Choosing your Snowboard Gloves

Published in Whitelines Magazine Buyer’s Guide Issue, Winter 2010-2011

CHOOSING YOUR GLOVES

Gloves come in various styles to suit different weather conditions and tastes. In general, as our sliding scale shows, the bulkier they are the warmer they are. To get the right pair to suit you, you need to know a few basic distinctions.

Mi s – Mi s are a good bet for January pow days or a trip to chilly Canada. Favoured by big mountain riders like Nicolas Müller when in Alaska.

Pros: Generally warmer and more waterproof than gloves owing to fewer seams and a smaller surface area from which heat can escape. Just ask Captain Sco !

Cons: Reduced dexterity for doing up bindings or rolling a cra y cig.

Thick Gloves – Not usually as toasty as mi ens but a good all round choice. You’ll see more of these on the hill than anything else.

Pros: Suitable for most conditions from preseason to spring. Good dexterity.

Cons: Not quite so warm and will invariably stink given a full season’s use.

Pipe Gloves – Originally designed for basic protection and insulation whilst hiking the pipe. Popular with cashstrapped freestylers.

Pros: Lightweight, thin design gives unparalleled dexterity for grabbing tricks. Cheaper than thick gloves and mi s.

Cons: Not very warm or waterproof. Unless you’re a slave to style, be er saved for sunny days.

STYLEWARS – UNDER OR OVER?

An ‘under’ glove has a short cuff which is designed to slip under the sleeve of your jacket. An ‘over’ glove has a wider gauntlet which is tightened around the outside of your jacket – making them more waterproof in deep snow. Despite this advantage, for a long time the consensus amongst fashionsavvy riders was that gauntlets look a bit lame. More recently though some jib-kids have started bringing them back.

ANIMAL THUNDERBIRD  £30
animal.co.uk
BILLABONG MISSTYLE  £40
billabong.com
BONFIRE UTILITY PIPE GLOVE  £60
bonfi resnowboarding.com
BURTON VICE MITT  £60
burton.com
BURTON RPM LEATHER GLOVE  £70
burton.com
CELTEK 2 TRIPPIN’ MOONLIGHT  £27
celtek.com
CELTEK 2 CHERYL MAAS PRO WHISKA  £37
celtek.com
DAKINE CROSSFIRE STRIPE  £30
dakine.com
DC SEGER  £40
dcshoes.com
DROP SIMON CHAMBERLAIN  £40
dropmfg.com
FORUM FAIR  £40
forumsnowboards.com
FOUR SQUARE CARGO  £55
foursquareouterwear.com
GRENADE X KR3W  £50
grenadegloves.com
GRENADE HUEY  £60
grenadegloves.com
O’NEILL SNOW MITTEN  £35
oneill.com
QUIKSILVER MATHIEU CREPEL  £60
quiksilver.com
QUIKSILVER TRAVIS RICE  £70
quiksilver.com
RIP CURL GROOVE MITT WMN’S  £50
ripcurl.com
ROXY COLD PLAY  £35
roxy.com
SESSIONS SHINER PIPE GLOVE  £45
sessions.com
SPECIAL BLEND SB MITT  £60
special-blend.com
TRANSFORM K.O. MITT  £55
transformgloves.com
VOLCOM SAW TOOTH INSLTD GORETEX  £90
volcom.com

ANALOG AVATAR  £40

analogclothing.com

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