Thumb Holes: Function or Fashion?

MuskOx Apparel, Canyon Quarter Zip with Thumbholes

Thumb Holes, Thumb Holsters, or even Hobo Mitts as we’ve seen them referred to… whatever you choose to call them the question remains: function or fashion?

The Argument for Function
For many outdoor enthusiasts it is function. The obvious advantage of thumb holes on men's clothing, like sweatshirt and quarter zips, is keeping your sleeves firmly in place. I think we can all recall days in our youth of having half your sleeve crammed into your armpit as you mom or dad shoved you into your winter coat before rushing out the door. In addition to convenience many people select a garment with thumb holes for the added protection of potential exposed skin between a cuff edge and glove. It only takes one tumble down the ski slope to realize just how many places snow can end up given the opportunity.

Men's clothing with thumb holes isn't just for winter garments either. More and more summer-oriented attire, especially those created with sun protection in mind, utilize the thumb hole. It is a great feature to keep your skin covered while still keeping your fingers free to drive the boat, walk the dog, or, let’s be honest, use your phone.

MuskOx Apparel, Canyon Quarter Zip with Thumbholes

The Argument for Fashion
Like many modern fashion details, the origination is strictly functional but slowly creeps into the visual vocabulary of design. This is most apparent in historical military details. From bomber jackets to epaulets, the timeless and functional features continue to have lasting appeal. 

As we progress to an increasingly casual aesthetic it is only natural that the comfort and performance functionality of outdoor apparel become part of our everyday wardrobe. That is definitely a theme which we stand by when constructing MuskOx clothing. Thumb holes give you a modern and athletic look, ready for the elements. We all clearly know that looking well equipped and prepared will never go out of style. 

Looking for more of a professional vibe and thumb holes aren't your thing? Pull your sleeves up to your wrist and let the function feature blend in -- no one will notice. 

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