Our whole concept is a better priced ski glove for serious skiers and snowboarders. And there is no more serious skier or rider than someone who makes their living at the ski area. Our design concept is maximum dexterity, grip and toughness, without sacrificing warmth. But we have an even better deal for ski area employees: we offer a 1/3 discount on our gloves and mittens with proof of employment (non-clearance items). Send us an email with a photo of your employee pass and we will send you the current discount code.
Resort employees require a unique set of glove design variables for optimum performance on the job. A glove that has maximum versatility is essential. Most mountain resort jobs require you to be outside all day, from the cold mornings through potentially warm afternoons and storms. To satisfy that versatility, Free the Powder focuses on the following variables:
1) Maximum breathability allows a glove to be worn in the widest range of temperatures.
1-To achieve maximum breathability while still being very warm, we use our proprietary insulation called Breathefil, which is 60 grams Thinsulate, along with 140 grams of our "cocktail" of synthetic fibers, that were field tested and chosen for their ability to breathe.
2- We use air-permeable 4-way stretch softshell material on the back of the hand, which is much more breathable than the much more common hardshell materials of most ski gloves.
3- We use natural cowhide leather. And we do not treat our leather with silicone-based or petroleum-based water-proofers, which clog the pores of the leather, making them less breathable.
4- We do not use non-air permeable membrane inserts that trap much more moisture than they prevent moisture penetration from the outside on most days, and in most conditions.
2) Toughness: Ski area work requires you to be on the hill skiing and riding more than most other people on the mountain. There is not much down time. So we use thicker natural cowhide leather, with a reinforcement patch that covers all areas of high wear on the palm. The type of leather is also important: properly tanned and treated premium grain cowhide is the toughest leather, with the best combination of grip and toughness. It’s what cattle ranchers use.
3) Dexterity: The best dexterity for a ski glove comes from premium grain, soft, grippy, natural leather that molds to the shape of the hand. That is greatly assisted by utilizing a liner and insulation that is thinner and less lofty, such as Breathefil™ with 3M Thinsulate ®. Dexterity is also assisted by a short-cuff wrist closure with Velcro. The bigger the Velcro® patch, the better the ultimate fit. We also offer a super-easy-on-off long cuff gauntlet-style glove as well.
4) “Waterproof”: Water-resistance is important, but not at the expense of maximum breathability. The water-proofing should come from DWR, durable water repellent that is engineered into the leather and fabrics of the glove. Current technology of water-proof insert membranes puts you on a slippery slope of functionality, which decreases the versatility of the gloves.
5) Warmth: Obviously ski resort work is performed in the cold, but it is very active, so you need a glove with high levels of insulation. A good amount is 200 grams.
Free the Powder gloves are the perfect gloves for mountain resort employees.