While some think it might look more stylish to ride in your bare hands, we (and our mother’s) highly recommend keeping them covered if we don’t want to end up with pneumonia.
When choosing your next snowboard gloves, you’ll want to consider what terrain you’ll be riding, in what conditions, and how much money you’re willing to spend.
Much like snowboard jackets and pants, the more you spend the more tech has gone into the fabric. Gore-Tex is pretty high up there, as it is highly breathable as well as waterproof, so those who prefer riding backcountry or simply demand maximum protection from the elements, might want to spend that little bit extra on a pair of Gore-Tex gloves.
“When choosing your next snowboard gloves, you’ll want to consider what terrain you’ll be riding, in what conditions, and how much money you’re willing to spend”
The main purpose of a pair of gloves is to keep your fingers warm, hence keeping them dry. Gloves with long gauntlets designed to be tightened on the outside of your jacket will keep the snow out of your sleeves, which is something we’ve all come to appreciate.
When it comes to insulation, the levels can vary. If you’re planning to hit up Lapland in January you’ll be better off with a pair of thicker gloves (or maybe even a pair of snowboard mitts as they often offer more warmth). Bear in mind though, that you might want to invest in a pair with sufficient venting too, to better deal with changes in temperature.
If sunny spring laps are more your thing, you might want to go for a mid-weight or even neoprene (aka ‘pipe’) glove. These gloves are more low profile and very flexy, making them ideal for grabs and hand drags whilst still keeping your hands safe from the cold.
Nowadays you’ll often find that most gloves offer touchscreen-compatible fingertips, so you’ll be able to scroll through the gram without having to take your gloves off. If your filming and photographing go beyond the gram, you might want to get a pair of gloves with separate liners, ‘cos nothing sucks like getting frostbite whilst trying to work a camera.
As with everything, you should always make sure that the gloves fit. Make sure you won’t have to squeeze your hands into a pair of gloves that are too short for your fingers, nor should they be too big either. Both of the two will reduce the glove’s ability to keep you warm and dry, which is ultimately, the reason you wear these things.
For more advice, check out our video article on how to choose your snowboard gloves.
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Burton Daily Leather Glove | Burton Women’s Prospect Glove | DaKine Team Excursion Kazu Kokubo | Drop Park Glove | Howl Houston | POW Gloves Stealth GoreTex Plus | POW Gloves Women’s Cascadia GTX Long | Roxy Jetty