Glove manufacturers have discovered what the rest of us have long known: Layers are key. Many are moving toward glove "systems"-a combination of liners and shells that can be worn together or separately as conditions demand. High-tech fabrics that minimize moisture and maximize warmth are standard this season.
When You Buy A gauntlet with a cuff chord is a must if you ski powder or off-piste, and waterproof/breathable fabrics are essential if you get cold easily. For durability, look for reinforced palms and thumbs. For versatility, choose a glove with a removable liner.
Phase II $90
The Phase II mitten is streamlined, using high-tech materials (ComforTemp, Gore-Tex and CoolMax) rather than bulk to provide warmth. A pull-cord cuff and adjustable wrist strap keep snow out.
Back Country $100
After years of success with socks, Smartwool is now trying its hand at gloves. The Back Country uses Smartwool's signature itch-free wool fabric, which dissipates moisture after wicking it away from the skin.
This glove will appeal to skiers who like a big gauntlet and are tired of wearing black: The Boardwear glove comes in eight colors, including three shades of blue. Primaloft insulation provides warmth, and articulated fingers make it easy to zip up your jacket.
Gamma Reactor $80
The Gamma Reactor comes in two parts: an inner glove that fits with all the shells in Gates' Fusion line and a nylon outer glove to block the elements. A fully reinforced palm offers a nonslip grip.
Primo Platinum $75
Three gloves in one, the comfortable Primo Platinum consists of a zip-out fleece liner and a Primaloft-insulated shell. Skiers can wear the two separately or together to adapt to nature's whims.
Free Ride Triple System $90
The core of this glove is a removable Gore Windstopper fleece liner, perfect for spring skiing. It's topped with a lined nylon shell, which is comfortable by itself in mild temperatures. Combine the two for an all-conditions glove.