Alongside thermal underwear, a good pair of thermal gloves is absolutely essential if you enjoy skiing, bush walking, or engaging in any outdoor activity that puts you out in the cold during winter. As anybody who spends time outdoors knows, there is nothing worse than being unable to get warm – and besides comfort, you need to seriously consider your personal safety. In winter time, hypothermia is a reality that is quite dangerous.
Thermal gloves consist of several layers: at the very least there will be an outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer (or layers as it may be) are there to prevent cold air from moving through the fabric of the gloves, to carry away precious warmth. Some thermal gloves may also have a waterproof layer, while others still may have a hybrid layer such as Gore-Tex which will repel water but still allow your skin to breathe. The inner layer(s) of the glove serve to keep your fingers comfortable and trap as much heat as possible in the fabric. In some cases, this fabric maybe acrylic, although top-quality thermal gloves still consist of superfine wool or even silk. Caring for thermal gloves is no different to any other thermals – wash them in mild detergent, and air dry.
There are many different types of thermal gloves, ranging from very thin light ones (you would never know that they are anything more than thin cotton gloves) to massive, the clubs like the sort you see worn by polar explorers. There is a thermal club for every situation-a lightweight glove that you can wear when you’re walking to work in the winter time, thermal gloves with removable fingertips which you can wear when you are hunting, and thermal gloves especially designed for motorbike or pushbike riding.
How much should you pay for a good set of thermal gloves? This is a fairly open question, because you can usually pay as much or as little as you want to. Generally speaking, you can get a good basic pair for about $20 from most camping or army surplus stores, and gloves like this will be fine for bush walking or similar activities. However, if for example you are going skiing or will be spending time in extremely low-temperature environments, you’re best off buying purpose specific thermal gloves which may then cost a bit more.
Who uses thermal gloves? Thermal gloves are very common these days, and are often issued to military personnel and law enforcement officers as standard equipment. They are also essential gear for explorers or adventurers, and you will even find highly specialized thermal gloves being worn by astronauts! usually they are worn alongside long thermal underwear as well, for all round comfort in cold conditions.
Buying a good pair of thermal gloves is an excellent investment, and you will not regret your choice the first time you are outside and the temperature drops. As we move towards Christmas time in winter, don’t forget that a pair of thermal gloves and thermal underwear also make an excellent present for somebody in your family!