Trail (UK) - - KNOW HOW - Rus­sell Mar­shall, via email

QWhat is the pur­pose of the elas­ti­cated loops I have on two fin­gers of my walk­ing gloves?

A num­ber of full-on win­ter gloves fea­ture a sin­gle loop on the out­side of two of the fin­gers and these are for... hang­ing the gloves.

These of­ten-elas­ti­cated bands, oth­er­wise known as cara­biner loops, are usu­ally found on the ring or lit­tle fin­ger of each glove. The idea is by hang­ing the gloves from these loops, such that the fin­ger-tips are left fac­ing, up elim­i­nates the risk of each glove fill­ing with rain­wa­ter or snow as they might if teth­ered from the wrist.

So there you have it. What a de­light­fully in­ge­nious lit­tle in­ven­tion, we say!

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