Best Winter Gloves – 2020 Edition
A good pair of winter gloves is one of the most important pieces in your winter gear lineup. Whether you are out camping, skiing, biking, building snowmen, or just running errands, we have picked some of the best styles to fit your cold-weather needs. We made sure to select styles that keep your paws warm in extreme temps while taking it easy on your bank account. Styles with a bulky shell with tons of insulation are great for extreme cold but maybe a little lacking in the dexterity department.
That’s why we also selected thinner waterproof options to keep those digits nimble yet toasty. In this guide, we have compiled a list of our very favorite styles of current winter gloves to make your wither adventures a little more comfortable.
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Windproof and waterproof
High, medium and low heat settings
Top 10 Winter Gloves
1. Outdoor Research Lucent
Windproof and waterproof
High, medium and low heat settings
Additional batteries will be necessary
The connection for the battery can be finicky
There are so many fantastic aspects to the Outdoor Research Lucent option that it is difficult to pinpoint one specific feature that stands out. But, you may not find too many winter pair of gloves with a rechargeable battery with custom heat settings. So, according to our research, these are the best winter gloves on the market at the moment.Read more
On the palms of the Lucent pair, there is goat leather that is resistant to abrasions. In addition, there are also Gore-Tex inserts that create a waterproof shell for the Lucent. Also, there is molded EVA on the back of the hands.
Being built with ALTIHeat technology, which is a rechargeable battery-powered heating system that provides an ample amount of warmth. To add an additional amount of warmth and protection from the cold weather, there is EnduraLoft insulation inside of the Lucent pair.
For the rechargeable system, there is a zippered compartment that can store the batteries. Past this, there are also three heat settings that you can select from: high, medium and low heat.
As great as this is, it is a little unfortunate that there is only one color option. However, these heated gloves is black and will properly adapt to most people.
Even though the battery-operated system is an innovative and fantastic integration, it is not foolproof. You may find additional batteries are necessary and the connection can be a little finicky. But, beggars can’t be choosers, right?
This is not meant for particular sex; as such, the size options are available for extra-small all the way up to extra-large.
2. Hestra Ergo Grip Outdry
Resistant to water
Windproof, waterproof and breathable backend
The sizing tends to fit snug
While the Hestra Ergo may not be as inventive as the previous, its design and quality speak for themselves. Be aware, however, the photo of the Hestra Ergo may not be exactly how the actual product looks.Read more
The backhand of the Hestra Ergo is constructed from waterproof, windproof and breathable Hestra Flextron four-way stretch fabric. There are also Kangaroo leather reinforcements and impregnated goat leather on the palm.
Even in the wettest of conditions, Hestra has built these winter gloves to keep you warm and withstand the elements. Being made from hardwearing goat leather and flexible softshell fabric, you need not worry about warmth or comfort.
There are only two colors for you to choose from and they are black and yellow.
While there is not a feature here that makes it stand out, the superb quality will always make a product successful and worth the money. There really is not a better way to describe the Ergo Grip Outdry from Hestra than that.
With a strap that has a Velcro closure, you can tailor the Hestra Ergo to fit your hand in the way you desire. Also, it comes with an eyelet so you can pass a lace or string through it.
Be sure to reference the seller’s size chart, but they give you options for 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
3. Gore Wear C5
Gore-Tex exterior shell
What we love most about this design from Gore Wear is that it is made from incredibly durable materials that work to keep your paws nice and toasty while maintaining excellent flexibility in the fingers which makes it ideal for setting up camp for going for a winter bike ride. They may cost a bit more than some of the other designs that we have seen, but we feel that they are worth every penny!Read more
The first thing that we noticed about this design is that it boasts an exterior shell that is windproof and waterproof. The Gore-Tex shell is super lightweight and breathable, but it also provides excellent insulation to protect your fingers from the cold.
If you are in the market for something that is built for extreme temperatures, this option from Gore Wear is an excellent choice. It boasts smart features that allow for unmatched movement in your fingers, and it is made from materials that hold up quite well over the years of continued use.
What makes this design stand out from the pack is that it boasts smart features that keep your hands warm and protected. It has padding in the palms to keep your hands comfortable and protected when working outdoors. The interior lining is made from a micro fleece material that wicks away sweat to keep your hands dry all day long.
From x-small to 3x-large.
4. Smartwool Ridgeway
Classic color options
Lots of size options
Cuff opening is small, making it difficult to put the gloves on
Gloves run small
You may have guessed from the brand name of these winter gloves that one of their main fabrics is wool! Merino wool is a great fabric that is insulating, anti-microbial, and moisture-wicking. These gloves from Smartwool give us a classic style and a comfortable and flexible fit.Read more
The Ridgeway winter gloves are made from top of the line materials that provide you with comfort, flexibility, and warmth. The fingers and palm are made of leather. On the back of the hand, there is a merino wool and nylon panel. The interior of the gloves for extreme cold is also lined with merino wool and nylon blend.
Based on customer reviews, these gloves are wonderfully warm and comfortable for temperatures above freezing. If you need extra warmth, some have recommended adding a thin pair of fleece gloves underneath. The terry loop knit merino wool and nylon blend provide great comfort and warmth.
Thanks to the great blend of fabrics, these thermal gloves are windproof and water-resistant. The merino wool absorbs any water of perspiration and quickly brings it to the surface to be evaporated. These full-fingered gloves are double layered in the thumb and index finger for extra durability. Additionally, they come with a two-year warranty.
As for color options, Smartwool stuck with the classics. You can choose from black on black or buck (khaki) with a black panel.
There are plenty of sizes available from sizes XS to XL. These sizes will fit hand sizes 6 to 10.5.
5. Black Diamond Mercury Mittens
100 percent waterproof
Strong amount of dexterity
The clips that hold the mittens together are not very durable
The trigger finger area is too long and may cause the seam to chafe your fingers
When it comes to combining it with enough warmth for the coldest of days and enough usability to adapt for many situations, the Mercury Cold Weather Mittens from Black Diamond must be considered one of the best.Read more
The removable split-finger liners are built with high-loft fleece and waterproof inserts for the utmost in moisture protection. Meanwhile, the Pertex shells and Kevlar goat leather provide abrasion resistance and proper grip for rope work, respectively.
While the large gauntlets will keep the moisture at bay and prevent you from overheating, the PrimaLoft Gold insulation will prevent your hands from freezing, even if they are exposed to wetness.
Besides the fact that the liner can be removed in cooler climates, there are clips on the mittens that can hold them together. Thus, preventing you from losing one.
Again, this is a version that only has one color option. As it is black, it will adapt to any style that you can think of.
The choices are available from extra-small to extra-large.
6. Burton Gore Tex
In times where you want to only use the inner liner for your smartphone, you will find it very hard to do so
Gore-Tex is a fantastic technology and Burton integrated it into their underlining. What this provides is a waterproof membrane that also aids in keeping you warm at all times.Read more
These warmest winter gloves are crafted from a double-layer DryRide Ultrashell fabric. This creates a windproof, waterproof and breathable material. In addition, the palms have Sticky Icky technology for superior grip.
The “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry Gore-Tex” membrane offers a waterproof nature, but it also protects the integrated Thermacore insulation. Thus, keeping your hands warm in the burliest of conditions.
It is up to you how you want to wear the Burton pair as the fleece liner is removable. Thus, you can wear either the fleece by itself, outer shell by itself, or both for maximum warmth. Also, the inner fleece has touchscreen capabilities. Albeit, flawed touchscreen capabilities.
A few color choices are accessible including blanket stripe, bog heather, true black, and geo and true black.
Every option is available from extra-small all the way up to extra-large.
Many waterproof designs have the reputation of being a little bulky. What we loved most about this design from Unigear is that it boasts a slim and sleek waterproof shell that isn’t as stiff and bulky as some of the other designs that we have seen. It is composed of quality materials that hold up well over the years and works to keep water and the cold far away from your hands.Read more
What makes this design unique is that it has a thin yet waterproof exterior shell. It is composed of multiple layers designed to keep water out and hot air in. If you are in the market for something slim that boasts waterproof features, this design from Unigear is a great choice. It is composed of premium materials that hold up well over multiple seasons, and it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank.
It has a few layers of insulation to hold in heat, a waterproof TPU layer, and a nylon waterproof layer as well. The palm is reinforced with a leather panel to improve your grip as well as lock in heat.
The best part about this design is that it doesn’t hinder your full range of motion as long as the other designs out there on the market. It boasts a thin shell with smartphone touchpads on the thumb and forefinger. Inside, it is lined with a super soft faux fur lining that is incredibly comfortable as well as works to keep your hands warm when the temperate plunge.
From size 5 to size 11.
8. Carhartt WB Waterproof
Storm Defender technology
Nose wipe feature
When you take them out, the lining tends to come out
It goes without saying that Carhartt gloves for winter are an ideal choice for any winter gear. They have mastered their craft and even if their Men’s W.B. pair is not without a few flaws, every man would do themselves a favor by investing in these winter gloves for men.Read more
The lining and shell are crafted from 100 percent polyester and the lining also has FastDry technology that wicks away moisture. Plus, the finger wrap caps increase the amount of dexterity and resistance to wear and tear.
The ultra-soft insulation makes these winter gloves perfect for any rugged cold corner of the planet. To go along with this, Storm Defender technology (which is both waterproof and breathable) will keep the elements out to enhance the warmth.
On the W.B. Carhartt, there is a nose wipe. In times where you do not want to remove them but the cold weather is causing your nose to run, you can simply wipe it with your hands. Also, there is a Velcro hook and loop cuff closure for a secure fit.
Past all its glory, one rather annoying design element is that when you take them off, the lining tends to come out. Much like a sock with your boot, this can be rather annoying. However, once they are on your hand there is little to nothing to gripe about.
Not too much diversity here with color options for either black or brown and black.
As long as your hands are not extra-small, you should be able to find a size for you with options for small to XX-large.
9. Columbia Sportswear Thermarator
Omni-Heat thermal reflective technology
Custom and secure fit
When the wind is blowing strong, you still may feel it
Columbia is very well known for excellent winter gear and these winter gloves are no exception. With this option you get super comfy gloves that will keep your hands warm even in the harshest weather conditions.Read more
To enhance your grip, there is a handy patch on the palm. Plus, the palm is also resistant to abrasions. As far as the fabric itself, the Thermarator fleece is made up of 100 percent polyester.
Even when the temperature drops in the teens or lower, the 200 g’s of Thermarator fleece and Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining provide you with enough warmth to keep your fingers functional.
This is another example that tries to integrate touchscreen capabilities but does not do so very well. However, the wrist is elastic allowing for a custom and secure fit, which provides a good amount of convenience.
Each woman should be able to find a color that suits them; choose from bright plum, deep rust, graphite, phoenix blue, and sail red.
Everything from small to extra-large is available to select from.
Excellent finger dexterity
Secure wrist cuff
Not for extreme cold
If you need a glove with a good deal of movement for winter biking, climbing, or camping, this design from Ozero is a great choice. Users love that they offer a full range of motion in your digits without sacrificing warmth and performance. Plus, they come in at a super affordable price point that makes them worth checking out.Read more
If you hate the idea of big and bulky gloves that don’t allow for much finger dexterity, this design is one of your best choices. It is composed of waterproof materials that wick away moisture and snow all day long, and has a soft cotton lining that is warm as well as easy to care for. Plus, it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank!
It is composed of thin yet effective materials that keep cold air and water out while retaining your body heat.
The very first thing that we noticed about this design is that it boasts a super snug fit that gives you a full range of motion in all of your digits. If you need full digit dexterity for setting up a tent or fiddling with your winter gear, this is a great choice. It also boasts grippers on the palms that are ideal for grabbing ski poles or bicycle handles with a confident grip.
Simple features make this an outstanding winter glove. It boasts a long elastic collar that blocks hot air from penetrating, and won’t bunch up under the sleeves of your coat. It boasts a comfortable cotton lining that is incredibly soft and a waterproof exterior shell the wicks away water all day long.
From small to xx-large.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The right materials make all of the difference in the world.
There are two areas of the glove to consider when making a selection: the exterior shell and the interior lining. A good exterior shell works to keep water and cold air out, while a quality lining maintains body heat. Below, we wanted to get into a little bit of detail about some of the best materials to look out for.
The best interior linings are made from materials such as cotton or polyester fleece. Cotton and fleece are great for holding in body heat, and it is also much easier to toss into the washing machine. Plus, it won’t make your hands sweat as much as fur. Fur, or faux fur, is insanely comfortable and warm, but it is also important to consider that it is more difficult to wash, and can make your hands a little sweaty when worn all day.
For the exterior, there are a few smart options to consider. Leather is a great natural insulator that works to wick away water and moisture while maintaining a slim fit for maximum dexterity. It allows for a great grip but often comes in at a higher price point. A waterproofed polyester is a great option for those that need a more budget-friendly option. It is just as effective as leather at wicking away moisture but doesn’t quite meet the challenge in the durability department.
To keep those digits warm, you need an effective layer of durable insulation.
Multiple layers of materials work in tandem to keep that warm air where it belongs - away from your hands. By layering different materials, you can create a tight seal to keep your hands warm. We want to go into a little more detail about the types of insulation out there on the market.
Options such as EnduraLoft, Primaloft Gold, Thermacore, or duck/goose down make for excellent choices to hold in the heat. While these technologies are excellent insulators, they don’t wash as easily when needed. For something that wears a bit better, simple cotton or fleece linings work to keep your hands warm and are also a cinch to toss into the washing machine at the end of the season.
For extreme temperatures, you may want to opt for a design that utilizes rechargeable warmth. These designs work with electrical wires that run through the gloves. Before you head out, simply charge the battery pack to a full charge and then turn them on when heading outside. It’s important to note that these designs are often much bulkier (and expensive) as opposed to their analog counterparts.
Simple design features help to hold in heat and wick away moisture.
Sometimes, the most effective design features make all of the difference in the world. We wanted to get into a little more detail below about some of the simple and advanced features that will work to keep your handle dry and comfortable.
Tight cuffs are a simple feature, but they are essential for some. These cuffs fit tightly to your wrist to keep cold air from penetrating the surface. Users love that a tight cuff won’t bunch up when worn with your favorite coat or winter jacket. It also makes for an overall comfortable fit you can wear all day long.
Rubber dots on the palms also help users to grab surfaces confidently. They are typically only found on the palms and the fingers and are essential for those that need a surefire grip. If you are planning on camping or biking in cold weather, be sure to select a design that offers this style of grip on the palms.
It is important that you select a size that fits your paws perfectly.
Despite that anyone tells you, size is incredibly important. If the glove is too tight, you won’t have the range of motion that you need to move your hands to engage in tasks such as setting up camp or use your winter gear. On the flip side, if they are too big they won’t work as well as hold in heat as well as allowing you full dexterity in your fingers.
The good news here is that many of the brands out there offer detailed sizing charts to ensure that you get the right size when you place your order. While it may seem tedious, we encourage you to bust out that measuring tape to accurately measure your hand for a perfect fit.
It is also important to note that sometimes, the size of the glove and the sizing chart is a little off. Be sure to take a quick glance at the customer reviews to determine if they run too big or too small. If you are truly unsure of what size to purchase, it is always better to buy a size slightly larger.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Do your hands ever sweat when you get nervous? Have you ever worn gloves to keep your hands warm but they end up getting wet with sweat and making you even colder? A great way to avoid this is by investing in a glove with moisture wicking abilities. One of the best and natural fibers for moisture management is wool. Wool is a great insulator and wicks away moisture quickly, keeping you dry, warm, and comfortable.
Investing in multiple pairs of gloves is not a bad idea. This way, you can have your stylish pair for going out or running errands, an incredibly durable pair for working outdoors, and an ultra-comfortable pair for sports etc. No matter how you'll be spending your day, make sure that you have the right type of glove for the activity. Don't forget to check out the flexibility of the glove as well.
Other Factors to Consider
When it comes to winter gloves, most sellers will give you both size and color options. As simple as it may seem at first, color can be an important factor. Sure, it will not negate the performance but when it comes to apparel, you would be lying if you said color did not matter. For some of you, as long as you do not hate the color (such as a black or gray design) you are fine. But, some of you will want a specific color no matter what. As you saw with the entries on this list, some sellers are not so kind to this category.
Recently, it was mentioned how it is typically okay if a glove is too snug or too large (depending on your preference). But, when you go through sizing your hand, how exactly is a glove supposed to fit? At the end of your outstretched fingers, when you have the glove on, there should be approximately a quarter-inch of space. When making a fist, the glove should conform to your hand in a way that it does not feel too tight or restrictive.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do you measure your hand for a glove?
Start off by measuring across your hand all the way around your palm. When you have this measurement (which will be your circumference) in inches, you can then reference these numbers. For women, if the circumference of your hand is the six-inches aim for an extra-small, 6.5-inches is a small, 7-inches is a medium, 8-inches a large and anything further an extra-large or XX-large.
For men, seven-inches are extra-small, 7.5 to 8-inches is small, 8.5 to 9-inches is medium, 9.5 to 10-inches is large, 10.5 to 11-inches is extra-large and so on. If a seller provides you with a size chart, make sure to reference theirs as it may be different.
q: Will leather gloves stretch?
This is specifically geared towards winter gloves that utilize some sort of leather material (whether goatskin or something else). Stretchy fabric is nice and even if it does not properly fit you, you can stretch it in a way that works for you.
Here is what you can expect with leather gloves. Once you are able to get your hands inside of it, you can stretch it to conform to your hand. Although, if you can’t get your hand inside then there is no way you are going to stretch it.
q: How do you dry them?
With leather, you can dry it in one or two ways, either with a blower to dry the surface and the inside or by leaving it in front of a fan for a few hours. For other types of material, you may be better off avoiding this method.
As a form of precaution, you should never dry them directly exposing it to a heat source. Instead, what you should do after you have thoroughly cleaned them, simply place the gloves in a warm and dry area for several hours. It may take a while, so plan ahead and wash and dry them a day before you plan on using them.
q: How do you wash winter gloves?
Starting with leather (including goatskin leather), start off by using some oil-based soap to rid the exterior of any stains. Whatever you do, do not submerge the gloves in water as it's not good for leather. On the inside, you can lightly sprinkle either cornstarch or baking soda to absorb the oils and odor.
Wool is a little different and you can wash wool gloves in a sink filled with warm water. You only need a drop of dish or hand soap. When you take the gloves out, be sure to use your fingers to press out the water. Finally, if you have cotton gloves, simply wash them in a washing machine with cold water.
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