A Gentleman’s Guide to Warm Hands
More specifically, how you’re going to protect them without losing the ability to turn doorknobs.
Fortunately, the rise of the lumberjack-as-style-icon means you’ve got a uniquely broad swath of cozy gloves to choose from, and most of them can take as much snowball-related punishment as you can dish out. In short, it’s going to be quite a winter.
Behold, our favorite gloves:
The Heritage Model:
Pendleton Leather-Palmed Gloves
These are the classic lumberjack model, a triumph of rugged functionality and the magical powers of plaid. The leather patches on the palms give it a work-ready grip while the adjustable wrist-strap wards off any loose bits of snow. In short, it’s a no-frills approach to working in the snow, with a classic flannel pattern thrown in for good measure.
The Runner Up:
Barbour Fingerless Gloves leave your fingertips free to navigate a smartphone—which, depending on your priorities, may be more important than avoiding frostbite.
The Driving Glove
Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Wool Glove
If you have a short walk to the office and deep pockets in your overcoat, you may not need anything too thick—but you’ll still want something. To that end, we suggest these half-wood, half-goatskin gloves. They’re quite possibly the sharpest thing on this list and, with a 40-gram thinsulate lining inside, a good deal warmer than they look. The snap closure might lead to chilly wrists…but you’ll survive.
The Runner Up:
Dents Sheepskin Gloves are a slightly warmer take on the same glove.
The Frontier Mitten
Paul Smith Jeans Hunter Mitts
As usual, we’ve reserved the last item for an industrial strength, Shackleton-level approach to winter. These are the most arctic items we’ve got, a fur-filled mitten complete with toggle straps, Eskimo-style edging and enough insulation to keep your fingers warm indefinitely. If you’re planning to spend the next six hours on a ski slope, this is your mitten.
- — Russell Brandom