Whatever snow-related activity you love taking part in, you need the right gear, or you will end up injuring yourself from frostbite, not to mention, putting yourself at risk of hypothermia. So whether you are a beginner, amateur, or advanced snow sports-goer, you should invest in the right gear.
Some of the most important snow sports accessories you should have are gloves. But not just any gloves – you also have to consider their warmth factor, which largely depends on the materials and features they possess.
Most of today’s ski or snowboard gloves have an outer layer made of synthetic fabric, typically nylon. Top-notch products boast not only waterproof properties, but also of breathable elements, thanks to the use of ePTFE (expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene, or Teflon®) coating. Other exceptional gloves also utilize PU (Polyurethane).
You will find waterproof and breathable models available in either hard and softshell. In most cases, manufacturers combine these fabrics with other protective materials, such as leather, especially in high abrasion areas, including the fingers and palms.
The membrane, which you will find inserted between the gloves’ outer shell and insulation, serves two primary functions: waterproofing and breathability. They have tiny pores that prevent water from entering but still allowing water vapor (your sweat) to get out. The waterproofing and breathability of gloves depend greatly on its membrane. GORE-TEX, Hipora, Polyurethane, and WINDSTOPPER are some of the most highly-sought after membranes in the snow sports gear industry.
You also need to make sure your gloves have sufficient insulation. Adequately insulated gloves deliver excellent warmth and breathability, without compromising fit and motion. According to Snowscene, when purchasing snowboard or ski gear from Brisbane shops, make sure you take into consideration the weather conditions and the temperature of the resort.
As long as you remember these factors in mind, you can avoid hurting yourself during your snowboarding or skiing activities.