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 as what can derail 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.
- Arcteryx Alpha AR
- Impact protection
- Gore-Tex technology
- Black Diamond Guide
- Seirus Innovation
- Warm liner
- Controled heat
10 Best Ski Gloves
Arcteryx Alpha AR
Both the membrane and the insert are crafted with Gore-Tex technology. This will ensure that your hands will stay warm and dry even if the gloves succumb to endless amounts of snow, which will also increase the breathability.
Warmth and Insulation
Featured in the Alpha AR Gloves are both 100 grams of Primaloft Gold Insulation and 100 grams of Primaloft Silver Insulation. This combines for excellent lofty warmth.
Thanks to the nylon that has been utilized, you are provided impact protection over the knuckles and on the back of your hand.
If you were to use these ski gloves for other activities, the reinforced and bonded palm materials would ensure that handling ice tools or other technical equipment would be an absolute breeze.
On Amazon, you have the option of choosing from small and small only. However, elsewhere, you should be able to find different sizing options.
Simply put, it is difficult to find flaws and caveats with the Alpha AR Gloves. They offer exceptional waterproofness and breathability thanks to the Gore-Tex, terrific warmth for long journeys and great dexterity.
- Provides impact protection over the knuckles and back of your hand
- Features Gore-Tex technology for sealing out water
- Has a long gauntlet-style cuff that will pull over almost anything
- They are a little stiff
Black Diamond Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The soft fabric crafted on the thumbs gives you a place to wipe your nose
- Features goat-leather at the palms
- Includes 100 percent waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex
- They tend to fit small and you may need to order a size up
Seirus Innovation Heated
While there is no Gore-Tex technology that is integrated here, the gloves remain both waterproof and breathable. Maybe not as efficient as Gore-Tex, but the DryHand insert provides this.
Warmth and Insulation
This is where Seirus Innovation, which may be the most appropriate name ever, makes their money. Their 1087 Heated Gloves have three separate heating settings (low, medium and high) that each can be selected to adapt to the weather outside.
There are two distinct gloves that come with this and they can either be worn separately or in conjunction with one another. If the weather happens to be on the cool side (as opposed to freezing), you could get away with only the liner.
Both the inner liner and the outer leather portions of the glove have integrated Soundtouch technology in the palm. What this allows you to do is access and navigate your smartphone without taking off the gloves.
A wide selection of sizing options are available. To adapt to most everyone, you can select from small to extra-large.
Clearly, the implanted battery which allows for three different heating settings is the most noteworthy aspect of the 1087 Heat Touch Gloves. While this can add a bit of bulkiness, possessing the ability to control the heat output is amazing.
- Includes a shell and a liner that can be worn separately
- You can control the amount of heat produced with the touch of a button
- Features Soundtouch palm that aids in touchscreen compatibility
- The integrated battery adds a bit of bulkiness and extra weight
Outdoor Research Olympus
The insert is responsible for delivering a glove that is both waterproof and breathable. This is because the insert features Gore-Tex technology to superbly hold up to excess snow and water.
Warmth and Insulation
The blend of polyester and spandex on the back of the hand provides a great amount of insulation when the temperature drops. In addition, the tricot material lines on the palms add additional warmth to your skin.
Due to the leather that this glove has been crafted with, you are not restricted to a specific finger or portion of your hand for navigation. Plus, the leather is both wind and water-resistant.
Not only does the leather add warmth and visual appeal, it is also suitable for dexterity. This leather, with the addition of TouchTec technology, allows you to operate a smartphone with them on.
The sizing and sizing chart for these gloves can be very misleading. As many users have pointed out, it seems to be that the gloves run small so you may find it necessary to order a size up.
Everything is top-notch here and all the major design elements kick it out of the park. It would have been nice if the fit was designed a little better, but they will be suitable when you find the right size.
- These are constructed with minimal seams to enhance the comfort
- The contoured wrist delivers a snug and secure fit
- Features a goat-leather palm and touchscreen compatibility
- Has misleading sizes and tends to run smaller than they actually are
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Is crafted with reinforced leather in high abrasion areas
- For extra comfort and dexterity, the seams are sewn on the outside
- Features elastic cuffs for a secure fit
- Your fingers may get chilly on really cold days
On the back of the hand and in the palm are where the Gore-Tex technology is utilized. Past this, the seams are fully taped as opposed to critically taped which means there is no chance for melting snow to seep through.
Warmth and Insulation
Both the palm and the fingertips feature TPU reinforcements. What is so useful about TPU is that it naturally seals out water, wind and snow enhancing the overall warmth. Plus, the 100 grams of Primaloft Gold insulation and 133 grams of Primaloft Silver insulation also aid in warmth.
Overall, instead of leather, this is crafted from the TPU reinforcements that were alluded to earlier which offer specific advantages over leather.
Thanks to the use of TriDex patterning technology, this glove maps the thumb and each finger separately in coordination with the motion of your hand. All in all, this vastly increases the dexterity.
As has been an issue with prior ski gloves on this list, these tend to run smaller than you might expect. For sure, it would be wise to go up a size.
Despite the design flaw of the fingertips pulling back when you take the gloves off, all the primary design elements are good to great hear. At the end of the day, it is difficult to ask for much more.
- Crafted with Gore-Tex technology
- The internal draft tube wraps around your wrist for sustained heat
- The included webbing loop allows the gloves to be clipped together with a carabiner
- When you take the glove off, the liner inside pulls back from the fingertips
As this is Arcteryx, Gore-Tex technology is utilized throughout. However, the nylon inner has also been treated with a durable water repellent and the brushed polyester wicks away moisture.
Warmth and Insulation
Past the insulation of the Primaloft Silver (133 grams) and the Primaloft Gold (100 grams), the elasticized back of the wrist manages to trap in as much of this insulation as possible.
The shell of this glove not only has a terrific air permeability and performance stretch, but it is also designed to withstand abrasions over time.
On both the palm and the fingers of the glove is Grip Control technology. As the name indicates, this enhances the grip you have and the overall dexterity thanks to the fact that it is bonded to the shell.
While other retailers should have it at different sizes, Amazon sells a medium-sized version of the Fission Gloves.
Some may say this glove is too thin and thus susceptible to abrasions and lacking in warmth. While this is not necessarily false, do not draw the conclusion that this is an insufficient glove because of it.
- Treated with a DWR to shed snow and moisture
- Has a clip-in loop that allows the gloves to be attached
- Features a gauntlet that is easy to pull to open and close
- For extremely cold weather, they may not keep your fingers completely warm
- The rather thin leather can be susceptible to abrasions
Hestra Abisko Cold Weather
The leather that these gloves have been constructed from has been thoroughly treated to be waterproof. In addition to this, the structural properties of leather make it suitable for protection against moisture.
Warmth and Insulation
The wool terry lining and neoprene cuffs that seal in the heat make for a solid amount of heat for hours. But, on more intense days, your hands may still get cold if you ski for too long.
With its unique design, the backhands of the gloves are made from a tightly-woven cotton and polyester blend. In conjunction with the wax finish, this makes the gloves incredibly strong.
Because the seams are constructed on the outside, you are delivered with a superior fit around your fingers and your thumb.
It does not seem that too many have had an issue with the sizing and Amazon has sizes 8 to 11 available for you to purchase (although that is dependent on if they have them in stock).
What stands out here is the durability thanks to the wax finish and the thoroughly waterproof leather material. But, it would be remiss to not make another note of the warmth. While still good, over time, your fingers may still end up getting cold.
- The leather has been treated for full waterproofness
- It is lined with lamb’s wool
- Features outseams in the palm for increased grip and comfort
- Hands may get cold after several hours on the slopes
Columbia uses Omni-Tech technology to provide a membrane and core that is both waterproof and breathable. In fact, they guarantee so.
Warmth and Insulation
The insulation, which features 250 grams of regular insulation and 80 grams of Microtemp, is further beefed up with the thermal reflective lining. Given enough time, though, you may notice this warmth is not as suitable as other gloves.
Anytime you wear a new piece of apparel, there is always a chance that there may be a break-in period. Not so with these gloves as the nylon shell has been pre-curved for a broken-in fit.
If you ever needed to use your smartphone while on the slopes, the liner is touchscreen compatible and will allow you to do so without completely removing the glove.
Once again, there are sizing issues here and once again, you may need to go up a size. Some reviewers have stated that an extra-large version was too tight on their hands.
This is simply a high-quality pair of ski gloves. Not too much really stands out and while there are some sizing and warmth issues, the rest is pretty much flawless.
- The fleece liner can be removed
- Is fully waterproof and breathable
- Has a one-hand hem adjustment
- Even the extra-large sizes have been known to fit tight
- Not the best for extended use
Featured here is a DryRide Insane waterproof membrane. While not Gore-Tex, not too many users have had words against the waterproofness and breathability present here.
Warmth and Insulation
The double-layer fabric and Sherpa fleece and Thermacore insulation deliver a very warm core. While it will keep you warmer than most ski gloves on the market, there are still some that are superior in this area.
Each portion of the glove, the shell and the liner, can be worn individually. In fact, when the skiing season ends, you could still simply wear the liner in the spring.
Burton implemented an ergonomic pre-curved fit with their gloves and it delivers enhanced dexterity. In addition, these also feature a Screen Grab palm which allows for easy access to touchscreens.
Hopefully, with the wide range of sizing options that are up for grabs, everyone will be able to find a size that adapts to their needs. Included are options for extra-small all the way up to extra-large.
As great as the dual glove concept is, Burton should have designed it a little better. When you remove the shell with the liner on, the liner tends to come with it and it can be a hassle when putting it back in place. Still, the warmth and waterproofness are above-average.
- Features a heater pocket that can be used as a hand warmer
- The Ultrawick liner can be worn separately
- Includes Thermacore Insulation to combat most climates
- Mittens may suffice better on extremely cold days
- When taking off the gloves, the liner tends to come out as well
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
The Waterproofness and 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.
The Insulation and Overall Warmth
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.
The Overall Design and Craftsmanship
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.
If They Offer Good Dexterity
For those who do not know, dexterity is defined as the skill in performing tasks and it typically refers to your hands. It goes without saying that gloves that lack dexterity can be a nuisance in doing any tasks while having them on. Of course, you may also be wondering what you would be doing when skiing outside of skiing. Well, still, skiing requires you to use your hands when maneuvering yourself down the slopes.
In general, dexterity is important for three reasons in ski gloves. One, is the grip provided. When you are using the ski poles, it is nice when you have a strong and firm grip on them. What would be worse than losing your poles midway through a ride? Second, a lot of ski gloves are made with touchscreen compatibility. When need be, this allows you to access and navigate through your touchscreen smartphone without removing your gloves. Lastly, it is the flexibility at your fingertips. If nothing else, this is ideal for simply keeping your fingers moving and not feeling like they are restricted.
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.
Q: How to Dry Ski Gloves?
Even though most of the ski gloves, especially the ones on this list, you will find will be waterproof or water-resistant, that does not indicate that they will never succumb to wetness. This may not be because of the elements outside, but because you just got through washing them. Indeed, eventually, you will need to wash your ski gloves which means, they will need to be dried as well. Fortunately, there are many different methods that you can follow to achieve this.
First off, you can go with the simple route of tumble drying them. However, you should only do so if the care label does not advise against it. If so, you can also simply hang them on a clothesline to dry or allow them to sit in a warm and dry location. No matter how you slice it, you clearly do not want to wear wet gloves so whatever method is ideal for you, go with it.
Q: How Do You Wash Ski Gloves?
Before you get to the drying process, you will need to properly wash your ski gloves. Whether they begin to give off a potent odor or they simply are covered in dirt and debris, you need to wash them eventually. But, the method in which you wash them does depend on a few variables. Firstly, some fabrics, such as leather in the palms, thumbs, or fingers, should not be washed in a washing machine or submerged in water. Also, any ski gloves that have a waterproof coating should not be exposed to laundry detergent.
However, granted the care label does not advise you to avoid it (or there is not leather in the palms or fingers), you can simply opt to wash the gloves in a washing machine. To do so, pour an appropriate amount of cleaner (avoid laundry detergent) into the machine. Place your ski gloves (ideally in a mesh bag) inside and wash them on the gentle cycle with warm water (unless the label states otherwise).
Q: How Do You Restore Water Repellency?
If you are ignorant about waterproof technology, then you may not know that it will not last forever. When you receive a garment that is waterproof, same with ski gloves, it is coated with a durable water repellent (same with Gore-Tex). This repellent will lose its ability to repel water over time; specifically, if you allow dirt to build-up as this will attract moisture. But, fear not, you can restore this repellency and it is not too difficult.
To do so, wash your gloves (reference the previous question) and tumble dry them (if you can) for around 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water repellent. Of course, if you still notice the gloves are not repelling water and are, instead, absorbing the water, then apply a waterproof spray or cleaner. Each one will suffice, it just depends on your preferences. Again, when you do so, tumble drying the material can help the treatment activate.
Q: How Do You Measure Your Hand for a Ski Glove?
It is understandable if you are a bit apprehensive about the way that your ski glove will fit. Especially, if you must order online as you can’t physically try them on yourself. However, as was mentioned in the sizing section, you can always reference the sizing charts for each specific manufacturer. Instead of standard sizes such as small, large, medium, etc., you can look up the specific measurement of your hand. But, how do you do that?
What you need to do is measure the circumference of your hand. To do so, measure the flat area of your palm and wrap a measuring tape around your entire hand. Wherever the tape measure meets, that is the measurement you need and the circumference of your hand. This may prove more accurate than simply relying on your normal size.
Q: What is the Life Expectancy of Gore-Tex?
Throughout this list, you saw a reference to Gore-Tex fabric and technology more than once. Oftentimes, the higher-end ski gloves utilize this technology. There is a reason for this as it may just be the most sufficient material in the world for waterproofness. But, no matter how great it is, what is its life expectancy? As Gore points out in their Frequently Asked Questions section, their Gore-Tex membrane does not deteriorate over time. Instead, it lasts for as long as you choose it to.
In other words, it will last depending on how you care for it. Again, you need to wash it when the time comes (when it stops repelling water, when it becomes engrossed with dirt and mud, etc.). Overall, use the ski gloves for their intended purpose and properly maintain them, and you should be good to go.
Q: How Often Should You Wash Your Ski Gloves?
This was somewhat referenced in the previous question, but it is really important. Ski gloves do not need to be washed and maintained as much as a regular garment. For example, shirts, pants, shorts, or any other garment that needs to be washed on a weekly basis. Instead, simply monitor your glove and you should know when it is time. For example, if you use your ski gloves several times per week in the skiing season there is a good chance they will need to be washed once every few weeks.
Remember, products such as Gore-Tex need to be maintained to optimize and maximize the performance of it. Ridding the gloves of the dirt, smoke and odors that have built up will restore the performance of the durable water repellency.
It is quite amazing that something as simple as a ski glove could possess so many vital design features. You would think that you could simply invest in any pair and it would suffice. However, this is far from the truth and as you now know, there are too many important factors to ignore. Now, it is time for you to decide on your next pair of skiing gloves.