Due to the nature of snowboarding, your snowboard gloves will be
subjected to plenty of punishment from regular contact with the
snow and your board. As with other forms of clothing, your
snowboarding gloves must keep your hands warm and dry. Having soaking
wet freezing hands while you are snowboarding is a torturous experience best left only
to your worst enemy.
You should consider the following factors
when deciding on a pair of gloves to buy.
Gloves or Mittens
Mittens are built to cover your whole hand with only a separate
section for your thumb while gloves have individual sockets for
all five fingers. Some gloves also come in a special hybrid
In terms of water resistance, mittens generally have an advantage
over gloves due to the fact that they have less seams which means
less possibilities for water to seep in.
Being able to keep your fingers together within a mitt will also
help provide to provide you with some extra warmth.
Many people, however, prefer gloves as they provide you
with the extra feel and grip you can get with your fingers
to easily grasp your board, clothing and accessories.
Waterproofing and Durability
If you are planning on snowboarding for many years to come,
get the toughest and most waterproof gloves you can afford.
Due to the beating that snowboard gloves take,
a badly-assembled pair will probably fall apart after a
few rides while a good-quality set can last for hundreds
of sessions over a few seasons.
Look for snowboard gloves made from highly waterproof fabric such as Gor-tex
with double-, triple-stitched or taped seams and
reinforced palms and fingers. Check that the cuffs of the
gloves have been effectively designed to keep the snow out
when worn with your jacket.
Apart from keeping your hands warm and providing some degree of
comfort, a removable inner liner will help to wick away any internal
moisture or perspiration generated during the day. Removing them at the end of
the day or even during a lunch break (while indoors) will allow your
gloves to dry quicker.
Safety and Injury-Prevention
If you are a beginner who hasn't quite mastered the technique
for falling safely, you'd best be advised to wear wrist guards
to prevent injuring or breaking your wrist after a hard fall.
If possible, you should consider purchasing snowboard gloves
which come with built-in wrist guards.
A wrist guard consists
of a flat, long, tough and thick piece of plastic which is positioned
onto the back of your wrist to prevent you from bending it
too far backward from the force of a fall. Using them could well
mean the difference between an enjoyable trip and spending the
next month or so with a cast on your arm.