Wave goodbye to cold hands with the right gloves


Outdoor manufacturers are now applying clothing innovations such as new cuts, materials, and features to accessories like gloves as well. Gloves come in a great variety of materials and can be used for each and every purpose, for example fulled wool gloves and tough leather designs for work. In order to guide you through the jungle that is the world of glove designs, the following points explain how to make the right choice when shopping for gloves in our online store.

General characteristics and intended purpose of gloves

The great advantage of gloves is that you can feel and use your fingers far better than with mittens. This makes them suitable for outdoor activities in cool or cold temperatures. Only at extreme sub-zero temperatures do gloves reach their limits. That's why mountaineering tours and expeditions (i.e. in polar regions) require the reliable and unmatched thermal performance of mittens. For other purposes, gloves are highly flexible in their handling and also come as liners (thin undergloves) which can be combined with lined gloves or mittens.
Thanks to the so-called onion principle (liners combined with weatherproof/lined outer gloves), gloves can be made suitable for activities that involve quick changes from warm to cold (i.e. ice climbing). If you have a tendency to get cold hands quickly, you should consider a combination of inner and outer gloves. This system provides you with much finger flexibility (without outer glove) and more warmth than regular gloves can offer (additional insulating air layer between the two gloves)!


What's your glove size?

Gloves have to fit well without being too tight. It's like trying on shoes: The gloves must not fit too tightly (your hands will turn cold) or hang from your hands loosely (poor insulation and finger flexibility).
We highly recommend trying how different manufacturers' gloves fit. A glove's cut is just as important as the cut of any other piece of clothing!
If you choose a combination of outer and inner gloves, the outer gloves or mittens have to be large enough to cover the liners easily. In this case, the outer gloves will be a little large if you wear them without inner gloves. This can't be avoided.
Very warm gloves are usually cut longer to cover your wrist. They can be adjusted via a drawstring on the back. You usually pull these gloves over the sleeves of your jacket. If you would like the adjustable ends of your jacket sleeves to lie above your gloves, you should make sure that the gloves have flat hems (if necessary without adjustment)!

Glove materials and recommended use

The classics: Wool and fleece! These materials are warm and particularly soft. Without weather protection (i.e. windstopper fleece), however, they are only recommendable for everyday use and as liners if the material is thin.
Gloves for sporting purposes (running, cycling) are thin and can easily be used as liners. Polyester or stretch fleece (i.e. Powerdry or Powerstretch) are the most common materials.
Softshell gloves are often reinforced, weatherproof, and lined. They are true all-rounders and can be used for skiing as well as for ice climbing and cycling.Waterproof gloves are always lined. They are suitable for activities in cold and wet conditions such as mountain tours, skiing, and ice climbing.
Gloves with the best thermal performance are lined with synthetics and/or down. Another common feature is a waterproof membrane. This keeps your hands warm even if you're into mountaineering or ice climbing!

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