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While it may seem like a glove is a glove is a glove, there’s actually a lot to be considered when it comes to deciding what you’re going to wrap your hands in to protect them from the elements on the hill. First off, are you a glove person or mitten-wearer? Leather or softshell? Do you need Gore-Tex-level protection? If your hands tend to run cold, you may want something with an inner liner or glove. If you run hot, you need something moisture-wicking and breathable…
All things considered, ski gloves can get technical. But don’t worry, to help you find a glove that fits we’ve gone ahead and preselected the best options for this season and outlined their tech specs in plain English.Section divider
Gordini Cirque 3-Finger Mitt
If you’re a mitten-wearer at heart, but prefer a little added dexterity, consider the Cirque 3-Finger Mitt. Designed with input from freeskier Julian Carr, you can trust this hardy leather fitten (that’s short for finger-mitten) to stand up to the elements and years of abuse. A goatskin shell and palm combined with ribbed knuckle padding gives you durability, while a neoprene cuff and moisture-wicking liner keep you dry. And because even pros aren’t immune to the cold, Gordini threw in Bluesign-approved PrimaLoft Gold insulation.
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Swany X-Plorer Glove/Mitt
Swany’s been designing performance-forward gloves for nearly a century, and, as technology continues to improve, so do Swany gloves. The new X-Plorer (available as a glove or mitten) showcases Swany’s innovative Triplex Alpha insulation, which combines different weights of PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Aerogel, increasing warmth without adding bulk. Add to that a softshell outer with a smooth grain leather palm for durability, the brand’s waterproof Dryfinger II insert to wick moisture, and a clutch utility heat pocket on the top of the hand, and you’ve got yourself a ski glove that will weather any storm.Section divider
Seirus Heated Atlas Glove
Heated ski gloves are the best thing since sliced bread and we think every skier should own a pair, but the price tags beg to differ. Meet the Heated Atlas Glove. While not exactly a steal, it’s one of the more affordable heated ski gloves on the market and can definitely hack it on sub-zero ski days. The waterproof and breathable nylon softshell outer encases Seirus’ Flexible Fusion heating system, which sends heat from the back of the hand to the fingers. Just choose from three heat settings and enjoy up to six hours of delicious warmth.Section divider
Black Diamond Solano Heated Mitten
Don’t let diehard skiers tell you their hands never get cold. They’re lying through chattering teeth. The truth is that some winter days call for all the warmth you can muster—and for those of us with terrible circulation, those days are most. That’s when it’s time to bust out the heated Solano mitt (or glove) featuring BD’s upgraded rechargeable heating system. It’s made with hardy materials like waterproof goat leather and 200-gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation to prevent wind and moisture from getting in, then three adjustable heat settings let you decide how much more you need to cut the cold.
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Flylow Oven Mitt JM
Over the years, Flylow has released slightly updated versions of its O.G. workhorse, tweaking the style to keep it fresh without changing what skiers love about these minimalist-yet-durable gloves. Enter the Oven Mitt JM, a trendy new take on a classic featuring a pigskin leather outer that’s pretreated with DWR and ultra-plush insulation. Inspired by Japanese moto culture, this mitt is cool without even trying and doesn’t sacrifice any of the performance you’ve come to expect.
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You can never go wrong with a pair of Hestras, and that’s especially true this season with multiple new styles in the lineup. But the Sastrugi is our new favorite for its blend of high-performance functionality and retro style. It’s got everything we look for in a bonafide ski glove: a durable and weatherproof outer of impregnated cowhide, temperature-regulating insulation, and a cozy lining of brushed polyester. With a short cuff and slimmer profile, the Sastrugi was made for skiers who work for their turns and demand top-notch fit and dexterity. Also available as a mitten.
Best Ski Gloves and Mittens of 2021
Black Diamond Spark Finger
Fans of Black Diamond’s Spark gloves now have a warmer option available without having to go full mitten and sacrifice dexterity. Made from durable goat leather and 60 grams of PrimaLoft Gold—the best synthetic insulation around—the Spark Finger keeps hands toasty and dry at the same time thanks to Black Diamond’s 100-percent waterproof BD.dry insert. [$80, blackdiamond.com]
Buy it online: Black Diamond Spark Finger
Dakine Women’s Excursion Gore-Tex Short
Dakine dials up the heat with this new Gore-Tex glove for women. The toasty Excursion features PrimaLoft Gold insulation, a wool blend lining, and Gore Active technology to increase breathability, making it ideal for hard-charging women who nevertheless have a hard time keeping their digits warm. Also available as a mitten. [$150, dakine.com]
Find it at evo: Dakine Women’s Excursion Gore-Tex Short
Flylow Super Mitten
Flylow is known for making no-nonsense gloves designed for the most dedicated of skiers, and the new Super Mitten continues that legacy. A durable outer shell of DWR pretreated pigskin leather and nylon canvas encases PrimaLoft insulation in Flylow’s beefiest and warmest mitten yet, ideal for those who make a habit of hanging around for rope drops on pow days. Also available as a glove. [$90, flylowgear.com]
Shop for it online: Flylow Super Mitten
Outdoor Research Super Couloir Sensor Glove
Need an expedition-level ski glove to keep the cold at bay? The new Super Couloir Sensor Glove is OR’s warmest ski glove option and comes fully loaded with the brand’s breathable VerticalX insulation and polyester fleece lining. A waterproof Gore-Tex shell, Pittards Oiltac goat leather palm, and touchscreen compatible index finger and thumb complete the package. [$160, outdoorresearch.com]
Find it online: Outdoor Research Super Couloir Sensor Glove
Seirus Magne Mitt Summit
A leather mitten with all the extras we’ve come to expect from Seirus—integrated and touchscreen- compatible Heatwave glove liner, cozy fleece insulation, and a waterproof yet breathable insert—but with a twist. A new magnetic seam system on the backhand of the mitt allows you to peel away the mitten outer to use your digits, then just snap it back into place. As convenient as Velcro-close sneaks. [$160, seirus.com]
Swany X-Cell Glove
Swany’s tried-and-true Triplex insulation meets Aerogel to create Triplex Alpha, the brand’s most advanced insulation technology yet that retains 50 percent more warmth. The full-leather X-Cell Glove also features Swany’s Dryfinger technology to wick moisture, and a breathable heat shield to promote blood flow even in icy temps. [$170, swany.com]
Ski Gloves FAQ
Are gloves or mittens better for skiing?
It’s mostly a matter of personal preference, though generally speaking, a pair of well-fitting mittens made of the same materials as a pair of well-fitting gloves will be warmer. Mittens keep your fingers together, which generates more warmth than when fingers are separated in gloves. But gloves generally provide better dexterity.
Are leather gloves better than other gloves?
Leather is a durable material that is treated to withstand wear, tear, and weather. A pair of leather gloves or mittens will almost always last longer than gloves or mittens made of synthetic materials.
How should a ski glove fit?
A ski glove should fit snugly around your whole hand, with just a little bit of space at the end of your fingers to keep your fingertips from being jammed up against the end of the glove. The cuff of the glove should also cover your entire wrist.
Should ski gloves be waterproof?
When skiing, it’s inevitable to come into contact with snow, so ski gloves should be waterproof. Most gloves and mittens designed for snowsports are made with a waterproof, breathable barrier that prevents moisture from getting in while allowing sweat to escape. Gloves that are waterproof are also windproof.