Selecting the proper gloves for the environment and activity is a personal decision. Dexterity or warmth are typically the only options. Waterproof or fast drying is often the second decision that must be made when selecting gloves.
Obviously, there are many factors that must be determined when choosing the right pair of gloves for your specific activity. Keeping this in mind, you’ll want to read more. We’ve called on Dave MacLeod, Dave is a Pro-Team athlete and he has some words of wisdom to help us in selecting the best winter gloves. Climbers will want to make the best possible decision when they’re choosing their gloves.
Thick Vs. Thin
On an interesting note, it can take far more energy to hang on to something, including your ice tools, with thicker gloves than with thin gloves. Tightly closed hands clenching tools causes more friction and there is less muscle control over the course of time. There is a lot of challenge to effectively hang on to gear when wearing thick gloves. For this reason, it’s vital to understand that the harder routes will cause more grueling pain and muscle aches than other routes. Compound this with the fact that there is less friction when you’re using thin gloves.
With a background in physiology, I know that the hand is designed to insulate on the palm side. Thus, lean rock climbers, when I recently had my DEXA scan, the fat stores on my body were found in the fat pads of my heels and of my fingers. Hands also have thick ligaments that run across the palm of the hand. These help to insulate hands when touching cold surfaces with the palm.
By contrast, the backs of the hand are thinner and don’t have the same connectivity and fat tissues padding them. The blood vessels are required to help keep you warm. Thus, the palm side of the hand offers up more resistance to the temperature extremes while the back is far more sensitive.
Thus, the more insulation on the glove back ensures that the thickness won’t affect the dexterity. However, dexterity will be affected if the wrong gloves are selected. Thinner gloves will help to improve the dexterity and they will protect the hands using the body’s own insulation.
As stated above, the insulation of the gloves is the most important concern when selecting gloves that will be for specific activities. Using a specialist glove maker such as Chester Jefferies will ensure you get that perfect fit that you are looking for. Functionally speaking, the fit of the glove chosen is vital. Thicker gloves offer a pre-curve and are designed carefully so that the fingers can be articulated. The friction on the pams is vital to the grip and the less muscular efforts. It’s also vital to choose the correct size of gloves.
Personally, I prefer smaller sizes so that I can avoid excess glove beyond the ends of my fingertips. This would interfere with my …