Mittens or Gloves?

MittensChicken or steak? Paper or plastic? Mittens or gloves? Some questions aren’t easy to answer. Maybe you love chicken, but steak sounds really good right now. You don’t want paper or plastic, but you forgot your reusable grocery bags at home and you don’t feel like juggling all of that produce to your car. And when it comes to mittens or gloves, you’re at a complete loss. Don’t you worry. We’re here to help you out with that last one.

OK, so maybe no one loses sleep at night trying to decide between wearing gloves or wearing mittens. Most people probably make that decision based on what they own. If they have a pair of gloves and it’s cold out, they’re most likely going to wear gloves. If all they own are mittens, it looks like they will be rocking mittens. However, if you’re looking to buy one or the other, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Mittens are typically warmer than gloves. With mittens, you have all of your digits side by side, which will keep your hands warmer thanĀ  if you had your fingers individually wrapped in gloves. If warmth is your main priority, mittens are the way to go.

Of course, what a glove or mitten is made of is crucial in determining how warm it is. Thin acrylic mittens won’t hold a flame to a good pair of wool gloves. However, when gloves and mittens are made of the same stuff, the mittens will come out on top.

Mittens are great for hiking, sitting around a campfire, and snowball fights.

But maybe it’s not all about warmth. Maybe you need to be able to wiggle your fingers freely. Gloves offer more dexterity than mittens. If you don’t believe this to be true, throw on a pair of mittens and type out a paragraph to prove us wrong (it won’t work).

Gloves are ideal for cycling (shifters), working around a campfire, and snowball fights.

For ultimate dexterity, go with fingerless gloves. Keep in mind that fingerless gloves are the coldest possible glove or mitten option, and they are usually worn by pickpockets and outdoor pianists who demand maximum finger finesse.

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