Warm Winter Work Gloves?
Hey everyone.... I couldn't really find a good place to put this question, so I just put it here. I was hoping someone could give me advice on some really warm gloves. My mom and I have our horses on our property, so we have a run-in shelter. We live in WI, and when we go out to muck in the winter, my fingers get so cold that they're numb in under ten minutes. I've tried several different types of gloves, including some really expensive ones from a sports store, but nothing works. Even those hand-worming packets don't prevent my fingers from freezing.
Are mittens better than gloves? Is it simply a lost cause? Any and all advice would be great. Thanks!
I use gloves that have the cut offs half way up the finger, and the mitten flap over it for when I'm not saddling/bridling and stuff like that. However, it hasn't gotten very cold here in CT yet...
a true mitten will be much better.
i have worn a pair of mittens that was like a glove from the inside (fabric between each finger) and didn't like them as much.
but if you can find a good pair of waterproof mittens you will notice a difference. another thing I really like is my boot dryer, you can get an attatchment for gloves too so they are warm and dry when you put them on.
I prefer wool over cotton, wool stays somewhat warm even when wet.
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Welcome to the forum! I'm up here in N MI, and I have just the glove for you! The brand is, "Kombi" with patented "Waterguard+" They're windproof, weatherproof, waterproof and breathable, and I wouldn't sell mine for $1,000! Should be easy to find on-line (I bought mine years ago @ a local ski shop, and they're still like brand new!) Good luck! :)
Is what's so nice about mittens the fact that your fingers and palm are all together, so you don't loose as much heat? I'm guessing that tacking up wearing mittens would be really hard, but just for mucking, those seem to be the way to go... Thanks for the advice- maybe I won't turn into a huge icicle now! :)
Check out the Tractor Supply Store, they have a huge variety of warm outdoor working gloves for the winter! :)
^this. Any farm and ranch supply store should have good outdoor work wear for any local weather.
For mucking when it's below zero, I wear my husbands choppers. Above zero and I can use any of the heavy duty fleece gloves from Cabelas.
For tacking up, medium weight fleece. Riding - just trail or putzing, fleece. For a working or schooling ride - SSG all weather.
A good thing to remember is to be sure you dry your gloves (and boots) in between wearing. Many times the quick cold is because your hands were sweating the last time you wore them.
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