Published in Whitelines Magazine Buyer's Guide Issue, Winter 2010-2011
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.
Mitts 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 Scott!
Cons: Reduced dexterity for doing up bindings or rolling a crazy cig.
Not usually as toasty as mittens 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.
Originally designed for basic protection and insulation whilst hiking the pipe. Popular with cash-strapped freestylers.
Pros: Lightweight, thin design gives unparalleled dexterity for grabbing tricks. Cheaper than thick gloves and mitts.
Cons: Not very warm or waterproof. Unless you’re a slave to style, better 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
BILLABONG MISSTYLE £40
BONFIRE UTILITY PIPE GLOVE £60
BURTON VICE MITT £60
BURTON RPM LEATHER GLOVE £70
CELTEK 2 TRIPPIN’ MOONLIGHT £27
CELTEK 2 CHERYL MAAS PRO WHISKA £37
DAKINE CROSSFIRE STRIPE £30
DC SEGER £40
DROP SIMON CHAMBERLAIN £40
FORUM FAIR £40
FOUR SQUARE CARGO £55
GRENADE X KR3W £50
GRENADE HUEY £60
O’NEILL SNOW MITTEN £35
QUIKSILVER MATHIEU CREPEL £60
QUIKSILVER TRAVIS RICE £70
RIP CURL GROOVE MITT WMN’S £50
ROXY COLD PLAY £35
SESSIONS SHINER PIPE GLOVE £45
SPECIAL BLEND SB MITT £60
TRANSFORM K.O. MITT £55
VOLCOM SAW TOOTH INSLTD GORETEX £90
ANALOG AVATAR £40