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How to choose winter gloves

Choosing the right winter gloves is essential to fully enjoy outdoor activities during the colder months. Here is a detailed guide to help you find the perfect pair, with a focus on quality and durability. If you are looking for winter gloves that fully meet your needs, Lagazoi offers a selected range of top brands, including Reusch, available at the San Cassiano store, alongside other prominent names like Hestra and Leki.

Essential qualities of an ideal winter glove

The key features of a high-quality winter glove are all about keeping you cozy, managing moisture, ensuring just the right amount of warmth, and shielding you from the elements. Every part of the glove is crafted with a specific purpose in mind:

Inner Lining

The first contact your hand makes with the glove is through its inner lining. This layer plays a crucial role in moisture management, absorbing sweat and releasing it outside. Materials like Polartec Micro Fleece, used in Reusch gloves, offer a gentle contact with the skin. This material, made from recycled polyester fibers, has excellent moisture-absorbing capabilities and anti-static properties, as well as ensuring a primary level of thermal insulation.


The key to warmth lies in the padding, which plays a crucial role in heat retention, ensuring your hands remain comfortably warm. In this context, the significance of materials such as Primaloft, and its premium variant, Primaloft Gold, comes to the fore. Esteemed brands like Reusch specifically choose these materials for their exceptional thermal efficiency, water resistance, and remarkable softness.

Goose down serves as a classic alternative to synthetic padding, prized for its outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio that offers superior insulation without the bulk. However, its performance can be compromised in high humidity conditions unless paired with an adequate protective membrane.


The presence of a membrane in a winter glove is a distinctive element that significantly enhances its performance. This special layer is designed to offer an impenetrable barrier against water and wind, while ensuring that the hands stay dry and warm thanks to its remarkable breathability. Among the myriad options available, the Gore-Tex (GTX) membrane emerges as a leader, renowned for its reliability and widespread adoption. Its prominence is further reinforced by stringent quality assessments, which include mandatory product evaluations by Gore-Tex itself, guaranteeing unparalleled performance and durability.

Despite the popularity of GTX, various companies have developed their own technical solutions. Reusch, for instance, introduces the R-Tex XT membrane, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with GTX, boasting an impressive water resistance up to 20,000 mm of water column. Another notable innovation from Reusch is the GTX Infinium Windstopper membrane, which stands out for its total wind resistance and exceptional breathability, designed to offer superior skin comfort.

The crafting of premium gloves involves a meticulous process where the membrane is hand-sewn by artisans possessing exceptional skill and precision. This task requires a level of mastery and precision that only professionals with years of experience can guarantee, thus ensuring maximum quality and functionality.


The outer shell of a glove not only determines its aesthetics but, more importantly, its durability and ability to resist the elements. High-end gloves often utilize premium materials such as natural leather, with goat leather being a preferred choice for its unparalleled blend of softness and resilience. This choice ensures the gloves’ longevity and superior protection against the elements, making them reliable companions in outdoor adventures. Many high-quality gloves adopt a hybrid approach, using synthetic fabrics for the back and maintaining the palm in leather, in order to achieve an optimal balance between lightness and functionality, while preserving the undeniable value of fully leather gloves.

For example, Hestra gloves elevate the concept of quality through a meticulous process of selection and control of raw materials. Sourced from responsible providers, the leather is subjected to rigorous standards and must align with the Animal Welfare Policy.

How to find the perfect size for your winter gloves

It’s crucial that the glove is not too tight: a slight space inside promotes thermal insulation, keeping hands warmer thanks to air circulation. This additional room also increases mobility, vital for gripping ski poles or undertaking various activities. However, it’s important to avoid gloves that are too loose, as they could reduce your manual dexterity.

Following Hestra gloves‘ size guide, which adopts a traditional French measurement system, it is recommended to measure the circumference of the palm for an accurate size estimate. This measurement can be taken using a tailor’s tape or alternatively, a piece of string and then measuring the length with a ruler. Since the dimensions of the hands follow well-defined proportions, this method provides a reliable reference point for choosing the most suitable size. At the Lagazoi store in San Cassiano, you’ll find specific tools to measure palm size, to assist you in finding the right glove for you.

Uncovering the benefits of heated gloves

Delving into the universe of heated gloves reveals surprising innovations, like those introduced by the brand Lenz. These gloves incorporate battery-powered heating elements, designed to offer customizable warmth. This functionality becomes indispensable for individuals confronting severe cold or facing circulation problems, making these gloves a significant investment in personal comfort and well-being. Available in both mitten and finger versions, they adapt to various needs and preferences. The internal heating elements, strategically placed, ensure an even distribution of heat, enveloping every part of the hand down to the fingers, for supreme comfort in any weather condition.

Equipped with batteries seamlessly integrated into the cuff, these gloves provide the option to customize the heat intensity, offering an unparalleled personalized experience. Despite their sophisticated technology, Lenz heated gloves demand particular care; they are unsuitable for machine washing and must be manually cleaned following the provided instructions to maintain their functionality over time. Adhering to proper maintenance not only significantly prolongs the lifespan of these gloves but also reaffirms their status as a wise long-term investment.

Battery life emerges as a crucial criterion in choosing heated gloves. Lenz offers models equipped with batteries that guarantee many hours of continuous warmth, but it is essential to evaluate your specific needs, including the possibility of purchasing additional batteries for particularly cold days or long ones.

Mittens vs Gloves

The selection between mittens and finger gloves is a fundamental aspect for those practicing winter sports, directly influencing the level of comfort and effectiveness in keeping hands warm. Mittens, with their design that encloses all fingers together, offer superior insulation thanks to the internal space that allows the fingers to share heat. This makes them ideal for those who particularly suffer from the cold or have circulation problems. Although they may seem less suitable for certain activities, their use is increasing among professional athletes and they are widely available, designed to offer maximum comfort without compromising functionality. They are also the best choice for children, offering excellent protection from the cold combined with the simplicity of wearing.

On the other hand, gloves offer less thermal protection but guarantee greater dexterity, facilitating the execution of precise tasks without having to remove them. These gloves are preferred by those requiring superior tactile sensitivity, for example, for handling equipment.

A middle ground are “Lobster” gloves, which combine the warmth of mittens with the functionality of traditional gloves, isolating the thumb and index finger from the rest of the fingers. These, along with other innovative variants, can be equipped with pockets for hand warmers, offering additional warmth without compromising either comfort or practicality.

Ultimately, choosing between mittens and gloves should result from a balanced reflection between the desire for warmth and the need to maintain a certain manual agility. By carefully considering your needs and the conditions of use, you can find the ideal solution to optimize your outdoor experience during the winter, ensuring warm hands.

Making your winter gloves last: maintenance and care tips

Taking care of winter gloves is essential to ensure their longevity and maintain their performance over time. The golden rule is to absolutely avoid machine washing, which can damage leather, membranes, and padding. The best solution is to use neutral soap or a gentle detergent specifically for sports fabrics. Apply a bit of soap directly to your hands, wear the gloves and gently massage them under running water, repeat the operation several times. Remember: gloves should never be turned inside out during washing.

Drying them correctly is equally important: avoid placing them directly on heat sources such as radiators, as excessive heat can dry out and damage the leather. Prefer a dry and well-ventilated environment, away from direct sunlight that can harden the leather. After washing, applying moisturizing creams or specific leather balms can help keep the gloves soft and wear-resistant.

Finally, to avoid damage and stains, it’s useful to hang the gloves on a carabiner during drying or when not in use. This not only helps maintain their shape but also prevents contact with surfaces that could dirty or wet them. Be careful not to expose dyed leather gloves to clothing that could be stained.

Gloves often do not suffer damage during sports activity, but it’s the incorrect handling of skis, boots, or other sharp objects that causes it. Careful and regular care of your winter gloves will not only extend their life but also ensure the best possible experience in your outdoor adventures.

The downsides of waterproof gloves: situations they’re not suited for

Although the primary goal of a glove is to keep hands warm and dry, many do not consider that during high-intensity activities, such as sports or hiking, body temperature increases, causing hands to sweat more. This makes the glove’s ability to quickly wick away moisture crucial to prevent cooling of the hands. In this context, gloves equipped with waterproof inserts can sometimes act counterproductively, reducing the material’s breathability and slowing down drying.

Therefore, before opting for a waterproof glove, it is essential to carefully evaluate your specific needs and the conditions in which you plan to use it, balancing the need for water protection with that of keeping hands dry and warm.