Gloves: an essential accessory for enjoying winter
Whatever your practice, protecting your hands from the cold is essential. It is therefore important to choose gloves adapted to the different sports you will practice. Indeed, the technicality, the material and the thickness vary according to the discipline.
To ski downhill, you will need warmth, waterproofing, protection and comfort. The choice is going to be made between ski gloves or ski mittens that are warm, supple and treated to withstand the elements while keeping your hands warm and dry. For those who are more sensitive to the cold, you can combine ultra-thin gloves, undergloves with your ski gloves. Or choose heated gloves or heated mittens for an unfailing guarantee of warmth.
To ski touring, you need protection and a slightly lighter heat input on the way up, you need more breathable gloves such as softshells for example.
For trail/running in cold weather, you need rather thin and breathable
gloves. Depending on your degree of sensitivity to the cold, you can use the same gloves for ski touring, hiking and trail running, as these gloves are quite versatile. For climbing and biking, you need gloves with more robust and abrasion-resistant materials or harder shells to avoid impact on your hands. You'll find a choice of mittens for your climbing gloves as well, to keep your fingers sensitive on the holds.
Some gloves allow you to stay connected and use your laptop thanks to material technology that allows you to use the touch of your screens.