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The 5 Best Ski Gloves of 2022

We tested men's ski gloves and mittens from Gordini, Hestra, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, and others to find the best
Best Ski Gloves of 2022
A new batch of gloves was added into this review in the early winter of 2022-23.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi
Thursday December 1, 2022
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Seeking the best ski gloves for your snow adventures? We have tested 71 pairs in the last 10 years. For this update, we pit 20 top gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding against each other. Our experts took these models on snow for rigorous examination. The trial grounds are the same places you will use your gloves — ski resorts, backcountry laps, cross-country, on snowmobiles, and ski mountaineering missions spanning across the US, Canada, and Europe. We also put them through controlled temperature and water-resistance tests. Hands-on experience with each pair informs our assessments, focusing on the areas of performance you care about most.

Lady shredders, check out our review of the best women's ski gloves. Whether you're searching for a new snowboard or pair of skis or accessories like the best ski jackets, top-rated goggles, and the best ski helmets, our extensive reviews of ski and snow sports gear can help take the guesswork out of your purchases.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on December 1, 2022, adding in six new models and finding some new award winners.

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Pros Warm, water resistant, durable, dexterous, lightweight and packableSuper warm, fully featured, waterproof, built to lastWaterproof, super durable, heavily featuredSuper warm, extremely tough, great weather resistance, removable liners help them dry quicker, our go-to expedition gloveDexterous, well-made, water resistant
Cons Expensive, lacks some featuresPoor dexterity, expensiveLacks some dexterity, could be warmerNot very dexterous, take time to break in, if in between sizes you should consider sizing upNot that warm, tight fit, no wrist gauntlet
Bottom Line With top-tier performance across the board, this glove is what we recommend to those seeking the best pairWith three heat settings, these gloves will keep you warm in any winter weatherThese are excellent gloves for the worst winter conditions, and only come up short for dexterityFor really cold activities, where giving up some dexterity for some serious warmth is a must, these gloves are hard to beatThese dexterous and durable gloves have the best touchscreen-compatible features for using your phone in cold weather
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Fission SV Outdoor Research Pr... Rab Khroma Freeride... Black Diamond Guide The North Face IL S...
Warmth (25%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Fission SV Outdoor Research Pr... Rab Khroma Freeride... Black Diamond Guide The North Face IL S...
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Double Single
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Cuff
Palm Material Leather Water resistant goat leather Pittards Armor-Tan® Goat leather Goat leather Goat leather
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore Tex Plus Warm Gore-Tex insert FUTURELIGHT insert
Insulation Type 133g Primaloft Gold Eco and 200g Primaloft Silver Eco EnduraLoft 100% Polester 333g/133g Mapped Primaloft Gold 100g, Back of hand: Primaloft Gold 133g, Palm: Primaloft Gold grip control 133g, 170g PrimaLoft Gold and 100g boiled wool fleece lining Heatseeker™ Eco
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Best Overall Ski Gloves


Arc'teryx Fission SV


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 7.0
  • Dexterity 8.0
  • Water Resistance 10.0
  • Durability 8.0
  • Features 7.0
Waterproof material: Gore-Tex | Gauntlet or cuff: Gauntlet
REASONS TO BUY
Fantastic weather resistance
Excellent dexterity and comfort
Lightweight and very compressible
Can take a beating
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Lacks wrist cinch

The Arc'teryx Fission SV is the all-around highest-performing glove in our review. Other gloves might be better for specific tasks, but nothing performs as well across the board. If we could have only one glove for skiing and snowboarding, this model would be it. This glove particularly excels in weather resistance, dexterity, and durability. It is the most storm-proof glove on the market, with a Gore-Tex membrane and water-resistant materials. The fingers are packed with insulation, but that doesn't hinder their dexterity, and they are the most dexterous glove for the warmth they provide. We used this glove for about 150 days before the leather on the fingers and palm started to wear out, which is excellent compared to other models on the market that tend to fall apart more quickly.

The downsides to this glove are minimal. It lacks an adjustable wrist cinch strap and has only an internal elastic wrist strap to keep the glove tight on the hand. Our testers also found that this glove runs slightly large, and we recommend purchasing a size down from your regular glove size unless you plan to wear a thin liner inside the glove. The Fission SV is a great glove for most skiers and riders who demand the utmost in weather resistance, warmth, and dexterity. They are also perfect for other winter pursuits like ice climbing, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and cold urban travel.

Read more: Arc'teryx Fission SV review

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A close-up of the Fission SV's gauntlet closure on the left, and tucked into a jacket cuff, of the right.

Best Overall Ski Mittens


Black Diamond Mercury Mitt


64
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 8.0
  • Dexterity 2.0
  • Water Resistance 8.0
  • Durability 8.0
  • Features 7.0
Waterproof material: BD.dry | Gauntlet or cuff: Gauntlet
REASONS TO BUY
Extremely warm
Bomber durability
Great weather resistance
Relatively affordable
Includes insulated liner
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor dexterity
No included wrist leash

The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt is the best overall mitten in our test group. Users who prefer mittens generally like their warmth, compared to ski gloves, and these are the warmest mittens on the market thanks to their insulated liners, fleece lining, and roomy hand cavity where fingers can share warmth. They are also effective at sealing out liquid water, thanks to a waterproof membrane and large gauntlets. The construction is solid as well, promising a long life. We also like the additional features like the hanging loop for quicker drying and the comfortable nose wipe patch.

The major downside of mittens is that you can't use your individual fingers, and these mitts are not outliers here. The Mercury Mitts have the worst dexterity out of any model that we tested. When warmth is the main concern, dexterity might take a backseat, but these mitts are hard to use for even the most basic tasks like zipping up a jacket or buckling boots. They don't come with a wrist leash, which means that they can potentially be lost when taken off, which is bound to happen often due to their lack of dexterity. Still, most folks seek mittens because they find gloves to be too cold. If that's you, these are the best mittens we've ever tested.

Read more: Black Diamond Mercury Mitt review

ski gloves - best overall ski mittens
The leather palms tend to wear out over time, but strategically-placed leather reinforcements add some lifetime to the supple palm.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Best Bang for your Buck


Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 7.0
  • Dexterity 4.0
  • Water Resistance 8.0
  • Durability 8.0
  • Features 9.0
Waterproof material: Gore-Tex | Gauntlet or cuff: Gauntlet
REASONS TO BUY
Warm enough
Versatile
Bomber construction
Inexpensive
Good weather resistance
REASONS TO AVOID
Tight fit around the knuckles
Poor dexterity

Ski gloves come and go, but the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II has been around for a long time, and we hope it stays that way. Our testers are continually impressed by how well this glove can hang with the high-end competition while costing significantly less. This glove is more than capable of meeting the needs of the average resort skier. It has a lot of leather for the price, boosting its longevity into multiple ski seasons. It's also very waterproof — we never experienced cold or wet hands in these gloves.

While these gloves are warm enough for most days at the ski resort, they can't compare to other well-insulated or heated models. They pack insulation around the fingertips, which hinders dexterity for general tasks and rules out fine motor skills, like opening small zippers or searching for items in pockets. We'd recommend a more dexterous glove for users with more refined dexterity needs, like on-snow professionals or parents. Still, for the price, these shortcomings are minor, and we would recommend these gloves to anyone who needs high-performance gloves at a bargain price.

Read more: Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II review

ski gloves - best bang for your buck
The Storm Trooper II repels moisture easily and is surprisingly weather resistant. The handwarmer pocket zippers are a weakness in the armor.
Credit: Sam Willits

Best Heated Glove


Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex Gloves


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 10.0
  • Dexterity 5.0
  • Water Resistance 9.0
  • Durability 8.0
  • Features 9.0
Waterproof material: Gore-Tex | Gauntlet or cuff: Gauntlet
REASONS TO BUY
Battery-powered warmth
Durable and well-built
Great weather resistance
Surprisingly Dexterous
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky
More expensive than non-heated gloves

The Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex is packed full of performance in every metric that we test. It has three battery-powered warmth settings to keep you warm all day on the slopes, and plenty of insulation to keep you toasty if the batteries die. It has excellent construction quality, protecting your investment, and the gloves effectively seal out unwanted water and snow from the outside environment. Dexterity is what sets these gloves apart from the competition. Other heated gloves are generally clumsy in the fingers, but in the Prevail, we can actually use our fingers to perform detailed tasks. That helps these gloves edge out the competition. They also have all of the features we could ask for in a quality glove.

Not surprisingly, adding batteries and heating elements to a pair of gloves comes at a price, and the Prevail Heated Gore-Tex gloves aren't exactly cheap. That said, they are less expensive than some other options, and we feel they perform better. While the price may be a deterrent, these gloves could be the ticket for those with chronically cold hands or who ski in especially cold environments.

Read more: Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex review

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The Prevail's is a great pair of gloves for any cold winter endeavor, and their battery-powered heat is an added bonus.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Best for Backcountry Skiing


The North Face IL Solo Pro Futurelight Glove


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OVERALL
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  • Warmth 6.0
  • Dexterity 9.0
  • Water Resistance 7.0
  • Durability 8.0
  • Features 6.0
Waterproof material: FutureLight | Gauntlet or cuff: Cuff
REASONS TO BUY
Exceptionally dexterous
Durable and well-built
Warm enough for most days
Good weather resistance
Touchscreen fingertips work relatively well
REASONS TO AVOID
Light on features

The North Face IL Solo Pro FUTURELIGHT is a dexterous, waterproof, and durable glove that is reasonably warm. It features enough lightweight synthetic insulation for most cold days, a durable yet supple palm leather and a waterproof membrane to keep water out, and a minimalist cuff that fits inside a jacket sleeve. The glove is lined with a soft fleece material, making it feel very cozy and comfortable while integrating smart tailoring and stitching to preserve dexterity. For backcountry skiers who need a glove that will keep them warm and dry without compromising their ability to use their fingers, this glove is perfect. The touchscreen-compatible fingertips also proved to work surprisingly well.

Still, the glove is not as warm as others in the review, and on days when the temperatures dropped below zero degrees Fahrenheit, we either reached for warmer gloves or had to work hard to keep our fingers warm. The wrist cuff is not as long and protective as the gauntlets on other burly gloves, and there is no nose wipe or zippered pockets. For advanced users who know how to keep their hands warm and who like to wear their gloves inside their jacket cuffs, these are a great choice.

Read more: The North Face IL Solo Pro FUTURELIGHT review

ski gloves - the stylish and useful il solo pro has tons of dexterity, with...
The stylish and useful IL Solo Pro has tons of dexterity, with enough warmth and weather resistance for most days on the hill.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
82
Arc'teryx Fission SV
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$199
Editors' Choice Award
81
Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex Gloves
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$330
Top Pick Award
79
Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex Gloves
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$170
78
Black Diamond Guide
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$180
73
The North Face IL Solo Pro Futurelight Glove
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$130
Top Pick Award
72
Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex
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$190
72
Black Diamond Solano Heated
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$400
71
Hestra Army Leather Heli
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$160
70
Hestra Leather Fall Line
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$165
69
Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II
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$70
Best Buy Award
65
Black Diamond Legend
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$150
65
Outdoor Research Alpinite Gore-Tex Glove
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$170
64
Black Diamond Mercury Mitt
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$120
Editors' Choice Award
63
Outdoor Research Carbide Sensor
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$115
58
Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove
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$140
56
Gordini AquaBloc Down Gauntlet Glove
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$70
50
Dakine Titan
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$80
45
REI Co-op Guide Insulated
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$50
45
Flylow Ridge Glove
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$55
44
FlyLow Oven Mitt
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$50

ski gloves - lead tester jeff dobronyi at home in the teton backcountry, hard at...
Lead tester Jeff Dobronyi at home in the Teton backcountry, hard at work testing ski gloves and guiding skiers.
Credit: Sam Willits

Why You Should Trust Us


To find the best ski gloves and mitts available, we started by digging deep into the market. After extensive research of high-quality and popular gloves, we purchased the most intriguing models and sent them to our expert testers. Then we thoroughly used and evaluated each pair and scored them in key performance metrics. We tested warmth by riding chairlifts and skiing in the Cascades, Alps, Wasatch, British Columbia, Jackson Hole, and Northeast US, as well as working in the field with avalanche and snow conditions assessment teams. We tested dexterity by peeling and sticking lift tickets to our jackets, writing notes with the gloves on, buckling boots, tying boot laces, and unlocking car doors. We also tested water resistance by dunking the gloves in a bucket of water for two minutes and comparing the results.

Our testing of ski gloves is divided across five rating metrics:
  • Warmth (25% of total score weighting)
  • Dexterity (25% weighting)
  • Water Resistance (25% weighting)
  • Durability (15% weighting)
  • Features (10% weighting)

Exum Ski Guide and IFMGA Mountain Guide Jeff Dobronyi leads our test team for this comparative review. Jeff leads skiers on powder safaris worldwide to the best resorts, sidecountry freeride runs, and backcountry ski tours. He logs over 120 days on skis each year and needs gloves that will keep his hands warm and keep water out. He goes through a few pairs of gloves each season and knows which gloves will last and which will fall apart after a few weeks. From rappelling into steep couloirs to digging snowpits and helping skiers climb out of deep powder, Jeff's gloves take a beating.

Testing the Arc&#039;teryx Fission SV on a cold January day.
Testing the Arc'teryx Fission SV on a cold January day.
Wetting out in the Legend gloves after relatively few days of...
Wetting out in the Legend gloves after relatively few days of employment.
Spraying while wearing the Mercury Mitts.
Spraying while wearing the Mercury Mitts.

Analysis and Test Results


As consumers, we have high expectations of our gloves. Gloves and mittens create a haven for our hands and protect them from the harsh bite of winter air. We rely on our gloves to keep our sensitive fingers warm and sheltered from the elements while resort riding or touring. We don't want them to be too bulky or cumbersome, yet we don't want to sacrifice weather resistance or warmth. If the gloves can perform in all conditions and be versatile across many outdoor sport disciplines, even better.

ski gloves - ski glove purchase decisions are dependent on how cold it is, where...
Ski glove purchase decisions are dependent on how cold it is, where you ski, or snowboard, how wet it is, and your needs in dexterity, durability, and ease of use.
Credit: Joshua Cole

All of the gloves featured in this review are great products that stand above the vast majority of the market offerings. A low score in our review doesn't mean that the glove is unworthy of your attention. We had to be picky to find the best of the best. All scores are relative to the other products reviewed, and each performance metric is weighted relative to its general importance, which produces an overall score.


Value


Every skier has a budget, and although we strive to test gear without regard for price, we also make a note of products that score above or below what we think is reasonable, given their price. While many of the best gloves are also the most expensive, there are a few options that provide excellent performance at a lower price than similar products. We bought several promising, affordable gloves, and the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II impressed us the most. It covers the bases better than any model in its price range. It keeps our hands warm and dry and has displayed excellent durability.

ski gloves - field testing ski gloves in colorado.
Field testing ski gloves in Colorado.
Credit: Laraine Martin

In general, the less expensive gloves have less of a focus on durability and dexterity in their materials and construction. When treated properly, real leather should last longer than synthetic fabrics, especially in high-use areas like the palms and fingertips. Genuine leather is also more expensive, which means you'll have to pay more for higher-quality gloves. Warmth is usually correlated with price, as more insulation makes a glove more expensive. Water resistance can be achieved without using expensive Gore-Tex or similar membranes, although in general, Gore-Tex gloves proved more weatherproof in our tests than the less expensive alternatives.

ski gloves - the rab khroma freeride gore-tex is an excellent ski glove that...
The Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex is an excellent ski glove that competes with the best of them, and costs a bit less.
Credit: Sam Willits

It takes skilled garment designers to put all of the components together in a warm, waterproof, and durable glove without sacrificing dexterity. We were impressed by the Arc'teryx Fission SV because it combines all of the performance attributes into a comfortable and streamlined glove that is a pleasure to wear. However, you'll pay for this performance. The warmest gloves on the market have battery-powered internal heating devices, which are nice for early mornings on the slopes and during the winter's coldest days. These gloves are universally more expensive than even the most pricey unheated model.

ski gloves - the fission sv excelled in a variety of conditions and lasted a long...
The Fission SV excelled in a variety of conditions and lasted a long time. As such, it is a great value despite its high price tag.

Warmth


Every skier and rider demands a different level of warmth from their gloves or mittens. Some people run cold and are always taking breaks to warm up their hands. Other people can ski all day wearing no more than leather work gloves. Skiers and riders in wetter climates, like the rainy Pacific Northwest or Atlantic Northeast, need gloves that will repel water and remain breathable on warmer days. In contrast, skiers in the drier, colder climates, like the Rocky Mountains, need a lot of warmth for below-zero temperatures.


We spent over 100 days skiing and snowboarding in these gloves with a backpack full of contenders, cycling through them all day. Testers also wore different gloves on each hand during the same runs and chairlift rides to do a true side-by-side warmth comparison. We tested palm insulation by holding ice axes and ski poles on cold ski tours.

ski gloves - testing warmth during a high-altitude traverse.
Testing warmth during a high-altitude traverse.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Except for the heated gloves (more on that below), the warmest glove we tested was the Black Diamond Guide. Tester Ian Nicholson used them to summit two mountains over 20,000 ft above sea level and never changed into his mittens, despite summit temperatures as low as -42F. The Gordini Storm Trooper II, Fission SV, and Outdoor Research Carbide Sensor also provide enough warmth for our testers on cold winter days at a ski resort. On the other hand, the REI Guide Insulated seemed to have little more warming capabilities than your average leather work glove.

ski gloves - the resounding favorite among our testers, the fission sv provides...
The resounding favorite among our testers, the Fission SV provides enough warmth for all but the coldest days in the mountains.

Mitten Warmth

This one was pretty easy to determine. We found the Black Diamond Mercury Mitt to be the top dog by a wide margin. The North Face Montana Mitt is more dexterous due to a thinner insulating layer and individual finger slots, but it won't keep you as warm as the synthetic insulation and fleece lining of the Mercury. Both mitten options are warmer than most of the unheated glove options.

ski gloves - mittens provide more warmth than gloves. if you get cold hands...
Mittens provide more warmth than gloves. If you get cold hands easily or ski in very cold climates, mittens might be the right choice for you.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Heated Glove Warmth

Many manufacturers now offer gloves that produce heat internally instead of solely retaining your hand's natural warmth. We've tested several over the years, and the Outdoor Research Prevail Heated is our current favorite. These kinds of gloves usually have three heat settings. The lowest settings generally last all day on a full charge, while the highest setting usually drained the batteries within a couple of hours during our tests. Heated gloves are able to take our hands from numb to warm in a matter of minutes at the press of a button. Some of our testers preferred to blast the heater on high for a few minutes and then turn them off to save battery power.

ski gloves - a heated glove in action on the lowest heat setting, which is still...
A heated glove in action on the lowest heat setting, which is still enough to keep your hands toasty all day. The warmer settings are mostly for bringing your hands back from the brink of frostbite or for those long chairlift delays.

Dexterity


To test dexterity, we skied in the gloves all day and attempted to perform every necessary task without removing them. We also performed objective tests by doing a series of side-by-side tasks to make clear distinctions between products. These tasks included reaching into pockets for car keys, attaching lift tickets to pockets, using zippers, adjusting goggles on a helmet, tying the laces on winter boots, tying climbing knots with rope, and writing legibly with a pen on paper.


The REI Guide Insulated easily wins the dexterity category with its thin fingers and minimal insulation. The glove also lacks a waterproof membrane or effective insulation, making them less than ideal for cold days at the ski area. However, for those who need a dexterous glove for milder conditions, such as ski instructors, backcountry skiers, or ski patrollers, these are a great choice as a second, lighter, inexpensive glove. We were blown away by the excellent dexterity of The North Face IL Solo Pro, given the gloves' solid warmth and water resistance. The Hestra Leather Fall Line also provides excellent dexterity and slightly more insulation. We were impressed by the dexterity of the relatively warm Black Diamond Legend, but the supple leather on the fingers and palm wore out quickly. The Fission SV is close behind, with great dexterity and none of the aforementioned downsides. That balance is a significant reason why the Fission SV is our top choice overall.

ski gloves - the il solo pro has excellent dexterity, especially given the warmth...
The IL Solo Pro has excellent dexterity, especially given the warmth it provides. These gloves don't hold us back when we need to use our fingers.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Among the warm mitts, The North Face Montana is the most dextrous. It has individual finger slots, compared to the cavernous hand space that most mittens are known for. This feature increases dexterity but sacrifices warmth. If you need the warmth of a mitten but don't want a heated option and require some dexterity, the BD Guide Glove is almost as warm as a mitten.

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Jussi Tahtinen with the Hestra Army Leather showing that its dexterity is up to the task while climbing ladders out of the Pas de Chèvres, Switzerland.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Water Resistance


In some climates, like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, water is encountered regularly. In others, like the Rocky Mountains, dry snow is the norm. We wore each glove in wet weather in Washington and British Columbia and tested for water resistance using a 2-minute submersion test in a water bucket. The best gloves kept all liquid water out of the interior chamber and resisted soaking in the outer shell fabric. The worst performers soaked through quickly and lack an adequate waterproof membrane.


The Fission SV and Rab Khroma Freeride are the most water-resistant gloves in our review. Their softshell exterior and sturdy leather easily repel water droplets, and their Gore-Tex membranes prevent any water from penetrating the interior of the glove. A large gauntlet and cinch cord further sealed out the elements. We were also impressed by the weather resistance of the Black Diamond Guide. The Montana and Mercury mitts also performed well during water resistance testing and kept water out completely.

ski gloves - here we are testing the different models during our two-minute...
Here we are testing the different models during our two-minute "bucket of water" test.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Aside from the fabric itself, water can also enter a glove through the wrist opening. Most gloves in our review feature a large wrist gauntlet with a drawstring closure that overlaps with a jacket's wrist cuff, making a formidable defense against water trying to enter the glove. This gauntlet, as seen on the Mercury Mitt, BD Guide, Fission SV, Rab Khroma, and OR Prevail can be worn on the outside or the inside of a jacket sleeve.

Durability


We measured durability based on our experiences with each model. We punished these products during the testing period with daily and prolonged use over multiple ski seasons when possible. We also utilized valuable input from dozens of other users and OutdoorGearLab friends.


We're continually impressed with Hestra's offerings, which feature excellent design and craftsmanship, as well as high-quality materials, model after model. Other impressive models include the Black Diamond Guide, Rab Khroma, and Arc'teryx Fission SV. All have a beefy leather exterior and stood up to whatever our testing team threw at them. Regarding the budget-friendly options, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II provides impressive longevity.

Well-tailored fingers and low-profile leather reinforcements of the...
Well-tailored fingers and low-profile leather reinforcements of the Fission SV make this one of the most dexterous of the warm gloves that we tested.
The goat leather palm is soft and supple, yet quite durable.
The goat leather palm is soft and supple, yet quite durable.

Some gloves wore out quickly during our testing. The REI Guide Insulated showed significant wear and tear on the leather palm after only a few days of use, and the internal liner developed a hole in one of the fingers early on. We were also disappointed in the Black Diamond Legend's durability, which has incredibly supple palm leather, but wore down and developed holes quickly. This was a bummer because if the leather were a bit more durable, the Legend would be a top contender.

After relatively gentle use, the Legend already showed signs of wear...
After relatively gentle use, the Legend already showed signs of wear on the palm during our test period, including holes in the leather and thin spots.
The thick pigskin leather of the Ridge Glove should help them last...
The thick pigskin leather of the Ridge Glove should help them last several seasons.

Features


Ski gloves come with a set of features that augment the glove's performance and make your day more convenient and comfortable on the ski hill. We inspected and used all of the features on each glove to get a good idea of which had a robust set of tools and which were bare-bones. We compared features such as gauntlet or cuff closures, wrist cinches, nose wipes, wrist leashes, clips, and heating elements. We also noted if the gloves came with liners.


ski gloves - the nose wipe on the bd mercury mitt is soft and comfortable.
The nose wipe on the BD Mercury Mitt is soft and comfortable.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

We were impressed with the Mercury Mitt's thoughtful design, including features like a wrist cinch, nose wipe, and removable liners. We also liked the set of features found on the BD Guide. Surprisingly, the Gordini Storm Trooper II also packs a full set of features, including a nose wipe, wrist cinch, thoughtful gantlet, and clips.

ski gloves - a large wrist gauntlet and a nylon pull strap are useful features.
A large wrist gauntlet and a nylon pull strap are useful features.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Phones are an essential tool in our daily life, and the glove market has recognized their necessity by providing touchscreen-compatible gloves. The liners of the Dakine Titan are touchscreen compatible. Many gloves claim to include sensitive pads on the tips of the forefingers, but in our tests, cold phone screens and even colder gloves had a hard time getting along. The exception to this disappointing finding is The North Face IL Solo Pro. These gloves have excellent touchscreen performance thanks to magic leather pads on the index fingers and thumbs. Other gloves work with phones most of the time, but the IL Solo Pro proved to be much more consistent.

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The IL Solo Pro's touchscreen-compatible fingertips make texting on the chairlift easy, and your hands won't get cold from taking off your gloves.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Conclusion


With so many ski gloves and mittens on the market, it can be daunting to try to find the best pair for your needs. Our expert testers sorted through the field and tested the best of the best. They assessed each pair's strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to easily find the best glove or mitten for your preferences and your budget. From light and dexterous gloves for warm spring days to heavily insulated options for the coldest winter ski trips, there is something in this review for everyone. We'll see you on the slopes.

Jeff Dobronyi, Ian Nicholson, Jeff Rogers, and Travis Poulin


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