I have heard and hence used the term 'Mittens' for those that I use while rappelling. But, the ones that I use for bike-riding are referred as 'Gloves'.

Is there a difference between Gloves and Mittens? Is the difference depending upon the following?
If it makes easy, we can limit out scope to:

  • Use case: The way they are used and for the purpose of usage
  • Material those are made-up of.
  • The way they look

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Gloves have separate fingers; they are less warm but allow you to use your hands better. Mittens have only a separate thumb; they are warmer but restrict the hands.

Both types come in all sorts of materials, and there are even combinations, e.g. gloves with detachable 'mitten-like' finger boxes.

See also this question.

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    I prefer mittens over gloves because you can ball your hand into a fist to help keep them warmer.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 15:12
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    Note that some people use the simple abbreviation mitts to refer to mittens or gloves.
    – Martin F
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 19:31

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