Gloves - the best protection for your hands!
Mittens and gloves both have advantages and disadvantages. Mittens generally provide better warmth because your fingers can warm each other up. However, gloves offer significantly more freedom of movement, which is particularly advantageous for sports that require you to have a precise grip. There are even half-finger or completely fingerless gloves on the market that offer a great balance between protection and warmth at your palms, and they won’t decrease the feelings in your fingers.
Characteristics of high-quality gloves
No matter what type of gloves you choose, they should be able to keep your hands warm. In order to guarantee optimal thermal output, high-quality gloves should have some important properties.
For example, a good pair of gloves should be somewhat weatherproof. Having a water repellent and windproof outer prevents cold wind and moisture from penetrating the gloves and it limits heat loss. In addition, a Gore-Tex membrane will ensure breathability. Plus, despite all of its insulating power, your hands shouldn’t overheat. Special activities also require different types of gloves: climbing gloves have to protect the palms of your hands against injuries caused by rocks and the rope, while MTB gloves should offer great grip and protect your hands against blisters.
Which gloves should you get?
The range of high-quality gloves is as wide as the range of outdoor sports. However, if you know exactly what you need them for, then you’ll quickly find the right pair.
- Ski gloves & snowboarding gloves
Gloves for skiing and snowboarding are pleasantly warm and provide great protection against moisture, wind and abrasions.
- Winter gloves
Warm gloves for winter are great for expeditions and everyday winter life. Both warm down gloves and Primaloft gloves are particularly great at insulating.
- Cross-country gloves
In addition to warmth and breathability, cross-country gloves offer an excellent grip. Fleece gloves or merino gloves with reinforced palms are also popular on the trails.
- Cycling gloves for mountain bikers and road cyclists
Cycling gloves aren’t primarily meant to protect your hands against the cold, but they rather provide a secure grip on the handlebar, and protection against injuries. This is especially true for MTB and downhill gloves. As for road bike gloves, they place more emphasis on excellent ventilation.
- Climbing gloves and via ferrata gloves
Fingerless gloves for climbers protect your palms whilst ensuring your fingertips have unrestricted freedom of movement. As for via ferrata gloves, they're built to provide a secure grip on the steel cable and iron ladders.
- Sports gloves and casual gloves
Warm fleece gloves, windproof softshell gloves and waterproof gloves can be used for many outdoor activities. These will reliably protect you against the rain, wind and the cold. Gore-Tex gloves offer enhanced weather protection and are very breathable.
- Gloves for women, men and children
When choosing gloves, it's important to look at the gender and the size of the hands. Gloves for men are usually made for larger and wider hands, while women’s gloves are narrower and best suited for smaller hands. As for children's gloves, you can find great, comfortable gloves from manufacturers, such as Roeckl and Hestra.