Best Ski Gloves

In the midst of all the chaos of the holiday season, this is your time to partake in some high-quality skiing adventures. To do so, you need to ensure that your ski gear is in tip-top shape. Arguably, this all starts with your ski gloves. After all, nothing ruins a skiing trip faster than cold and numb hands. Of course, it is not just warmth that you need to concern yourself with when it comes to ski gloves. How about waterproofness, dexterity, and breathability? All these factors play a vital role in the overall quality of ski gloves; hence, why the following have been chosen as the absolute best. We've also provided a list of criteria we use to make these decisions, as well as an FAQ section to answer some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to quality ski gloves.

Standout Picks

Black Diamond Guide
If you can find the correct size for your hands, then the Black Diamond Guide Gloves are as good as it gets. Unfortunately, they tend to run small and finding the correct size can prove to be a hassle.
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Hestra Morrison
With superior craftsmanship and an insert that is both waterproof and breathable, the Pro Model Ski Gloves from Hestra is an ideal choice. Granted, your fingers may get a little chilly on extremely cold days, but simply moving them around will warm them back up.
Kinco Pigskin
Kinco was one of the first companies to utilize leather in their ski gloves, and their Pigskin ski gloves are made to be durable and breathable at an affordable price. *Given that these are made of pigskin leather, these are not suitable for vegans, or those who follow halal restrictions. Don't fret, however; we've also included plenty of options on this list that are suitable.
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$35.45
Outdoor Research Men's Adrenaline
Part of their Sidecountry line, Outdoor Research's Adrenaline Gloves are made to be lightweight and dexterous. Featuring a Ventia lining, these are also waterproof while still being breathable.
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$62.64
Burton Gore
It's common knowledge that gloves and capacitive touchscreen (like those used on phones) don't typically play nice. Burton was aware of this when designing their Gore gloves, and designed all five fingers to be touchscreen sensitive, so you can still use your phone without having to take them off. They also come with a pair of removable liner gloves to keep you extra warm in temperatures well below freezing.
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$170.96
Dakine Men's Scout
Similar to the Burton Gore above, the Dakine Men's Scout comes with an inner liner glove made of polyurethane, which provides water resistance and improves on the warmth rating. This liner is also touchscreen sensitive.
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$40.61
Gordini GTX Men's Storm Trooper
While they won't improve your aim with a blaster, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper Gloves will keep your hands warm and withstand anything you put them through, all for an affordable price.
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$62.97
Columbia Men's Tumalo
One of the lowest priced options on our list, the Columbia Men's Tumalo offers a respectable amount of warmth and dexterity for under $40.
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Hestra Heli
The Hestra Heli have amassed a big following, and it's easy to see why. With a design that stands out without looking dorky and the combination of a nylon outer and thick fleece inner to keep you warm, it's no surprise that these gloves made our list.
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$154.95
The North Face Women's Denali E-Tip
With high-loft synthetic fleece, a reinforced palm section outfitted with touchscreen compatibility in all five fingers, and a wide range of color options, The North Face's Denali E-Tip gloves are sure to please.
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Criteria Used for Evaluation

Breathability

You may be wondering why these two design elements were grouped together into one entity. It just so happens that they have more in common than you may think. Take Gore-Tex technology for example. In case you did not get the hint throughout this guide, Gore-Tex is probably the most sufficient and effective waterproof technology on the planet. But, besides being tremendous at repelling and retracting water, it is also a highly breathable material. This is the same for most waterproof materials out there and it does make sense if you logically think about it.

When water builds up on your gloves, they begin to become moist and after too long, they will be soaked. When a material is soaked in water it is impossible for it to be breathable. As such, when a fabric is dry it will naturally be more breathable. No matter how you slice it, you need both in a ski glove. Whether it begins to snow or snow is flying up in your face, your gloves will get snow on them (and it will melt into water) and you need a glove that is designed to fight it.

Insulation

The last time we checked, you ski in the snow and snow melts in warm weather. In layman’s terms, when you are skiing the weather is going to be bitter and cold. As such, warmth is always going to reign prominent in each piece of gear you are wearing and your gloves are no different. In terms of keeping your hands warm, there are two key areas (besides waterproofness which can aid in warmth): insulation and trapping it. Insulation is the foundation for keeping anything toasty warm, whether your house, garage, or hands. There are different types of insulations and some are more efficient than others.

But, what good is insulation if it the heat is not being trapped inside? It is like having a fully insulated home and leaving your front door wide open in the winter. Most of the hot air will escape at your wrist so it is ideal when there is elastic on the wrist. This will allow the cuffs to seal and thus, less air will escape and less cold air will seep through.

Durability

Arguably, the two most vital design elements have been addressed. However, it does not end with just warmth and waterproofness. The gloves themselves have other design elements and speaking from a general sense, are either made with a removable liner making them suitable to wear in two ways or as a whole. There are a few advantages that gloves with a removable liner have.

Even though it was alluded to earlier that skiing involves being exposed to possible brutal climates, there may be days where the weather is warmer than usual (say 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit) where there is still snow on the ground. With a liner that can be worn by itself, it could be suitable for this type of weather as both layers could be too much. Also, if you intend to use your ski gloves past skiing, wearing simply a liner could also make them suitable in the spring. Of course, the craftsmanship can also refer to the glove’s durability. Certain fabrics and materials hold up better to abrasions and gloves that add stretch hold up great, for the most part.

Size

With some of the ski gloves on this list in particular and several others, they tend to have sizing issues. You can get a general sense of how a particular glove fits by glancing through various user feedback. Whether they fit too small, which happened to be the case more times than not with several on this list, or too large you need to be aware of this. If this happens to be the case, you need to adapt. If you typically wear a large glove, for versions that fit small, you probably need to order an extra-large or even an XX-large. The same thing for gloves that are too large, expect the other way around. Of course, if you ever have questions you can always reference the sizing charts of the manufacturer who designed the glove.

Top 10 Picks

1. Black Diamond Guide

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Black Diamond Guide
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If you can find the correct size for your hands, then the Black Diamond Guide Gloves are as good as it gets. Unfortunately, they tend to run small and finding the correct size can prove to be a hassle.

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Waterproofness and Breathability
The liner, which is removable, features waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex technology. Past this, it also features Plus Warm technology that adds to the 100 percent waterproof core.

Warmth and Insulation
Besides the fact that the long gauntlet cuffs assist in sealing out cold air from the outside, the wool liners have been equipped with Primaloft One insulation. This combination is suitable for use in extremely cold weather.

Craftsmanship
The shell is crafted from both nylon and leather and the liner from wool. This nylon crafted shell, with molded EVA foam padding, provides you with protection from impacts at your knuckles.

Dexterity
Thanks to the goat leather that is constructed on the palms of the shell, which has four-way stretch, you are delivered excellent dexterity and grip when handling equipment.

Sizing Options
While there are several sizing options to choose from, from extra-small to XX-large, finding the correct one can be a pain. They tend to run small, often way too small, so you may need to go a few sizes.

Overall
Truth be told, these are as good as it gets. Again, this is all dependent on if you can find a size that works for you; one that is not too tight or too loose. But, the design and craftsmanship are superb.

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2. Hestra Morrison

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Hestra Morrison
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With superior craftsmanship and an insert that is both waterproof and breathable, the Pro Model Ski Gloves from Hestra is an ideal choice. Granted, your fingers may get a little chilly on extremely cold days, but simply moving them around will warm them back up.

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Waterproofness and Breathability
Hestra opted to not go with Gore’s waterproof insert and instead uses their own waterproof and breathable insert. When the snow gets through the cuffs, it will not get through the insert.

Warmth and Insulation
Utilizing Thermolite insulation and hollow-core fibers, you are provided with a suitable amount of warmth. What also assists in this is the elastic cuffs that seal in the heat and lock out the cold drafts.

Craftsmanship
Both impregnated Army Goat leather and Analine Cowhide leather have been used and they have not only been treated with a water-resistant repellent but also add a sense of style.

Dexterity
As the seams have been sewn on the outside of the gloves, the dexterity is improved. But, the goat leather palm also aids in grip and flexibility for your hands.

Sizing Options
Sizes 7 to 11 are available on Amazon and while this is nice, what is truly noteworthy is the vertical cut technology which ensures the best fit possible.

Overall
A suitable amount of warmth, albeit maybe not enough for frigid days, a waterproof and breathable insert, and the use of leather make up a set of gloves that will make any skier’s adventure better.

3. Kinco Pigskin

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Kinco Pigskin
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Kinco was one of the first companies to utilize leather in their ski gloves, and their Pigskin ski gloves are made to be durable and breathable at an affordable price.

*Given that these are made of pigskin leather, these are not suitable for vegans, or those who follow halal restrictions. Don't fret, however; we've also included plenty of options on this list that are suitable.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

These gloves aren't waterproof on their own, and while the knit cloth on the back of the hand provides good breathability, it also provides a place for water to get in. If you get these gloves, it's suggested to also consider using a waterproof treatment on them if you know you're going to be in wet conditions.

Warmth and Insulation:

While the polyester insulation and Kinco's own "HeatKeep" thermal lining provide great warmth, the patch of knit fabric on the back of the hand does mean that cold air can get in somewhat easily, which is something to consider if the temperatures are going to be below freezing.

Craftsmanship:

When properly maintained, this glove can last you years to come. The pigskin material is made to withstand years of use and abuse provided it is properly cared for. Leather gloves typically require more care and maintenance than synthetic gloves.

Dexterity:

Being made of leather instead of a synthetic material, the Kinco Pigskin gloves offer decent dexterity for a solid price point. Given that these come in unisex sizing, women may want to order a size down; if you typically wear a women's large, go with the medium.

Sizing Options:

Sizes are unisex, and range from small to extra large, with users reporting that they run true to size.

Overall:

If you're on a budget and looking for an option that will work well in warmer temperatures, the Kinco Pigskin is the way to go. They're built to last and provide a level of breathability that you won't typically see in leather gloves.

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4. Outdoor Research Men's Adrenaline

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$62.64
Outdoor Research Men's Adrenaline
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Part of their Sidecountry line, Outdoor Research's Adrenaline Gloves are made to be lightweight and dexterous. Featuring a Ventia lining, these are also waterproof while still being breathable.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

Made from nylon with a waterproof and breathable Ventia lining, the Outdoor Research Adrenaline Gloves are made to withstand wet conditions while the airflow keeps your hands comfortable.

Warmth and Insulation:

These seem to have more insulation on the back of the hand than they do the palm. As such they don't offer much surface insulation, but the wrist and cuff adjustments will help to keep out the cold air.

Craftsmanship:

Outdoor Research made the Adrenaline Gloves to last. The outer shell is a waterproof nylon that's resistant to abrasions and tearing, as are the AlpenGrip LT palm sections. These are well made and are sure to last you many seasons of use.

Dexterity:

The lightweight material is designed to move with you, giving these gloves a great deal of dexterity.

Sizing Options:

Sizes range from small to extra large, and typically runs true to size. Four color options are available. The cuff is long and wide to allow it to fit either over or under the sleeves of your jacket without it feeling constricting.

Overall:

One of the best products in their price class, the Adrenaline Gloves are a solid choice for those who need optimal dexterity and waterproofing.

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$62.64

5. Burton Gore

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$170.96
Burton Gore
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It's common knowledge that gloves and capacitive touchscreen (like those used on phones) don't typically play nice. Burton was aware of this when designing their Gore gloves, and designed all five fingers to be touchscreen sensitive, so you can still use your phone without having to take them off. They also come with a pair of removable liner gloves to keep you extra warm in temperatures well below freezing.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

Burton used a tried and true Gore-Tex lining in these gloves, hence the name. This provides strong waterproofing without hindering breathability.

Warmth and Insulation:

A feature unique to these gloves, they come with a pair of removable liner gloves at no extra cost. This allows for more versatility; on warmer days you can simply forgo the liners. Most users report these gloves to stay warm in temperatures a low as 5F/-15C!

Craftsmanship:

All five fingers on the outer glove are touchscreen sensitive, allowing you to be able to use your phone or navigate a smartwatch without having to take them off. The inner gloves are not touchscreen sensitive. The palm section is reinforced with a Sticky Icky grip material for extra handling.

Dexterity:

These gloves offer solid dexterity overall and don't end up being a hindrance when doing things that require fine motor skills.

Sizing Options:

These gloves range from small to 2XL and run true to size.

Overall:

If waterproofing is a priority for you, and you want some added features without spending a whole ton of money, the Burton Gore is definitely an option to consider.

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$170.96

6. Dakine Men's Scout

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Dakine Men's Scout
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Similar to the Burton Gore above, the Dakine Men's Scout comes with an inner liner glove made of polyurethane, which provides water resistance and improves on the warmth rating. This liner is also touchscreen sensitive.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

The shell fabric offers moderate water resistance, though if you're going to be out all day in a storm you may notice your hands getting wet.

Warmth and Insulation:

Using 140g of insulation for the palm and 280g for the back of the hand, the Dakine Men's Scout offer above-average warmth in comparison to other gloves in this price range.

Craftsmanship:

The included liners are touchscreen sensitive similar to the Burton Gore, but in the case of the Scout, you have to take off the outer liners. The palm is made of Rubbertec material that offers a good deal of grip as well.

Dexterity:

While warm for its price, the Dakine Men's Scout does suffer in terms of dexterity. The fit around the fingers is bulky, and some users report having to remove the gloves entirely in order to do some tasks. While simple tasks like opening a car door won't be an issue, tasks that require more fine motor control like zippering a jacket may prove to be more of a challenge.

Sizing Options:

This glove ranges from small to 2XL and runs true to size even with the included liner glove.

Overall:

The Dakine Men's Scout falls on the lower end of the price spectrum while still providing the same warmth as some of the more expensive products, at the expense of dexterity.

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7. Gordini GTX Men's Storm Trooper

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Gordini GTX Men's Storm Trooper
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While they won't improve your aim with a blaster, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper Gloves will keep your hands warm and withstand anything you put them through, all for an affordable price.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

Featuring a Gore-Tex lining, these gloves provide waterproofing similar to some of the more expensive competitors, without compromising on breathability.

Warmth and Insulation:

The gloves themselves are real-world tested to provide warmth as low as 10F/-12C, and the heaterpack pocket means you can stuff hand warmers into them for temperatures even lower than that.

Craftsmanship:

This glove is definitely built to be bombproof and last a long time. Even after many winters, the insulation will be just as waterproof and warm as the day you purchased them.

Dexterity:

Thanks to their 6% spandex composition, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper is designed with above average dexterity, so you can perform tasks like unlocking your car or signing your name without having to take them off.

Sizing Options:

Sizes run from small to 2XL and run mostly true to size. The area around the knuckles can be tight though, so if you feel this may be an issue for you it's best to order a size up.

Overall:

Fit issues aside, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper gloves are definitely one of the most durable products in their price range and is well worth the investment.

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8. Columbia Men's Tumalo

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Columbia Men's Tumalo
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One of the lowest priced options on our list, the Columbia Men's Tumalo offers a respectable amount of warmth and dexterity for under $40.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

Featuring a 100% nylon shell and a DWR coating these gloves do offer solid water resistance, though may not be ideal for days with a lot of precipitation. The tricot lining is made to add breathability, further keeping your hands dry.

Warmth and Insulation:

The Farenhot insulation offers a surprising amount of warmth without being so bulky as to hinder dexterity. Some users have reported these to be effective at temperatures as low as 15F/-9C.

Craftsmanship:

The nylon shell is durable and water-resistant, though some users have reported that the seams may start to weaken over time, meaning that long-term durability is decent at best.

Dexterity:

An important factor when it comes to dexterity is the overall fit of a glove. The Columbia Men's Tumalo has a slightly narrower fit than some gloves which allows for better freedom of movement.

Sizing Options:

Sizes range from small to extra large, though this glove does run a little small so it's suggested to order a size up if you have concerns about overall fit.

Overall:

If you're looking for a low-priced glove that offers above average warmth and dexterity, the Columbia Men's Tumalo will certainly get the job done.

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9. Hestra Heli

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Hestra Heli
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The Hestra Heli have amassed a big following, and it's easy to see why. With a design that stands out without looking dorky and the combination of a nylon outer and thick fleece inner to keep you warm, it's no surprise that these gloves made our list.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

Unfortunately, water resistance is the one place where the Hestra Heli is a bit lacking. Rather than a Gore-Tex liner, the nylon and leather sections are treated with a DWR coating, which will likely need re-treatment regularly.

Warmth and Insulation:

Utilizing a beefy nylon shell and thick fleece lining, the Heli Hestra can withstand temperatures as low as 0F/-18C with ease.

Craftsmanship:

The inner fleece is removable, and when in the glove it is secured by a pretty hefty strip of Velcro, so it won't pull out when you take off the gloves even if your hands are wet. The contrast design stands out and comes in five colors.

Dexterity:

Given the warmth and durability provided by the thick fleece and leather palm, the Hestra Heli is a bit lacking in dexterity in comparison to other similarly priced gloves.

Sizing Options:

Hestra uses a different sizing system than most brands. The Heli comes in sizes ranging from 5-12, which is a woman's XS and a men's 2XL respectively. These sizes are based on your hand's circumference and length, so to get the most appropriate size it's best to measure these before making a purchase.

Overall:

While they are on the more expensive side, the Hestra Heli are made to withstand a beating as well as temperatures well below freezing, and once you get a hang of the sizing system they're a great choice.

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10. The North Face Women's Denali E-Tip

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The North Face Women's Denali E-Tip
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With high-loft synthetic fleece, a reinforced palm section outfitted with touchscreen compatibility in all five fingers, and a wide range of color options, The North Face's Denali E-Tip gloves are sure to please.

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Waterproofing and Breathability:

The high-loft fleece on both the exterior and interior provide solid breathability, but given that the only non-fleece part is the palm section, these don't offer any water resistance whatsoever.

Warmth and Insulation:

Made of high-loft polyester fleece, The North Face's Denali E-Tip gloves provide exceptional warmth, even in temperatures below freezing.

Craftsmanship:

The fingers and knuckles have reinforced Nylon Taslan for extra durability, which is important in this area since there's typically a good deal of movement. The palm section is made of UR powered fleece for touchscreen compatibility for all five fingers.

Dexterity:
Sizing Options:

Sizes range from extra small to large, though these gloves do run a little big so you may have to order a size down.

Overall:

With super warm fleece and touchscreen compatibility, The North Face's Denali E-Tip gloves are great for clear weather conditions when you want both warmth and functionality.

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Sources

  1. Juliette Silversten, Top 9 Ski Gloves of 2018, Article