16 Best Ski Gloves And Mittens in 2022

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No matter your preference of winter sport, keeping your hands warm is essential to your safety, and more importantly- to your fun. That’s why we’ve assembled this buyer’s guide to the best gloves and mittens out there.

Between the freshest models of the season and long-proven deep snow savoirs, we’ve stacked up the ten best gloves from every category. For more on how to choose the best glove for you, take a look at our below buyer’s guide to help narrow down the selection even more.

The Top 10 Ski Gloves and Mittens in 2022

All the Ski Gloves and Mittens We've tested

Best All-Around Glove

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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. 

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.

Specs & Features

  • Made of impregnated cowhide and foam insulation
  • Nonremovable bemberg lining
  • Undercuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Reasons to buy:

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    Allows for more dexterity and fine motor control than most gloves this warm
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    Looks great and has a lot of color options
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    Really comfortable undercuff for long use

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Hestra manufactures dozens of different styles of ski gloves and mittens, and the Army Leather Extreme may be the warmest and toughest out of all of them. These are built for dedicated dawn patrol, those who expect to be waiting in the lift line before the sun has fully crested the horizon.

Despite any squabbling about what the warmest glove may be, it’s hard to hold a candle to the insulative capacity of a mitten.

Hestra has a reputation for quality winter gloves, and though some may groan about the price and the “hype”, you won’t often hear people complaining about cold hands. What these mitts lack in mobility they more than make up for with durability, dryness and warmth. For a closer look at this exceptionally warm mitten, take a look at our in-depth review here.

Specs & Features

  • Made of polyamide and goat leather shell
  • Removable liners
  • Gauntlet cuff
  • Elastic leases so you neer drop your mitt off the lift

Our Overall Review

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Interchangeable liner options
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    One of the best winter gloves for extreme cold
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    A ton of colors to choose from

Reasons NOT to buy:

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  • check-markCan feel a little bulky even without the liners
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Hestra Army Leather Extreme

Expedition-Ready Gauntlet

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For the winter of 21/22 we finally have the chance to get our hands on a pair of the legendary Black Diamond Guide Gloves. These unsinkable gloves have been the preferred tools of alpine masters who face some of the most unforgiving climates on the face of the planet.

A big part of their armor is the lining that reinforces their profile.

Being the beefiest gloves in the universe doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best for every skier. There are some nuances and design aspects that will frustrate a large portion of recreational skiers who don’t have a specific need for the warmest gloves out there.

It should be mentioned that these take a little bit of time to break in, and on that note our guide will be updated as we spend more time with the Guide Glove to give a more accurate idea of what to expect long term.

Our only worthwhile criticism of this model is a considerable break-in period. Until you spend some time packing down the liner and working proper creases into the shell they’ll feel pretty stiff, and worse, they won’t keep you optimally insulated.

Despite these misgivings, Black Diamond’s Guide Gloves are built to last, with an attitude closer to a good pair of hiking boots than your typical outdoor soft good. Incidentally, that also makes these gloves great off the slopes, on a hike.

Specs & Features

  • Nylon and goat leather shell
  • Removable boiled wool and Primaloft liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
  • Foam knuckle padding
  • Soft fabric nose wipe

Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    Built for the coldest temperatures
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    One of the toughest gloves on the market
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    Available as a finger glove
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    Waterproof liner
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    Extra padding and hand protection

Reasons NOT to buy:

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The Gordini Storm Trooper II seemingly responds to the demands for workable, all-season performance at a very affordable price. While still a step below industry elites regarding performance amenities, the Storm Trooper II is a glove that you can depend on when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Over the last few months, we’ve had the opportunity to pit the Storm Trooper II against a variety of alpine conditions, both on and off the resort. Below, we’ll give you a comprehensive breakdown of how the Storm Trooper II handles on the hill, as well as some comparisons to other top-performers we’ve tested.

Specs & Features

  • Nylon shell with goatskin reinforcements
  • Gore-Tex inserts
  • Megaloft synthetic fill
  • Moisture-wicking liner
  • Zippered handwarmer pocket

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Great glove for a great price
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    Surprisingly warm and durable
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    Feature set close to a premium model

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Gordini Storm Trooper II

Best for Touring

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In high-output or during demanding winter sports, you’ll need a glove that can juggle breathability, mobility, and warmth without compromise. Arc’teryx claims the Fission SV is their warmest “multi-sport” glove, meaning if you see yourself spending a lot of time off the resort you likely won’t find a better option.

The range of motion of this model is unmatched, ensuring hassle free backcountry transitions and saving you the frustration of taking off your glove for specific tasks.

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. That being said, you may find the Fission SV a little too warm for uphill travel in the springtime.

Specs & Features

  • Waterproofed synthetic shell with goat skin trim
  • Gore-Tex insert liner with synthetic fill
  • Carabiner clip loop
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    High dexterity glove that offers adequate warmth
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    Low-profile and slim fitting
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    One of the toughest gloves on the market

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markDefinitely not the warmest glove
  • check-markHigh price point for something that doesn’t work at very cold temperatures

Warmest Resort Glove

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The Alti line is Outdoor Research’s high performance series. Falling in line just behind the Black Diamond Guide Glove in terms of toughness, the Alti glove offers out-of-the-box comfort along with the high degree of warmth and dexterity you’d expect out of a performance glove.

The Alti excels in light-technical applications and is also a top contender for resort skiers with cold hands and big demands.

The Alti is marketed as a high-mobility expedition glove, and while there’s no reason it couldn’t be applied under such circumstances, it does best in a more casual setting. If you’re debating between premium glove models our advice is to look toward the Guide Glove above for toughness and technical suitability, and always the Alti if you want warmth and comfort.

Specs & Features

  • Nylon and spandex shell
  • Removable synthetic liner
  • Gauntlet cuff
  • Silicon grip rubber palm
  • 3DFit Technology

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    Gauntlet allows access to wristwatch, easy to get over jacket cuff
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    Solidly priced expedition glove
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    Really nice removable liner

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe sizing for this glove is very finicky and won’t fit all hands
  • check-markNot as much dexterity as other similar options.

Affordable Leather Glove

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The humble Kinco Work Glove is one of the ski industry’s worst-kept secrets. This simple and supremely affordable piece of workwear has found a vacation home on ski slopes all over North America.

It proves that you don’t need to have the most expensive gear to be the best-looking skier on the hill. But how well do they actually perform compared to the very expensive and expedition-ready gloves we’ve tried out?

Kinco makes a whole fleet of ski-applicable gloves, we review the 1927KW because that’s the model I happened to find a couple of springs ago while hiking under a lift line in search of goodies.

Below we’ll dig into the details of this glove and see whether it truly is a good fit for the slopes or is better left at home on the ranch.

Specs & Features

  • Cotton Canvas Backing
  • Premium Grade Pigskin Shell
  • Polyester Knit Wrist
  • Pigskin Reinforcement around critical points of the build
  • Angled Wing Thumb for more flexibility and dexterity

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy:

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    Unbeatable price considering the materials used and the build quality
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    Competes with premium glove models for resort use and low elevation touring
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    Outcompetes premium models when it comes to durability and longevity

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe canvas backing for this model is cotton, and therefore isn't waterproof
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  • check-markThere's a little bit of a break-in period before you can feel the full comfort benefits
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Kinco 1927KW

Waterproof Resort Glove

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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 rider in an area with a wet snowpack.

The reason these gloves made this list is their utility and their price point. They’re a good analog to the Storm Trooper II listed above, with a little more quality assurance and durability.

Burton has a solid reputation and makes great gear for both skiers and snowboarding. For that reason, these ones are popular with both camps.

There are warmer gloves, like the Hestras, and there are definitely less bulky gloves, but these are ultimately perfectly suitable for any kind of skiing, and tough enough to last a few seasons.

Specs & Features

  • 2-lay Gore-Tex and synthetic leather shell, synthetic insulation
  • Removable touch-screen liner
  • Removable wrist leashes
  • Ergonomic pre-fit curve
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    Great affordable resort glove
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    Touch screen compatibility
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    Available as a glove and a mitten

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markBulky and not as comfortable as other options
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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.

Though they’re impressively warm, people often have unrealistic expectations for what’s possible when it comes to heated gloves.

The shell is made of weatherproofed nylon and polyester with goat leather overlays capable of using touchscreens.

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.

Specs & Features

  • Nylon shell with goat leather overlay, filled with synthetic insulation
  • Removable fleece liner
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    The frontrunning option in heated glove technology
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    Removable and rechargeable batteries
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    Includes adapters that charge all over the world
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    Never have cold hands again
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    Smartphone friendly

Reasons NOT to buy:

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  • check-markHeated gloves as a whole often leave people disappointed

Best in Dexterity

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The Black Diamond Spark offers the additional warmth of a mitten, with all the benefits of a free finger. In keeping with all of other freeride gloves on this list, the Spark series is a no punches pulled, tough-as-nails, full-leather cuff glove.

The Spark series features a range of options from traditional gloves to mittens, but their finger glove is our favorite for snowboarding. The high degree of water resistance and extra dexterity makes fiddling with your binding much less of an inconvenience.

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.

The flexible seamwork is fully sealed so you can get the maximum amount of movement without worrying about dampness leaking in, and is available in an alternative model with a gauntlet if you’re worried about snow leakage.

Specs & Features

  • Full goat leather shell
  • Non removable fleece liner
  • EVA foam impact protection on the back of the hand
  • Undercuff/ Glove has a gauntlet variation

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

Reasons to buy:

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    Full leather shell looks great, adds toughness, and is effectively waterproof
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    Available in as a glove, mitten, and finger glove
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    Comes in a range of colors
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    Great price

Reasons NOT to buy:

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The Mercury is an indomitable all-season option for skiers who want more than just a mitten in their kit. Toasty and rigorously waterproofed, the Mercury’s shell is made of 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.

If you find cold fingers getting in the way of your fun, but can’t make the commitment completely to a pair of mittens, the Mercurys are one of the best compromises you can find.

They may be a little bulky, even for mittens, but given the protection coupled with a double complement of garments makes it a deal worth some serious consideration.

Specs & Features

  • Nylon and goat leather
  • Removable, waterproof fleece split-finger lining
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.9

Reasons to buy:

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    Very warm with the combined shell insulation and fleece lining
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    Split-finger lining is waterproofed and can be worn alone
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    Great price for the quality of mitten

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Black Diamond Mercury Mitt

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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.

 

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.

Specs & Features

  • Made of polyamide and goat leathe
  • Removable liners
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.2

Reasons to buy:

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    Interchangeable liner options
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    One of the best winter gloves for extreme cold
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    A ton of colors to choose from

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Hestra Army Leather Heli

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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.

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

Specs & Features

  • Windstopper shell with leather palm and thumb
  • Fleece liner
  • Undercuff
  • Priced around $150 USD

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

Reasons to buy:

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    One of the warmest options out there
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    Sleek undercuff
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    Down fill is really unique in a functional glove

Reasons NOT to buy:

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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.

 

Specs & Features

  • Waterproof synthetic and sheepskin leather shell, synthetic insulation
  • Removable merino sheepskin liner
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

3.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Looks great, and performs just as well as anything similar on the market
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    The merino liners are awesome, reduce ski glove stink

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Gordini Voyager

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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.

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.

Specs & Features

  • Gore-Tex shell with synthetic leather overlay and synthetic insulation
  • Nonremovable synthetic lining
  • Gauntlet cuff

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4

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    Totally waterproof gauntlet style
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    High performance and good dexterity
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    Touchscreen access
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    Great price

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We’ve spent quite a bit of time getting to know Wildhorn Outfitters and their array of affordable winter outerwear. From helmets to snow pants, we’ve found their lineup to be serviceable across the board and a sensible investment for 5-10 ski day seasons.

Here we’ll be taking a closer look at their Tolcat gloves, which keep in running with the rest of Wildhorn’s selection of affordable gear. Probably more resorted-oriented, they have touchscreen fingertips and a mixture of synthetics and goat leather.

I tested them in harsher backcountry and found them to be just enough glove to sneak by for a few laps on chilly days and a pretty nice low-profile option on the shoulder ends of the season.

Below we’ll dig into the Tolcat layer by layer and see how they stack up against other gloves we’ve tested over the years.

Specs & Features

  • Triple Layer Protection and Insulation
  • Thinsulate Insulation
  • Lightweight and Ergonomic Pre-curved Build
  • Goat Leather Palm
  • Removable Wrist Cuff

Our Overall Review

3.5

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    An affordable glove that keeps your hands protected in mild weather
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    Touchscreen compatibility lets you stay in contact without cold hands
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    Lightweight and low profile enough for performing essential tasks

Reasons NOT to buy:

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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.

Materials

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.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What are the best ski gloves?

The best possible pair of gloves for you depends on where, how, and how much you ski. With so many models, it can be hard to thin the pack down to a few workable options. That’s why we’ve narrowed down the pack to a few of our favorites- and if you still need help choosing, check out our buyer’s guide.

Best Ski Gloves

  • Black Diamond Guide Gloves
  • Burton Gore-Tex Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Alti Glove
  • Arc’teryx Fission SV Gloves
  • Gordini Storm Trooper II Gloves
What are the warmest ski gloves?

Whether you’re taking a trip to a frigid valley in the dead of winter, or suffer from chronically chilly fingers, finding the warmest pair of gloves is tough. When everyone advertises themselves as “warm”, it’s hard to develop a sense of scale- that’s why we’ve assembled a list of our favorites, and a buyer’s guide to help you parse out the best from the rest.

Warmest Ski Gloves

  • Hestra Army Leather Extreme
  • Outdoor Research Alti Glove
  • Black Diamond Guide Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Glove
How should ski gloves fit?

Ski gloves, like most cold weather equipment, ideally fit snugly but not so tight as to cut off blood flow. It should be noted in the case of gloves that sizing up is a little bit easier to get away with than other soft goods, while sizing down will likely make you colder, faster. If you have questions about gloves and how to choose the right pair for your specific needs, take a look at our buyer’s guide.

How to wash ski gloves?

Investing in a solid set of ski gear is expensive. 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 so 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. For more answers on gloves and how to choose the right pair for your purposes, take a look at our best of list and buyer’s guide.

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.

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