Mitts or gloves
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.