Today I sure am glad that I have gloves with Thinsulate! We had a snowstorm yesterday and temperatures are in the single digits!
Working the snowblower, shoveling, and raking the roof of our ‘shelter logic’ all took several hours while out in the cold. Brrrrr…
I am a well seasoned northerner and am prepared for most all things “cold” up here. In fact it’s quite a production to switch over all our gear when the seasons change.
We have outerwear geared towards Winter, Spring/Fall (the same), and Summer. And that includes our gloves. Gloves with Thinsulate!
Why is Thinsulate good for gloves?
It’s actually good for hats and boots too!
What makes Thinsulate better than other types of insulation are it’s tiny fibers. They’re much smaller, up to 5 times thinner than typical polyester fibers. This enables Thinsulate to trap more air which keeps your hands and fingers warmer. It works!
What do the Thinsulate numbers mean?
You will notice that there is a number on the Thinsulate tab. It might read 40, 60, 80, 100, or 150 (for example).
What do those numbers mean?
It’s the equivalent of grams per square meter of the Thinsulate product. In other words it’s the weight or heft of the insulation. The heavier it is, the warmer it will keep your hands.
Best Gloves With Thinsulate
So which Thinsulate numbers are best for gloves?
Answer: All of them! Here’s why…
Think about this: Just because it’s wicked cold outside doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need 150 gram Thinsulate gloves.
For example I was recently working in the Natl. Forest clearing trees that had fallen across trails from a windstorm. It was cold outside! However once I began cutting trees and moving logs, my hands warmed up significantly (blood flow). During the ride on my 4-wheeler I wore 150 gram Thinsulate gloves. But when I started working I wore only 40 gram Thinsulate!
Thinsulate gram weight Guidelines
40 gram – high activity levels or cool conditions
70 gram – moderate activity levels or cold conditions
100 gram – light activity levels or very cold conditions
150 gram – very light activity levels or extremely cold conditions
Now if you ask Mrs.J, she’ll want the highest Thinsulate gram count because her hands are always cold! We’re all different in that regard.
Specific Gloves with Thinsulate
As you know there are gloves designed for a wide range of activities. Dress gloves, work gloves, ski gloves, you name it… And each category has countless variety.
I tend to stick with brand names that have been around for awhile. When I find one that works, I generally stick with it. Surely there are many good quality gloves with Thinsulate.
For most of my Winter outdoor work activities I use one of the following gloves (I have both) from Carhartt (100 gram Thinsulate). I especially like the Bison Leather glove.
I also have the following pair from Wells Lamont. They are really comfortable. I use them for more light duty work.
If you’re looking for gloves for the coldest of weather conditions, the best will be a pair of mittens with built-in gloves. Each finger is insulated plus the additional benefit of the mitten itself. 150 gram Thinsulate. I have a similar pair to the one linked below:
Another good pair with a bit less insulation, 60 gram Thinsulate, with good dexterity:
Gloves That Serve Your Needs
The best gloves with Thinsulate are those which serve you best. We all have varying requirements. Some of us simply want gloves to keep our hands warm in the winter. Others want the same but with added durability for rugged work. Some outdoor work also requires dexterity and better flexibility (while still keeping warm!). I even have a few pairs of ‘driving gloves’ just to keep the cold steering wheel from numbing my fingers! (I hear they have heated steering wheels now…)
I have stacks of gloves. Actually, two stacks. One for Winter and the other for all other seasons. The gloves themselves vary for different tasks. For preparedness sake I know that gloves, especially work gloves, are and will be important. That’s why I don’t wait until one pair wears out before buying another….
Living up here in the north country, there’s no way I could work outside without gloves. Just wouldn’t be possible. Therefore it’s a very important prep item for me.