Mitts or gloves

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Q What are the ad­van­tages of mitts over gloves? Dar­ren Blake, Bide­ford

Gra­ham says Mitts are warmer than gloves by quite a no­tice­able mar­gin, be­cause the fin­gers are all be­side one an­other so help keep each other warm. Equally, you can get more in­su­la­tion around the hands as you are not try­ing to in­su­late fin­gers in­di­vid­u­ally while main­tain­ing any level of dex­ter­ity. So, while there is a limit to how warm a fin­gered glove can be made, there is al­most no limit to how warm a mitt can be. Mitts are also eas­ier to pro­duce as you don’t have to make all those com­pli­cated finger shapes. As a re­sult, they tend to be cheaper to make, so are an ex­cel­lent choice for bud­get walk­ers!

The draw­back of mitts is you have very lit­tle dex­ter­ity and even hold­ing trekking poles or ice axes is dif­fi­cult com­pared to a glove. The best op­tion in the cold­est of con­di­tions is to wear a fin­gered glove in­side a fin­ger­less mitt, so you can whip the toasty shell mitt off and still have warm fin­gers while op­er­at­ing zips or com­passes. If you suf­fer from cold hands eas­ily then it may be worth wear­ing gloves for most of the day, due to the dex­ter­ity ben­e­fit, but then hav­ing some mitts avail­able in your ruck­sack so you can pull them on if you get too chilly.

Pack a pair of mitts in your ruck­sack for ex­tra hand warmth when needed.

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