Snowboard gloves will go through a lot of wear and tear due to regular contact with the snow and your snowboard. Having a good pair of gloves is essential to keep your hands dry and warm. There are a few points to consider when choosing which snowboard gloves to buy.
Gloves or Mittens
Certain differences exist between gloves and mittens. Mittens are made to cover your whole hand with a separate space for your thumb while gloves have separate openings for all five fingers to fit into.
In terms of water resistance, mittens are probably a better choice as they have fewer seams which will reduce the possibilities for water to penetrate. In terms of warmth, mittens would keep the hands warmer with the fingers being in contact with each other. For mobility, gloves are preferred as you can move your individual fingers for grasping your snowboard, clothing and accessories.
It all comes down to personal preference and what suits you.
Waterproofing and Durability
Paying a decent amount of money on a good pair of gloves that provides a high level of waterproofing and durability is a good idea rather than buying cheap gloves that will fall apart less than a season of use. It is advisable to purchase snowboard gloves that are made of highly waterproof fabric such as Gortex with double, triple-stitched or taped seams and palms and fingers that are reinforced. Ensure that the cuffs of the gloves have been designed properly so that they cover the sleeves of the jacket keeping the snow out.
An inner liner that is removable can provide better insulation and prevent moisture building up inside gloves or mittens. Taking them off when you are finished with snowboarding or even during extended breaks will ensure your mittens or gloves dry faster. On warmer days, the liners can be taken off as well.
Generally, the snowboard gloves that you end up purchasing depend on personal preference. Certain people prefer mittens as they provide more warmth at lower temperatures whereas gloves provide better mobility. Beginner snowboarders may favour mittens over gloves, whilst more advanced snowboarders may favour gloves as it is easier to grasp objects such as personal belongings. When it all comes down to it, there is no right or wrong answer if one chooses to buy mittens or gloves. Snowboarders should experiment with both mittens and gloves so they find the best fit and protection.