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The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens of the Year

Weatherproof hand protection designed to outlast your stamina on the slopes.


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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.

Best New Ski Gloves and Mittens

Black Diamond Spark Finger

Black Diamond Spark Finger Ski Glove
The Black Diamond Spark Finger ski glove is made from durable goat leather and 60 grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

Dakine Women’s Excursion Gore-Tex Short

Dakine Women's Excursion Gore-Tex Short Ski Glove
A new women’s-specific Gore-Tex ski glove from Dakine. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

Flylow Super Mitten

Flylow Super Mitten Ski Mitten
The Super Mitten is Flylow’s beefiest and warmest ski mitten yet. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

Outdoor Research Super Couloir Sensor Glove

Outdoor Research Super Couloir Sensor Glove
The new Super Couloir Sensor Glove is OR’s warmest ski glove option.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

Seirus Magne Mitt Summit

Seirus Mange Mitt Summit Ski Mitten
A new magnetic seam system on the backhand of the Seirus Magne Mitt Summit allows you to peel away the mitten outer to use your fingers. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

Swany X-Cell Glove

Swany X-Cell Glove
Swany’s X-Cell Glove features the brand’s new Triplex Alpha insulation. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

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,]

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.

2020’s Best Ski Gloves and Mittens

Seirus Range LX Glove

Seirus Range Glove
The Seirus Range Glove is waterproof, breathable, and burly. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Ski to infinity and beyond with the Range, an expedition-style glove outfitted for backcountry adventures and bone-chilling days at the resort. Featuring PrimaLoft Gold insulation in a leather/ softshell outer, the Seirus Range Glove is waterproof, breathable, and burly. Looking for a glove to help you outlast the other eager beavers lining up for rope drop? You found it.

Gordini Men’s Voyager Mitt

Gordini Men's Voyager Mitt
The Gordini Men’s Voyager Mitt features a removable Merino wool shearling liner in a waterproof over-mitt. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

You’re thinking you don’t really need anything fancy when it comes to gloves. Then you feel Merino wool shearling against your hand, and suddenly, any mitt without it just won’t do. Enter the Voyager Mitt. Featuring a removable Merino wool shearling liner in a waterproof, breathable over-mitt with a cinch gauntlet, this mitt is Lamb Chop reincarnate.

  • Gordini Men’s Voyager Mitt: $155

Ortovox Swisswool Leather Glove

Ortovox Swisswool Leather Glove
The Swisswool Leather Glove delivers with a water resistant and durable goatskin outer layer.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Skiers who generate some real heat while bashing spring bumps, skinning into the backcountry, and ripping rapid-fire resort laps need a more minimalist glove that’s both water resistant and moisture-wicking. A tall order, but the new Swisswool Leather Glove delivers with a water resistant and durable goatskin outer layer. While the glove is slim, Swisswool padding ensures hands stay warm if temps suddenly turn frosty and a Merino wool lining wicks sweat when you’re heating up.

  • Ortovox Swisswool Leather Glove: $150

Outdoor Research Inception Aerogel Glove

Outdoor Research Inception Aerogel Glove
The OR Inception Aerogel Glove has NASA technology on its side.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

OR is winning when it comes to glove technology. They’re the only ones who have figured out how to incorporate Aerogel—a space-grade insulation material that doesn’t compress like traditional insulation materials and therefore retains more warmth—not only in the palms of gloves, but throughout the fingers. The glove may look meek thanks to a slim profile and supple, four-way stretch softshell, but the glove has NASA technology on its side.

Oyuki Haika 3-in-1 Mitt

Oyuki Haika 3-in-1 Mitt
There’s layer upon layer of warming technology in the Oyuki Haika 3-in-1 Mitt. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Say goodbye to frozen digits when you’re handling your phone or making on-hill adjustments to your equipment. A technical yet stylish shell of water-resistant leather with a tricot lining encases a removable inner glove made from Gore-Tex Infinium with Windstopper technology to protect your hands from whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

Dakine Signature Phantom Gore-Tex Glove

Dakine Phantom Signature Gore-Tex Glove
The new Dakine Signature Phantom Gore-Tex Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

When Eric Pollard stamps his name on gear, you know it lives up to the pro skier’s standards. Made with durable and water repellent goat leather, the Phantom Glove features a waterproof Gore-Tex + Gore Grip insert plus PrimaLoft Gold insulation, so your hands stay warm even when you’re deep in the white room.

Hestra Vertical Cut CZone Glove

Hestra Vertical Cut CZone Glove
The new Hestra Vertical Cut CZone features impregnated goat leather for diehards who are out on the mountain whatever the weather. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

The new Vertical Cut CZone is just more proof that Hestra makes some of the toughest ski gloves on the market. Made with a combination of Hestra’s polyester mélange fabric and impregnated goat leather, these gloves are windproof, waterproof, and breathable, and designed for the diehards who are out on the mountain whatever the weather.

Hestra Army Leather Patrol Female Mitt

Hestra Army Leather Patrol Female Mitt
G-loft polyester insulation meets a removable Bemberg/polyester lining in the Hestra Army Leather Patrol Female Mitt. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

We don’t know how Hestra gets a hardy outer material like impregnated army goat leather to feel so soft and supple, and we don’t really care as long as they keep delivering this kind of feel-good performance. G-loft polyester insulation meets a removable Bemberg/polyester lining to provide top-notch insulation.

  • Hestra Army Patrol Female Mitt: $130

Available on Amazon: Hestra Army Patrol Female Mitt

Swany Gore Wet Coast 2N1 Glove

Swany Gore Wet Coast 2N1 Glove
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, and the Swany Gore Wet Coast glove proves it. Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Your dad was right—there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, and the new Gore Wet Coast glove proves it. Featuring a fully waterproof Gore-Tex outer shell of PolyTwill blend and a removable Polartec Powderdry inner glove, the Gore Wet Coast glove will keep your hands dry even in the wettest snow (or God forbid, freezing rain).

  • Swany Gore Wet Coast 2N1 Glove: $150

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2019’s Best Ski Gloves and Mittens

Black Diamond Women’s Spark Pro

Black Diamond Spark Pro Glove
Black Diamond Women’s Spark ProPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

Wanted: Pow-crushing ripper chicks. Do you eat bone-chilling ski days for breakfast?
Do you ski bell to bell, treacherous conditions be damned? Meet your match in the women’s Spark Pro, which boasts a durable goat-leather shell, internal EVA padding, and a waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex insert constructed with Kevlar stitching. These gloves are almost tougher than you. Almost. [$130, Buy Now]

Astis Foraker Glove

Astis Foraker Glove
Astis Foraker GlovePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

Astis proves once again that your gloves really can make your outfit. The Foraker is hand- stitched and made from durable suede leather injected with silicon and lined with Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft insulation, so these beauties will look great and keep your paws toasty. Bonus: These little beauties make a great chairlift conversation starter every time we take them out for a spin. [$165, Buy Now]

Black Diamond Women’s Renegade Pro

Black Diamond Women's Renegade Pro Glove
Black Diamond Women’s Renegade ProPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

Debuting for the fairer sex this season, the Renegade Pro is her four-season go-to that keeps paws warm in the dead of winter thanks to a 150-gram fleece liner—and lets them air out on spring-corn afternoons with a Gore-Tex waterproof-breathable insert. Versatility in a glove? Priceless. What’s more, these are Black Diamond’s best value Gore-Tex ski glove. [$100]

Gordini Camber Glove

For anyone who’s having trouble choosing between having the warmest hands or donning the best-looking gloves, now you don’t have to. The Camber’s goatskin outer shell looks good enough to walk the runway, but the inside is all business: Megaloft insulation and a waterproof/breathable insert for a very attractive price proves you can have it all. [$80]

Hestra Army Leather Couloir Glove

Hestra Army Leather Couloir Glove
Hestra Army Leather Couloir GlovePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

You can grasp your après beer with confidence in the Army Leather Couloir, Hestra’s newest offering featuring Ergo Grip technology for incredible grip and dexterity. The glove is made with cow and goat leather and offers up a C Zone insert for all your weatherproofing needs. In other words, ski all day in this workhorse then pass around beers at the bar without spilling a drop. You’ll be everyone’s new best friend. [$150, Buy Now]

Leki Progressive Tune S Boa and S Spitfire Pole

Leki Progressive Tuen S Boa and S Spitfire Pole
Leki Progressive Tune S Boa and S Spitfire PolePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

This season, the game-changing Trigger glove design gets even more revolutionary: Leki partnered with Boa to add an easy-to-use closure that adjusts via a dial on the wrist, leading strong, lightweight laces through low-friction lace guides for a perfect fit. Leki debuted two Boa gloves this season, the alpine-styled Trigger S Boa and the cross-country-intended NordicTune Shark Boa, ushering in a new, exciting era in glove closure. (It’s not every day we get to say that.) Like all Leki Trigger handwear, both gloves are designed to be used with the brand’s Trigger lines of poles, including the adjustable and super-lightweight Spitfire S, which weigh in at a scant 8.4 ounces. The poles sport Leki’s Trigger grip and strap, aimed to provide a closer connection to the pole—and to release in case you catch it on something. Pretty clever. [Gloves $179, poles $120]

Ortovox Tour Light Glove

Ortovox Tour Light Glove
Ortovox Tour Light GlovePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

These ultralight water-resistant gloves are the ultimate companion for long walks in the backcountry, spring touring, or even end-of-season shreds en route to the pond skim. With a convenient pull-on tab, smartphone touchscreen compatibility in the fingers, and a cozy but breathable Merino lining, these are likely to become your go-to touring glove. [$150]

Outdoor Research Bitter Blaze

Outdoor Research Bitter Blaze Glove
Outdoor Research Bitter BlazePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

NASA uses Aerogel in space suits, so you can rest assured that this burly glove designed
to retain warmth without sacrificing dexterity will do right by your hands. The Bitter Blaze features Primaloft Gold Insulation Aerogel in the palm, thumb, and a fingertip, ensuring bulletproof warmth from the sting of cold metal on chairlifts. There is also a women’s version, the Ouray Ice Glove. [$135]

Oyuki The Sencho Glove

Oyuki The Sencho Mitt
Oyuki The Sencho GlovePhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

With soft goatskin leather and a Gore-Tex membrane, this mitten is waterproof, windproof, durable, breathable, and super comfortable. Plus, its Primaloft Gold insulation will keep your fingers toasty without unnecessary bulk. This technical mitten also has a touchscreen tip, wrist loops, and adjustable double-layer cuffs that tuck into any kind of jacket. An ideal companion on cold ski days. [$135, Buy Now]

POW Gloves Women’s Empress GTX

POW Women's Empress GTX Mitt
POW Gloves Women’s Empress GTXPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

Yes, they’re water-repellent, warm, and breathable thanks to a Gore-Tex insert
and grade A leather on the palm, but the Empress GTX really stands out thanks to her unique colorways. Offered in jade, auburn, angora, and black, the Empress is no mere accessory. Indeed, with an ultra-plush polyester microfleece lining, the Empress makes a play for the leading lady in your outfit. [$100]

Seirus Ascent Mitt

Seirus Ascent Mitt
Seirus Ascent MittPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

The Ascent is like a well-baked chocolate-chip cookie: tough and crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. A waterproof leather shell keeps moisture out while the Neofleece insert retains heat, keeping your digits happy and warm. There’s also an Ascent Glove version with the same technology, including a touchscreen-compatible shell for your texting-while-lift-riding needs. [$110]

POW Gloves Sniper GTX Trigger

POW Gloves Sniper GTX Trigger Mitt
POW Gloves Sniper GTX TriggerPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

This glove/mitt hybrid—or trigger—combines Primaloft Gold with a Gore-Tex insert for a lightweight, windproof, waterproof, breathable glove for everyday shredding in all conditions. Bonus: Take temperature control into your own hands (pun intended) with the Sniper’s back-hand venting/heater pocket. We also dig the camo print—understated yet stylishly on-point. [$90]

Swany TS-20i Legend II

Swany TS 20i Legend II
Swany TS-20i Legend IIPhoto credit: Keri Bascetta

If it ain’t broke… Swany reminds us there’s nothing classier than a sleek single-tone leather mitt, reliable and competent throughout the season. Available in classic black or white, the Legend II proves the simplest solution might still be the best solution. Factor in quick-release straps, 80 grams of Insuloft lining, and a touch-screen compatible inner glove, and what more do you need? [$154, Buy Now]

This article was originally published in the September 2018 print edition of SKI Magazine. 

2018’s Best Ski Gloves and Mittens

Hestra Ergo Grip Incline Glove

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Hestra Ergo Grip Incline GloveKeri Bascetta

Sweden-based Hestra consistently produces some of the most handsome gloves on snow. But don’t let the Incline’s good looks fool you. These are legit alpine and mountaineering work gloves. With its pre-curved finger construction (that’s the Ergo Grip part) and premium cowhide outer, the Incline offers top-shelf dexterity—perfect for everything from setting a racecourse to picking up the après bar tab. [$150,]

Women’s Arc’Teryx Fission Mitten

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Women’s Arc’Teryx Fission MittenKeri Bascetta

Arc’teryx builds its women’s handwear on the pillars of performance and style. Beautiful craftsmanship combines a waterproof softshell Gore-Tex outer for a stretchy comfortable fit with leather-reinforced palms and fingers for 100-day-season durability. Extra credit for the easy gauntlet closure. [$169,]

Men’s Seirus Hellfire Glove

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Men’s Seirus Hellfire GloveKeri Bascetta

You get what you pay for with the aptly named Hellfire heated glove, which crosses cold hands off your worry list. The upgraded battery powers the flexible heat panels up to eight hours on the medium setting and four hours on high heat. The leather construction makes it a buy-and-hold investment. [$425,]

Men’s Black Diamond Spark Pro Gloves

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Men’s Black Diamond Spark Pro GlovesKeri Bascetta

We like the new Spark Pro’s minimalist ethic. What more do you need beyond an all leather outer, a snug wrist closure, and a waterproof and breathable insert, all wrapped up in a low-profile glove? Nothing really. This is one of those cases where less really is more. [$130,]

Men’s Scott Vertic Premium GTX

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Men’s Scott Vertic Premium GTXKeri Bascetta

New to Scott’s Vertic line, the GTX is happiest when hard-charging on the hill. It combines the blizzard-beating, and lightweight, performance of a gauntlet Gore-Tex shell with the blue-collar attitude of a leather work glove. Pre-shaped fingers help you get a firm grip on your ski day. [$110,]

Men’s Ortovox Swisswool Freeride Gloves

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Men’s Ortovox Swisswool Freeride Gloves
Keri Bascetta

Slip your hands into the new Swisswool Freeride at first chair, and you just might sleep in ’em. The Swiss Merino wool lining pampers your digits while the feather-light softshell gauntlet outer keeps the blower where it belongs: under your skis. A well-designed wrist leash keeps the glove handy. [$140,]

Women’s Gordini Aerie Mitt

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Women’s Gordini Aerie MittKeri Bascetta

In this age of daily KickStarter launches, classic brands, such as Gordini, can get lost in the shuffle. Big mistake. The warm and comfy goose-down-filled women’s Aerie Mitt is new this season as part of the premium Empyrean line, but shows Gordini’s continuing attention to detail since the 1950s. [$100,]

This article has been updated to include new gloves and mittens featured in SKI’s 2021 and 2020 Gear Guides. SKI will receive a small amount of compensation if purchases are made after using the links on this page. SUBSCRIBE NOW.