March 08, 2019 3 min read
Men’s winter gloves range in style from the casual to the professional. If you’re looking for something to wear while commuting, consider a low-profile glove with a lining but not a lot of excess padding. If you’re looking for something to wear while engaging in snow sports especially those that do not require a fine grip, consider a thicker glove with padding for extra warmth.
The leather is the most durable fabric for men’s winter gloves. This material provides a flexible fit and stretches somewhat for comfort. Leather tends to be a pricey option, however, and it’s not ideal for every use case.
There are many good synthetic gloves on the market, too. For example, polar fleece is a warm and soft material that many men love. Some polar fleece gloves have a leather, suede, or polyurethane external cover on the palm that provides extra grip.
Men’s gloves sizes are based on the measurement (in inches) of the circumference of the palm just below the knuckles. So, if you wear a size ten, that means you measure ten inches around that part of your hand. The thumb is not included in this measurement.
Many men’s gloves come in standard S, M, L, and XL size rather than numbers. As a general rule, S is equal to a size 71/2 or 8. M is equal to a size 8 1/2 or 9. L is equal to a size 9 1/2 or 10. XL gloves would be suitable for someone who measures 10 1/2 to 11 inches around the hand. In addition, there are some gloves available in a size XS (7 inches) and XXL (11 1/2 inches).
Of course, this sizing structure is not guaranteed to be universal with all brands of men’s gloves. When in doubt, check the sizing chart provided by the company. Most glove makers provide this so their customers have a better chance of purchasing the correct size.
A gathered and elasticized wristband offers a couple of advantages over open-wrist gloves. First, these gloves tend to be warmer. The reason: the gathered wrist allows the glove to fit closely to your wrist and hold in the natural warmth of your hand. This style of glove also prevents snow from getting inside your gloves — which could make you feel a chill in a hurry! Some gloves have an extra strap above the gathered wrist to offer even more protection from snow, ice, and dirt.
A warm glove is most effective if it is also waterproof or water-resistant. In winter weather, your fingers will quickly get cold in a wet glove. The leather is a naturally water-resistant material. Some synthetic materials also do a good job of providing water-resistance.
The lining of the glove is nearly as important as its exterior. Options include fleece, which is warm but may hold water and sweat more easily than other liners. A moisture-wicking liner will wick water away from your skin and keep you warmer. Cotton may keep you comfortable, but it does not add a lot of warmth.
Extra grip material
Some mostly synthetic gloves have a leather or suede covering on the palm to increase grip. This can be important for a sport like skiing, where a good grip helps you hold the poles. It can also help you gain leverage on a snow shovel or ice scraper. Other grip materials include rubber and polyurethane, which can also be very effective.
Most men’s winter gloves are made with warmth in mind. Some are bulky and will take away some of your dexterity when you wear them. If you need to use your hands for fine motor activities while wearing your gloves, we recommend you focus on how flexible the fingers and palm area. Generally speaking, the thicker the glove, the less you will be able to use your fingers to pick up small items or perform tasks that require a delicate touch.