Tuesday’s Tool’s of the Trade - Snowboarding
Nothing can ruin a good day riding faster then numb hands! I’ve tried countless different brands and styles of gloves over the years and hands done Dakine gloves are the best. Great fitting, ,long lasting, durable, functional, technical and with so many styles and colors to choose from there is something for everyone. If warmth if your priority then mitts are the way to go. Why is this? Well gloves have a higher surface area than mittens (due to the fact they have individual fingers). This means that the heat from your body dissipates into the air more quickly, and it feels colder. Mitts trap body heat by keeping your fingers together and reducing evaporative heat loss. Dakine has a lot of different mitt styles but I have found that their long gauntlet style mitts are the warmest. Most of my jackets I can fit my gloves under the sleeve and with the long gauntlet it ensures no air or snow gets in if my sleeve creeps up. Or if I’m wearing a jacket with a tight cuff I can wear the gloves overtop. I know, not the coolest look but all I care about is function, I want to stay warm so I can play all day! Also getting a good level of insulation in your mitt is important to keep you warm as well as a good shell that not only keeps your hands dry but blocks out wind and can help to keep the warm air in. Dakine’s Avalon mitt fits all these and more! It has a nice and soft thumb wipe panel for those cold and drippy noses, an external water resistant zippered stash / heat pack pocket, and the one hand cinch gauntlet makes it easy and quick to get in and out of, I also really like the benefit of having the straps so when I take of my mitts for a minute I don’t have to worry about losing them as they are always dangling from my wrists. Makes things like answering your phone or getting something out of your pocket easy and worry free.