with the pocket on the back for a warmer pouch are also very warm.
post #8 of 19
Kombi or Grandoe leather mittens and handwarmers. Toasty, toasty, toasty!!
post #9 of 19
Today I ordered a pair of Swiss army winter mitts from the Sportsman's Guide (www.sportsmanguide.com): item WX2-106421. We shall see how good they are, but for $15 how bad could they be? Check them out. I agree with other posters that mitts are warmer than gloves, even warmer when a size larger and worn with glove liners.
post #10 of 19
Gordini makes a gore-tex mitten that is down lined that's really warm. Make sure that if you use a hand warmer you put it in the glove on the back of the hand where all the blood vessels are, as opposed to in the palm where it won't do nearly as much good. Also, make sure the mittens you get don't have the finger separations inside, this kills a lot of the reason for having a mitten. I'd recommend something like the Black Diamond women's Mercury Mitt


Also, stop in a good ski shop in the town you're skiing in and ask them what the warmest mitt they carry is. I run a shop and people come in all the time and ask this. They should have a pretty good idea of what is warm and what isn't.

And a final thought - with gloves and mittens, you get what you pay for. Sorry Crud, but a $15 pair of mittens is going to be either 40 years old or junk. Good mittens / gloves aren't cheap, but it's worth it. I use a pair of Black Diamond Prodigy gloves for my good cold weather pair, BD rates them to about -10F, but they do run $125. Is it worth it if you're skiing a lot or just have really cold hands? Definitely.
post #11 of 19
Hands need to get used to cold. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cover with water. Have your wife immerse her hands in the ice water until it becomes unbearable. Repeat several times a day until she toughens up.
post #12 of 19
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Hands need to get used to cold. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cover with water. Have your wife immerse her hands in the ice water until it becomes unbearable. Repeat several times a day until she toughens up.
I hope this is a joke. Doing this would cause serious complications for someone with Raynaud's (lack of circulation in hands/feet), which most people who can never seem to get their hands/feet warm have. There is a HUGE percentage of the population with Raynaud's - many (most) of which have yet to be officially diagnosed.
post #13 of 19
Women do tend to get colder extremeties than men (with some exceptions). There's an ad here in Australia for some kind of doona, that is warmer on one side than the other, the warm side being for women who apparently sleep colder than men too.

I was OK until I tried wearing rigger's gloves to do a torchlight parade at Stowe in their coldest winter in how long... the pain tested even me. Now my fingers are damaged; I often can't detect that something's too hot until it's begun burning me.
post #14 of 19
Warmest ski glove I know of is the Black Diamond Guide glove. If you're looking for something even warmer, than a mitt from Outdoor Research will be super toasty.
post #15 of 19
Originally Posted by climbinjunkie View Post
Also, make sure the mittens you get don't have the finger separations inside, this kills a lot of the reason for having a mitten.
I disagree with this. A Glove doesn’t allow the circulation of warm air between the fingers because they are sperated with cold air between them. Mitts are warmer because they have al of the fingers in one cavity allowing the warmth to be distributed to all of the fingers.

Having glove liners in a mitt doesn’t stop the warmth distribution as all the warmth is still held in the mitt cavilty. What it DOES do however is introduce a huge amount more insulation than you would get with just a mitt liner. 33% more in fact (thinking of a finger as 4 planes with a mitt liner hitting the top & bottom of each finger and the outside of 2 fingers versus all 4 sides being insulated on each finger.)
post #16 of 19
Both my wife and I suffer from cold hands. 1st quality gloves w/ added heatpacks on the coldest of days does the trick. also bear in mind that gloves, like boots tend to get "packed out" after a season or two depending on use.We replace ours at the end of the 2nd season.
post #17 of 19
You can disagree, it still separates the fingers and therefore stops them from sharing warmth. By your logic, a glove is the same thing. All the heat is in the glove itself and therefore should be able to keep all the fingers warm. But there isn't good air movement, even in a mitten, and the heat from warmer fingers doesn't spread to those with less heat.

I have several close skiing friends with Raynaud's Syndrome (extremely poor circulation, therefore extremely cold fingers and toes) and they all have tried mittens with finger separations - once. They very soon went back to traditional mittens. All the separations do is improve dexterity - slightly. Not enough to warrant the loss of shared heat in the fingers
post #18 of 19

Cold Hands

Fin. My wife bought the 3 finger Hestra Mittens last year, puts a hand warmer in the top flap (made for a handwarmer) and she fine-toasty. Buy the handwarmers at COSTCO a whole case will last several winters and is a lot less $ than at the ski area.
post #19 of 19
Packed-out insulation can often be re-fluffed by washing in suitable soap and maybe also using water repellent. I use ReviveX. NikWax is another brand; there are others.

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