How to keep your hand warm from the freezing weather

The cold winter months are always a nightmare for those who have to constantly deal with it. Having a freezing pair of hands isn’t only uncomfortable but it can also lead to some health issues.

Hence, if you often stay outside under the cold weather, it’s crucial to equip yourself a pair of high-quality gloves.

Read more: 10 Useful Tips For Biking In The Rain

Our post will show you how to choose a pair of waterproof gloves for winter.

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Performance gloves

These are heavy-duty gloves that are often designed for demanding activities during winter. Mountaineers, hikers, skier, and winter biker would find them extremely helpful.
To do that, the manufacturers must include many different features in their products, such as water protection, wind insulation, and warm materials. Moreover, these gloves also provide great dexterity with reliable grip and comfortable cuff.

As a result, they also cost more (sometimes a lot more) than the standard gloves.

Casual warmth-keeping gloves

We often use these in our day-to-day activities due to their versatile and affordable price. These gloves usually consist of two layers for keeping warmth and weather protection, with the outside layer often provides only wind insulation.
With that being said, if you’re looking for waterproof gloves for winter, it would be hard to find one in this category.

Working gloves

Designed for heavy works like wood chopping or portering, these gloves provides impressive durability and dexterity. You should look for those with reinforced palms and come with undercuff design since they’re the most suitable.

General speaking, these gloves are not specially made for weather resistant. So they often don’t have really good waterproof features.

Warmth

It’s the first factor that we should look into when selecting our gloves. It’s winter time and the weather is freezing out there. You need something to protect your hands from being cold.
Consider choosing gloves with multiple layers. Ideally, it should have an outer layer for weatherproof, a middle one for air insulation, and an inner layer for generating warmth. They’ll help you survive the extreme weather.

However, you should consider the cold level of where you’re staying before selecting your winter gloves. Having a pair of gloves that always make you feel uncomfortable from the heat is also not a good choice.

Cuff style

It’s the feature that is often overlooked by many when selecting their gloves. However, as little as it is, cuff styles can have a huge effect on your overall comfort. Hence, we’ll take a look at the common styles to see which one is right for you.

Gauntlet

These gloves offer extended cuffs that cover over your arm. When wearing properly, they can provide great insulation from air and snow. If you’re looking for a waterproof feature, gloves that have this design are also more preferable. Moreover, the gloves are also easy to put on and off as they come with large openings.
However, they’re often bulky and don’t have good dexterity. Hence, you can’t use them in jobs that require precisions.

Undercuff

Rather than have the gloves cover over your arms, as the name suggests, undercuff gloves provide extended cuffs that sit under your winter jacket. They usually come with smaller size and less weight than a gauntlet one, thus providing better dexterity and maneuverability.

Protection material

Synthetic

Most waterproof gloves for winter uses this type of material as it offers great versatility and durable. They’re made using synthetic fibers that are entwined together to generate warmth and insulation. You should look for products with PrimaLoft and Thinsulate since they’re warmer and more durable. We don’t recommend our readers choosing gloves with cheap generic polyester fill.

Fleece

Fleece is loved for its warmth and lightweight which make your gloves extremely comfortable during the winter months. Moreover, gloves that are made from fleece are also cheaper than most others.

However, they don’t have good weather protection, so you will not likely to see your waterproof gloves being made from fleece.

Down

There are reasons why down are more favorable than fleece when it comes to waterproof gloves. It’s largely due to the fact that down fill over the same warmth and lightweight while delivering much better water insulation compared to fleece. However, natural down products can be quite expensive.

Treating your gloves

As a user, you should know that most waterproof gloves aren’t fully protected. There are usually two types, one with an outer shell for water-resistant, and one with a middle layer for water insulation.

Regardless, these product needs frequent treatment in order to have a reliable waterproof feature. And the most common method is to give your gloves a coating layer from Sno-Seal or other similar substances. The beeswax-based solution will osmose into the fiber texture, thus creating a waterproof shell.

Additional features

Removable liners

Gloves that come with removable liners can come handy during cold weather. The reason being that liners can absorb moisture coming from your skin and outside while providing an element of warmth. Moreover, you can easily replace your liner anytime you want to prevent the buildup of excessive moisture.

Touchscreen compatibility

With the increase in smartphone usage, many of us will need touchscreen-compatible gloves. As a result, we can use your phone comfortably while staying warm during cold winter days.
Products with this feature consist of conductive fabrics in the fingertips that allow electric currents to pass through. Hence, the screen can recognize your finger without direct contact.

Keep in mind that the thicker your gloves is the harder it would be for the touchscreen to work properly. So it would be more appropriate to select a relatively thin pair of gloves if you’re a smartphone addict.

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10 Useful tips for biking in the rain

One of the most important qualities that we often see in bikers is determination. There is little that unsupported weathers can do to stop you from grab your bike out and keep your ride streak going. Not to mention that the bike lanes would be relatively less crowded than usual.

However, as a biker, we should know better than anyone about the disadvantages of biking in the rain. Hence, it’s vital to equip ourselves before starting our ride under the wet weather.
Our post will provide you the useful tips for dealing with rainy days as a biker.

Waterproof jacket and tights

It’s required to equip yourself with waterproof jacket and tight. With major advances in the clothing industry, complete waterproof wear has become a norm. Hence, it’s relatively easy to find water-resistant clothes for biking. Find yourself something that is fit and comfortable, and you’re good to go.

We all know how dangerous it is if your body fails to maintain its normal temperature. And soaking your body with rainwater and sweat in a long period of time is the fastest way to do it.
So the next time going out for biking in the rain, make sure you put on your protectant clothes.

Waterproof gloves for cycling

Aside from the clothing, waterproof gloves for cycling is the second most important equipment that I suggest you carry with, for several reasons.

As it rains down, the weather can drop significantly. By exposing your hand to the cold, you’ll risk having a lot of health issues. Not to mention that your hands could become numb from the freezing wind, making it harder for controlling the vehicle.

Make sure your hands fit perfectly on the gloves and it provides decent warmth. Moreover, the gloves should come with firm grips as the water can make your handle slippery.

Overshoes, waterproof socks, and winter boots

Keep your feet dry! That’s what my friends always tell me when going on a bike in the rain. The fact that they stay right behind your front wheel, your feet will surely get wet unless you give them protections.

A cold and wet pair of feet is never suitable for a long cycling session. You’ll be constantly bothered by the cold and discomfort until you decide that it’s time to stop and go home.
Which is why I often wear my waterproof socks and overshoes whenever going out for a ride under the rain. Using plastic bags to cover your feet is also an effective way to shelter them from the rain.

Take a look at your tires

You need to give your tires twice as much attention as usual. Wet condition reduces frictions on the road. Thus, you should make sure your tires are working properly to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Keep splash off with mudguards

Nobody like rainy weather, from the freezing cold, uncomfortable humidity, to the annoying muds. I’ve literally come back from a biking session under the rain with my whole body covered with splashes of muds.

To deal with this, I suggest you install mudguards on both the wheels. Don’t do it with only the back one unless you want your face and stomach to look like a chocolate bar.

Use chain degreaser

Rainy condition can give your chain all kinds of dirt and debris. To protect it, make sure you spray yours with degreaser solutions. I usually use WD40 or GT85 before any of my rides. You should also do it, not just only on rainy weather but also the sunny days.

Keep your head dry

The head is extremely important, which requires serious protection during the rain. However, you can’t “waterproof” the entire head. Instead, we focus on the hair which is the most vulnerable area.
I usually wear a cycling cap during my cycling session. It helps protect my head from getting wet while keeping my hair in place so they don’t block my vision.

Keep your eyes protected

Raindrops are always enemies of our eyes. They make us unable to open our eyes properly during a rainy day and consist of many dangerous substances. Hence, you should always wear cycling glasses to protect your vision during the rain.

Make yourself visible

Heavy rains greatly reduce our line of sight and our visibility. As a result, you can easily be hit by other vehicles during the rain, and vice versa. A simple solution for this is to install LED lights on your bikes and turning on the headlight so other vehicles can see you.

Avoid extreme weather conditions

As much as you love and commit to biking, it’s not appropriate to go outside during extreme weathers. You’ll never know what could happen during heavy rain. So it’s best to stay indoors and work with your rollers.

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