Mike Thornewill has completed coastal expeditions to both the South and North Poles. Here he shares some recommendations on glove combinations for use on South Pole expeditions.
A thin, basic and inexpensive poly-propylene lightweight ‘contact’ glove.
Must be windproof and have a surface that easily sheds snow. Choose lightweight, breathable and a comfy fit. This layer must not be bulky because it has to slide easily inside large over-mitts. A little bit of grip on palm is helpful, but too much is not. For an idea of thickness, consider a cycling glove.
Go very large and very warm. Must be breathable (although avoid Gore-Tex because it does not breath well at cold temperatures). A fleece lining is ideal but avoid down filling as it retains moisture.
Extra large snowmobile gloves work particularly well. I buy synthetic snowmobile mitts from Weaver & Devore for around 35 Canadian dollars.
Just don’t let them blow away…!
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