The Best Buy Award of women's ski gloves goes to the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III. For under $100, you get a glove that ticks the most important boxes: waterproofing, warmth, and finger dexterity. The reinforced goatskin palm and the "guaranteed to keep you dry" Gore-Tex insert provides superior water resistance all day long. We loved the super plush liner that makes hands feel warm and happy. The Down III also has a pocket for inserting hand warmers for extremely cold mornings. In addition to great warmth and weather protection, this glove also provides decent dexterity, allowing you to clip boots and zip up jackets without taking off your gloves! The fit is female-specific with a cozy, plush interior.
Given all these performance features, this glove was in the running for the Editor's Choice Award. However, it fell short of the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's that offers better breathability, dexterity, and durability. As a result, it was given the Best Buy Award, beating out the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's for superior warmth, dexterity, and durability. Even though the Gore-Tex Down III is more expensive than the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's, the superior performance of the Gordini provides a better value for the price. Whether you're a beginner or expert skier, this affordable award winner will keep you warm and dry throughout the day.
The Down II was upgraded to the Down III, both of which we bought and tested. The only differences, other than colors, minor fill composition, and cosmetic changes, are the Down III now has zippered pockets for heat warmer pads and an integrated wrist leash. For these additions, Gordini boosted the price from $85 to $90. We consider this a minor price change, and since the design changes enhance performance, it holds onto the title of Best Buy winner. We link to the Down III, but if you can find a Down II model on sale, you'll essentially be getting the same glove with fewer features.