Best Ski Gloves of 2018
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.
- Kinco Pigskin
- Outdoor Research Men's Adrenaline
- Water resistant
- Burton Gore
- Touchscreen compatible
- Waterproof Gore-Tex lining
10 Best Ski Gloves
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sizes are unisex, and range from small to extra large, with users reporting that they run true to size.
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.
Outdoor Research Men's Adrenaline
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.
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.
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.
The lightweight material is designed to move with you, giving these gloves a great deal of dexterity.
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.
One of the best products in their price class, the Adrenaline Gloves are a solid choice for those who need optimal dexterity and waterproofing.
Burton used a tried and true Gore-Tex lining in these gloves, hence the name. This provides strong waterproofing without hindering breathability.
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!
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.
These gloves offer solid dexterity overall and don't end up being a hindrance when doing things that require fine motor skills.
These gloves range from small to 2XL and run true to size.
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.
Removable inner glove
Touchscreen sensitive fingers
Dakine Men's Scout
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.
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.
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.
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.
This glove ranges from small to 2XL and runs true to size even with the included liner glove.
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.
Touchscreen sensitive liner
Not very dexterous
Gordini GTX Men's Storm Trooper
Featuring a Gore-Tex lining, these gloves provide waterproofing similar to some of the more expensive competitors, without compromising on breathability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tight fit around knuckles
Columbia Men's Tumalo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not very durable over time
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
The North Face Women's Denali E-Tip
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.
Made of high-loft polyester fleece, The North Face's Denali E-Tip gloves provide exceptional warmth, even in temperatures below freezing.
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.
Sizes range from extra small to large, though these gloves do run a little big so you may have to order a size down.
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.
Touchscreen compatibility in all five fingers
Wide range of colors
No water resistance
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
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. 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 of 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 in 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.