A set of ski mittens is a must-have if you are searching for absolute warmth and protection from cold climates. Mittens help keep your hands cosier compared to ski gloves because they insulate all your fingers and help them stay warm. Moreover, it is also easier to have more waterproof mittens than gloves since mittens need fewer seams, which can be a drawback in waterproof ski gloves.
Why choose mittens?
Mittens are ideal for cold-weather sports such as winter trekking, ice fishing, snowboarding, ice skating, and climbing. Severe winter mittens, on the other hand, are thicker and not for easy mobility. As a result, they may not be suitable for cycling or skiing.
Mittens also have smaller surface areas for body heat to pass through. They aren't as flexible as gloves, but they can still come in handy when holding ski poles, slicing down the hill on a snowboard, or going for a cold-weather trek.
Insulation in wintersport mittens
Synthetic and down insulation are the two types of insulation in mittens.
- Down is an excellent insulator that is renowned for its lightness, ease of compression, durability, and breathability.
- Synthetic insulation costs less than down insulation, insulates when wet, and dries much faster. It is an excellent choice for skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.
Wintersport mittens: size and fitting
A suitable fit is essential for keeping your hands warm and comfy while ensuring dexterity. Oversized mittens will not help in keeping your hands cozy and will make it challenging to hold or carry ski poles, use zippers, and perform other duties. They will impede movement and most likely reveal skin at your wrists if they are too small.
A correctly fitting mitten should contain around 1/4 inch of material at the end of your outstretched fingers. The fit of your fist must not be excessively tight or restricting.
Features of Mittens
- Wrist cinches tighten the mittens on your hands for a pleasant, perfect fit.
- Long gauntlet cuffs stretch over your jacket's sleeves and wrap tightly to keep snow and chilly air out.
- Zippered pouches, usually on the back side of the mitten, are made to fit disposable hand warmer packages and can also serve as vents on hot days.
- Leather palms offer a greater grip and are more resistant to wear instead of synthetic palms.
- Thumb wipes: Most mittens have gentle material on the thumbs made especially for wiping your nose as it starts to drip.
- Leashes, also known as wrist cords, tie your mittens to your wrists so you don't drop one while riding the chairlift up the hill.