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Find Your Fit

Just like your boots, helmet, and goggles, your gloves and mittens need to fit right to provide optimal performance. A great fit is the key to our products delivering their best-possible combination of dexterity, feel, warmth, and weather protection. An incorrectly sized mitt can make you cold, uncomfortable, and prone to dropping everything from keys to ski poles.

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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.

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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.

Mainers Size Chart

Size Hand Length Hand Width
Small (S) 6.3-6.85"
Medium (M) 6.9-7.3"
Large (L) 7.35-7.85"
Extra-Large (XL) 7.9-8.5"
Extra-Extra Large (XXL) 8.55-9.1"

Fit Preference

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 fit 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.

  • 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 looser fit will allow for a larger layer of air around your fingers, helping to keep you warmer.

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

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