The Best Waterproof Gloves Fully Reviewed
Wanting to be active in wet weather doesn’t mean your hands need to suffer. Your gloves should be just as ready for activity as you are. A great pair of waterproof gloves should keep your hands warm enough but also provide proper wicking so sweat and moisture don’t build up in the glove.
To no surprise, no two gloves are made equally. That is why matching a glove’s qualities to your needs is critical, especially if you are going to spend a little more than usual on a nice pair. Being waterproof is a very important glove quality when spending time in the high mountains, technical terrain or bad weather. But other qualities like the level of warmth, comfort, dexterity, and durability are almost equally as essential. However, balancing warmth and dexterity can be challenging. Too much insulation will make the glove bulky and the person wearing them will lose the ability to perform intricate tasks with the gloves on. Too little insulation and your hands could suffer from the cold all day.
Added features to gloves like wrist leashes, pockets, leather palms are also nice touches that some brands will add to the glove. You want to get the most for your money, so take a look at the reviews below. Advice from real time users has been compiled for each pair of gloves. The bottom line– get out and enjoy the winter weather. Use this guide to find the right glove that you can wear day after day, and keep your hands happy and dry.
- North Face Montana Etip
- Fantastic versatility
- Swany X-cell II
- Impressive waterproofing
- Outdoor Research Alti
- Reasonably priced durability
9 Best Waterproof Gloves
North Face Montana Etip
Warmth: Made to outlast the bitter Montana cold, The North Face packed this full-coverage gauntlet glove with 200g Heatseeker™ insulation on the back of the glove and put less insulation(100g Heatseeker™) on the palm to help keep the dexterity of the glove in check. Like many other gloves, they have an adjustable closure strap and wrist cinch to trap out cold air and give users a custom snug fit. Very few people complained about this glove not keeping them warm enough. They thought the insulation did a great job at reducing heat loss and the fingertip construction on the glove was exceptional at keeping them warm.
Features: The fact that no animal product was used to create this glove puts it automatically at the top of some peoples list. This fully synthetic gloves outer shell is made out of Nylon oxford fabric. The palm is crafted with synthetic leather and the lining is 100% polyester Sherpa fleece and brushed tricot. All of these fabrics are lightweight materials and promote body temperature regulation. Cleaning is also a breeze with synthetic materials, as you can throw these gloves in the washing machine to clean them. This is an easy advantage over other gloves which are typically made with leather.
Fit: The 5 dimensional fit of the Montana glove gives everyone a comfortable fit and keeps sizing consistent. They also have radiometric articulation, which means the gloves will keep your hands in a natural relaxed position. This will also allow users increased mobility during use. All users and reviewers thought it was a very comfortable glove with a great fit. The Montana Etip has the ability to operate touch-screen devices. This day in age, that is a very important feature to some people. No one likes to get cold hands for a few minutes just to take a picture or respond to a message. Reviewers really enjoyed this feature. They noted that they couldn’t really text with these on, but were able to perform basic tasks, like taking a picture or answering their phone. This is a great addition to those technology addicts who still love to camp. Another nice feature of this specific glove is its trademarked wrist Oven™Leash. This is a normal wrist leash that you can slide a hand warmer into, which allows you to warm up your wrists. Having this option is a nice touch on really cold days. People who use these gloves regularly noted that the gloves are very warm in general and did not have to insert a hand warmer that often.
- The combination of exceptional warmth and surprising waterproof ability really scores big points for The North Face. The ability to operate your smartphone with the gloves on is pretty great too
- The brand tends to put pretty high price tags on their products, but other than that, these are great gloves for many uses
Swany X-cell II
Warmth These gauntlet style gloves have fleece cuffs which provide a ton of warmth around the wrist. It has a quick-release strap at the wrist, which gives you an adjustable, snug fit to lock out the cold. This was a big selling point for people taking on winter adventures as it really keeps the snow out. The Tri-Plex insulation system in these gloves will keep your hands nice and warm even in freezing temperatures. Many users rave that this is the first pair of gloves that keeps their hands warm enough and dry enough. The insulation is thicker on the back of the hand and thinner on the palms. For users expecting to be in the extreme cold or just like an extra boost of warmth, there is a waterproof zipper pocket on the back of the glove where a hand warmer can be placed. The zipper can also be opened up if the gloves are feeling a little warm to give the user their preferred temperature. This Swany glove surpassed many users expectations in keeping their hands warm.
Features: According to users, the X-Cell II doesn’t quite have the dexterity to tie knots or do intricate work, but they can handle most zippers, buckles and tools. People who use these really like that they are easy to take on and off. They are also not super bulky (but not too thin either). These Swany gloves were designed with a wrist leash as well, so they can still stay attached to you when they are taken off. One downfall that users complain about is that when you tighten the multiple straps on glove, the end of the straps get caught on the surroundings, ski poles for example. However, an easy solution is to tuck the ends inside the gloves.
Fit: Like others, this glove is made with durable leather shell and has anatomically curved fingers. It has reinforced palm area which adds to the integrity and grippiness of the glove. Dyna-Therm lines the inside of the glove creating a comfortable and dry feeling. The liner is not removable, but no reviewers commented that this was an issue. Swany chose higher end material to create this glove which reflects in the durability. Many users report their gloves lasting multiple years without showing signs of wear. They also liked that the leather was soft and pliable.
- In addition to these being waterproof and warm, they are also durable
- They also have a neat little pocket for a hand warmer, if you venture out into much lower temperatures.
- These lack some dexterity, plus the hanging straps may tend to become annoying
Outdoor Research Alti Gloves
Warmth: Trust-worthy Gore-Tex and the perfect quantity of PrimaLoft insulation make this glove tremendously waterproof. Gore-Tex not only repels liquid water away, but is able to allow water vapor to pass through, which makes it breathable. The Alti was praised in reviews for always keeping users hands dry, day after day. The breathability of the glove was also applauded as there were no reports of sweaty or clammy hands with extended use of the glove.
With warm and dry hands you can enjoy the scenery and focus on where you are going next.
Features: Outdoor Research really outdid themselves when it comes to the durability and grip of this glove. They wanted to create an item that can be used on true outdoor expeditions, not just to shovel the snow. The AlpenGrip® palm and articulated fingers give excellent grip on ropes and tools. Innovative 3D Fit Technology, which uses 3-dimensional molds to design the glove instead of taking a 2D drawing and making into a 3D glove, is what makes this glove super comfortable. The liners of the gloves are also touchscreen compatible, which is a must in today’s world full of technology. It has a standard glove leash to keep the gloves connected to you at all times and a pull-on loop to easily get the gloves on. Lastly, the Alti glove is equipped with soft nose-wipe on the thumb. Gross, but useful.
Fit: The Alti has a wrist cinch to close the glove around your wrist. It has one strap that tightens the cinch and another strap that loosens, which people who used these really liked. Reviewers noted that they used these gloves in 10 degrees F weather and on bike rides in 25 degrees F with no warming issues. However, the gloves are slightly bulky compared to others. But, this is what people give up if you want a glove that will keep you forever warm in the bitterest weather.
- Exceptional waterproof capabilities, as well as durable long lasting construction
- The liner tends to come out with your hand, when removing the gloves
Hestro Ergo Grip Active Gloves
Warmth: Since this is a lighter weight glove, there is little to no insulation present. They do provide moderate warmth, but these gloves are not for people looking to hop on long chairlift rides at the ski resort or to walk the dog. They were made with minimal excess material and are best suited for an active person in cooler weather. These gloves were created to be tighter fitting on the user's hand to help with dexterity, therefore there is very limited room to add liner gloves to improve warmth. The bottom line is that these are meant to be used during activity. Users back this up with reviews that state this is not an everyday glove for temps below 20 degrees F. The outer palm of the glove is made from impregnated goat leather (impregnated meaning materials have been added to the leather to improve the quality). This is the first shield against moisture and increases the gloves durability. It is also reinforced with abrasion and heat resistant kangaroo leather on the palm. A Velcro leather strap with a hook and loop closure seals this glove at the wrist. This is one feature that helps keep the cold and wind out of the glove. Brushed polyester lining provides warmth and wicking. The outside of the glove is constructed with Gore Windstopper that users can rely on to protect them from the harsh wind blowing on the back of their hands. It also allows for moisture inside the glove to escape keeping your hands warm, but dry.
Features: Reviewers were in agreement that they are worth the investment. To back that up, Hestro’s gloves comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty. Lastly, Hestro makes this glove with its patented Ergo-Grip. This provides the person wearing them with a close fit and optimal grip.
Fit: Pre-curved articulated fingers are an important touch when looking for a glove with a natural fit and feel. Users of this glove felt like there was not a lot of extra room inside the glove. Most people liked this aspect of the glove though because they were able to use their hands more for intricate work. However, if you have large hands/fingers, be sure to check the sizing chart so they aren’t too tight and limit movement, as reviewers thought the sizing was a little off when they received their gloves. Critics felt the leather of this glove was soft and comfortable, but also very durable. There is extra leather added around the index finger for extra protection. This Hestra glove does not have touch screen capability, but if you are supposed to be outside exploring the outdoors, you may not need it anyways. It also does not come with wrist leashes to help keep you from dropping your gloves while not in use.
- This one well... fits like a glove. In that we mean it doesn't have much unecessary room inside when you have them on. This makes them a great choice for active use.
- The one downside, is the fact that there isn't much insulation if you plan on wearing these in extreme cold
Arc’teryx Lithic Glove
Warmth: These gloves are treated with Arc’teryx Nu water repellent treatment. They are constructed like a three-layer Gore-Tex jacket, which is a pretty good idea because the glove doesn’t have to solely rely on one layer to do all of the work. Reviewers who have tried multiple gloves thought this one had the best water-resilient qualities and held up best in real life situations. Arc’teryx also sells its Nu water repellent separately, so upkeep can be done for years after purchase. The Lithic was created with two layers of PrimaLoft® Silver insulation on the back of the hand to provide warmth and block the wind and PrimaLoft® Gold on the inside of the glove. The gold insulation is a little denser, allowing it to be a little more durable. Reviewers were split on the ability of this glove to keep their hands warm. Half of the crowd was very pleased and thought the glove kept their hands at a perfect temperature and the half felt their hands get cold in extreme temperatures. For the price of this glove, warmth should not be in question, which is a downfall. However, it does make up for this in breathability and dry time. Testers and reviewers report that these gloves will dry in several hours, which is something you don’t find in other gloves.
Features: The Lithic added two small, but helpful features to its glove. First, there a small loop at the base of the glove, which allows the gloves to be clipped together while not in use. The second being the wrist leashes, which will keep them connected to you if you take them off while on your outdoor adventure.
Fit: People who bought this glove enjoyed the comfortable, athletic fit. Arc’teryx patented Tri-Dex™ technology states it was created to match the thumb and fingers natural grasping motion, allowing for remarkable dexterity. Reviewers thought that the glove allowed them to move their fingers through a natural range of motion, as well as grip and use their fingers as they would without a glove on. It helps that the seams of this glove are placed in locations that doesn’t interfere with movement patterns of the hand. People were able to use these gloves for technical ice/mixed climbing and had no issue. They really enjoyed having the ergonomic freedom, while also having warm and dry hands.
- If these do get wet, the parts that do will dry quickly
- They offer a great amount of dexterity
- Though these provide excellent waterproof protection, they don't work too well in extreme cold
- They are a bit pricey
Black Diamond Soloist
Warmth: This long gauntlet style glove will not disappoint with keeping you warm from wrist to fingertip. One of the top comments about this glove was how warm it was when using. One reviewer used it in -40 degrees F weather and reported that his hands never got cold. That is really impressive. Properly placed high-quality insulation and an overall well-designed glove put this at the top for being water-resistant and super warm.
Features: Overall, users of this glove thought it was comfortable, easy to wear and move their hands in thanks to the stretchable outer shell. The Black Diamond does lack any other features, but if you’re looking for the standard warm and dry glove, this is a great option.
Fit: This glove offers average dexterity. Reviewers didn’t complain about the lack of dexterity, but they also didn’t rave about it either like they do in other gloves. The glove has one pull cord to tighten the glove at the wrist and close off the hand from the cold. These gloves claim to be 100% waterproof with its BDry insert with a removable liner. The waterproof shell can be worn alone on warmer days. However, if you are out in the cold, avoid taking the liner out, because testers noted that it is not the easier to get back in the glove on the fly. Users and reviewers report no issues with this glove performing in wet conditions. Some noted they really like wearing the waterproof shell alone as it improved their grip and dexterity.
- The quality materials used in the construction of these includes Kevlar reinforced goat leather, making them a great choice when durability is an absolute must
- The allowed dexterity isn't anything to brag about, and these do not have a wrist leash
Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride
Warmth: Designed with a very soft interior liner, these gloves feel very comfortable when they are on your hands, and provide a lot of warmth. They aren’t the warmest pair of gloves on our list, but they still do a great job performing well in this category.
Features: These gloves are designed to be very soft and comfortable, and come with a lot of durability. You’ll get a lot of use out of them, and they should last you a long period of time.
Fit: Made with dexterity in mind, these gloves have a neoprene cuff Velcro closure to keep your hands warm. They also fit very well, although their leather materials require a little more maintenance than some other gloves on our list.
Good weather protection
Leather needs to be treated often
If leather is not treated, gloves won’t be durable
Black Diamond Legend
Warmth: The lining on the interior of these gloves is made with 100% polyester for a soft feeling against your skin. The insulation is made up of Primaloft technology, which not only helps insulate, but keeps the moisture out of the inside of the glove.
Features: Designed with a goat leather palm, and palm patch, these gloves also feature Kevlar stitching for added durability. They are very warm and provide a lot of great weather protection.
Fit: These gloves have a good fit and feature a neoprene cuff to help keep water out, but they aren’t as flexible as some of the other options on our list. While they do fit well, if you need a lot of flexibility, these might not be the gloves for you.
Black Diamond Guide
Warmth: The interior of these gloves features a 100g fleece insulation for warmth as well as a 100% polyester lining. These gloves can withstand very cold temperatures, and are made to keep your hands very warm.
Features: Made with a strong shell fabric, you get a very durable glove. These gloves do take time to break in, but otherwise, they are built to last.
Fit: While these gloves do fit well, they can run a bit small, so you may need to buy a size up if you purchase them. Also, they aren’t quite as flexible as some other products on our list, so if flexibility is an issue for you, you might want to consider a different pair of gloves.
Can run small
Here’s What We Looked At
When you’re shopping around for the best waterproof gloves, you’ll need to consider a few criteria points to analyze before you make your decision. We’ll cover these criteria points in a bit more detail below.
We’ve broken down the materials designed into each one of the gloves on our list to help you better understand what you’d be getting by purchasing one of these pairs of gloves. When looking at materials, we considered the waterproof options and weather protection designed into the gloves, as well as the outer materials. Some gloves are made to be more flexible than others, but the overall features constructed into the gloves on our list should help you understand why some gloves are more durable than others.
When examining the warmth built-into the gloves on our list, we considered the insulation manufactured into the gloves, as well as the interior lining. Some of the gloves on our list are designed to be warmer than others, and typically, if you wind up with a warmer glove, it’s going to feel a bit stiffer and you might sacrifice some flexibility. When you are trying to balance out the warmth you need with the flexibility you want, take into consideration that you only need gloves to be as warm as it is comfortable for you, and if you go warmer, your gloves might wind up feeling stiff.
Many of the gloves on our list offer a variety of features you can consider if you want something extra in your gloves. For instance, some of these gloves are touchscreen capable while others are not. Some include high wrists that might also cinch up to keep water and snow out, while others don’t. If you are shopping on a budget, you’ll want to consider the features you really need so you can save yourself some money when you make your purchase.
Fit is comfortable when you’re searching around for gloves, because you don’t want your gloves to be too large or too small. If your gloves wind up being too small, they can cut off the circulation and also prevent your gloves from being as flexible as they should be. If you wind up with gloves that are too large, they can chafe and also make your hands feel clumsy. Fit can really also be a matter for personal preference, so our advice is to make sure you try on the pair of gloves you want to purchase before you buy them so you can make sure they fit correctly.
Other Stuff To Think About
When you’re trying to figure out what the best pair of gloves is for you, you’ll need to factor in what you really want and need. For instance, if you know you need a lot of dexterity, you might wind up sacrificing some warmth and insulation in your gloves.
Dexterity vs. Warmth
First, consider what you’ll be doing when you wear your gloves, and what the weather conditions and climate is going to be like. If you know you will be outside in very cold weather, then you will want to consider warmth over dexterity with your gloves. However, if you know it’ll be cold but tolerable, you might want to consider finding a good pair of gloves that can balance out both sides of the situation a bit better.
If you will be performing any outdoor sports that require your hands to move often, then you’ll need to think about how much dexterity you really want in your gloves before you make your purchase. Once you know that, you should be able to make a better decision about it.
Comfort in your gloves is another important thing you’ll want to consider when you are trying to make your decision about what gloves will be best for you. It can be difficult sometimes to adequately describe comfort, since comfort is often a matter of personal opinion. However, if the gloves are not comfortable for you, then you probably won’t wind up wearing them, and you’ll waste your money. To make sure the gloves you purchase have the right level of comfort for you, consider reading over the liner materials that are on the inside of the gloves to make sure you feel they will be great for you. You can also read over customer reviews of the product to see how other people rated the comfort level on your gloves. Also, don’t forget, if comfort is really important to you, and it honestly should be, then you should consider going to the store and trying on your gloves before making your purchase. That way, you can test out the comfort level of the gloves and make sure the gloves will work for you in the conditions you plan to encounter.
Value is going to be an important factor for just about everybody purchasing a good pair of gloves for the cold weather, but it will certainly affect you if you plan to shop on a budget. We’ve included some very affordable products on our list that provide you with great value options in case you do need to save. Also, when you are looking around for a good price on gloves, it’s best to think about the features you really need before you spend your money on gloves. If you are able to live without a few things and focus on needs and not wants, you can still get a very good pair of gloves without sacrificing too much money. Even when you are considering how to get the best value for your money, you’ll still need to really think about where you’ll be using your gloves and how you will be using them, so you can better review the features you really need and make a good decision.
Q: What do I need to know about the dexterity of my gloves?
Dexterity is something you might need to trade off if you want more insulation in your gloves. Gloves that have a decent amount of dexterity in them are flexible and won’t restrict your hands or fingers as you move. However, it’s sometimes a trade-off between flexibility and warmth.
Q: What is the warmest glove on your list?
The warmest glove on our list is the Black Diamond Guide, with its excellent insulation and ability to keep your hands warm in sub-freezing temperatures. However, this glove doesn’t offer a lot of flexibility, so you need to consider your options if you want more flexibility in your gloves.
Q: How can I tell if my gloves are durable?
You can analyze gloves for durability based on the way the gloves are stitched and the quality of the materials used in the gloves. Typically, gloves with Gore-Tex fabrics in them are stronger, since Gore-Tex is not only waterproof and windproof, but also abrasion resistant.
Q: Do I need gloves with touchscreen capabilities?
Not necessarily. Touchscreen capable gloves tend to cost more, but if you don’t want the annoyance of taking your gloves off and putting them back on to play with your phone and always want warm hands, then this feature can come in handy.
Q: What do I need to know if I am shopping for gloves on a budget?
We’ve listed a few gloves on our list that will give you an affordable option in gloves. Basically, think about the features you really need in a good pair of gloves, and not those that you really want, when you are shopping on a budget. Buying you gloves with fewer features can still provide you with a good pair of gloves at a lower price.
Q: Should I buy Gore-Tex gloves?
That’s up to you. Gore-Tex does offer some of the best weather protection technology as well as some helpful abrasion-resistant features that make the gloves more durable. However, if you are shopping on a budget, you might not be able to afford them. You can still get a good pair of gloves even without Gore-Tex technology.