The HESTRA GLOVE SYSTEM is based on the layering principle – the idea of wearing many different functional pieces of clothing. By using layers of gloves, you can regulate the temperature according to the weather conditions and your activity level.
1) Next to your skin, wear a liner that carries away moisture and creates a thin, warming layer of air around the skin. You should keep it on to avoid contact with cold surfaces when performing tasks that require finger dexterity.
A thin liner worn inside a glove increases heat by about 20 percent.
2) The base glove is the one you use most frequently. It keeps your hands warm in normal cold conditions, wicks away the moisture and provides protection against wind and moisture. The base glove is available with a fixed or removable liner. Having a removable liner makes it easier to regulate the temperature.
3) Shell Gloves are a layer of added protection that you pull on when it’s biting cold, wet or if you’re standing still for prolonged periods. This creates another layer of air that insulates against the cold. With a liner and shell glove, insulation increases by approximately 50 percent compared to only wearing a base glove.
Shell Gloves should be generous enough to leave room for a large volume of insulating air.
There are many combinations – select models based on your hand’s needs and the activities and weather conditions you expect to encounter. For example: when placing tent stakes in the cold, use thin liners. When hiking up a mountain, your body temperature rises, but the wind can still chill your hands. Use a windproof model that is highly breathable. When you stop to rest, you need more insulation than when you are moving - use a shell glove.
There is also an element of safety to consider. Hands and feet are the first body parts to suffer when you are out in the cold. They are furthest from the vitals in the core of your body - your heart, brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. The fine mesh of capillaries in the fingers and toes is shut off when it gets too cold and the tips of your fingers turn white. You could say that the body “sacrifices” less important parts in an attempt to save the organs that are essential for survival.
The point of this is that your hands and feet need extra protection when it’s cold to compensate for the body’s natural function. Remember that even if your body is warm in general, your hands can still get frostbite.
An extra insulating layer can help you out, preferably a shell glove mitten that you can have rolled up for easy access.