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post #1 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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serious winter riding gloves

Anyone tried enough different winter riding gloves to make a solid recommendation? Gloves that will actually keep your fingers from freezing off when it's ten degrees out? I am going to try one size up and add silk liners this year, but my SSG Ten Belows are okay to about 25 above, and they have a hole already. Helpful if they are actually waterproof (the SSG's say they are but they ain't).

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 07:27 PM
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I'll be following this Would be nice to have gloves that keep fingers warm. I have yet to find gloves that do.

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post #3 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 08:01 PM
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I don't have a real problem with keeping my fingers warm when riding as much as working in the barn doing chores so will be interested in seeing some answers

when I tack up for a winter ride I put the pad and saddle on and give it time to warm up before riding and at that time I take the gloves I will use riding and tuck them under the saddle pad so they are warmed by the horse's body heat when I put them on.
I usually manage to keep my fingers warm by holding them close to the horse's withers during the ride or if really cold keep them snug against the horse's neck in front of the pommel. I just use whatever gloves I have in the barn preferably some fleecy type and that seems to work well for me.

It was down to 0 F yesterday but didn't ride, but my fingers were sure cold while doing the chores. It's too early for this and I hope this doesn't mean a looong cold winter ahead.
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post #4 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 08:40 PM
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As most of you know, I live in the great white north. -37C is no stranger to me.

For chores, I wear thin gloves (my recent faves are ceramic-infused back on track gloves) inside of mittens. You want mittens to do chores, preferably fleece-lined wool mittens. You also want the ability to take them off. Sometimes I wear wool mittens with flaps but they tend to annoy me so wool mittens over gloves do the trick, and I can take the mitts off briefly if I need to. The fleece lining inside prevents my hands from getting wet if I'm handling a lot of snow.

But for riding, you want to take it to another level. I often buy gloves at Mark's Work Wearhouse, but I believe that's a Canadian company. I generally buy men's smalls because annoyingly, women's gloves are never heavy enough. They're warm, but they will wear out if you use them for anything other than riding. Then there are the mittens with the split fingers so your three first fingers are together, but your pinky is separate for holding reins. I wear thin gloves under those too because they're never warm enough. They're ok, but not my first choice. I do prefer the really thick gloves, and sometimes will wear my BOT gloves underneath for extra warmth.

In the end, it is possible to keep your hands warm. I tend to have poor circulation to my extremities, and ride in bitterly cold weather all winter long outside, but my fingers are usually ok if I wear layers. Toes, not so much.
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 08:56 PM
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I wear ski mittens when it is really cold. You don't have much control with ski mittens, but hey, you're riding! I've been told not to wear mittens over gloves because your own fingers keep the mittens warmer.

I have little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water for 1 minute. They can be used over and over. I put them in my mittens when I'm riding. Then I have even less control. But hey, I'm still riding!

Also you can buy hand and foot warmers for $2 that keep your hands and feet really warm. I don't use them all that much because they stay warm for 6 hours, and I only ride about an hour when it is that cold. So the little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water are good for one hour and don't cost me anything.
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post #6 of 24 Old 11-15-2019, 09:01 PM
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I wear ski mittens when it is really cold. You don't have much control with ski mittens, but hey, you're riding! I've been told not to wear mittens over gloves because your own fingers keep the mittens warmer.

I have little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water for 1 minute. They can be used over and over. I put them in my mittens when I'm riding. Then I have even less control. But hey, I'm still riding!

Also you can buy hand and foot warmers for $2 that keep your hands and feet really warm. I don't use them all that much because they stay warm for 6 hours, and I only ride about an hour when it is that cold. So the little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water are good for one hour and don't cost me anything.
Tell us more about the little plastic sacs... I'm not a fan of chemical warmers. Seems like a big waste. What are in the plastic sacs you boil?
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Reporting from the land of "my hands are blue from October to April" (seriously my hands look like a dead man's even when the rest of me is warm) - my absolute warmest gloves are a pair of Hestra lobster-claw style mittens. Good grip on them, pretty water resistant (I wouldn't plunge my hand into a water tub while wearing them, but they don't get soaked during heavy snow either), and I can operate a folding knife and hold reins while wearing them. (granted, most of the reins here are rope-style). They also go up to mid-forearm on me, so no snow gets in.



I bought a pair of thinsulate/neoprene gloves from Ocean State Job Lot (if you've seen them out in WMass they have some good stuff) with heavy grip to try until it gets super cold, they're heavily armored, very grippy, and very stiff and I haven't been able to try night-feed with them (since I bought them just before I had surgery). They do, however, seem pretty warm.


I do recommend lobster-claw (separate index finger and thumb) for the dexterity of gloves with the warmth of mittens.



I bought the Hestra's at Sierra Trading Post, but Avna, I think the closest physical location to you is Framingham, which is probably too much of a hike for just a pair of gloves.
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post #8 of 24 Old 11-16-2019, 07:49 PM
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I wear ski mittens when it is really cold. You don't have much control with ski mittens, but hey, you're riding! I've been told not to wear mittens over gloves because your own fingers keep the mittens warmer.

I have little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water for 1 minute. They can be used over and over. I put them in my mittens when I'm riding. Then I have even less control. But hey, I'm still riding!

Also you can buy hand and foot warmers for $2 that keep your hands and feet really warm. I don't use them all that much because they stay warm for 6 hours, and I only ride about an hour when it is that cold. So the little plastic sacs that I drop in boiling water are good for one hour and don't cost me anything.
Where do you get the re usable hand warmers? Might be a better deal then the disposable ones. Went through a lot of the 6 hour ones last winter. Thinking re usable would be better.

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post #9 of 24 Old 11-16-2019, 07:55 PM
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@Acadianartist , I googled "reusable hand warmers" and got lots of different kinds. The picture below is very similar to what I have. Reading about them informed me that they stay hot for 17 to 33 minutes, but mine seem to stay warm for about an hour. I do know that the warmth of my own hands seems to help them retain their warmth. My daughter doesn't like them. She says they are bulky inside the mittens and the warmth doesn't last long enough to suit her. But I love them.

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post #10 of 24 Old 11-16-2019, 08:08 PM
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I use these https://greenhawk.com/wdItemDesc.asp...ricSKU=DRC8046

Mostly for barn work, but occasional riding here and there. They are knock offs for the SSG 6500 10 below, but cheaper. They have lasted me a while and I do find them really warm actually.
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