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Gloves with five fingers permit you to conduct more complex tasks with your hand than mittens. On average mittens are warmer than gloves because there is a smaller surface area than fingered gloves (for cold air to effect). Mittens with an independent index finger are available.

Dual layer gloves are available. These include a water proof mitten on the outside with a fingered glove liner.The liners are attached to the mitten so you will not drop them.

Gauntlets and keeper cords (aka idiot cords) are ideal for ice climbers and mountaineers. Gauntlets will keep the snow out of your gloves and the keeper cords will reduce the risk of losing them.
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Waterproofing
Like many other pieces of outerwear, waterproofing is an area that companies can easily skimp in to make a glove cheaper. Look for tapped seams (or welded seams), laminate waterproofing systems (like Gore-Tex, Membrain or Conduit etc.), and good DWR finishes.

Types Of Gloves

Ice Climbing
Ice climbing gloves have to be especially durable, have good articulation for working with biners and ice screws, and very warm because you are so close to the ice at all times. Often ice gloves use special protective armor (like plastic knuckle protectors etc) to ward off unintentional blows to the ice.

Skiing/Snowboarding
There isn't much of a difference between a snowboarding glove and a ski glove, except the fact that a snowboarding glove usually has a longer gauntlet (which is why you'll see so many skiers with Burton gloves). Also, make sure that you pick up gloves with leashes, so when you yard sale everything they don't fly too far.

When picking a glove from this category make sure you dress for the weather, and get a glove that matches the expected conditions. Spring gloves won't cut it at 20 degrees below zero.

Key Features

Gauntlet
The gauntlet is the cuff of the glove that is made to tuck over your jacket's sleeve to seal out snow.

Articulated Fingers
Believe it or not, our hands don't rest in a flat position, so having fingers that are naturally bent is a big benefit. Its harder to do, because it requires complex stitching, but makes gloves much more comfortable.
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