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How to Measure Winter Mitten Size

How to Measure Winter Mitten Size

How to fit winter mitts the right way 

Imagine you snagged the first chair up after a massive overnight snowfall. You feel like you’re practically flying over puffy, white pillows of powdery goodness, ducking in and out of the trees, hitting every kicker at will. Finishing a sublime first run, you make your way to the lift for another go only to notice that your hands are already stinging from the cold. So, instead of an hour of bliss on the freshies, you’re headed to the lodge to stand by the fire. By the time you’re back on the slopes, everything is tracked out.

Just like your boots, helmet, and goggles, your mittens need to fit right to provide optimal performance. A great fitting mitt can deliver its best-possible combination of dexterity, feel, warmth, and weather protection. While the incorrectly sized mitt can make you cold, uncomfortable, and prone to dropping everything from keys to ski poles.

Most people have a general idea of what size mitt he or she needs, but few know how to measure for mitts or why it’s important.

To get all the benefits of a good working fit, follow our tips below. 

How to Measure Hands for Mittens

  1. Measure Hand Length

The distance from the tip of your middle finger to the fold of your wrist (where your palm meets your wrist) is your hand length. Using a ruler or tape measure, record this distance for your dominant hand. If you don’t know which is the dominant hand, make them thumb wrestle to see which one wins.

  1. Measure Hand Width

Hand width is the circumference of your hand just below your knuckles, excluding your thumb. Unless you’ve got special powers to bend objects with your mind, use a tape measure to determine hand width, as this measurement requires you to wrap the tape around your knuckles, sides, and palm.

  1. Determine Your Mitt Size

Compare your measurements with the charts below to determine your correct mitten size.

Mainers Extreme Cold Mitt Size Chart

Mitt Size

Hand Length (in)

Hand Length (mm)

Hand Width (in)

Hand Width (mm)

Small (S)





Medium (M)





Large (L)





Extra-Large (XL)






Most people will easily fall into one of the sizes above. If this is the case, your mitt size search stops here. Grab your gear and get out there.

If you find yourself between sizes, the slopes will have to wait another minute. Instead, you’ll need to figure out just how you like your mittens to fit by proceeding to step 4.

  1. Determine Your Fit Preference

Looser = Warmer
Tighter = Enhanced Dexterity

If you measure your hand and find yourself straddling two sizes, ask yourself this question: Do you care more about warmth or dexterity?

Sizing Down for Dexterity: This is pretty self-explanatory. A tighter mitten is going to more closely resemble your skin. You’ll have an easier time feeling objects in your hand, and there will be fewer folds of fabric getting in the way when you try to do something requiring fine motor skills. You know, like operating your phone’s touch screen so you can ‘Gram that pic of you sending it in the terrain park.

Sizing Up for Warmth: At the end of the day, a primary function of insulation is to trap air around your skin. Why? Air is one of nature’s best insulators. A mitt with a looser fit will allow for a larger layer of air around your fingers, helping to keep you warmer.

Naturally, a mitt that’s too tight will be uncomfortable to wear, and a mitten that’s too loose will feel awkward. So when in doubt, go with the fit that feels best.