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What super-warm gloves to buy?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I need to buy quality warm gloves for skiing, that can protect from cold, rain and wind. I am disappointed from the Auclair ski gloves I use, that I bought cheap but didn't look cheap to me. I use them together with two pairs of light-weight wool/nylon gloves underneath. Every time I've skied with these 3 pairs, the tips on my fingers have got frozen when it's slightly below freezing temperatures. The Auclair are supposed to be waterproof, but they get moist inside, probably from the humidity of my hands, which I don't know how it's possible, since my fingers are mostly numb-cold. Drying the Auclair is also difficult, since you can't flip the material inside out and also if you apply too much heat, the rubbery material starts melting.

I've heard of some gloves with heating system in them, that work with batteries... it sounds great; if they get moist inside the heating can dry them. Any comments on them... or any other recommendations?

Also, I am 5'4" and have small hands, so they shouldn't be too large. Thanks.
post #2 of 22
If price is no option, try Marmot: either the Randonee or Ultimate Glove.
post #3 of 22

gloves....or mittens?

i would switch to mittens with a glove liner. also the little heated packets that fit in a pocket on the top work. black diamond and hestra are two others to consider
post #4 of 22
Mittens are kind of a pain, though. Also, I have the world's worst circulation in my hands and have found even mittens to be inadequate. What has worked for me has been the combination of the Black Diamond Guide Glove (on sale at http://www.basegear.com/black-diamond-guide.html) which is really warm and throwing in a heat packet or two on super-cold days. I recommend either something like that or a glove with a pocket for the heat packet (though, for me, I don't think that would be close enough to my skin to do the trick).
post #5 of 22
Black Diamond Guide Gloves or Mercury Mittens are super-dog warm and comfortable. They have removable liners which is great for drying them.
post #6 of 22
I have had great luck with Kombi gloves. They keep your hands warm, but breath so there is no moisture from sweating. If it is really cold, use handwarmers as well.
post #7 of 22
Moguljunkie is right. If you get cold fingers even with a good pair of gloves it is unlikey that any gloves are going to be adequate. There is no such thing as a super warm glove. Gloves are only as warm as your body lets them be. That involves good circulation to the fingers. If your circulation is not great or if you tend to have "cold hands" even indoors at times, no glove will be warm in really cold weather.

Don't forget that the body constricts blood flow to the fingers if your core temp drops, so number one rule is keep the rest of you warm, especially your head.

Mittens are without doubt far superior to gloves in all cases. Even cheap mettens are warmer than the most expensive gloves. But if mittens are not accepteble or if they still do not keep you warm then again, as MJ sugested, use the small charcoal heater packs widely available in ski and outdoor shops. They really do work.
post #8 of 22
Warmest and driest gloves you can get definitely goes to Marmot as bbinder said. Their Ultimate Ski Glove pretty much lives up to its name - very warm, very dry, and ultra-durable too. The liner doesnt come out, but the opening to the glove is wide enough that it dries pretty easily (and doesn't get too damp in the first place).
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
... Don't forget that the body constricts blood flow to the fingers if your core temp drops, so number one rule is keep the rest of you warm, especially your head. ...
Excellent point! More head and core insulation like a down vest will go a long way toward keeping your hands warm on really cold days.
post #10 of 22
Warm glove is an oxymoron. Get Mitts.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
I don't know if I will feel comfortable with mittens holding the ski-poles... I am leaning toward gloves (maybe). Do any of you skiers hold the ski-poles ok with mittens?

My concern mainly is for the tips of my fingers... only they get numb. Yes I have poor circulation on my fingers; they get easily numb even when A/C is blowing in hot Florida weather. Yet I sweat a lot and get very easily hot if I wear too much clothing; go figure.

The hand warmers will work fine only with mittens; that's when the bags can be placed above my fingers. But they wouldn't help me out with gloves, since they're not small enough to fit in each finger area.

Price wise, I'll research from all the offers I am given and if the expensive ones are worth the money, then I'll get them.
post #12 of 22
my drop gloves were nice for several years, but in the past 2 season they are not as waterproof or as warm. im probably going to get a pair of hestra gloves. They seem really nice in quality and warmth
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
I don't know if I will feel comfortable with mittens holding the ski-poles... I am leaning toward gloves (maybe). Do any of you skiers hold the ski-poles ok with mittens?
When it's cold I always wear mittens. Holding onto poles is not a problem. I have one pair that has a zippered pocket on the back of the hand for a warming pocket. They work great.
post #14 of 22
Hestra Alpine Pro Heli glove. Best glove I've ever used.
post #15 of 22
Echoing some of what's been said above - if price is no object Marmot Ultimates or BD Guides are gonna be tough to beat...
post #16 of 22
I don't know if these work or not, but they sure look cool.

http://cozywinters.com/shop/zs-hgx.html
post #17 of 22
I have to go with Hestra too. Best glove/mitt i've even tried on or used.

I have the three fingered mitt (seperate index finger, rest mitt) and it's great. Super warm, lots of tactile sensation (no problem with holding onto your poles) and apparently last forever. They have removable liners to aid drying.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
I don't know if these work or not, but they sure look cool.

http://cozywinters.com/shop/zs-hgx.html
omg $300. ouch.

I like mittens when it gets really cold. I also have a pair of OR's gloves that are shell/liner type. I just stuff a heatpack between the two (over the back of the hand) if my hands get cold in these
post #19 of 22
OR couloir, amazing glove used last season never ever felt cold hands and they were always dry even after spending 5+ hours building jumps beside our condo where we were constantly digging through snow. Basically get any winter glove with gore tex or gore tex xcr and ur good, they are modestly priced around 80$-90$. Sometimes altrec has them on sale...

pz
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
I don't know if I will feel comfortable with mittens holding the ski-poles... I am leaning toward gloves (maybe). Do any of you skiers hold the ski-poles ok with mittens?

My concern mainly is for the tips of my fingers... only they get numb. Yes I have poor circulation on my fingers; they get easily numb even when A/C is blowing in hot Florida weather. Yet I sweat a lot and get very easily hot if I wear too much clothing; go figure.

The hand warmers will work fine only with mittens; that's when the bags can be placed above my fingers. But they wouldn't help me out with gloves, since they're not small enough to fit in each finger area.

Price wise, I'll research from all the offers I am given and if the expensive ones are worth the money, then I'll get them.
I have absolutely no problems holding poles with mittens and the whole idea of "loss of dexterity" with mittens is misguided since any type of heavy insulated glove pretty much prevents you from using your fingers in any meaningful way anyway.

I agree that the hand warmers are more effective in mittens, but they still help in gloves by warming the blood in the hand as it flows into the fingers, but again, mittens are FAR superior for anybody with circulation issues.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58
the whole idea of "loss of dexterity" with mittens is misguided since any type of heavy insulated glove pretty much prevents you from using your fingers in any meaningful way anyway.
There may not be a whole lot of difference in dexterity between a heavy glove and a mitten (though in my opinion, there is one); however, there is another difference which, to me, is important. With gloves, there is a greater surface area that actually has functional strength as compared to a mitten. With the mitten, your fingers get bunched together, while with a glove, your fingers are spread out. To me, this gives me a better sense of control while holding a pole, even if there's not substantially more dexterity.
post #22 of 22
My 2 cents is the Hestra Heli glove - http://www.hestrausa.com/prod.php?p=HES3057&k=58993 - . I got them cheap from STP. My hands get cold and I always used mitts, but these are fine. The leather's nice and soft. With the removable liner, they dry quickly. They will get wet if you spend a lot of time grabbin' snow, though....I use Hestra's balm.

They served me well this past weekend at Sugarbush and Killington - 6 degrees and windy both days!
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