You’ve been planning that ski trip all year and the last thing you want to experience is the extreme discomfort brought on by cold hands. Regardless of whether you’re on a winter vacation or simply out and about in the cold, a good pair of gloves can make the difference between a memorable time outdoors and a miserable one.
We’ve compiled a range of gloves for your consideration – from lightweight liners to heavily-insulated mitts for snow sports. We assessed factors like warmth, comfort, and value to bring you this list of the best winter gloves out there.
Carhartt Waterproof Insulated Glove
Talk about tough and protective, the Carhartt Waterproof Insulated Gloves are designed to keep your hands warm and dry with its waterproof and sweat wicking properties. The soft fleece cuff has an adjustable strap that effectively keeps out snow and slush, while the gloves’ durable shell and grippy palm make it easy to work outside all while protecting your hands.
Hestra Utsjo Glove
Sewn from elk leather and lined with fleece for comfort, Hestra’s Utsjo Gloves are crafted with Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation that keeps hands toasty in both dry and wet conditions. Designed with pre-curved fingers which aids in dexterity and brushed poly lining that wicks away sweat, keeping your hands dry and comfortable. Available in three colors, the gloves boast a two-position cuff button and an elasticized cuff for a secure fit.
L.L. Bean Men’s Buckskin Chopper Mitts
These traditional double-layer woodsman’s gloves are constructed from supple, durable deerskin leather that provides protection from wind, wear, and water. The mitts have a shirred elastic insert at the wrist ensuring a snug fit. The inner mitt has a 100% merino wool outer layer with an inner layer of itch-free 80% wool/20% nylon for all-day comfort.
Hestra Wakayama Glove
This versatile glove is constructed from smooth, rugged Nubuck cowhide and boasts an internal neoprene cuff that provides just the right amount of weather protection. Lined with a soft wool blend, the Wakayama Gloves shed moisture and trap heat, keeping your hands dry and toasty whether you’re shredding powder or chopping wood. Available in Cork/Brown, Forest/Cork, or Bordeaux/Brown, the gloves have an adjustable paracord at the wrist that offers the wearer fit customization.
Burton Warmest GORE-TEX Gloves
Burton has used some of the best tech out there in creating its Warmest GORE-TEX Gloves. From GORE Plus Warm technology that is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, and the brand’s DRYRIDE two-layer shell fabric that is waterproof and quick-drying, to Screen Grab®, making the gloves touchscreen-compatible, these gloves have you covered in the harshest of conditions.
Hestra Ergo Grip Active Glove
Whatever your outdoor winter adventures, the Hestra Ergo Grip Active Gloves made with proofed aniline goat leather will maximize weather protection and dexterity. The gloves’ Gore Windstopper fabric combines water repellency and windproof breathability for comfort in all weather conditions. In addition, the gloves boast a neoprene cuff with a leather and velcro cuff closure for additional protection from the elements.
Arc’teryx Venta Mitten
Ideal for backpacking, trail running, and cross-country skiing, the Venta Mittens utilize Gore-Tex Infinium face fabric paired with a soft fleece-lined interior and Octa Loft insulation. The mittens sport a slim fit, with touch-screen sensitive thumb-pads with TPU reinforcement above the palm and at the fingertips. Their finger-mounted clip-in loop enables the mittens to be attached to a carabiner.
The North Face Men’s Montana Inferno Ski Gloves
Using 350g of Heatseeker Eco insulation for extra warmth, the Montana Inferno Ski Gloves can be counted on to provide the needed protection while on the mountain. Designed to keep you connected to your phone or tablet, the gloves have Etip compatible thumbs and index fingers for touch screen capability. The Sherpa fleece shell lining keeps hands warm and cozy, while a pairing clip and wrist leash keep you from losing the gloves when you’re not wearing them.
Carhartt Waterproof Insulated Knuckle Guard Secure Cuff Glove
Made of breathable spandex with textured Thermoplastic rubber on the backhand for knuckle protection, these Carhartt gloves keep your hands covered from the elements while giving them the freedom to move. Their FastDry lining wicks away sweat while the hook-and-loop wrist closure keeps your hands and wrists snug. The included clip keeps your gloves together when not in use.
Hestra Windstopper Pullover Mitt
Think of the Hestra Windstopper Pullover Mitt as a do-it-all glove for cold-weather trips to the mountains. The windproof Gore Windstopper Breeze membrane shuts out cold alpine winds to keep your hands warm and protected, yet stays breathable enough to ensure that they won’t be soaked in sweat by the time you reach the summit. The fold-down mitten design is ready to cool your hands off for a few minutes on the trail, when needed.