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I am a lifelong skier and all members of the family except 16 year old son ski as well.  16 year old is a snowboarder.  We ski/ride mostly Mammoth and Colorado (weather conditions there can be in the "freezing" range and sometimes into the high teens and mid twenties (obviously not as cold as in the East)).   My experience with gloves is that I've always wanted relatively well insulated ones to deal with potential temps in the freezing and subfreezing ranges.  I'm not particularly oversensitive to cold, and neither is my snowboarder son.

My snowboarder son wants new gloves and he is absolutely insistent that he's got to get "thin" gloves because he says that's what all snowboarders use because "thicker" gloves are "impossible" to use when trying to buckle snowboard bindings (fyi, he has brand new Burton Mission bindings this year, whose buckles seem to be pretty nice).  He was actually proposing that he just use his heavy duty gardening gloves on a recent ski trip because they are thin enough for his needs.  However, my son's judgment sometimes isn't the best--he's a bit impulsive and if he sees something he likes the look of or if he gets it in his mind that a certain item is what is needed, he gets extremely adamant that that's what he must have, regardless of whether it makes any sense.

So what I'm asking is--what do boarders do for gloves?  I've seen "park/jib" gloves that are pretty thin, but I assume that those are for non-stormy days when the temps are in the high 30s (heck, I'd wear those in those conditions; I usually don't have my gloves on when there's no wind and its above 35 or so degrees); my son really needs gloves that will work down into the 20s.  I understand that boarders need more hand flexibility than skiers given that they do need to get their binding buckles on and off throughout the day, but I can't believe that a boarder who's going out into (for instance) typical Mammoth stormy conditions (temp in the 20s, snow falling heavily, wind gusts of 20-40mph) would be wearing anything other than a relatively typical moderately insulated glove.

All suggestions and input welcome.  Thanks.

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 I have friends that snowboard and they use normal insulated gloves and mittens, but they use a glove liner. They sometimes take off their gloves if it is hard to buckle with them on, and their glove liner keeps their hands warm for the minute they need to buckle up.
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don't board but i guess it depends on how warm he runs.  my hands are always hot .. i use cheap fleece fingerless gloves with a mitt flip off top .. use these so i can handle a camera without taken them off.

maybe lined leather work gloves (only $10-12 bucks) and let him pack his regular gloves in his pack.  my daughter picked up some boarder mitts with wrist protection that have a removable shell.  
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(insert evil bwa ha ha ha ha laugh here) Want to get him to want thick gloves? Show him these suckers from Level. I used a pair of these for a season and ended up breaking one of the studs and cracking the plastic knuckle protector. It was disappointing to have to stop using them for cosmetic reasons (because I teach) when I usually retire gloves after a season anyway because they fall apart (I'm brutal on gloves). After sulking for a season, I just ordered another pair because they just kind of set a certain tone. With these gloves I can get in and out of bindings most of the time without taking them off.  So I can understand your son's point. Given the price of my favorite monstrosities, you and your son might prefer a spring glove like this Dakine model. If you go that way, you can get a pair of cheap mitts and glove liners as backups.
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Rusty, do the level gloves offer better wrist protection when compared to wrist guards? I am tired of wearing the wrist guards under gloves.
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The super pipe pros have built in wrist guards. They work really well for riding, but they are still a little bit too awkward for use skiing.
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Level makes various gloves with the wristguards, daughter got the Butterfly Mitts.  She ended up using for skiing too (first as skier, picked up some boading this yr) this yr.  

I asked her if they were comfortable when she first wore them to ski, she said they were fine.   how they compare to other wrist protection, i do not know but their (Level) site has info.  the wrist protection has a pivot point that is just over the joint and i guess in theory would make it more forgiving of nature motion. 

i think it's a pretty nice set up but .. only saw this one brand happening to buy it since i was ordering stuff online.  good price but more so, they appear well built
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i personally have used pipe gloves at high elevation and cold weather conditions and i didn't really have too much of an issue...the tips of my fingers were a tad chilly but it really just depends on your tolerance level. you can always get the pipe gloves and just get smaller almost like liner gloves that you wear inside the gloves other then that i find that nothing beats a great pair of mittens that is what i really prefere for those really cold days

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With all the extraneous stuff skiers have to carry around (like poles), I think they need the dexterity more.  I wore mitts for years and never had any problems with buckling in.  But now that my son has started skiing, and I'm carrying his gear along with mine and sometimes my wife's, mitts just don't work.  I need the fingers to be able to carry all that junk around.


I have some K2 pipe gloves that I really like.  They are not waterproof so they're only good for the warm days when you don't mind your hands getting a bit wet.  I also use them when biking in cold and rainy weather.

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