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Old 01-04-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default OT skiiers, snowboarders, and other cold weather frolickers...my hands are sooo cold!

I've been snowboarding for about 9 years now and I've always had an issue with cold hands (mainly fingers). I've tried LOTS of different gloves thinking I just had poor circulation.

But over the weekend I came to realize, I'm a hand sweater. The insides of my gloves were damp and consequently making my hands freeze.

So....oh mighty equipment experts of The OT, what advise do you have for me? I figure I'll need to pick up some glove liners. But which ones. And any glove/mitten recommendations would be helpful. Something that won't trap moisture....

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Old 01-04-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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just pee on your hands when they get cold
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #3
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I would go with the cheapo $2 liners and replace them often. Hand sweat begins to smell like urine after a while...my ski gloves prove it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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I use glove liners inside wool mittens inside shell mittens. It's been working pretty well.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:58 AM   #5
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If it is your fingers getting cold, I'd switch to mittens with gore-tex. Add some hand warmers as well and you should be fine
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:02 AM   #6
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look up the pearl izumi lobster claws... they are THE warmest gloves ive ever used. got them at rei
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:06 AM   #7
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Glove liners inside of insulated mittens has worked really well for me. Did a whole day at 0* last winter and my fingers were still warm.
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:15 AM   #8
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I've been snowboarding for about 9 years now and I've always had an issue with cold hands (mainly fingers). I've tried LOTS of different gloves thinking I just had poor circulation.
I think I found your problem. Gloves will not keep you warm like mitts. I've got a pair of middle of the line DaKines from years ago with a velcro in fleece liner, which keeps me solid. The wife got frostbite on her hands and toes years ago, and suffers from low circulation, so really has to watch it. She has a set of down mitts her mother made for her years ago, she use an extra large pattern, and filled it with extra down. It was from a kit, so they don't look to bad. Nylon and leather construction, waterproofed. They are getting a bit on in age, so I've been looking for a replacement.

I've found these:
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorge...035&mv_pc=r126
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:30 AM   #9
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my general glove theroy having worked at the ski resort now for 11 years
insulate your core better

if you are a hand sweater .. try more core heat and thinner gloves .. pros that work a the ski area generally wear insulated leather gloves
like so
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/

i prefer spring/nordic gloves

http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/w...ariationId=001

that said if i am out in the cold for a LONG period i will switch to gloves/mittens with changeable liners .. i have 2 pairs of gloves and 4 sets of liners ..
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:31 AM   #10
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^ And to add to this post, Back Country has a lifetime return policy... so if it doesn't work as you'd hoped, send it back!
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:35 AM   #11
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I've been using Burton Gore mitts for a couple seasons and they work great. They come with a thin glove liner and have a outside zip compartment for a hand warmer if you need it.

But you need to do a better job of core heating as well. Don't wear a stich of cotton, not one. It will ruin your day.
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #12
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Just a thought, but low iron contributes to poor circulation and cold hands. I have constantly cold hands/fingertips, bordering on numb a lot of the time. But I started an iron supplement every other day and in just a couple weeks it has started making a difference. This has been a problem for me indoors and out, though, so obviously this may not apply to you.


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Old 01-04-2010, 10:43 AM   #13
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Like others have said, mitts. I started wearing them a couple years back. I've been riding for about 11 years now. My hands hurt from being cold when I used gloves. I've gone through lots of nice gloves. But with mittens you barely even need anything else. If they're still cold though, liners and hand warmers will help too.
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:51 AM   #14
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Spring conditions I wear a pair of mechanix gloves, above 0 I wear the Cloudveil Troller, below 0 and forced to work or ski outside and I have some down mittens from REI. If your hands are sweating you can follow what the other guy said and either remove a core layer so that you are just a little cool on the lift and just a little warm on the way down or you can switch to a lighter glove or a more breathable one. I always felt like the goretex gloves made my hands clammy as hell and were only good on rainy/sleet/snow days. SnowSeal on a leather glove works great.


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Old 01-04-2010, 10:51 AM   #15
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Snowmobile gloves. I just got a pair of Polaris gloves for Christmas. Breathable and very warm. I rode with them over the weekend.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #16
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Spring conditions I wear a pair of mechanix gloves, above 0 I wear the Cloudveil Troller, below 0 and forced to work or ski outside and I have some down mittens from REI. If your hands are sweating you can follow what the other guy said and either remove a core layer so that you are just a little cool on the lift and just a little warm on the way down or you can switch to a lighter glove or a more breathable one. I always felt like the goretex gloves made my hands clammy as hell and were only good on rainy/sleet/snow days. SnowSeal on a leather glove works great.


I, too, have the Cloudveil Troller. They're an insulated Goatskin glove. They also make a Troller Mitt.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:15 AM   #17
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my general glove theroy having worked at the ski resort now for 11 years
insulate your core better

if you are a hand sweater .. try more core heat and thinner gloves .. pros that work a the ski area generally wear insulated leather gloves
like so
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/

i prefer spring/nordic gloves

http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/w...ariationId=001

that said if i am out in the cold for a LONG period i will switch to gloves/mittens with changeable liners .. i have 2 pairs of gloves and 4 sets of liners ..
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I used to teach snowboarding for years up in Tahoe, insulate your core and head better. That's where most of your blood is and you can control your body temp easier by using warmer beanie or adding a vest under your jacket.

I use insulated leather gloves on the cold, cold days and thin spring gloves with removeable liners in them for all the other days. I have a ultra warm pair of mittens that I got 10 years ago, I've used them less than 5 times total.


example of pipe gloves

Liners
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:27 AM   #18
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I too suffer from sweaty hands while boarding... In the past 10 years I have discovered that a nice GorTex mitten shell with liners are the way to go. My father brought back a pair of mittens from this last BC Heli skiing trip that won me over. Since those mitts died on me 3 years ago I have found a few others that come close... I would suggest Outdoor Research mitts like these:
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorge.../ODR0131M.html
and some silk liners like these:
http://www.explore64.com/explore64/S...005&mv_pc=r126
or my personal favorite the Thermalux Glove liners:
http://www.rei.com/product/661608
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:31 AM   #19
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I have a pair of Burton AK goretex gloves with removable liners that I really like... Until it drops to single digits. Then it's a little uncomfortable. I'm thinking I'll pick up a pair of primaloft and goose down mittens for stupid cold days.

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Old 01-04-2010, 11:45 AM   #20
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I ski between 10 and 20 times a year, a few of those being night skiing with temps well into the single or negative digits.
I wear glove liners inside mittens and rarely have a problem.
Also, most new gloves come with a small pocket on top to place hand warmers. My wife and mom swear by these as women freeze at any temperature below 72*F.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:40 PM   #21
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If your hands are getting clammy from sweat, it's because you're trying to keep your hands warm with really thick gloves (which block vapor transfer) while allowing the blood going to them to be too cold (not enough body core insulation).

So, add a fleece vest or other additional core layer and go with a slightly thinner glove and you should be fine.

I spent 8 hrs on saturday skiing in wet heavy-snowing conditions with only a very light waterproof glove with no insulation (just the shell and fleeced lining) and my hands stayed crispy dry/warm the whole day. I was wearing a zip-t midweight baselayer, a thin fleece zip-t, and a goretex rain shell, enough layer to keep my core warm on the 32 degree day.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:08 PM   #22
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Thinsulate liners under Burton 2-layer gloves has never done me wrong.....
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for me less is more, I used to wear thick gloves and my hands would get frigid. For the last four or so years i have just used either a lightly insulated pipe glove or mechanics gloves. I think part of the problem of bulky gloves is that you dont move your fingers around very much with them on. I snowboard probably 3-5 times a week and never get cold hands anymore.



Mittens?
What are you guys like five years old?
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Fortunately, I've never had to deal with this problem much, but when my fingers have gotten cold, I'll usually ball up my hands on the lift inside my gloves making it function more like mittens. FWIW, I'm using Sessions Gore-Tex gloves with random liners that I bought at a sample sale for $3 in 2001. I almost always start the day out with my liners in my pockets, and only use them on really cold days:

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I use insulated leather gloves on the cold, cold days and thin spring gloves with removeable liners in them for all the other days.
Are there really "cold, cold days" in Tahoe?
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:17 PM   #25
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Hmmm....rather timely. I just got the flyer for REIs January clearance. Here's to hoping they have some mittens on sale...
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