Thumb Holes: Function or Fashion?

Thumbholes, 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?

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The Argument for Function

For many outdoor enthusiasts it is function. The obvious advantage of "thumb holes" or thumbholes on men's clothing, like performance pullovers, sweatshirts 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 thumbholes 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 thumbholes isn't just for winter garments either. More and more summer-oriented performance & breathable clothing, especially those created with sun protection in mind, utilize the thumbhole. 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.

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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. Thumbholes 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 thumbholes aren't your thing? Pull your sleeves up to your wrist and let the function feature blend in -- no one will notice. 

We’ve got you!

MuskOx Performance Outdoor Clothing with Thumbholes

Charleston Performance Hoodie MuskOx Men's Apparel

Charleston
Performance 
Hoodie
Marine
$59.00
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Foundation Quick Dry Grey By MuskOx

Foundation Quick
Dry Crew
Grey
$59.00
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 Quick Dry Quarter Zip Moss Green by MuskOx Men's Apparel

Quick Dry Quarter
Zip
Moss Green
$80.00
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MuskOx Performance Hoodie Forest Green

Charleston Performance
Hoodie
Forest Green
$59.00
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Foundation Quick Dry Burgundy MuskOx Men's Outdoor Apparel

Foundation Quick Dry
Crew
Burgundy
$59.00
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Quick Dry Quarter Zip by MuskOx Men's Outdoor Apparel

Quick Dry Quarter
Zip
Lake Blue
$80.00
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