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Glove Insulation 101

by mdsassociates
Thu, Jan 23rd 2020 08:30 am

Thinsulate Thermal Lining

If you hate the cold weather, it might have something to do with having cold, numb or throbbing fingers. A good pair of cold weather or extreme cold weather gloves  can mean the difference between a good day and a bad one.

At very low temperatures, your hands and feet feel cold before other parts of your body.  This occurs because the body responds to cold temperatures by reducing blood flow so that the body's core temperature remains within the optimum range of 97.7 ◦F to 99.5◦F.

Selecting the best insulation for winter work gloves is a balancing act. You don't want a glove with so much insulation that you can't move your hands but you also don't want a glove that;s so thin that your hands get cold. If you're prone to overheating, buying a glove with too much insulation can be as uncomfortable as buying a glove with insufficient insulation as one is likely to remove them to allow the hands to breathe and...

In case you didin't realize it, air is a very good insulator and the insulation used in winter gloves is designed to trap it. This way, thermal energy can't easily escape keeping you warm even when it's freezing. When searching for the best thermal insulation, you need an option that traps air but won't trap moisture. But it doesn't stop here.

There are other factors you need to consider when chosing the best insulated gloves such as age, gender, the activity level and basal metabolic rate. Selecting a glove made in layers (i.e. leather-thinsulate-nylon) can provide extra barrier protection and warmth.

The most common types of glove insulations include Thinsulate, Cotton Flannel, Boa Acrylic and Foam Fleece. If you are asking yourself what's the difference, you need to follow the link below!

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