Gloves 2003

Gift Guide 1202

Arctic-Worthy Wear

Black Diamond's mountaineering heritage is evident in the Stratos ($100), a highly insulated waterproof/breathable glove with a gauntlet-style cuff to keep weather at bay. It features articulated fingers made from a four-way stretch fabric for good dexterity. The Polartec liner offers an enormous amount of warmth, but the glove's considerable puffiness might limit pole control.

Just in Case Hell Freezes Over
Swany has developed the ideal glove for skiing in Alaska-or any equally frigid clime. The SX-13 X-Change ($72) features three levels of DuPont insulation in the waterproof/ breathable liner glove. The durable outer shell-also waterproof/breathable-features a leather palm and tacky fingers, plus the double-duty protection of a cinch strap at the wrist and locking drawstring at the cuff.

Adjust to the Elements
You can let off steam-or add extra heat-with Seirus' nylon AirStream Glove ($40). Dual side-zipper vents can be opened to allow hot air to escape the waterproof nylon shell. Or on cold days, slip a heat pack into the vent, close the zippers and let the micro-synthetic down get really toasty. The AirStream has a soft, moisture-wicking lining on the inside and an anti-slip treatment on the palm and fingers. 800-447-3787

Two in One
The SmartWool Ultimate Glove ($100) is actually two gloves in one package. The outside is a waterproof/breathable, leather-palmed, wool-lined shell feat-uring a storm-length cuff with a cinch cord. The inside is a removable wool fleece liner that can be worn by itself on mild spring days. Comfort? The interior fleece is made from soft, breathable New Zealand Merino wool.

Lasso a Bargain, Cowboy!
If you ski in the West, you need a glove that looks like it belongs. With Cloudveil's waterproof leather Troller Glove ($65), you can ski powder in the morning and round up cattle in the afternoon. The Troller offers plenty of ski performance, including a stretchy knuckle panel and Primaloft One insulation. Plus, the price is right, no matter how you use the glove.

Softer than Powder
With the Downy Mitt ($80), Kombi essentially created a bedroom slipper for your hands. Made from soft, water-resistant cowhide leather, it's lined with puffy goose down and features a storm cuff and a reinforced leather palm. As with most ski mitts, it offers less dexterity than a glove, which might limit your pole control.