Snowmobiling requires a unique set of glove design variables for optimum performance. Just look at what your gloved hands have to manipulate and control:
What will allow you to operate a snowmobile best? Focus on these variables in a snow sledding glove:
1) Dexterity: The best dexterity for a snowmobile glove comes from premium grain, soft, grippy leather that molds to the shape of your hand. This is greatly assisted by utilizing thinner, less lofty liner and insulation. We use our own proprietary insulation called Breathefil™ which includes 3M Thinsulate ®. The goal in developing the composition of the insulation was to maximize breathability and warmth for the widest range of weather conditions.
2) Grip: The twin brother/sister of dexterity. Snowmobiling is a sport where control and performance are most determined by your connection to the control handles, which are most often made of soft rubber grips. For the best grip, the palms of your gloves need to be made of soft, grippy leather that has been tanned specially for that purpose. The surface of your hands need to be free of sweat or clamminess, so maximum breathability is essential.
3) Toughness: Manipulating the control handles, pulling starter cords, handling fixing tools and performing every other movement associated with operating a snowmobile just beats the you-know-what out of your gloves. So your gloves need a leather palm with a re-enforcement 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.
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.
5) Warmth: Snowmobiling happens in the winter when it's cold, but the sport is very active, so you need a glove with moderate/high levels of insulation. The better the glove breathes, the wider the range of temperatures you can use your gloves. We use 200 grams Breathefil™ with Thinsulate®.
Free the Powder makes both Long and Short Cuff snowmobile gloves. Both work great for optimum snowmobiling performance.