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Ol’ man winter is here and we all want to stay warm. It’s like that old song: “head, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes).” You want to keep the entire body wrapped and that of course, includes your hands. So, when you think of the right gloves, what does that really mean? Well, we here at Ocean State Job Lot have some keen insight and helpful hints for you and your family to get you through the coldest part of the year.

Two pairs of winter gloves outside in the snow on a mountain.

Understanding Glove Materials: What Keeps Hands Warmest?

When it comes to ensuring optimal warmth, the material matters. Insulation for your gloves is key. Our selection includes gloves made from various materials, including advanced insulation technologies like 3M Thinsulate, 100% polyester fleece, or wool. These materials provide excellent heat retention without adding that extra bulk. This will allow for greater comfort and dexterity.

You’ll want gloves that have waterproof and windproof materials. They are crucial for keeping hands warm in wet and windy conditions. Look for gloves with Gore-Tex or other similar membranes to ensure water resistance while allowing moisture to escape, keeping your hands dry and cozy.

Additionally, the outer shell material plays a vital role. Durable and abrasion-resistant materials, such as nylon or polyester, enhance the longevity of your gloves, ensuring they withstand harsh weather conditions.

A person wearing fingerless gloves uses a smartphone.

Design Features of Winter Gloves: Beyond Warmth

When it comes to the winter gloves at Ocean State Job Lot, you’ll find some that go beyond just the warmth to also provide functionality, style, and comfort.

Who doesn’t love some convertible gloves that go from mittens to fingerless gloves within mere seconds. That’ll give you versatility and convenience, especially in changing temperatures. It also gives you some flexibility when using your phone when you need those fingertip touches to let you use the app or send that important text. We all know that we can’t go without using touchscreens for any amount of time these days. Don’t sacrifice warmth by having to take off your gloves every time you need to use your phone, tablet, or electronic device outdoors. Have the best of both worlds!

You’ll also want gloves that have an enhanced grip. Gloves with textured palms and fingers will help provide a secure hold on slippery surfaces. Whether you’re navigating icy sidewalks or participating in winter sports, these gloves offer the stability you need.

Ventilation features are integrated into our designs to prevent overheating. Stay comfortably warm without feeling stifled by incorporating breathable materials and moisture-wicking properties.

Finally, we all want gloves that are durable. You’ll want a pair of gloves that feature reinforced areas, like fingertips and palms, to withstand the rigors of outdoor activities. That will make sure they are designed to last through several seasons of use and that’s something you’ll definitely be able to find at Ocean State Job Lot at prices you won’t believe!

Fit and Comfort: Ensuring Your Gloves Feel as Good as They Warm

Having the right fit and comfort for your gloves can be just as important as keeping your hands warm throughout the winter. It’s one thing to be warm and over bundled, but if you can feel sleek in addition to feeling cozy, it’s a whole new ballgame. Your hands will feel great and you won’t mind spending hours outdoors no matter what the activity is you are doing.

Now, you could have gloves that just slide on. But there are others that have adjustable closures. Those may come in the form of a snug wrist strap or an elastic cuff. Both will allow custom fit and prevent those cold drafts and snow from getting under the gloves and reaching your palms and fingers.

Finding gloves with a luxurious feel of fleece or the inner linings of wool will be a step up from your everyday gloves. They’ll be extra soft and that will make you feel pampered.

A gloved hand holds a pair of skis.

Winter Sports and Gloves: Special Considerations

Winter comes with its own outdoor entertainment fun that will have you in need of gloves for both performance and protection. If you’re a winter enthusiast, our selection of gloves includes special considerations tailored just for you.

If you’re hitting the ski slopes or another winter outdoor activity, make sure your gloves have reinforced palms and fingers, providing extra durability and grip for handling ski poles or snowboarding equipment. Look for gloves with waterproof and windproof materials to keep your hands dry and warm in the snow.

Ventilation is crucial during high-intensity activities. Your hands will sweat, so you’ll need gloves with breathable fabrics or zippered vents to prevent overheating while ensuring optimal comfort.

Consider gloves with extended cuffs or gauntlets for added protection against snow and cold drafts, ensuring a secure fit that keeps you focused on your sport rather than adjusting your gear. 

Fashion vs. Function: Balancing Style and Practicality

For most of us, the practicality of gloves takes over and we just want to be warm. But for others, it’s not enough to just be warm, we must also look good. Yes, gloves can be stylish and snuggly warm, just like the clothing we wear. How do you find that balance, though? You shouldn’t have to compromise and here’s why.

Fashionable gloves mean trendy colors, patterns, and elegant designs that can cater to your diverse tastes. After all, you’re not going to have just one pair of gloves, right?! You’re going to have several sets to pick from and if you really want to get fashionably crazy, you can mix and match to express your individual personality.

In the end, make sure that fashion doesn’t take over the number one spot while sacrificing your warmth. You’ll want to stay protected against the cold and wet conditions, especially if you are going out somewhere special. 

Drying winter gloves on a clothesline outside.

Maintaining Your Gloves: Tips for Longevity

 In order to keep your gloves lasting more than just a season or two, here’s a few tips to give them long-lasting performance:

  • Regularly clean your gloves. It’s best to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, usually found on the tag of the gloves. Most gloves can be cleaned with a gentle hand wash with mild soap that can remove dirt and oils without compromising the materials or in the washer with regular clothes.
  • Allow your gloves to air dry naturally. Avoid using direct heat sources like radiators, hairdryers, or laundry dryers can be excessive heat and cause damage to certain materials and compromise the integrity of insulation.
  • Store your gloves properly during the off-season. Ensure they are completely dry before storing them away in a cool, dry place. Avoid cramming them in tight spaces, as this can dry in a shape that will make them unusable in the next season you need them.
  • If needed, consider applying a waterproofing treatment to maintain water resistance. Follow the product instructions and reapply as needed to keep your gloves ready for wet weather.
  • Inspect your gloves regularly for any signs of wear and tear. Address minor issues promptly, such as loose seams or small tears, to prevent them from becoming bigger problems.

Following these simple maintenance tips will help extend the life of your gloves.

Making the Best Choice for Your Winter Comfort

Choose what works for you, but above all, make sure your gloves are comfortable and cozy. Everything else is window-dressing. If your hands are still cold and wet after being outside any good length of time, you’re going to be miserable and no one wants that, especially YOU!

So, make sure that doesn’t happen. Visit your local Ocean State Job Lot for our wide selection of seasonal gloves at incredible prices. We have the perfect pair here for you!