The Best Waterproof Gloves Fully Reviewed
When you begin to look for some waterproof gloves, you will discover that no two gloves are made quite the same. That is why matching a glove’s qualities to your specific 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. Furthermore, added features to gloves (like wrist leashes, pockets, and leather palms) are also nice touches that some brands build into their gloves.
- Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Glove
- Swany X-cell II
- Outdoor Research Alti Gloves
- Hestro Ergo Grip Active Gloves
- Arc’teryx Alpha SV Mitten
- Black Diamond Soloist
- Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride
- Black Diamond Legend
- Black Diamond Guide
- Urban Boundaries Men's Micro-Nylon
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Glove
- Long lasting
- Adjustable wrist section
- May be too warm for many occasions
Carhartt is a well-known company that has made its name so reputable through the production of stellar work and outdoor gear. One such example is the Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Glove. This glove will keep your fingers warm and dry. Find out why we love these gloves so much below.Read more
Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Gloves have a shell that is made of 100% polyester, which is a durable fabric. The specific name for the shell's long lasting material is called polytex, and with the purchase of these gloves, you won't need another pair for a long time.
Not only will these gloves keep you fully protected from water, the inner lining wicks away sweat, so you stay comfortable.
Like all Carhartt products, these gloves have been made to be tough and quality and this can be seen in the reinforced palms and stitching throughout.
When you are wearing these gloves, you will feel warm and ready to take on the elements. The only downfall? They might be too warm sometimes.
2. Swany X-cell II
- 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
The Swany X-Cell II was made to excel (sorry) in protection and warmth from the elements. This fierce gauntlet style glove has a serious and strong look to it. It is super durable and made with an all leather resilient shell, which was constructed to last through years of use and abuse. Swany precisely placed insulation in certain areas of the glove to deliver optimal warmth. When you refuse to let the cold temperatures keep you inside, these can be your go-to hand protection. The gloves also come with wrist leashes, so the odds of dropping or losing your investment is decreased. The Swany X-cell II also comes in mitt form.Read more
Materials: Dryfingers II are membranes in the X-Cell II that prevent cold moisture from getting inside the glove. It gives you the intense waterproof protection you need and allows water vapor to escape so your fingers do not get pruney and clammy. Reviewers note that this works flawlessly and never had an issue with moisture in their gloves, even when doing activities in the ice and snow. This would make them ideal for any winter activities, such as camping and skiing, so the opportunities are virtually endless.
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 keep 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 gets 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 a 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.
3. Outdoor Research Alti Gloves
- Exceptional waterproof capabilities, as well as durable long lasting construction
- The liner tends to come out with your hand, when removing the gloves
Winter really is a different kind of beauty and many people find it much easier to enjoy when they are warm, comfortable and able to enjoy their favorite hobbies without having to take off their gloves to adjust a rope or pulley. Outdoor Research created the Alti to hold up against the most ruthless winter weather. They truly did their research and found a way for their glove to be breathable, tactile, super warm, and waterproof all in one. They used quality material to construct their glove and 3D technology to find the perfect, flexible fit. Dexterity is also one of this glove’s top quality features, so if you stay busy with your hands during the cold winter months, this may be a great option for you. Due to Outdoor Research having a great reputation, when the cold temperatures come knocking, many people turn to the Alti Glove.Read more
Materials: The Alti is made with a 100% Nylon shell and Gore-Tex® insert. Like other gloves, Outdoor Research used PrimaLoft® Gold for insulation. The shell is made with 100g and the liner is 170g. People who bought and used these gloves report that the materials used are very durable and high-quality. Several noted using their gloves through multiple seasons and they are still going strong.
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.
4. Hestro Ergo Grip Active Gloves
- 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
This Hestro glove is a lighter weight glove with excellent dexterity. This glove is ideal for the technical, on the go outdoorsman/woman who relies on hand agility to enjoy their hobby. It provides moderate warmth and was constructed with top of the line materials for extreme durability. It is made of 70% leather and 30% synthetic material. The leather used to make these gloves was originally inspired and used for military purposes. It provides great structural support and is easy to break in. Users report having their Hestro’s for many years without issue.Read more
Materials: The gloves are made with a waterproof, breathable OutDry material and thin fleece lining on the inside of the glove. Testers report that their hands never got wet even when they were put through a wide array of conditions. This makes it an ideal glove for ski touring, ice climbing or cross-country skiing. In situations where you will have repeated contact with snow or water, you can anticipate your hands will stay dry. From reviewers’ testaments, these gloves are one of the most waterproof outdoor gloves on the market.
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 come 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 touchscreen 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.
5. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Mitten
- 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
Made precisely for skiing and snowboarding, this shorter style gauntlet glove was designed with great features to be very waterproof and have great dexterity. The length of the mitten allows them to fit under or over jacket sleeves. They have not been proven to perform the best in the extreme cold, but they do a good job in temperatures 20 degrees F or higher. These well-designed gloves are manufactured with high-quality materials and are a perfect fit for many active winter adventures.Read more
Materials: A large variety of materials were used in the design of this mitten. One distinct characteristic of this glove compared to others, is its choice to use TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) reinforcements at the palm and fingertips. The hydrophobic qualities of TPU are really great at sealing out water. Extra grip control was also bonded on the palms and fingers for better dexterity and added toughness to areas prone to wear. The inside of this glove has soft, brushed liner and around the inner cuff is a DWR treated nylon material. No users noted that they liked or disliked the feeling of the inside of this glove. The Lithic also glove has an internal draft tube and adjustable wrist strap to cinch out the cold and prevent snow, ice or rain from ever entering the 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 Alpha 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 don’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.
6. Black Diamond Soloist
- 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
The Soloist is a two-part glove which consists of an outer Pertex shell, BDry insert, and PrimaLoft One insulation. The inner part of the glove is removable and consists of a strong liner that is insulated and has a soft polyester feel. People really enjoyed the option to wear the glove as a whole or to just wear one part depending on the temperature and task at hand. The black soloist excels at warmth and being very waterproof. The Black Diamond uses quality material in the design of their glove, including Kevlar® reinforced goat leather. This glove was built to be very tough and enduring and critics reviews do back this claim up. It does lack extra features that are showing up on another top of the line gloves such as wrist leashes, touch screen capability, pockets and pull-on straps.Read more
Materials: The shell of the Black Diamond is made with woven nylon Pertex that is able to stretch in all 4 directions. Perks of this is that the user will never get resistance from the material when performing a more intricate task. The material is also abrasion resistant to increase the longevity of the glove. The liner of this glove is made with PrimaLoft Gold insulation and has a soft feel with its high loft fleece. If the liner gets wet, reviewers found that it dried quickly and even continue to insulate when wet. Kevlar® reinforced goat leather makes up the palm of this glove which adds to the durability.
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.
7. Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride
Good weather protection
Leather needs to be treated often
If leather is not treated, gloves won’t be durable
Hestra’s Vertical Cut Freeride Gloves offer you an excellent choice in waterproof gloves that deliver a great all-around performance. They feel great when you wear them, and they are also very warm.Read more
Materials: Designed from Army Leather, goat leather, and aniline cowhide, these gloves are very waterproof and also insulated. Inside of the gloves, you’ll get Thermolite Polyester-based thin insulation to keep your hands warm.
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.
8. Black Diamond Legend
Black Diamond’s Legend gloves offer you a very solid choice in some durable gloves that bring you great weather protection. Designed to be warm and comfortable, you’ll love wearing these gloves when the temperature drops outside.Read more
Materials: Black Diamond’s Legend gloves are made from 100% goatskin and feature a polyester lining on the inside. Made to be waterproof and durable, these gloves are very long-lasting. Featuring Gore-Tex technology, you get some of the best weather protection money can buy packed into these gloves.
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.
9. Black Diamond Guide
Can run small
Black Diamond’s Guide gloves are made to withstand very cold temperatures while still keeping your hands very warm. They are very durable and long-lasting, and you’ll be able to use them for a long time.Read more
Materials: The outer shell of these gloves are made from 92% nylon and 8% spandex with 100% goat skin palm. Designed with Gore-Tex technology to make the gloves very weatherproof, you’ll get a lot of protection from both the wind and the rain.
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.
10. Urban Boundaries Men's Micro-Nylon
- Very warm
- Adjustable wrist straps
- Slightly bulky for certain uses
While these gloves are truly made for outdoor sports like skiing, you will find that they are warm and useful during winter months, although they may be a touch bulkier than others. What really makes these gloves shine is the Thinsulate lining.Read more
Like other gloves on this list, these gloves are made to keep out the elements. The acrylic knit cuff adds warmth and blocks snow and cold air.
To customize the fit of these gloves, there are adjustable wrist straps.
The palm of these gloves has rubber grips so that you can keep a firm hand on anything you need to carry.
The big bonus of these gloves is the 40-gram Thinsulate lining that will keep you warm in the most frozen of weather.
These gloves are totally waterproof, so you are not needing to worry about getting wet. The only problem you might have with these gloves is that they may be too warm for a lot of occasions. But for the mountain or winter day of playing with kids, they are perfect.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
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.
Other Factors to Consider
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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. It is suggested that you read through reviews when choosing your gloves based on durability. However, if you opt for something on this list, you will most certainly get a glove that is both waterproof and durable. Not to mention, Carhartt tends to make work quality gear, so their gloves are tried and true when it comes to durability.
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.
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.
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.