You know how certain comedians point out what you’ve known forever and really they’ve just figured out how to say it? And you’re like, YES YES, oh TOTALLY, YES!
Well, this has just happened to me recently. Apparently, I have a very strong opinion about gloves, a belief even. I had no idea how strongly I felt about the glove situation until someone said something and now, now I know. And I’ll tell you what Gloves, I’m coming for you. Yeah yeah, go ahead, hide away in your little pockets. Because what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career.
I have a post that does pretty well, What To Wear For Winter In Chicago. It has a great comment section too, people are confused and worried and excited and asking all kinds of questions about the weather and what to wear. The other day, Carmen asked this question:
I’m from Cali, so our cold is a balmy day for you guys!! The gloves thing still has me confused though. My hands freeze here hiking at 30 degrees, so how the heck am I going to keep them warm at -9 degrees??
It’s a really good question Carmen! And for all the other questions about to wear and how to wear it, I have definite answers. But I can’t answer the glove question for Carmen and until she said it, I didn’t know why, but now I know why…
I had no answer for Carmen because the Glove Game is a racket! A scheme I tell you! Like Mother’s Day and selfies, it’s something “they” made up to keep us compliant! GLOVES DON’T WORK AND WE ALL KNOW IT.
So I brought the question to Facebook, asked some good ole Chicago people how they feel about gloves.
Matt responds first:
Double gloves are a must. Light weight gloves under heavier winter gloves. I’ve been doing it for years. It’s the only thing that keeps my finger tips from going numb from December through March.
To which I replied:
Double-gloving seems like a good idea, but I shall argue that is part of the glove racket!! DO I NEED TO BUY TWO PAIRS OF SHOES? NO! No I don’t. The Glove Game is a long con….
Then Matt proceeds to tell me that I might wear two pairs of socks on a cold day, or with long underwear, maybe two pairs of pants.
Matt is right (I don’t know you, but you’re right). I would go one further and say liner glove plus over *mittens* is really the best solution I’ve found. And the mittens need to be double-walled (fleece/thinsulate inner layer, knit outer layer).I’ll also take those chemical hand warmers that have stick-em on them and stick them on the inside of the mittens in the finger box
Can we start a band called FingerBox?
We got these two too, in agreement with the Glove Racket.
I don’t know how many kinds and pairs of gloves I’ve tried with no success in keeping my hands warm. I’ve learned to use hand warmers, both the chemical and lighter fluid type and they work much better, I’m able to wear light gloves with them.
I have yet to meet a photographer who has solved this problem. In fact, REI has told me photographers are their toughest customers.
Diane thinks about gloves like I think about coats, you gotta get the GOOD ones:
Buy yourself some North Face or Isotoner gloves and that shit’s legit. I have a pair of Isotoner gloves that my Mom bought me for Christmas, and even though I am perpetually cold in the warmest of conditions, I have nice toasty fingers all day!
And then Poquito had the answer that seemed to settle the rest of us:
I used to work in an ice cream factory while in college. It was always -30 in the freezer area. You have to wear a wool glove liner with a suede insulated mitten over the wool glove.
Most seemed to agree that Poquito had the right idea. That does sound warm, although, it starts snowing and you start shoveling and that pretty little suede isn’t going to help you now. Not that it snows here anymore.
After all that work and some very deep and aching soul-searching, I realized that the warmest gloves I own are my Hills Bros gloves I got from the awesome ladies at Chicagonista.