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Good ski gloves or mittens are essential for a good day on the slopes. And nothing squashes a morning faster than what feels like frostbite. No matter what type of skiing or snowboarding you do, making sure that your extremities are cared for is essential to your safety, and more importantly to your fun. That’s why we’ve assembled this buyer’s guide to the freshest and long-proven best options this season. 

If in doubt what ski gloves and mittens are best for you? Read our guide at the end of our list to better understand what you need.

Top 10 Best Ski Gloves and Mittens In 2021

See our quick top 10, or go further down and read our in-depth reviews.

Still unsure as to what ski gloves and mittens to choose? Check out our buying guide to know what to look for when buying a ski gloves and mittens.

Hestra makes somewhere in the ballpark of 400 different styles of gloves, and this is the one that they make for ski pros. It could be the best ski glove you can find. The durability and versatility they offer is hard to match. If you expect to find yourself at the resort every morning, stamping your ski boots and anxiously squinting at the predawn horizon, you can take comfort in the fact that your hands aren’t cold.


Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Made of polyamide and goat leathe
  • Removable liners
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Available as a glove, mitten, and three finger glove
  • Interchangeable liner options
  • One of the best winter gloves for extreme cold
  • A ton of colors to choose from
What we don’t like:
  • Like most quality gloves, you need to stay on top of the waterproofing
  • Can feel a little bulky even without the liners

The first Hestra gloves were built for lumberjacks using rivet-reinforced leather. In their  “Heli” professional-grade model, they’ve kept the leather and added the better part of a century’s worth of ski industry experience. Hestra has a reputation for quality winter gloves, and though some may groan about the price and the “hype”, my hands have never gotten cold in mine. 

Heli series products are available as gloves, mittens, and three finger “gloves”. All are compatible with a series of interchangeable liners. The mittens are definitely the warmest by design, but all are insulated with Hestra house “G-Loft” polyester fill with a breathable fabric and goat leather shell. The gauntlet cuff makes them pow-proof, and the cinching “snowlock” keeps out the sluff. They’re also ergonomically designed, with a velcro strap and curved hand shape.

Hestra Fall Line products come from the freeride world, and emphasize dexterity and panache over the bombshelter approach the Heli series applies. Despite this, they’re still warm enough to be as well-regarded by ski professionals as other Hestra products.  The beautifully stitched external seams and boisterous color selection will make you look so good, you’ll probably ski better. 

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Made of impregnated cowhide and foam insulation
  • Nonremovable bemberg lining
  • Undercuff
What we like:
  • Allows for more dexterity and fine motor control than most gloves this warm
  • Looks great and has a lot of color options
  • Really comfortable undercuff for long use
What we don’t like:
  • You have to do a good job of waterproofing it
  • They can be cut on a nicked ski edge
  • Not as warm as similarly priced gloves

Aside from style points, the Fall Line run of products are a bit like the midsize SUV of Hestra gloves. They’re solid enough to feel safe, but are much more nimble and practical than the full size Heli gauntlet. They’re made of waterproofed cow leather, and filled with pliable foam insulation warm enough for professional use. The biggest draw to these is the dexterity the external seams provide: grab your pole tighter, buckle a chinstrap, even tie a knot without taking off your gloves. All products have neoprene undercuff that slides under your jacket sleeve, allowing for even more movement.

All told, Fall Line gloves and mittens are perfect for people who use their hands a lot and are tired of cold hands from taking off their gloves. Dig a pit, zip up your kid’s coat, point out the easiest way down all without the inconvenience of cold hands.

Nowadays it’s hard to look at a gear review for anything without seeing at least one Black Diamond product in it. There’s a good reason for this, they have high quality gear at affordable prices across dozens of niches. Black Diamond gloves generally have the same utility value as higher-end gear, but at a much more middling price.  

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Made of pertex and goat leather
  • Removable fleece split-finger lining
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Very warm with the combined shell insulation and fleece lining
  • Split-finger lining is waterproofed and can be worn alone
  • Great price for the quality of mitten
What we don’t like:
  • Feels pretty bulky and little dexterity
  • Sizes tend to run small

The Mercury Mitten has one of the best waterproofing to the point where the insulated liner itself has been made water resistant. The back of the shell has sturdy synthetic fabrics stitched with kevlar thread to the goat leather palm. Black Diamond submits the Mercury as the perfect all season glove, warm enough in the most demanding temperatures with removable, split-finger liners that can be worn by themselves on warm days. 

Black Diamond Mercury’s are for you if you find your fingers getting in the way of your fun. They may be a little bulky, even for mittens, but given the protection you get compared with what you pay, not having fingers seems worth it.

The Black Diamond Guide Glove is their take on a professional standard ski glove. They seek to fill that middle ground between warmth and dexterity where the gold standard for guides, instructors and patrollers lies. These admittedly are lacking in dexterity compared to some similar models, but they make up for it in toughness. After you go through the slight inconvenience of breaking them in, you’ll have a fitted glove that you can guaranteed have more than a few seasons skiing or snowboarding.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Full nylon shell with goat leather palm
  • Gore-Tex protected boiled wool and fleece liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Built for the coldest temperatures
  • One of the toughest gloves on the market
  • Available as a finger glove
  • Waterproof liner
  • Extra padding and hand protection
What we don’t like:
  • Sizing is tricky and takes some time to break in
  • Pretty expensive

The liner is made of boiled wool, which adjusts to the shape of your fingers. The liner itself is protected by weatherproof Gore-Tex, and completely removable for a lightweight option. The shell is made of further insulated nylon, padded across the knuckles, and goat leather palms. Black Diamond claims they’re good up to -20 ºF/-29 ºC. It’s also available as a finger glove.

The biggest criticism is of the sizing and the amount of time they take to break in. They’re pretty stiff out of the box. But there’s something special about getting to know a piece of gear, and seeing that way that your body shapes it over time. The Black Diamond Guide is worth the effort, and can handle most any winter activity you throw at it.

The Black Diamond Spark freeride line offers everything you’d want in a hardworking pair of gloves, and at a much more affordable price than the similar Hestra Fall Line. The dexterity and versatility of a freeride glove, with enough warmth to keep your hands comfortable when you’re moving.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Full goat leather shell
  • Non removable fleece liner
  • Undercuff/ Glove has a gauntlet variation
What we like:
  • Full leather shell looks great, adds toughness, and is effectively waterproof
  • Available in as a glove, mitten, and finger glove
  • Comes in a range of colors
  • Great price
What we don’t like:
  • Not as warm as other freeride gloves
  • There are complaints about the sizing being tricky

The Spark is available as a glove, mitten, or finger glove in a swathe of different colors. Its sleek, compact design is exactly what you’d expect out of a flash freeride glove. The shell is made completely of goat leather and additionally weatherproofed with a layer of Black Diamond’s proprietary laminate. The flexible seamwork is fully sealed so you can get the maximum amount of movement without worrying about dampness leaking in, and a full leather weatherproof cuff keeps snow out of your cuffs. The Spark Glove has an alternate model with a gauntlet if you’re worried about how deep you get.

The biggest appeal of the Spark series is the price. It falls right in the Black Diamond target zone of professional standards and affordability. It’s a fully functional freeride glove appropriate for extreme weather conditions. Sure there are warmer gloves out there, but this is among the best ski gloves for the price.

And as far as the warmest mittens go, these don’t cover skiing in Lapland the same way other mitts may, but they certainly keep you toasty enough in temperatures as low as 0 degrees F.

Gore-Tex is the foremost waterproof, vapor permeable material on the market. So while Burton Gore-Tex gloves and mittens may not be the lowest-volume or the most ergonomic option, they’ll definitely keep your hands dry and warm. This line of products is affordable and resort-ready, a great choice if you’re a weekend resort rider or getting back on the slopes after a long break.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Gore-Tex and synthetic leather shell, synthetic insulation
  • Removable, touch-screen liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Great affordable resort glove
  • Touch screen compatibility
  • Available as a glove and a mitten
What we don’t like:
  • Bulky and not as comfortable as other options

True to the name, these gloves and mittens are built with a full Gore-Tex shell overtop a breathable 2-layer fabric. They’re filled with a generous amount of synthetic Thermacore insulation, and have synthetic leather palms and fingers that let them work on touchscreens. The removable microfiber lining features the same touchscreen compatibility, and can be worn without the shell on warm weather days.

The reason these gloves made this list is their utility and their price point. If you’re a resort skier who needs a dependable pair of affordable gloves, particularly if you’re going to be skiing somewhere wet. There are warmer gloves, and there are definitely less bulky gloves available. But ultimately these are perfectly suitable for any kind of skiing, and durable enough to last a few seasons.

The Burton Oven Mitt is about the warmest thing that you can put on your hands outside of a battery-heated mitten. They’re  comically overbuilt and are the waterproof equivalent of down booties for your hands. It’s probably the warmest mitten on this list that doesn’t have a full gauntlet cuff. But unlike some down products, the Burton Oven Mitt won’t get torn up the first time you hit the snow or snag a branch.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Windstopper shell with leather palm and thumb
  • Fleece liner
  • Undercuff
  • Priced around $150 USD
What we like:
  • One of the warmest options out there
  • Sleek undercuff
  • Down fill is really unique in a functional glove
What we don’t like:
  • Down isn’t warm if it gets wet

The shell of the mitten is made of the waterproof Gore Windstopper fabric. Burton combines synthetic insulation with triple goose down. The palm and thumb are reinforced with touch-screen ready leather.

The Oven Mtt are perfect if you’re constantly troubled by cold fingers, or want a pair of emergency cold-weather gloves that you can ski in

The biggest engineering challenge for winter glove engineers is trying to strike a balance between dexterity and warmth. It’s hard balance because more insulation and durability typically means less range of movement. Outdoor Research’s take on a solution is the Alti glove and mitten line.

The line is made entirely out of synthetic materials specifically for best fit and overall efficiency. The shell is made from woven nylon and spandex in a special ergonomic grip shape for added dexterity. It’s combined with a full Gore-Tex insert and reinforced palm laminate for additional ruggedness and waterproofing. The removable liner features its own nylon shell, and is insulated with Primaloft fill. 

Alti products are Outdoor Research’s attempt to make a high performance glove with the specs to take on the most extreme conditions. The Alti is still a good choice for semi-technical winter sports, but you’re probably going to want a thinner option if you want a lot more dexterity.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Nylon and spandex shell
  • Removable synthetic liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Gauntlet allows access to wristwatch, easy to get over jacket cuff
  • Solidly priced expedition glove
  • Really nice removable liner
What we don’t like:
  • The sizing for this glove is very finicky and won’t fit all hands
  • Not as much dexterity as other similar options.

The Lucent line from Outdoor Research has a reputation for reliable heated gloves or mitts where others have failed. This line of products, particularly the mittens, are warm by design, but can’t really be judged by the same standard as typical gloves and mittens when you take the heater into consideration. 

The shell is made of weatherproofed nylon and polyester with goat leather overlays capable of using touchscreens. The insulation likewise is Thermaloft polyester designed to conduct the heat from Outdoor Research’s ALTI heat thermal technology. The rechargeable heating component has three different customizable heat settings. You can buy extra lithium-ion batteries to swap out on the go, and recharge them in rotation. The gloves and mittens also come with a removable liner made of super comfortable fleece.

The Lucent gloves and mittens offer unparalleled comfort for a steep price. But if you’ve exhausted your other options and never want to worry about your hands while you’re out skiing again, they’ll do the trick. If you’re still skeptical, you could alternatively try OR’s Capstone heated gloves, which claim to have twice the heat output of the rest of the series for $500 USD.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Nylon shell with goat leather overlay, filled with synthetic insulation
  • Removable fleece liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • The frontrunning option in heated glove technology
  • Removable and rechargeable batteries
  • Includes adapters that charge all over the world
  • Never have cold hands again
What we don’t like:
  • They have a really big price tag

The Gordini Voyager Mitten occupies a similar space to Black Diamond’s Mercury. Gordini’s model is more versatile, and it offers a similar degree of protection without the bulk. They’re a classic take on the mitten constructed from top quality materials, an all-around great product that runs somewhere in the middle of the price pack.

They have everything you’d want out of a cold weather garment of this quality- a totally waterproof shell with sheepskin leather trip, a removable sheepskin merino wool glove liner, a full cuff cinching gauntlet. The liners can be worn without the shell as a lightweight option, but as far as features go the Voyager is relatively simple. A solid mitten with an elegant look and the promise of warm fingers.

The Voyager is a beautiful mitten, that much can’t be argued. But it backs up aesthetic appeal with quality performance, and does all this without being outrageously expensive. Overall it’s a high-performance mitten with more than a little flair, with a very reasonable price tag.


Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Waterproof synthetic and sheepskin leather shell, synthetic insulation
  • Removable merino sheepskin liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Looks great, and performs just as well as anything similar on the market
  • The merino liners are awesome, reduce ski glove stink
What we don’t like:
  • Though they often work longer, batteries only have a one year shelf life

The Gordini Storm Trooper II is for you if you don’t want to blow your whole budget on gloves, but need something with the same degree of functionality as other gloves on this list. In terms of performance, it’s perfectly suitable for most any day at the resort, but your hands might get a little sweaty in the springtime.

The Storm Trooper II is built out of the same high-quality materials as any other serious ski glove. The shell is made from waterproof nylon with goatskin trim, and textured grip palms. They’re filled with industry-grade synthetic insulation, and have pockets for disposable hand warmers to help with the predawn chill.

Despite the low price tag, these are competitive additions to the list. There are other options that will last longer, be easier to clean, and provide more warmth; but not for the price of the Storm Trooper II.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Waterproof nylon shell with goatskin trim, filled with Megaloft synthetic insulation
  • Nonremovable synthetic liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Functional ski glove at a very competitive price
  • Cool aesthetic
What we don’t like:
  • Liner isn’t removable making care difficult
  • Not as warm as higher end options

Arc’teryx are made in Canada and have a reputation for high quality gear. Arc’teryx claims the Fission SV is their warmest “multi-sport” glove, meaning that they’re about the warmest that a low-profile performance glove with this much freedom of movement can be. Though by far not the warmest option on this list, it’s hard to match the Fission SV in terms of toughness and the freedom it gives your fingers.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Waterproofed synthetic shell with goat skin trim, Gore-Tex insert with synthetic fill
  • Synthetic liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • High dexterity glove that offers adequate warmth
  • Low-profile and slim fitting
  • One of the toughest gloves on the market
What we don’t like:
  • Definitely not the warmest glove
  • High price point for something that doesn’t work at very cold temperatures

The Fission SV shell is made of lightweight, windproof polymer overlain with goat leather, with an additional waterproof Gore-Tex insert. They’re filled with Primaloft insulation suitable for subfreezing temperatures, but not necessarily for extreme cold. 

Everything Arc’teryx makes is rigorously engineered to give you the most out of your purchase. Fission Gloves are built for people who need a high-dexterity glove for an active winter lifestyle. It’s one of the warmest gloves that Arc’teryx makes, and is more than appropriate for any resort conditions you could care to put it through. 

The North Face Montana glove and mitten line is yet another excellent contender in the running for the best budget resort glove. It’s a low profile option that keeps you dry while giving you enough freedom to adjust your equipment without taking your gloves off. They offer all the protection you could want for your average season of resort skiing. With additional features such as touchscreen functionality, heat warmer pockets, and dexterity-boosting finger sleeves in the mittens, they’re perfect daily drivers for getting your laps in at your local mountain.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Gore-Tex shell with synthetic leather overlay and synthetic insulation
  • Nonremovable synthetic lining
  • Gauntlet cuff
What we like:
  • Totally waterproof gauntlet style
  • Available as glove and mitten
  • High performance and good dexterity
  • Touchscreen access
  • Great price
What we don’t like:
  • Not as warm as other options

The North Face Montana line shell is made of Gore-Tex with synthetic leather overlay. It’s completely waterproof and features a full gauntlet cuff to keep slush from sliding down your hands. They’re ergonomically shaped and built for getting the best grip you can on your ski pole, binding strap, or boot buckle. Using an appropriate amount of synthetic fill for the resort environment, with a polyester fleece lining.

While there are warmer gloves out there, the Montana shouldn’t be overlooked as an option for any serious alpine skier testing their options. They’re a tough, no-nonsense option for a reasonable price.

If you’ve ever been to a resort and seen a ski bum rip by you in duct-taped snow pants and tattered work gloves, they were probably also wearing a pair of Kinco gloves. Though inexpensive it’s surprising how well they work. If you’re feeling creative, take a fine-tip Sharpie and draw some mountain or a snowman on them before you add the Sno Seal beewwax sealant. 

Kinko products are available in a wide array of styles, but for winter sports you’ll probably be best off with their heavy duty lined options. The cashier at a local hardware store recommends the “Axeman” mitten because of the separated fingers and full leather shell. All gloves and mittens are constructed with pig leather, and the models with striped fabric also include a canvas blend, while the wrists cinch elastically to keep out snow.

In terms of price, you’re not going to find anything in the $20 dollar range that’s going to perform to the same standard as these hardworking products. There are better gloves out there, but you’ll likely earn some serious style points.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Pigleather and canvas shell
  • Heatkeep synthetic liner
  • Elastic undercuff
What we like:
  • The high quality and the low price
What we don’t like:
  • Not great for wet weather

The 2021 Glove and Mitten Buyer’s Guide


We outlined many different options in this list, all of the gloves that we included are high-quality and objectively “good”, but are definitely built with different purposes in mind. There are wide degrees of variance in the conditions and stress that recreators will put their gear though. While they’re both great products, there’s a stark contrast between the Burton Oven Mitt and the Arc’teryx Fission SV series. Ultimately, your criteria for a perfect glove is going to depend very much on what sport you’re doing. In the following guide we’ll lay out the parameters for the kids of performance that you can expect out of different glove features, and help you figure out what style suits you best.

Gloves vs. Mittens

Before making any serious considerations about the brand or model, you should figure out what style of fit interests you the most. There are benefits and drawbacks to all different approaches, but speaking across the board, mittens are typically going to be warmer than gloves, and gloves are going to offer more control and dexterity than mittens. Differences in shell and fill mean there are warm options in every style, but you should first consider how much you need to use your fingers. Snowboard bindings and some ski boot buckles can be hard to operate through the bulk of a solid mitten, but then again, they’re definitely hard to operate with cold fingers.

If you’re indecisive then you could always try out one of the cheeky “Finger Mitts” like the Black Diamond Spark, this approach leaves only your index finger to brave the elements alone. Look into the specifications of every product, manufacturers have wildly different approaches to striking a balance between warmth and range of motion, and all of them are going to work differently depending on the user.

Gauntlet vs. Undercuff

Another consideration you may wish to make is on the type of cuff that you want. On burlier gloves that cater towards total weatherproofing and maximum warmth, you’re more likely to see a full gauntlet that, while undoubtedly tougher, can really restrict both your freedom of movement and the versatility of the garment. 

Under cuffs are great for those who need immediate access to their hands. It can be really difficult to tie a knot, make adjustments to your gear, or grab a hold of a kid stuck in a downhill death wedge. All this dexterity comes at a cost. The bottomline is that you’re going to get snow poured into your glove at some point, and your hands are going to get wet. If this sounds like a dealbreaker to you, take a look at some jacket shells with tight-fastening sleeves. 

Removable Liner

Having a removable liner makes maintenance of your glove much easier, because the liners can be washed separately from the shell. It also adds to their versatility, some models allow for multiple liners to be swapped out, or worn separately as a lightweight option for warmer days. However, a common criticism of them is comfort based. Removable liners have the tendency to bunch up awkwardly, or get partially pulled out when you take your gloves off. 

Liners come in as wide of a range and variety as gloves and mittens, take a look at the materials used in each model that interests you. More expedition based models will feature separate waterproofing, while resort style options shoot to optimize warmth and comfort.


It’s clear how the materials you put into the glove impact its performance, but the variety of approaches displayed on this list show that there’s no single best build for a given glove. Much depends, again, on the intended use. In general, most high end gloves are constructed from a house synthetic and leather. Some opt for an almost entire hide shell while others use leather only as a trim across the fingers and palm. The insulation itself has a little more variety, and unique approaches ranging from down fill to boiled wool liners are available, with no shortage of proprietary synthetic insulations. 

Again, a lot of what makes a glove or mitten is determined by its intended use, and  there are no shortage of options more appropriate for resort use. They’ll typically be made of the similar materials to the high-end gloves, but not overbuilt for extreme conditions. Not to say they’re flimsy, you can still expect plenty of seasons of use out of a solid pair.

How Do I Care for Winter Gear?

Investing in a solid set of ski gear is expensive, and with a lot of the top-rated options easily exceeding $100 dollars, you’re going to want to properly care for your new pair of gloves to make them last long and to ensure they function to their fullest potential. As an across the board rule, make sure that you properly dry gear after each time you use it. Keeping things dry is 90% of keeping them clean and functioning well.

For leather gloves, keep an eye out for places on the shell where the shell looks dry and flakey. You should be prepared with some leather conditioner and expect to apply it around three times a season. Synthetic gloves you can expect to have to maintain less regularly, and spot-coating Nikwax should get your most of the way there if you should notice any saturation. In either case, make sure that you follow washing instructions stringently, likely these will advise you not to throw them in the laundry machine.

If you already have a ski glove or a mitten or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.


  1. Terry

    Thanks for your article. Pretty helpful. I’m gonna learn snowboarding this winter. Can I get away with using mittens? Is it really too difficult to open or close bindings?

  2. Ana Myles

    Having a removable liner makes maintenance of your glove much easier, because the liners can be washed separately from the shell. It also adds to their versatility, some models allow for multiple liners to be swapped out, or worn separately as a lightweight option for warmer days. However, a common criticism of them is comfort based. Removable liners have the tendency to bunch up awkwardly, or get partially pulled out when you take your gloves off.

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