Choosing the best snowboard gloves for you is a lot like the search for the best jacket and pants. Things to consider include fit, style, and suitability to the conditions. If you’d rather rock a mitt then check out our best snowboard mitts for 2017/18, but if it’s a classic glove you’re after then here’s what to look out for.
Bigger, chunkier gloves work brilliantly in colder temperatures, when your hands need all the insulation they can get. However, just as it is with a jacket, that’s no good if your skin’s natural moisture can’t escape. Look out for venting systems and breathability ratings before you commit to a massive bear-paw.
“It’s a good idea to try before you buy – especially if you like to wear separate liners for extra warmth”
If you’re not likely to be riding in -20C, then something lower-profile will do. Everyone should have an all-rounder in their board bag, that can handle all but the very warmest and coldest climates.
If you have a trip planned for spring, a neoprene ‘pipe’ glove will be much more appropriate than a super-warm option. Even on scorching days, these are a good shout – you can only do so many hand drags, grabs and tripods with naked fingers.
Getting the right fit can make a huge difference to a pair’s effectiveness, so it’s a good idea to try before you buy – especially if you like to wear separate liners for extra warmth. ‘Fits like a glove’ isn’t a well-known expression for nothing…
Here are a few models worth looking at for the 2017/18 season, with something for every condition.
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