If you want the absolute warmest handwear for the mountain then a good pair of snowboard mitts is your best choice.
The theory behind mitts is simple: they keep your fingers together within the fabric, and they expose less surface area to the cold. Both of these factors reduce the amount of heat lost through evaporation.
Of course, this being snowboarding there are a ton of variations within this theme, from full-on backcountry hand protection to lightweight, park-orientated models.
“What they lack in digits, snowboard mitts make up for in style”
The best mitts – at least, in terms of pure warmth and shelter – will combine a cosy lining with a Gore-Tex shell (Gore-Tex fabric offers the ultimate combination of waterproofing and breathability). Leather and suede mitts are also popular these days, but will need the occasional wax treatment to ensure they don’t start to soak up water.
The obvious downside of mitts is that you sacrifice dexterity – fiddling with your bindings, making a phone call or smoking a marijuana cigarette will require you to ditch them occasionally. Trigger mitts offer something of a compromise by freeing your index finger, but if being able to flip the bird is important to you then you might want to check out our list of the best snowboard gloves for 2018/19.
What they lack in digits, however, snowboard mitts make up for in style. The large palms offer a great space for brands to experiment with graphics, while the whole package is just cleaner, with fewer fiddly seams – making for a tidy look as you blast out of the white room and wipe the powder from your face!
For more advice, check out our video guide on how to choose your gloves and mitts.
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10Peaks Mount Babel | 10Peaks Neptuak | Burton Profile | Burton Prospect | DaKine Baron | DC Franchise | Drop Chris Roach | Drop Tahoma | Love Inc. Chorlton | POW August Trigger | POW Crescent | POW Every Day | Quiksilver Powder Mitt | Rome Team | Roxy Abyss