The Best Ski Gloves and Mittens for Women

Britt Jeck  one of our main testers  takes the Pow Gem Gloves out on a mid-day hike in the the beautiful San Juan Mountains.
Choosing the perfect ski glove or mitten can be a tall order when you take into account the different styles, the different branches of skiing and snowboarding, and the different needs each woman demands of her product. In this review, we compared eleven of the top women's ski mittens and gloves in some of the most demanding environments to evaluate for warmth, water resistance, dexterity, breathability, features, and durability. Each product in this review endured extensive testing in Washington's North Cascades, in frigid Canadian weather, in Colorado's dry mountain climates, as well as bitter days in Montana's Bridger range. Our testers demanded certain features and function out of each pair whether they were snowmobiling to Washington Pass or a spending full day days of lift riding at 10,000 ft in Leadville, CO.

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Test Results and Ratings

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Analysis and Award Winners

Review by:
Amber King & Stephanie Bennett

Last Updated:
February 6, 2015

Best Overall Women's Ski Gloves and Mittens

Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's

Editors' Choice Award

Price:   $130 online
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A true treat for any deep powder charger, the Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's won its place as our Editors' Choice Award winner for its unique fit, warmth, double layer design, and cute exterior. Unlike the other products in this review, Hestra utilizes a unique sizing system that ensures the right fit. When taking these out on days where the temps dipped below -20F, our hands were still toasty. The double layer design doesn't only give you the option to use just the shell or liner, but it allows enough space for you to add another if needed. The long gauntlet design keeps snow out and warmth in. For a reasonable price of just $125, we thought this was quite a deal. If you're not a fan of mitts, Hestra also has these mitts available in glove form; check out the Heli 3-Finger Glove - Women's and the Heli - Women's glove.

Best Bang for the Buck

Outdoor Research Arete - Women's

Outdoor Research Arete Gloves - Women's Best Buy Award

Price:   $95 online
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Scoring top marks in the features and dexterity categories, the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's is a highly versatile glove that only costs $89. It can be used for just about any winter activity including ice climbing, backcountry skiing, resort skiing, and just wear around town. The liner was a favorite among our testers for its grip and integrated handwarmer pocket. The nylon palm is less durable than full leather palms, but we find it allows for a secure grip. For this price, you can't find a better, more versatile glove. Just make sure to bring hand warmers with you on the days the mercury dips below 20F. If you're looking to build a quiver of gloves for different weather conditions, pairing the Arete and the Heli is a great combo that will allow you to tackle both warmer and colder days on the hill.

Top Pick for Wet Climates

Arc'teryx Beta AR Glove - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta AR Glove - Women's Top Pick Award

Price:   $235 online
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With its waterproof Gore-Tex shell, durable leather palm, and removable liner, the Arc'teryx Beta AR Glove - Women's is hands-down the most durable and waterproof model we tested. It offers excellent dexterity and the two separate pieces allow for more versatility and use in a wide range of weather conditions. We miss having a nose-wipe patch, but ultimately love how warm, dry, and dexterous this model is. One of our testers was a dedicated ski mitten-wearer and switched over to this glove after trying it out!

Analysis and Test Results

After two full months of testing in an array of harsh conditions, we learned a few things and awarded some prizes! The Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's showed off its enduring warmth, versatility, and comfort winning the Editors' Choice Award. The Outdoor Research Arete - Women's was our Best Buy Award Winner, and the Arc'teryx Beta AR Glove - Women's proved to be our most waterproof and durable product, earning the Top Pick for Wet Climates Award. Our awards provide a great glimpse into the pros and cons of ski mittens vs. gloves, which we'll get to next.

Types of Ski Gloves and Ski Mittens

During our testing period, we looked at eleven products, each of which fits into one of three basic categories that prioritizes a different use. Before buying, make sure you identify what winter activities you'll be doing most, and what aspects of these categories are most important to you.

Ski Gloves vs. Mitts

Many women suffer from what we deem "Cold Hand Syndrome" during the winter season, turning typically fun winter activities into suffer fests. As a result, women tend to waffle between ski mittens and gloves, trying to seek out the best option to prevent their fingers from going numb. Our testers are these women who hav
Amber King & Stephanie Bennett