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Childrens - Kids - Ski glove recommendations

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Looking to get some ski gloves or mittens for my kids. I would appreciate recommendations from parents (or other knowledgeable snowheads) on which gloves I should buy.

1 x 7 year old who is skiing blues and some reds. Uses poles.
1 x 5 year old who will be starting to ski this year.

Previously used Barts mittens for both, but my 7 year old struggles to get second mitten on sometimes. Thinking gloves may be better for when is having lessons and M&D are not there to assist.
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Our kids (6 & Cool both have a couple of pairs of wed'ze mitts:

http://www.wedze.co.uk/wedze-first-heat-childrens-ski-mittens-black-id_8284509

They're cheap, effective and have a little elastic lanyard to loop round their wrists. They don't seem to have any problems getting the 2nd mitt on.

The oldest also has (had) a pair of nice red Hestras which we picked up 2nd hand for a tenner but he chewed through the leather on one of the forefingers as it "tasted nice" - last time we will "invest" in premium ski gear for the little bu**ers until they can look after it!

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Buy the warmest you can find/afford. It doesn't matter what brand as long as they are warm Very Happy

Kids normally have warm jackets/pants but their gloves are normally naff and this leads to lots of tears.
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@stewart woodward, That is why I am trying to find a decent option (without breaking the bank). I want my kids to love skiing and not dread hitting the slopes.
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Buy a job lot of little hotties hand warmers from amazon for about £17 for 40 pairs. In my experience they need silk liners (mainly to keep the hand warmer from direct skin contact) + mitts + warmers which together are the only way to keep their hands warm when its below -10C. Unfortunately the surface area to volume ratio of kids hands is just too unfavourable no matter how good the mitts.

Its also worth training them not to hold the metal bar on chairlifts (albeit this can be unavoidable on drags!) nor should they hold their poles by the metal.

Edited to add - gloves are a PITA as well as being less warm. Sooner or later they will detach the liner from the outer, and they often can't reconstruct them on their own...
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Not sure the biggest issue is warmth but rather how waterproof they are and how well they seal of the wrist. And unfortunately that is a bit trial and error. We've had all sorts of hand-me-down's and purchased. And they've varied massively. You need two or three pairs per child anyway for snowplay, skiing. We got a job lot of Surfanic's recently. They are fairly cheap and the missus didn't think they would be up to much. But they seemed to do a good job. If they stay reasonably dry then IME warmth is usually OK. Though yeah teaching the kids to keep fidgeting their fingers and not holding cold metal helps.
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Yes get at least two pairs per pax.

We have a nine year old on gloves and a five year old on mittens. Given experience with getting gloves on the 5 year old in ideal conditions, the ease of mittens on the slopes are essential. Dont want to be playing find the finger when u needed to be at ski school five minutes ago.

Ours r both in Spyder for the primary gloves and a cheapo for secondary. Never complained about the cold in Spyder and they dont have to be expensive - 5 yr olds purple mitten with the spider highlighted in sparky studs were only £10 from TKMaxx last week. (They might have a few left - size L was good for her).

Also make sure u get leashes/tethers that stop them from falling on the ground when they take them off.
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I have no kids that size at the moment, but the decathlon Wedze gloves in general seem to give a lot of warmth and function for the price. Get 2 pairs each and swap/ dry as required.

Holding a hot chocolate in both hands helps too Very Happy
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jma wrote:
Our kids (6 & Cool both have a couple of pairs of wed'ze mitts:

http://www.wedze.co.uk/wedze-first-heat-childrens-ski-mittens-black-id_8284509

They're cheap, effective and have a little elastic lanyard to loop round their wrists. They don't seem to have any problems getting the 2nd mitt on.

The oldest also has (had) a pair of nice red Hestras which we picked up 2nd hand for a tenner but he chewed through the leather on one of the forefingers as it "tasted nice" - last time we will "invest" in premium ski gear for the little bu**ers until they can look after it!

Edit - That smiley's meant to be an 8 followed by a ) but i'll leave it as an accidental smiley as I quite like it!


+1 to the Wed'ze gloves. I took my girls over to Decathlon to try and find pairs which fit them comfortably and they tried on loads. These were the only ones which they find the right shape. If have one near you I would recommend going along there is nothing worse than gloves that don't fit your child comfortably.
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I go with @stewart woodward, on the warm ones and as Hestra is a bit expensive I can not recommend it even though I would like to. Sad

And it seem they have a new good thing - they taste good. Toofy Grin

They keep and can be used for the next child or be sold second hand. Very Happy
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My 8 year old has the dexterity of an elephant and still struggles with mitts or gloves. He has a pair of Leki Gore Tex Race Mitts that I think are crap as they seem to get wet easily. He loves them because of what they are rather than how warm they keep his hands. As they were expensive I bought some Hestra Handcuffs from Edge & Wax for about £2 that I've attached to them. However, when we were at Cairngorm on Saturday he walked out of the Club Hut with them hanging from his sleeves but as he walked through the powder they scooped up a good deal of snow. He insisted on putting them on despite my advise not to but a few minutes later he declared his hands were numb so we reverted to an old pair of mitts I stuck in my bag. These were the best gloves he has owned: Tog24 Gore Tex. They are a bit too small for him but he can just about get them on with help. Sadly they seem to have discontinued those otherwise I'd buy more.

I managed to pick up a couple of pairs Hestar Heliski Junior Lobster Mitts at the end of last season. They give the benefits of mitts with the added dexterity of having a finger free. They are hard to find and there doesn't appear to be many other companies who offer lobster mitts.

My suggestion is to stick with mitts. Buy the best you can find because as @Stewart Woodward says once kids hands get cold it is game over.

When I've been teaching on the dry slope it never fails to amaze me when I see kids rock up with nice warm ski gear on but a stupid pair of thin woollen gloves that provide neither heat nor protection. Parents seem happy to splash out a bit on jackets and pants but skimp on gloves.
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@Mike-H, I have 2 pairs of pink Hestra gloves ( I have girls ) they wore last year , they are 7 and 9, and the gloves were a snug fit. £20 +PP? If you want them?
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