Riding in a terrain park or a half-pipe often involves grabbing some part of your board and your hands in the snow. You want a pair of gloves that balance weather protection, dexterity, and superior durability. Look for a glove with a waterproof breathable shell material or a water-resistant coating or laminate. Most park gloves are thinner, with minimal insulation and a reinforced palm. Although it’s rare that you’ll find a park glove with an over-the-cuff gauntlet, sometimes this design is preferred if you live in a particularly cold area.
Wet can do more damage to your hands than cold alone. Look for a glove with a waterproof and breathable membrane. At a minimum, you want a glove with a DWR coating or water-resistant laminate, which will be indicated in the technical specifications.
Look for a glove with leather, suede, or rugged synthetic material reinforcing the inner palm and fingers. This reinforcement is vital for the added stress you put on your gloves when grabbing your skis lap after lap in the park. Additionally, you’ll often find silicone material added to the palms to improve overall grip.