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Buying Tips to Help You Choose the Right Pair of Winter Gloves

Sujata Iyer Nov 24, 2018
How does one choose the best winter gloves? Is it just the fit and the fabric, or are there other points to be checked out too? Information here will answer these questions, and some more.
Choosing and buying winter gloves is that one decision which will help you keep yourself warm in the blistering winter. That's because your fingers and toes are the most sensitive parts when it comes to feeling cold.
They get cold the fastest because heat escapes through them the fastest. It's only natural to want to protect them as much you can, to avoid going numb in the winter. Here are some tips for buying gloves. Go through them before you go glove shopping.


The most crucial factor that you need to consider when you're planning to buy a pair of gloves is definitely its material.
What is the best material that you need to choose to ensure that you don't lose a lot of body heat through your fingertips? What material will keep you not only warm but also comfortable and dry?  Let's see some tips that could answer these questions.
● Use of gloves plays a vital role in deciding the kind of gloves you need. For instance, if you need gloves for daily use, for things like a walk to and from work, go for thin, light materials like spandex or polyester.
Even fleece is a good option for casual wear. If it's heavy physical activities like snowboarding or skiing, then getting gloves in thicker, wicking material makes more sense.
● Another point to consider about fabric is whether it is waterproof. There's no point buying cotton gloves and then getting them soaked in the frost. What's worse is, your fingers will get soaked to the bone. The outside and also the inside of the gloves need to be waterproof.
● It's understandable that all fabrics are prone to wear and tear, especially in winter. However, the purpose of buying gloves will be totally lost if they wither in gusty weather. So, make sure that the gloves are resistant to wind as well.
● Another necessity when it comes to the material of the gloves is its ability to breathe. Having breathable gloves comes in handy when you start sweating. Instead of keeping your hands wet, it helps circulate air and thus prevents chilling.


The next thing that you need to take into account is the fit of the gloves. Here are some tips that will help you get the perfect fit.
● First of all, pick a pair that is actually your size. There are some who believe that loose garments help you stay warm. While that may be true for sweaters and jackets, gloves are the exact opposite.
● When you try the gloves on, ensure that your fingers enter those of the gloves easily. If you have difficulty putting your fingers in, pick up a pair in a larger size rather than trying to stuff your hand in.
● Next, when you wear the glove, your fingertips should fit 'snugly' into the gloves. This means it shouldn't be too tight. Circulation of blood is important and wearing tight gloves won't allow that.
● At the same time, the gloves should not be too large for you either. They'll fall off if you try to do something in a quick or sudden motion.


Once you've picked out a pair that fits you well, check for the dexterity it offers you. Use the following tips to do that.

● When you wear the gloves and they fit snugly, try to move your fingers around. If you find that you have difficulty moving them apart from each other, try on another pair.
● Another thing to check for is, when you close and open your fist, are you able to do it without any difficulty, or do you feel like the seams are getting too strained? If it's the latter, then these are probably not the ones for you.
● When you wear a pair of gloves, try to pick up objects with your fingers. Start with large ones like a box and go to small things like a coin or a button. Most gloves will allow you to pick up large and medium objects, but the small ones are the tricky ones. The perfect gloves will let you have a firm, strong and easy grip on small objects as well.

Cuff Length

The length of the cuffs is also important when you buy gloves. Why? Well, you don't really know how and when you're going to need short or long cuffs.
If you want to play it safe; for a pair of casual gloves, you can get a pair that has cuffs long enough to be tucked under your jacket/sweater sleeve, and snug (but elastic enough) to even cover the sleeves.
For formal or dressy gloves, you can opt for really short ones or elbow-length ones with an appropriately sleeved jacket or sweater.

Layers of Insulation

Another point to be taken into consideration taking the purpose into account is the layers of insulation that you need in your pair of winter gloves. For casual wear, you can choose a pair that has just a single or double insulation.
However, for activities like skiing, snowboarding, cycling, etc. it is advisable to have a pair that has sufficient layers; so that they not only withstand the harsh cold, but are also easy to maintain. The more layers you have in your gloves, the warmer you feel.
In case you find the thickly insulated ones too bulky and difficult to carry around, you can do one thing; buy a pair of thin or single layered gloves, and a pair of liner gloves. You can simply wear the liner gloves inside the other ones and have your own double insulation.
Note that wearing only liner gloves will not provide you enough warmth in very harsh climates, so it's always better to wear them with other gloves.

Stitch and Seam

Whenever you buy a piece clothing, one of the first things you check is the overall finish of the garment. It's the same even with gloves, in fact, especially with gloves. When you're done seeing all the other aspects of the gloves, get down to the minute details.
First, do a physical examination of the gloves and check that all the seams are tight and firm. Then, you can either check for yourself, or ask the salesman how many lines of stitching the gloves have.
It is always better to wear a pair of double-stitched ones. It will make sure that the glove remains tight and strong, and increase the life of the glove (in case of regular use). Make sure that the stitching is not coarse on the inside; you could end up with a nasty rash.
Another thing that you should check for is the placement of the tags on the gloves. Some manufacturers have the tags on the inside of the gloves. While this may conceal the tag, it could prove to be rather uncomfortable for the wearer.
So, check the gloves that you're planning to buy. If the tag itches you, don't buy it or ask the seller to give you one with tags on the outside that you can cut off easily. The best ones would be those that have the name of the manufacturer only on the package that they come in.

Extra Features

● Ever had a leaky nose (without a tissue at hand) in the midst of a crowd due to the immense cold? To avoid the recurrence of such an embarrassment again, look out for gloves that have a more absorptive material on the thumbs. Simply wipe off your nose and clean the part with a cloth.
● Also, you get gloves that are extra thick at the fingertips and the palm. These are perfect for heavy physical outdoor activities because your fingers and palm are strained the most in these activities.
● Last but not least, you need to wear gloves that suit the occasion. So, buy the appropriate gloves and wear them accordingly.
With these tips, you're sure to find that perfect pair of gloves that will help you get through another cold winter. As far as the cost is concerned, you need to be willing to shell out a reasonable amount of money if you want a pair of gloves to last more than one season.
So you might as well invest in a durable pair, rather than buying and throwing them out every year. Shop well!