LEVEL Gloves Thermo-Plus Technology - Explained
A key benefit of LEVEL gloves, including Level's snowboard gloves with built-in wrist guards and BLISS women's ski gloves, is the combination of shell and interior liner technology that work together to keep your hands warm.
What is LEVEL's "Thermo-Plus Technology"?
ThermoPlus Technology is LEVEL's scientifically based "warmth certification" system. LEVEL uses both a climatic chamber and live outdoor test environment to measure the ability of their glove and mitten models to retain heat efficiently. The result is an "efficiency index" that gives each glove or mitten a different Thermo Plus certification level.
How Many Different Index Levels are There?
LEVEL has different Thermo-Plus certification levels:
- Thermo-Plus 1000. For temps down to 23 degrees F
- Thermo-Plus 2000. For temps down to 14 degrees F
- Thermo-Plus 3000. For temps down to 0 degrees F
- Thermo-Plus 4000. For temps down to -8 degrees F
- Thermo-Plus 5000. For temps down to -22 degrees F
The end result is a line of gloves that offer excellent insulation and heat retention of the natural warmth of your hands, even in the worst of conditions you may find while you ski or snowboard.
Show Me the Numbers, Please
The graph below shows how the four different Thermo-Plus certification levels retain hand warmth over time. According to LEVEL's research, you would expect to feel cold in your hands at around 77 degrees skin temperature, and then discomfort from cold in your hands at around 69 degrees skin temperature.
What Does it Look Like Under InfraRed?
Really? Fine. Here's what your hands would look like using thermal imaging to compare LEVEL Thermo-Plus gloves vs lower quality gloves that don't efficiently retain the heat in your hands. In the first image, blue is good. That means littel heat is escaping the gloves. In the second image, red is good. That means the hand on the left is much warmer than the hand on the right. Brrrr.
How to Find Thermo-Plus Ratings on LEVEL Gloves
If you're in the market for warm snowboard protective gloves or warm and stylish women's ski gloves, look for the "Thermo-Plus" designation in the bullet list on the product page. The higher the Thermo-Plus rating, the warmer the gloves will keep your hands.
In LEVEL's Snowboard Protective Gloves line, the LEVEL Super Pipe Gloves, LEVEL Half Pipe Gloves, and LEVEL Half Pipe Mittens all offer at least the Thermo-Plus 3000 level of certification, with the Sicuro Exclusive "Plus" versions offering Thermo-Plus 4000 certification. This is the highest level available on the snowboard gloves side.
For women's gloves and mittens, check out our collection of Bliss Women's Gloves and Mittens that meet either the Thermo-Plus 4000 or ThermoPlus 5000 warmth certifications. All these Bliss models are so warm and comfy....great choices if you suffer from cold hands on the mountain!
Other gloves and mittens in the BLISS line up have the Thermo-Plus 3000 rating or are not rated at all. Again, check the bullet list on the product page to confirm.
Shop the BLISS Super Warm Gloves and Mittens here:
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