How to Size Gloves and Mittens

Having the right size gloves or mittens can be the difference between a fun day in the snow and miserably cold fingers. If your gloves or mittens are too small, they will be uncomfortable and may cut off circulation. Gloves or mittens that are too big will have extra space, which will make it difficult for your hands to stay warm. Finding just the right size is key to your comfort on chilly days.

To find the right fit, you'll need to use flexible measuring tape to get a few hand measurements.

Knuckle Circumference


To find your knuckle circumference, wrap your measuring tape around the part of your hand where your fingers meet your palm. This is typically the widest part of your hand -- right at the knuckles.

Hand Length


Your hand length is simply the length of your hand. Use the measuring tape to measure from the tip of your middle finger to the end of your palm, or the point where your palm meets your wrist.

Most websites or manufacturers use these two measurements to determine glove and mitten sizes. Once you have these measurements, simply hop online and check to see what size is best for you. Sizing can vary from brand to brand, so be sure to use the sizing chart specific to the pair of gloves or mittens you are considering.

Heather of Just a Colorado Gal does a great job demonstrating these measurements. Hit play on the video below to watch.


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Lauren Seidl
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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