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Cross Country Gloves by Sport Conrad

A good cross-country skiing glove must be able to do a lot

How convenient - when cross-country skiing, you can go on the trail with your normal winter sports clothes that you usually wear when hiking or running. But one piece of clothing is very important and should fit perfectly - your cross-country ski gloves! With the right equipment, cross-country skiing is fun for a long time, and here you can find out what you should consider when choosing your cross-country skiing gloves. We at Sport Conrad offer you an extensive range for women, men and children with different glove models for cross-country skiing.

Important features of cross-country ski gloves

You shouldn't compromise on the cross-country trail, so the gloves for cross-country skiing have to be real all-rounders. The accessory should be light and cuddly, but still robust and resistant. Also, important is the breathability, that the sweat is absorbed and still insulate sufficiently and protect you from the cold. The gloves should adhere well to your cross-country ski poles, but not restrict mobility.

One of the most important features is that the gloves must fit really tightly to the hands. In warmth, the gloves expand and if you bought the glove too big, friction can cause unpleasant blisters. As you can see, the requirements for cross-country gloves are great, and we want to help you find the perfect pair, so you can enjoy the trail without distractions.

What types of cross country ski gloves are there?

There are a few different types of cross-country ski gloves. The most common is the "racing glove", which is not padded on the palm and usually has some sort of grippy material (such as rubber) on the palms to improve traction and grip in wet conditions.

Another popular model is the "trail riding glove" or just an "all-purpose glove" that usually protects your hands better than a racing gloves, but still provides good ventilation, so you don't get too hot while riding or build up too much moisture in the glove. Many people like these gloves because they can use them off-road as well in races without having to carry around two pairs of gloves all day.

Finally, there are "winter versions" that come with an extra layer of insulation for when you need them most in colder weather - for example, when the temperature is below freezing. Cross-country gloves come in a variety of models and whether you choose a thin or thicker pair or prefer a mitten, the important thing is that you can move freely, the glove is comfortable, and you feel good with the winter sport accessory.

Which material for cross-country gloves?

As with all outdoor sports, breathable and moisture-wicking functional materials made of synthetic fiber or merino wool also prove themselves in cross-country skiing. Synthetic fiber scores with its weather resistance, breathability, is both abrasion resistant and durable. Merino wool is characterized primarily by temperature regulation. It warms in cold weather (even when damp) and cools in heat - in addition, athletes love the odor-neutralizing and self-cleaning properties of wool.

In very cold and windy weather conditions, windproof materials such as softshell are useful. Tight-fitting cuffs reliably protect you from wind and cold. If, on the other hand, you want to make it particularly robust and durable, we recommend gloves with genuine leather inserts. The palm of a cross-country skiing glove should have a good grip and be as seamless as possible to enable targeted and chafe-free pole use.

The outer and the inner hand of cross-country skiing gloves are usually made of technical textiles or leather. The material of the palm is firmer and has a rough, anti-slip surface. The outer hand is mainly made of breathable functional materials. It is important that the top of the hand, protects the hands from external weather conditions and keeps them warm. At the same time, the material must be flexible enough so that the hands are not restricted in their movement.

Hardshell vs. Softshell

• Hardshell gloves consists of three layers. The first layer is a warming inner or lining glove, the second is an insulating layer and the last layer is rounded off by a robust outer glove and optionally a waterproof membrane. The warmer and more insulating the glove, the less sensitivity you have in your fingers. Many manufacturers counteract this with the targeted use of different insulation thicknesses - but hardshell gloves are still not the first choice for cross-country skiing.

• Since the mobility of the hand is very important for cross-country skiing, it is best to use softshell gloves. They usually do without a thick insulating layer, and this offers you better freedom of movement and greater comfort on the trail. Models with an integrated membrane are breathable, windproof and sufficiently water-repellent for cross-country skiing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of cross-country skiing gloves?


The advantages of gloves for cross-country skiing are the same as for many winter sports, such as winter running or trail running. They protect your hands from cold and injuries, allow you to grip objects better, prevent blisters on long rides or hikes, etc.

However, there is one advantage that sets these gloves apart from others: They have an adjustable strap on the wrist that allows you to easily adjust them as needed, without having to take off your glove to loosen or retighten it. This feature alone makes cross-country gloves an essential accessory for winter sports. Additionally, many new glove models are touchscreen compatible and are, of course, just as suitable for winter running or trail running.


We don't think there are any real downsides to cross-country ski gloves - unless you've chosen the wrong size or picked a cheap product that will quickly break down with regular use.

Which cross-country glove is right for you?

This decision depends entirely on your individual performance level and your requirements. However, it is certain that cross-country skiing is an active activity and a sweaty sport. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid lined gloves and focus on breathability.

The cross-country skiing gloves should fit tightly to your hands and support you with a lot of freedom of movement. It is an advantage if the inside has enough grip and is as seamless as possible. The outside of the gloves must keep your hands warm and flexible at the same time. If your cross-country ski gloves meet these requirements, you are perfectly equpped for the trail.

With the cross-country ski gloves in our Sport Conrad store, you will always find the size chart according to the manufacturer, so you can find the right size for your new winter equipment.

Well-equipped for your next cross-country trip with sport conrad

When you're cross-country skiing, you're out in the cold winter air for a long time. It's important to keep your fingers warm. Here in the Sport Conrad store, you'll find a selection of cross-country gloves that keep out the cold, wind and wet, so you can enjoy your cross-country trip undisturbed. It is important to us to always provide you with high quality.

That's why we offer gloves from many experienced brands like Leki, Hestra, Roeckl, Gore Wear, Reusch, Ziener and Sportful

With us and our range for men, women and children you are well-prepared for the winter and your next cross-country skiing and can take off on the trail. Find the right cross-country ski gloves in our online store and get inspired by our wide range of items made of different materials, sizes and colors.

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