How to Pick The Best Gloves This Season
Once you start shopping for gloves, you may be surprised at the options you have. Leather, wool, nylon, and even soft cable knit gloves can be sleek and stylish and keep your hands warms, so how do you decide which is the best type for you, or for your children? You want gloves that will last more than one season and that will be warm and weatherproof, but for yourself especially, you want a pair that will look good when worn.
First consider how each of those materials works to keep you warm. Cable knit gloves are often the worst for keeping your hands warm, and are typically not a good choice for children who may play with snow when outside. The wet snow will seep through and get their hands wet, which means cold hands! They may look and feel soft and comfortable, but they’re often the least favorite choice for function when it comes to gloves.
Soft wool is a much better choice for gloves and mittens for adults and children. Wool keeps in heat and is also very water-resistant so your hands stay dry. They’re comfortable against your skin and can easily coordinate with any coat. Wool is also a very durable material so it lasts for many seasons and holds up against the wear and tear children normally put their gloves through.
Nylon or materials like this will keep out the most moisture and keep in heat, and are often a good choice for mittens for children because it’s so durable. These are not always the most attractive of gloves so adults may not want to wear them, but nylon mittens can come in a variety of colors and styles to coordinate with a child’s coat and boots and they can be fun for them to wear, and since they last so many seasons, they’re a good investment as well.
Adults often prefer leather gloves because the material is soft and warm and it looks and feels luxurious. A good pair of leather driving gloves can keep your hands warm while driving, but leather isn’t always the best insulator and may not hold up well over the years. Because it’s exposed to dry winter weather and the moisture of snow, the leather may tend to crack and peel away. Often leather gloves need to be replaced every few years, so if you decide on leather because you like the look and feel, be prepared to invest in a new pair next season or the one after.
Be sure you balance comfort with function when it comes to gloves. There are any number of varieties you can choose when it comes to materials and styles, so don’t settle for something that doesn’t work to keep you warm and comfortable this season.