This is one of our most common FAQs:
That can be a difficult, subjective question to answer, depending on an individual's personal characteristics. Everyone's metabolism, blood circulation and tolerances to various conditions are different.
But in general, I will say this much about Free the Powder Gloves:
1- With the exception of our Spring Glove, all our gloves are made "heavyweight", with insulation levels fit for cold days. Most ski glove companies offer options with different levels of insulation (ie, lightweight, moderate, heavy, expedition-weight). This is done for several reasons, but predominantly for the purpose of driving the customer to their higher priced items. Their warmest gloves are their most expensive and in the highest demand. We do not follow this strategy. We feel winter gloves are meant for the cold, so we use the level of insulation that most competitors only put in their highest priced offerings. But to ensure that our gloves are not only warm, but temperature versatile, we use all breathable materials.
2- Mittens are almost always going to be warmer, so our mittens are warmer than our 3-finger and 5-finger gloves. Among our mittens, the Polar is the warmest with 300+ grams of insulation. Next warmest is our RX and SX with removable liners. They have one extra layer than the Baldy, so they are bit warmer.
3- Our RX3 is a hybrid mitten / glove with "3-fingers." Also called a "Lobster" Glove, these keep most of your fingers together, which make them warmer, most of time. But be aware, some people with circulation issues have major problems when the index finger is separated from the others. It may cause a one-frozen-finger dynamic, even worse than 5-finger gloves, which may foster better circulation. It does precisely this to me, your humble designer. It is all individual, but generally 3-finger gloves are warmer than 5-finger for most people.
4- When it comes to our 5-finger gloves I must re-state that our gloves are designed and insulated to be the warmest gloves on the market (with the exception of the Spring Glove), so they are all very warm. But among our very warm options, there are some variances: the EVA foam padding on our Race AL, First Chair and Freeride SP, is not just for hand-protection, but adds extra insulation, making them slightly warmer than the un-padded X-models. But, that difference is somewhat mitigated by the fact that the X-models are more breathable, so in some weather conditions that may make them warmer (produce less hand moisture, which may lead to drier/warmer hands). Also, for many people with circulatory issues, more insulation on the inside of the wrists (where blood flows close to the outer skin) will make your hands warmer by increasing blood flow. For this reason, long cuff gloves will be warmer, as will our short cuff SX Glove, which has a cuff with more wrist insulation.
This is a lot of advice to take in, but if I were to give you a much shorter answer, I'd say Polar Mitten for mitten wearers and Race AL or First Chair for glove wearers.
Unisex sizing. Free the Powder Gloves
have a fairly standard initial fit, but our
gloves are made with all-stretchable
materials so they break-in and conform
to your hand like no other ski glove.