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Hello, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to another Monederosmart article and we want to go straight to the information because we have a very useful product for those who perform or will perform any sport outdoors and in areas where the cold is unforgiving; we will talk about sports thermal gloves.

You've probably ever experienced a cold that goes down to the bone and maybe you weren't prepared enough or you didn't choose or buy the right clothes, now imagine doing a sporting activity where speed, wind and in some areas even rain or snow are involved.

If what you need is to be fit and not suffer the inclemency of the weather then read on, because during the practice of a sport what you should be concerned about is the technique and not the alternative circumstances that we can foresee. Therefore, here we will tell you what thermal gloves are, what types there are, their advantages and disadvantages, among other relevant data.


  • Thermal sports gloves are items of clothing that allow you to do sports activities in the cold air, exposed to low temperatures and various weather conditions such as snow or rain, and also, with their outer design, often help to cushion impacts.
  • For the different outdoor sports there are two main types of gloves to choose from, either lightweight gloves for warm or cold days or waterproof thermal gloves for more extreme weather.
  • In order to choose the ideal glove it is efficient to take into account some factors that respond to our needs, for example, what sporting activity am I going to do, what climate or temperatures am I facing? Or what degree of thermal insulation do I need, among others.

The best Thermal Gloves: Our Picks

Buying Guide: What you need to know about thermal gloves

To understand a product and its qualities, you need to get to the root of it, so that you can discern between the options that the market offers and those that can meet your needs, without the possibility of financial loss or disappointment.

Enjoying an activity in the snow with the right equipment allows for hours of safe recreation. (Photo: Sergey Furtaev/

What are thermal sports gloves and what are their advantages?

Gloves are garments for hand protection. Thermal sports gloves provide internal thermal capacity for outdoor sports and external protection against mechanical hazards.

Anyone who is hostile to the cold will want to wear gloves, even in cold temperatures that the body can withstand, and even more so when exercising for long periods of time, otherwise the joints will suffer from unpleasant pain and numbness.

Among the various advantages of using them, we find that we can concentrate on the exercise without suffering from the cold, as our hands will stay warm. In addition, there is the possibility of using waterproof options with which neither wind, snow nor water, nor water, will make a dent in our hands.

  • They keep hands warm
  • There are light and waterproof thermal options
  • Functional in different winter sports
  • Options that incorporate new technologies
  • Many with good grip and touch fingers
  • Some are very thick and do not allow good mobility
  • Depending on the material they can be warm enough or not
  • Depending on the sport you need to choose the model
  • The best quality ones are more expensive

Lightweight or waterproof thermal sports gloves - what should you pay attention to?

When it comes to sports, sportsmen and women should equip themselves with everything they need, many of them require the use of warm gloves. In order to choose the type of gloves we need, we will have to decide on premises such as the type of activity to be performed and the weather conditions in which it will be executed.

Lightweight thermal gloves. These are those that are not bulky, have good breathability and mobility. They can be made of materials such as elastane, polyester, polyamide or polyurethane. They are ideal for sports where you are not in contact with snow, water or wind and their choice depends on the level of thermal protection.

Waterproof thermal gloves. These are gloves that in addition to being made with materials that keep the hands warm, have characteristics that make them insulating against wind, water and/or snow, suitable for sports involving more extreme environmental conditions.

Lightweight thermal Waterproof thermal
Cold Suitable for moderate cold Suitable for moderate to extreme cold
Rain Not recommended Resistant
Snow Not resistant Suitable for snowy conditions
Wind Not recommended Useful in windy circumstances
Type of sports Hiking, running, football, cycling, hiking, driving Mountaineering, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, motorcycling, etc.

If you plan to go on a cold weather trip, good gloves are a must (Photo: Olena Kachmar/

Purchasing criteria

Buying efficiently is synonymous with acquiring a good with absolute awareness of personal needs and of the options that a type of product offers us, in order to define and buy without risks or regrets. It is an elementary principle to consider the basic criteria of our objective to be covered, as well as our budget.

Type of sport

The sport we are going to practice is an important factor in the decision we have to make. Why? Because each sport determines different principles that the athlete faces, both in terms of what the activity itself requires, as well as the risks that its practice implies, in addition to the climatic circumstances. Some of them are:

Running. Whoever is a runner at heart will do it with heat or cold but with the right equipment, because running without gloves and exposed to the cold generates an inflammation in the hands known as chilblains. Depending on the level of cold and the geographical area, light gloves or waterproof thermal gloves are recommended.

Cycling - Bicycling. For this sport we must take into account the type of bicycle we use, especially so that they adapt well to our hands and the position we will adopt on the handlebars. It is recommended that they are long for greater protection and they can be light.

Sky or Snowboard. These activities put us in a cold, wet and snowy environment, therefore, gloves should have a good insulation against the cold, be reinforced and waterproof to avoid internal wetting. Check that they are not too big to reduce agility or too thin to let the cold seep through.

Hockey. Given the nature of the sport, you need to choose gloves that protect your hands against knocks and keep them at a suitable temperature during training. We recommend that the fit allows you enough mobility to be able to train at ease.

Type of weather

The climate in which you do your sports activity is as important a criterion as the type of sport you are doing, as the cold in a normally tropical area is not the same as the cold in an area where it also snows.

Cold. To determine the amount of cold we are going to face, and especially if we do not know the place, we must find out the average level of humidity and the maximum and minimum monthly temperatures. If the cold is not extreme, you may as well use light gloves.

Wind. If the activity to be carried out faces strong draughts, it would be a wise choice to be prepared with gloves with good insulation, elongated to cover above the wrist and with good waterproofing.

Snow. There are a number of sports that involve snow and many degrees below zero. These sports require maximum protection from the cold and at the same time the ability to manoeuvre easily despite the bulk of the gloves. If you train in these conditions frequently, don't skimp on price and buy the best quality gloves.

Insulating materials

The materials used and their quality will be fundamental to guarantee the results of protection on our skin. An inadequate choice can cause severe consequences on the body, both slight - such as pain, inflammation, burns - and severe - numbness, frostbite or hypothermia.

Thinsulate. A synthetic fibre that perfectly insulates low temperatures in cold climates, it is a viable option when looking for protection without losing manageability, as its production results in thin gloves.

Boa Acrylic. It is a great insulating material, it is very warm and affordable, however, its application results in gloves with more volume, so if the activity to be performed requires great dexterity, then you may need to consider one of the other options.

Cotton flannel. This is the most common choice among insulators and the least recommended. It is made of loosely interwoven fibres that work by trapping air in them, effectively retaining heat until it becomes wet and even sweat begins to be lost due to its absorbent quality.

Polyester. A plastic material which, in combination with other materials, is often used as an insulator. It is the basis of other well-known materials such as Polar, which has very good thermal qualities.

Insulation level

As we have seen in previous points the selection of the pair of gloves we should look for will be directly proportional to the climate we are facing and the sport we are practising. With that in mind we can now focus on the level of thermal protection we need. According to experts this is a good reference:

Temperature Degrees Weight insulation
Temperate Above 20°F or -6°C 80 to 100 grams
Cold Below 20°F or -6°C 100 to 200 grams
Extreme cold Below -15° F (-26° C) 200 to 400 grams

Mittens or fingered gloves

Fingered gloves are the traditional gloves that everyone knows, but what is the function of mittens and why choose them? Well, they have the same function for the different causes we already know, only they have all four fingers together - except for the thumb - which allows more air to be trapped and acts as an insulator.

If you are a cold person or if you find it difficult to keep your hands warm and if you will be going somewhere with a few or many degrees below zero, you might want to choose gloves of this type, always bearing in mind that this design will reduce your mobility.

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