Snowboard Gloves Characteristics
When it comes to snowboarding gloves, you might be surprised to learn that there are several different types available to borders. When shopping for a new pair, you’ll need to think of the temperatures of where you’ll be boarding, the fit and the style.
There are plenty of different types of styles when it comes to gloves. Usually, the most traditional style uses a synthetic material outside, and is lined with fleece or another warm material. While this style does well in many different types of weather conditions, you might want to mix up the traditional look. Plus depending on the type of material, it’s not likely to be waterproof. And of course, snow melts. Once your gloves are wet, usually your day is over. Freezing temperatures and wet gloves are not a good equation. Pipe gloves are becoming a popular option for borders. These types of gloves are made specifically for park and freeride borders, giving them more room to move their fingers.
Lining is important to remember when shopping for new gloves. If you are going someplace exceptionally cold, you’ll need a thicker pair of gloves. But remember, just because material is thick does not mean it will keep you warm. Newer materials are being developed to keep you warm, but to minimize the size of the gloves. Size isn’t everything! Gloves with this new technology do tend to be more expensive. But if you are easily cold, it’s a great investment. Down insulation is another great option, but you should only wear the gloves in drier conditions. If the down gets wet, it loses it’s warming ability and won’t do you any good.
Getting a pair of gloves that fit right is important for any border. If a glove is too big, your body will have to compensate for the extra space and put out extra warmth. It can also cause issues if you are trying to grip things. But if a glove is too small, it’ll restrict you from certain movements and leave your wrists open to the elements. The right fitting glove will keep you warm, leave you with plenty of space to move around and protect your wrists. And it’s also important to remember the length of your gloves. Your wrists need to be protected from the elements, and sometimes you can have a gap between your jacket and your gloves. Make sure to buy a pair with a longer cuff.
There is a huge debate between using gloves and mittens. Usually, it boils down to just rider preference. Mittens provide more warmth, because your fingers are grouped together. But, this limits your mobility. If warmth is more important to you, then go down the glove route. If you’re more concerned about mobility, gloves is the best decision
Do you want the best of both worlds? Now, you can pick up some glove liners to accompany your gloves. It’s a thinner, non insulated glove that fits under your standard glove. It’s a layering system that you can use depending of the weather you’re boarding in. It’s also a great option if the temperatures rises throughout the day. You don’t have to be too hot if the sun comes out to play.