by Jacob Parzych | February 13th, 2014 | Men's Shopping

gloves (400x400)This winter has been absolutely terrible. Every region of this nation has been freezing cold.  Needless to say, it has sucked for all those impacted by this.  One of the worst effects of this freezing cold weather is numb hands.  For me, every time I stepped outside, my hands turned into icicles.  So, the obvious solution to this is gloves.  Gloves will keep your hands warm and help you survive the colder months.  What type of gloves should you wear?  Well, let’s take a look.

  • Skiing gloves.  These are the warmest option available, no doubt.  They are well insulated, soft, and waterproof.  If you are going outside to play with the kids, shovel, or ski, this is the option for you.  At the same time, if you are going into public or like looking good, these are probably not for you.  As a general rule, if you aren’t wearing a parka, technical shell, or another skiing jacket, don’t wear one skiing gloves.
  • Leather gloves.  These are on the more fashionable side, looking good and keeping you warm.  Leather gloves have a very classical look, like driving gloves.  They can come in a variety of styles and colors.  The main upside to these is that they can be worn with just about anything, even a suit.  Also, they can be used while driving because they will actually grip the steering wheel.  If you are worried about the cold getting through them, look for leather gloves lined with cashmere or wool.  Also, be careful with them.  If they aren’t waterproofed, look into waterproofing them.
  • Wool gloves.  Also long as you don’t mind wool, these are delightfully comfortable.  Please try to stay away from the “knitted by Grandma” styles and stick to professional looking gloves.  Like leather, these can be worn with anything, even a suit.  Although wool will keep you warm if wet, they are not waterproof, so be careful.
  • Mittens.  Do you work in a climate where it is so cold that you need to wear multiple sets of gloves?  If you don’t, then don’t wear mittens.
  • Fingerless gloves.  No.

If it is bone chillingly cold out, wear gloves!  They will keep your hands warm and keep you looking good.  Specifically, I would wear leather gloves unless I am skiing or doing yard work, but that’s just me.  Whatever you do, no fingerless gloves please.  And nothing with pom-poms too.  Thank you.


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