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Best Ski Gloves for Women of 2022

We put women's ski gloves from Black Diamond, Burton, Outdoor Research, and others to the test to find the warmest and best models
Best Ski Gloves for Women of 2022
The Burton Gore-Tex Mitt offers excellent dexterity for a mitten with a price tag that is fair, and hard to beat. It offers exceptional value with plenty of features. Here, our main tester gets ready for a descent at the local backcountry powder stash.
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Thursday May 5, 2022
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Our lady snow sport experts have tested 33+ of the best ski gloves for women over the last 11 years. This review features 13 of the most popular and best options on the market. Each has seen snowy conditions, icy cold chair lifts, and explorations into the backcountry. We've tested across the continent, from Alaska to Ontario, in warm spring conditions and icy cold snowstorms on the Continental Divide. Not only does our team ski, but we snowboard, dig pits, climb mountains, hack into ice waterfalls, and go sledding. After years of testing, we offer our insights to help you find the best women's ski glove or mitten for your needs this upcoming ski season.

Warm and dry hands are a must in the wintertime, but a quality pair of gloves or mittens is just the start to building out a new outfit for your snowy adventures. Our team of experts can help, with in-depth reviews covering the best outerwear on the market, including ski jackets, a matching pair of snow pants, and even the best base layers and long underwear for proper layering. With all of this fresh outerwear you may want to upgrade to a new pair of skis or snowboard to complete your kit. And don't forget to top it off with a helmet and pair of goggles. If your adventures regularly take you off-piste, we also have an expert team of backcountry skiers covering the best touring gear.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on May 4, 2022, to confirm that our selection is up-to-date with the best products available on the market.

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Pros Warm, lightweight and packable, breathable, waterproof, single construction, dextrousWarm glove, good dexterity, water resistant, durableSuper warm, water-resistant liner, insulated shell, weather-proofSuper warm, removable liner, durable construction, weather resistant linerWarm, soft, water resistant, quick drying
Cons Expensive, won't fit super small handsOn the expensive side, sensor feature hard to useExpensive, too warm and bulky (overkill?) for the average skier, large fitBulky, difficult to get liner back into glove, expensivePoor dexterity
Bottom Line This unisex glove is off the charts for almost any adult, noticeably feeling different and excelling above other gloves on the market we have testedThese technical gloves are equipped to handle the most severe weather without compromising dexterityBuilt to wear on the tallest mountains and coldest placesA classic workhorse glove designed to keep hands warm and comfortable all day longThis toasty mitt keeps fingers extremely warm and dry with a waterproof and breathable exterior and lofty insulated removable liner
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Fission S... Outdoor Research Su... Outdoor Research Al... Black Diamond Guide... Black Diamond Mercu...
Warmth (25%)
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Water Resistance (25%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Fission S... Outdoor Research Su... Outdoor Research Al... Black Diamond Guide... Black Diamond Mercu...
Waterproof Material 84% nylon/16% elastane, Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex 2.5 layer/leather palm Gore-Tex waterproof insert BD.dry
Insulation Type 200g PrimaLoft Silver and 133g Gold synthetic fibers VerticalX polyester PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 170g in shell, 340g in liner 170 g PrimaLoft® Gold insulation 170g PrimaLoft Gold
Back of hand: 133g PrimaLoft Gold
Palm Material Goat leather Pittards Oiltac Goat leather Pittards® Armortan® leather Goat leather Goat leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) Octa Loft n/a Moonlite Pile™ fleece Boiled wool and 200 g fleece palm lining Polyester
Double or Single Construction? Single Single Double Single Double
Gauntlet or Cuff? Cuff Cuff Gauntlet Cuff Gauntlet
Special features Unisex fit, kevlar stitching, removable wrist leash, carabiner loop Nose wipe, touchscreen compatible, carabiner loop, pull on loop, removable leash Kevlar stitching, carabiner loop, removable wrist leash Nose wipe, knuckle padding, no leash, kevlar stitching Nose wipe, carabiner loop, removable liner
Fit Fits large (unisex sizing) True to size Fits large Fits small True to size


Best Overall Women's Ski Glove


Arc'teryx Fission SV Glove


82
OVERALL
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  • Warmth 8.0
  • Water Resistance 8.0
  • Dexterity 9.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Features 6.0
Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold (200-g) & Silver (160-g) | Shell: Nylon, leather, Gore-Tex
REASONS TO BUY
Very breathable
Incredible dexterity
Super warm construction
REASONS TO AVOID
Pricey
Unisex sizing is large

The Arc'teryx Fission SV Glove is our favorite glove for its balance of versatility, warmth, and dexterity. The single-glove construction filled with PrimaLoft Gold and Silver insulation provides excellent breathability and warmth for the backcountry and the resort alike. Slipping your hand inside feels silky smooth, and the warmth resembles the feel of the toastiest down. The shell is completely waterproof and durable with surprising dexterity. You can easily perform fine motor tasks without feeling like your fingers are wrapped up in pillows.

The price tag is quite high, but if you can afford these gloves, we think they're worth it. The single glove construction is excellent for resort skiing, but unfortunately, the liner can not be removed. Probably the most significant caveat for the ladies is the unisex sizing, which runs large. Our main tester regularly wears a size Medium in most ski gloves but needed to size down to a Small for the Fission to fit properly. The fit is a little wider than a normal women's glove, so if you have super small hands, even the extra small unisex size might not fit. If you're seeking excellent breathability, warmth, and dexterity, this is our top recommendation.

Read review: Arc'teryx Fission SV Glove

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Our award winning Fission SV was extremely warm, durable and dexterous.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Best Overall Women's Ski Mitt


Black Diamond Mercury Mitt - Women's


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  • Warmth 9.0
  • Water Resistance 9.0
  • Dexterity 3.0
  • Durability 7.0
  • Features 6.0
Insulation: Primaloft Gold (133g-Palm, 170g-Back of Hand)| Shell: Leather & Pertex nylon fabric
REASONS TO BUY
Exceptionally warm
Double mitt construction
Liner is quick-drying and water resistant
REASONS TO AVOID
Insulation takes away from dexterity
No removable leashes

If a well-insulated mitt is your preference, check out the Black Diamond Mercury Mitt. Built for both the recreational skier and professional in the field, it offers superb durability and warmth all season long. The fluffy Primaloft Gold insulation bundles your fingers together, keeping them toasty warm from first chair onward, and the BD.dry shell keeps your hands dry (and therefore, warm). The liner is removable, allowing for rapid drying after long days or on extended trips.

While we couldn't find cold that the insulation couldn't handle, we also found that it impeded dexterity. Fortunately, the trade-off for this level of warmth is worth it to skiers and riders who frequently ball up their fingers in the palm of their gloves on cold chair lifts. For having to remove this mitten for nimble circumstances, we think leashes would be a welcome addition to this mitt's feature set. Overall, this is one of the most functional and high-quality mittens we've ever tested, making it a good option for any winter excursion where extra warmth is desired.

Read Review: Black Diamond Mercury Mitt - Women's

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Even though most mittens aren't dexterous, the Mercury Mitt, with its split-finger liner offers the best dexterity of them all.
Credit: Amber King

Best Bang for Your Buck


Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's


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  • Warmth 8.0
  • Water Resistance 8.0
  • Dexterity 4.0
  • Durability 6.0
  • Features 7.0
Insulation: Polyester | Shell: Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert
REASONS TO BUY
Weather resistant
Quality palm material
Cute style
Touchscreen compatible, removable glove liners
Nimble for a mitt
REASONS TO AVOID
The least warm of all mitts tested
The material will eventually saturate in wet weather

We are quite impressed with the performance and warmth of the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten for women. With cute style and enough versatility for both the backcountry and resort, it seems to have it all — including durable palm materials, lots of features, and touchscreen compatible liners, all wrapped in a warm and surprisingly dexterous package. The thinner construction and gloved liners allow you to perform tasks both small and large while keeping your hands protected. Plus, the price is right, coming with a lifetime warranty.

We found few causes for complaint with the affordable mitten. It's not as warm as heavier or more insulated options, partially due to the separation of the fingers with the five-fingered liner and thinner insulation overall. The outer shell is solid, but it likely can't match the durability of some higher-end mittens. Still, we think it's a pretty ideal glove for most women. Enjoy its positives while skiing, snowboarding, or playing in the snow at a price that quickly helps one overlook its minor drawbacks.

Read review: Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's

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The leather palms are durable and designed to keep your hands protected, even if you find your hands in the snow more often than not!
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Best Bargain Glove


Dakine Camino


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  • Warmth 5.0
  • Water Resistance 4.0
  • Dexterity 7.0
  • Durability 5.0
  • Features 9.0
Insulation: 350-g/150-g high loft polyester | Shell: Nylon/leather
REASONS TO BUY
Relatively warm
Great dexterity
Great price
Smart-phone compatible liner
Breathable construction
REASONS TO AVOID
Water-resistance is subpar

The Dakine Camino ski glove offers excellent value. Constructed with a nylon shell and leather palm, it provides dexterity with the insulation packed strategically towards the back of the hand. It also comes with a thin synthetic liner to enhance warmth on super cold days. The thinner construction at the palm provides breathability, making it functional for backcountry touring and resort use. When choosing a glove for warmer winter weather, we often reached for this glove. You also can't go wrong with the price.

With a lower price comes some tradeoffs. It is not wholly protective in super wet conditions, and it's not very warm. The fit with the included liner is a bit tight, so if you're on the fence, size up. If you seek a low-priced glove option and run warm, look no further, it also has great features.

Read review: Dakine Camino

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Cute, warm enough, and well-priced. What more can you ask for in a winter glove?
Credit: Amber King

Best Heated Gloves


Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor


Insulation: EnduraLoft synthetic fibers | Shell: Gore-Tex
REASONS TO BUY
Adjustable heat settings
Robust weather resistance
Nice feature set
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky
Expensive
Limited dexterity compared to many gloves

Over the last two years, our testers have evaluated five unique pairs of heated gloves. Our favorite are the Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor gloves because they combine adjustable powered heating with reasonable functionality. Where most heated gloves focus on heating power and thick insulation (hulk hands, anyone?) at the expense of dexterity, these gloves balance warmth and finger mobility. As a result, they are great to use even if you forgot to charge the batteries. The water resistance is more than reliable, and we love the long wrist gauntlet with an adjustable cuff to keep out wind and precipitation.

While these gloves are more dexterous than their heated competition, they still lack the advanced dexterity of several high-end gloves we have tested. The necessary bulk of the battery packs also adds to the weight of these gloves, which some may not care for. Also, the price tag is more than enough to make many steer clear of this model. However, if you have the funds and feel that even the warmest mittens won't keep your fingers warm enough, the Lucent Heated Sensor gloves are the warmest gloves we've ever tested that don't drop functionality in other key ski-specific areas of performance.

Read review: Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor

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The Outdoor Research Lucent has a water-tight construction and great gauntlets that fit over most insulated jacket sleeves.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Notable for Cold Expedition Travel


Outdoor Research Alti Mitt - Women's


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  • Warmth 10.0
  • Water Resistance 10.0
  • Dexterity 1.0
  • Durability 9.0
  • Features 7.0
Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold | Shell: Gore-Tex/Leather
REASONS TO BUY
Very warm
Waterproof design
Well featured
Extra-long gauntlet
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Too warm in many cases
Bulky

Built to take on the coldest weather in the world, the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt is the best choice for absolutely frigid conditions. Loaded with loads of PrimaLoft Gold insulation, this is the warmest mitt tested. Its extra-long gauntlet keeps out snow while the shell offers a breathable design to transfer moisture away from the hands. We love that you can remove the shell on warmer days and just use the liner, or take the liners out to only use the shell. If you live in a place where temperatures hover in the negative double digits all season, this is the mitten we'd recommend.

Given its ample warmth, we've found it useful only on the coldest days of the year. We prefer a mitt like the Black Diamond Mercury for everyday resort skiing as it's not as large or bulky feeling. Given its huge fit, it lacks dexterity and should be sized down. If a super warm mitten is what you seek, this one delivers.

Read Review: Outdoor Research Alti Mitt - Women's

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The Outdoor Research Alti Mitt is the warmest mitt tested, loaded with ample amounts of breathable insulation and suited for expedition-style trips to cold climates.
Credit: Amber King

Notable for a Tight Budget


Kinco Pigskin Leather


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 3.0
  • Water Resistance 3.0
  • Dexterity 6.0
  • Durability 4.0
  • Features 3.0
Insulation: HeatKeep Thermal Polyester Liner | Shell Material: Pigskin leather
REASONS TO BUY
Crazy cheap
Solid leather construction
Simple
Surprisingly dexterous
REASONS TO AVOID
Chilly fingers on very cold days
Absorbent
Sloppy Fit
Requires maintenance

The Kinco Pigskin is a marked staple for guides and budget-savvy skiers. This is an inexpensive ski glove alternative and a long-lived favorite for its stellar value. The leather breathes well enough while offering sufficient warmth for aerobic days on the mountain. Because of its bigger fit, you can add a small liner to enhance this warmth.

In comparison to the rest, it's not as warmth and the leather (and cloth exterior) is susceptible to water absorption. Even though it doesn't perform as highly as other contenders in this review, it gets the job done. If you're looking to spend the absolute minimum on a pair of gloves, check out the all-leather pigskin Kinco brand gloves, best for any penny pincher looking for a great deal.

Read review: Kinco Pigskin Leather - Women's

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Amber on a cold day, putting skins away before descending down Browns Gulch. The Kinco Pigskin gloves provide good dexterity, but at this point Amber can't feel her fingers due to the cold, windy conditions (despite her smile).
Credit: Amber King

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
82
$200
Editors' Choice Award
The best all-around unisex ski glove that you'll find on the market
75
$160
Gloves that are equipped to perform in even the most severe conditions where technical performance is necessary
73
$200
Warm and water resistant, it'll keep you protected on all cold-weather adventures
72
$180
A durable, warm, and comfortable glove
69
$120
Editors' Choice Award
With a waterproof and breathable exterior and a fluffy insulated removable liner this mitt maintains warm and dry fingers better than any others
66
$75
Best Buy Award
A high quality and fairly priced double-construction mitt that'll perform at any of your favorite winter locales
64
$145
One of our favorite mitts boasting a female-specific fit and ample warmth
63
$90
High value and ready for any kind of weather
61
$95
A down insulated ski glove ready for the coldest days on the chair lift
57
$50
Best Buy Award
A versatile and high value glove for use on and off the ski hill
57
$50
These inexpensive mittens are a good option if you are okay with bare bones design
55
$98
Built for the alpine, these gloves breathe and protect, but they're not for the resort
39
$27
If you're pinching pennies this winter, this pair will get you through the season for minimal cash

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Breaking trail is always a great way to test the breathability and warmth of a glove, especially when it's super cold outside. Here we test gloves in the backcountry of the San Juans in Colorado.
Credit: Amber King

Why You Should Trust Us


This review is brought to you by Senior Review Editor Amber King and Review Editor Jackie Kearney. Originally hailing from the cold north of Canada, Amber moved to the US in 2011 and landed in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. She has a healthy appreciation for warm hands in cold conditions, and you can bet she's packing a good pair of ski gloves on her backcountry splitboard missions. She gets out for at least 100 days in the winter, playing at the Telluride Ski Resort and backcountry splitboarding locally on Red Mountain Pass, just South of Ouray, CO.

Jackie is also no stranger to the challenges of warming hands in the mountains. She has skied all over North America and works professionally as a ski patroller. Her first home in the mountain west was in the San Juan Mountains, but she left for several seasons to gain an appreciation for the wet and windy Sierra Crest, working on the Kirkwood Ski Patrol. Since, she has returned to her home in the San Juans to patrol at Telluride Ski Resort. Her experience has familiarized her with skiing in every kind of condition that Mother Nature has to offer.

This review started with plenty of research into the ski glove and mitten market to decide which models to include in our selection for hands-on testing. After an initial cut of over 80 models was identified, we selected the most convincing group of women's gloves and mittens to test in the field and lab. We use them in real-world situations for several months, skiing and snowboarding in wet climates, dry ones, skinning, riding lifts, and playing in the backcountry. We employ controlled in-house tests, too, for warmth retention and water resistance, which involved putting the gloves in a freezer with a temperature sensor and complete submersion in water, respectively.

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The author testing women's ski gloves while descending the Coleman Headwall of Mount Baker.
Getting down to the details with these gloves and mitts.
Getting down to the details with these gloves and mitts.
We skied resorts, backcountry, and Nordic tracks to find out which...
We skied resorts, backcountry, and Nordic tracks to find out which gloves performed best! We went from the North Pacific, to Colorado, east to Canada and back! Here we pose on top of Mount St. Louis Moonstone in Canada.

Analysis and Test Results


A good pair of ski gloves or mitts will help keep your hands warm while you carve your way down powder runs at the resort or while descending sweet couloirs in far off-lands. We've tested each glove and mitt across the areas of warmth, water resistance, dexterity, durability, and features to help you find the one that's the best fit for your needs.

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Whether you're a snowboarder or a skier, a good glove like the Black Diamond Guide will keep you happy at the ski resort.
Credit: Amber King

Value


Finding a glove that doesn't blow your entire gear budget for the season is huge. With all of the wear and tear we put on these little pieces of equipment, finding a glove or mitten that doesn't feel precious may be a priority for you. The REI Guide Mitten strikes us as a lower-priced option, just a little more expensive than your standard work glove, with performance adequate for most days out. With diligent water resistance treating, this glove can keep your fingers happy. This being said, this mitten isn't warm enough for absolutely frigid days, and its water resistance is variable. Its price reflects this.


The Burton Gore-Tex Mitten is another favorite. Though slightly pricier than the REI Guide Mitten, it's a noticeably higher-quality product. We think it's one of the more versatile mitts out there with superb value. The Dakine Camino also stands out as one of the most inexpensive options with performance to match most resort days that aren't too cold or wet. We are also impressed by its breathability, which makes it versatile enough to extend to backcountry use. We think it has outstanding value.

One of the warmest ski gloves we tested is the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III, which is loaded with down insulation. It's about the same price as the Burton Deluxe Gore-Tex Glove, another high-value glove, but not as dexterous. Check out any of these models if you're trying to keep costs low without sacrificing too much performance.

Warmth


Exploring at the ski resort or skiing couloirs in the backcountry requires a glove or mitt that will keep your hands warm, whether you're working up a sweat or hanging out on a chairlift. A solid option will not only provide ample amounts of high-quality insulation that stays warm when wet and breathes well to wick away moisture when you sweat. Both these metrics work together to keep you warm when the temperatures plummet.


We took each pair of mitts and gloves to several resorts in our testing regime and hiked uphill for hours. Conditions ranged from warm and sunny to cold and blustery. When assessing warmth and breathability, we first looked at the glove's anatomy, noting insulating features and points of ventilation. We also looked at how well the liners wicked away sweat to keep the skin dry for warmth all day long. We also performed objective tests that involved sticking each pair into the freezer and measuring the temperature change. These tests helped us assess which ski gloves and mitts were the warmest and which simply didn't perform.

During a cold winter, when the temperatures drop and you're left sitting on a cold (and slow…) ski lift, warm mittens should be considered. Mitts are far warmer than gloves because you keep your fingers together, generating and capturing heat. That said, finding a mitt that can breathe and that retains basic dexterity is the key.

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Cold days on the chairlifts requires a warm glove for all-day comfort in the dead of winter. Here, we ride up Telluride Resort on a cold day.
Credit: Amber King

Warmth: Mittens


If your hands run cold and need something that'll keep them toasty all day long, a mitten is by far a better option than a glove. The big tradeoff is dexterity, but if you're simply sitting on a chairlift and just need to be able to hold your ski poles, a mitten will work just fine. Those built with two gloves offer more dexterity than those with a single glove construction, and all options are warmer than any of the ski gloves tested.

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A look at a few different liners. Top left is the BD Mercury Mitt which is plush and super warm. Top right is the Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe with medium warmth, and here we see the Arc'teryx Fission with a wicking liner and breathable interior.
Credit: Amber King

When looking at warmth, the clear winner is the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt. It features thick PrimaLoft Gold insulation (340-gram in liner, 170-gram in a shell) built to take on big, cold peaks. The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt is filled with 323g of PrimaLoft Gold and is also quite warm. The Burton Gore-Tex Mitten is a lighter option that still provides enough warmth in its double-glove construction for most winter conditions in the lower 48. Of all the mitts, the Burton Gore-Tex is the most breathable, followed by the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt and Black Diamond Mercury Mitt.

A stand-out difference between the Mercury Mitt and the rest is the puffy full mitten liner that is also removable. The Mercury's all-around awesome performance, both in the liner and its full construction, wins it our top honors. It's not too overkill like the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt for resort skiing.

The fluffy pile of the Primaloft Gold liner of the Mercury Mitt not...
The fluffy pile of the Primaloft Gold liner of the Mercury Mitt not only insulates, but it helps to wick moisture away from hands.

Warmth: Gloves


Gloves aren't as warm as mittens simply because the fingers are not articulated together. Women that choose a glove probably do so for increased dexterity with the tradeoff of warmth. While there are warm gloves out there, don't expect them to score as high as mittens in this metric.

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Nothing like an empty resort with warm, dry, and mobile fingers. The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III stands out as one of the warmest gloves you'll find, infused with down insulation.
Credit: Ross Robinson

The warmest ski gloves that we've tested so far are the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III, Arc'teryx Fission SV, OR Couloir Sensor, and the Black Diamond Guide. Part of the warmth of a glove comes in your fingers' ability to move to generate warmth while you sit still. This Gore-Tex Down III glove is stacked with insulation, making our fingers feel more confined than thinner but warm gloves like the Fission SV. As long as you get the fit right, the Down III offers great warmth, and there is the option to insert a chemical handwarmer packet in the backhand pocket. The single-liner glove is loaded with 600-pile goose-down and tested down to zero-degree weather. We love that the Fission has so much warmth for the dexterity it also provides. We couldn't believe these gloves would keep our fingers warm when we unboxed them, but we were wrong. The Fission SV does as good a job of keeping fingers warm as any gloves we've come across.

We also like the Black Diamond Guide that offers 170-grams of Primaloft Insulation. The insulation is packed around the back of the hand and the cuff, resulting in one of the warmest glove models we've had the pleasure of testing.

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We ride out a super cold day in Lake Tahoe with the BD Guide glove. Temps reached well below freezing, but we stayed warm.
Credit: Amber King

Even though these gloves offer ample warmth, none of them have a double-glove construction. Most of the other gloves tested feature this construction, which has better versatility and the option for enhanced breathability. For example, the Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe Glove has a thin liner that helps to wick moisture away from the hands, and its nylon construction is surprisingly warm. The Dakine Camino has a removable liner but is not meant for the coldest of days. It has a thinner, more breathable construction that does well in the backcountry, but for sitting still in cold weather, you might find the need for a hand warmer or extra layer of insulation.

Make sure you get the fit of your gloves or mitts correct. If they fit too tight, circulation to the hands will be reduced, resulting in colder digits.

Water Resistance


Water resistance goes hand-in-hand with warmth. A product that gets wet and cold after a few hours is useless. It's important to find a ski glove or mitt that protects from the elements. When testing water resistance, we performed field and home tests. We wore each in sub-zero temperatures, made snow angels, and dug snow pits. We skied at the resort and snowboarded down mountains through both wet and dry climates. To verify our subjective field tests, we weighed them, put them in a sink of water, squeezed 100 times, and observed to see which ones absorbed a lot of water and which ones leaked. While you wouldn't normally put your hand in puddles at the resort, this helps us determine each glove and mitt's wet-weather limits.


If you buy a pair of gloves or mittens featuring a leather outer, make sure to treat the leather before use and continually throughout its life.

During our tests, the gloves and mitts that do best in our tests are constructed from Gore-Tex or use a Gore-Tex insert. Leather is very waterproof but requires constant care. Even when taking full care, the leather gloves tested eventually saturated after super wet days in the field. If your hands are going to be in the snow, opt for Gore-Tex instead of leather. Nylon will eventually absorb and stretch, so be sure you know your materials and look at what each is made from.

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Water beading capability tested on three top performing gloves: from left to right, the OR Couloir, BD Mercury Mitt and Arc'teryx Fission SV.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Water Resistance: Mittens


In the face of severe and horrible weather, mittens like the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt take the cake for warmth. The Alti Mitt is made of 2.5-layer of Gore-Tex and a leather palm, which absorbed the least amount of water in our tests (0.4-oz), and did the best in the field. On super long wet days, the leather palm can saturate, but proper treatment of the leather can avoid that.

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The beefy OR Alti Mitt offers the best in water-resistant, providing great warmth throughout the day.
Credit: Amber King

The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt provides complete water protection on both the ski hill and in our tests, only absorbing 2.5-oz of water. The Pertex shield and Goretex are quite waterproof, offering all the water resistance you'd need on the hill. It's much more water-resistant than the Hestra Heli-Mitt but not as good as the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt.

The Hestra Heli-Mitt also offers provides great water resistance out of the package, but it breaks down after a few seasons of use. It is constructed of a Triton three-layer fabric that does saturate eventually, and during our squeeze tests, it leaked water through the seams. In the field, though, it managed to stay relatively dry and offered great protection at the resort during both wet and dry days. It just needs upkeep.

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In order to enjoy a day like this in the mountains, you need to make sure you have the best gloves on your hands to keep you warm and dry. Here we test the Arc'teryx Fission SV gloves on Mt. Shuksan.
Credit: Stephanie Bennett

Water Resistance: Gloves


The Arc'teryx Fission SV and OR Couloir both offer awesome weather protection. The Couloir is constructed mostly of leather and polyester, finished with a Goretex insert, while the Fission is lighter, made with Arc'teryx's proprietary material Fortius 1.0 (nylon and elastane), infused with a Gore-tex insert and a leather palm. When digging snow pits with both the Couloir and Fission SV, both provide sufficient protection. Both eventually had nylon materials saturate in the snow after a few months of use, but neither had the moisture penetrate to the interior. Both are great options for wet weather, with the Fission holding a little less water in its fabric than the Couloir.

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The shell of the Fission is quite water-resistant doing very well in our tests. It repels snow and water without issue.
Credit: Amber King

The Outdoor Research Arete is a full-nylon glove that did well in our water tests but not so good in our field tests. Nylon absorbs water and stretches out, thus absorbing more water over time. While it only absorbed 1.55 oz of water in this test, using it all day in wet weather, this liner begins to saturate, resulting in cold hands. The Gore-Tex insert it uses provides additional protection, but it is far from waterproof.

The Burton Deluxe Gore-Tex and Gordini Down III also do well in wet weather. Both are constructed with a Nylon shell and Gore-Tex insert, and both offer decent protection. In our water tests, the Burton Deluxe didn't leak at all. The Gordini Down III has a little more water penetration at the fingertips by the end of the test. This observation was further showcased when we saw the Down III saturate much more quickly than the Deluxe when digging pits and playing in the snow. Of the high-value option out there, the Burton Deluxe offers the best protection for a low price.

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While the Dakine Camino gloves didn't do so well in our water tests, they provide enough warmth and protection, even on days like these.
Credit: Amber King

Dexterity


Having dexterity in a ski glove or mitt simply means that you can perform simple tasks like zipping up zippers or transitioning without having to take off your gloves. If you're a professional in the field, this is important, and for all, it means better overall warmth. You don't risk losing your glove on a chair lift, and you stay warmer by simply keeping your glove on. To test this metric, we slipped each on, evaluated its materials and construction, and tried to perform simple tasks. Typically the higher scorers here were those with a gloved construction and thinner design, which both help offer better mobility.


The fit of a glove or mitten is imperative to its dexterity. If it's too big, you're going to have extra space at the tips of the fingers, which results in less dexterity. Alternatively, a tight fit will lead to less mobility, which also affects dexterity. Make sure you order the right size or even try them on to ensure they work for your hands.

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The OR Couloir glove does an excellent job of balancing dexterity with warmth, perfect for an outdoor professional.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Dexterity: Gloves


If you care about dexterity, buy a ski glove. The best performers in this category are gloves with a thinner design and flexible materials. The best performer is the Arc'teryx Fission SV as the most dexterous of the bunch. Even though it's warm, the insulation in the fingers and on the palm is not very bulky, and you can feel what you're doing. The materials are soft, supple, and flexible, which adds to the mobility of this glove. No other glove comes close to its fluid motion. It's important to note this glove has a unisex fit, so be sure to size down and consult the fit chart. The OR Couloir performs similarly but is not quite as streamlined as the Fission SV.

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The Arc'teryx Fission SV offers the best mobility of any glove tested. Easily transition while keeping them on. Here we rip skins without needing to remove our gloves before descending.
Credit: Amber King

The ultra-thin design of the Outdoor Research Arete offers great dexterity. It has very thin insulation, thus making it easier to grab objects easily. The tradeoff here, of course, is that they're less warm. The Dakine Camino is a thicker glove but has less insulation in the fingers, which increases mobility, similar to the Burton Deluxe. All of these offer suitable mobility for most actions you'll perform at a resort or in the backcountry. We could easily do transitions and perform fine tasks in the backcountry with ease. The Kinco Pigskin (if you get the right fit) has thicker construction in the fingers, but the leather is pretty flexible, allowing you to easily grip your pole, open your backpack, and adjust bindings without too much trouble.

Dexterity: Mittens


Mittens are less dexterous and earn quite low points in this category. Simply because, in most designs, the fingers are locked together, and you can't use your index finger without a swath of material getting in the way.

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The Mercury Mitt's full mitt liner was incredibly warm, but gave us trouble when we were trying to grasp small zippers.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Thinner mittens like the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten and Hestra Heli-Mitt have a surprising amount of dexterity for a mitten. The Heli Mitt has a very thin leather shell and compressible liner that allows you to grab items. The Burton Gore-Tex Mitt has a similar design but has a gloved liner that allows you to take off the shell when you need to perform fine motor tasks without exposing bare skin to the cold air. As a result of its thinner design and versatility, it's one of the most dexterous mittens we've ever tested.

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The Burton Deluxe is another dexterous glove that isn't as bulky as it might look.
Credit: Amber King

Durability


It's a bummer to go out and spend money on an expensive pair of ski gloves that disintegrates after one season. Each model we tested endured double-digit hours of intense use in warm and dry climates to ensure that our scoring was not only fair but reflected what a glove would look like after a full season. We also washed each liner to see which bounced back and which didn't — reflecting which would lose warmth after just a few big days out.


Leather needs to be treated one to two times a season. If you buy a pair of leather gloves, treat them with a leather sealant as directed before using them, and one to three times per season, depending on use. This will ensure the leather won't dry out, crack, and will maintain its waterproofing.

The models with goatskin leather outers, such as the Arc'teryx Fission SV and Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, have the most durable shells as opposed to those constructed of nylon, like the Outdoor Research Arete. These gloves with a leather palm are far more durable over time but require maintenance. Those that incorporate Gore-Tex into the external construction are also quite durable. For example, the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt offers both a leather palm and Gore-Tex construction, which leads to impressive longevity.

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If you see yellow stitching, you know there's kevlar in the construction. Here we see gloves with bomber palms. Varying amounts of reinforcement and the type of materials changes with durability. The Arc'teryx Fission looks to be the best constructed.
Credit: Amber King

Liners are also important when considering durability. A liner that packs out and doesn't retain warmth isn't necessarily the best investment. For those with hi-pile liners, you can expect this to happen, though some wear out faster than others. Since we've been at this game for the last several years, we have the experience to comment on it. For example, the Hestra Heli-Mitt will eventually pack out, but it took about three years of hard use before we felt the need to replace it finally.

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The shell and construction of the Mercury Mitts are solid, but the liners will wear down over time. The availability of replacement liners can save you money in the long run.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

The Arc'teryx Fission glove has proven to bevery durable for our testers and has continued to work well even after a few years of use. Despite its high price, the light and flexible construction is surprisingly durable and continues to last us through the years. The more we use it, the more we are sold on the initial investment.

Features


We also consider features that you might be looking for: removable leashes, snot wipes, mini google wipers, and more. Below, we outline the gloves and mitts with the features that you might seek.


Removable Liners


Removable liners make gloves versatile for different conditions. Typically skiers find this feature helpful in the backcountry or if you plan on being more aerobic with your skis. Removable liners can be changed out for thicker or thinner options. The products featuring a removable liner in this review include the Hestra Heli Mitt, Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe, Outdoor Research Arete, and Burton Gore-Tex Mitten. The OR Alti Mitt, Black Diamond Guide Glove, and Black Diamond Mercury Mitt all feature water-resistant liners that can be used on their own as a secondary glove or mitt.

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A look at the removable water resistant Mercury Mitt liner.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Nose and Goggle Wipe


This is a softer material on the thumb that some skiers might find helpful to wipe their noses or goggles. Products with a nose wipe include the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten, Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe Glove, the Outdoor Research Arete , OR Couloir, REI Guide Mitten, Gordini Gore-Tex Down III, Black Diamond Guide, Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, and Dakine Camino. The Camino has a nose wipe on one thumb and a goggle wipe on the other, which we appreciate. A nice touch.

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A nose wipe (left) and goggle wipe (right) of the Dakine Camino that we love. This is one of the most featured gloves that you should definitely check out.
Credit: Amber King

Leashes


Leashes attach to your wrist, which prevents that dreaded moment when you drop your ski glove off the lift. Most are removable. All gloves in this review featured this option except the Kinco Pigskin Leather Gloves, REI Guide Mitten, Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, and Black Diamond Guide Glove. While it takes a little effort, it isn't that hard to fashion one's own leashes.

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Removable leashes are always a helpful addition to any mitt or glove. You don't want to be the sorry sap that drops their glove or mitt off the lift. That's why the Burton Deluxe Gore-Tex is just wonderful for resort skiing.
Credit: Amber King

Handwarmer Pocket


This is a small pouch or zippered pocket to place a handwarmer for extra cold days. Products include the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III, Burton Gore-tex Mitten, Dakine Camino, OR Arete (in the liner), and the Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe.

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Beef up this pair's warmth by sticking a hand-warmer in the pocket designed just for this purpose. The Gordini Gore-Tex Down offers a nice little pocket to incorporate a handwarmer.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Cinch and Release Cuff


A cinch and release cuff with a large enough mechanism that can be used with gloves on. All products we tested have this feature except the Kinco Pigskin Gloves and REI Guide Mittens.

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Pull cords with large tabs on the Dakine Camino make it easier to adjust your glove or mitt on the go.
Credit: Amber King

Carabiner Loops


These are located on the finger, so climbers can attach gloves to the harness without snow or ice getting inside. Products include Arc'teryx Fission Glove, Black Diamond Guide, Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, OR Couloir Sensor and Outdoor Research Arete. These gloves are also great for ice climbing or moving in the alpine with a harness.

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The carabiner loops of the OR Arete gloves are helpful if you need to clip your gloves to a harness. Many resort gloves do not have these feature, but those built for the alpine do.
Credit: Amber King

Touch Screen Compatibility


None of the outer gloves have touch screen compatibility, which is sad given how technology-driven our society is. However, some products have a touchscreen compatible liner, so you don't have to have off the entire glove. Products include the Burton Gore-Tex Deluxe, Burton Gore-Tex Mitten, and the Dakine Camino.

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Liners with smartphone compatibility like those found in the Burton Deluxe Gloves are very helpful, especially when you need to text a friend on a chairlift.
Credit: Amber King

Of all the products tested, the Dakine Camino and Burton Deluxe gloves have the most features. Stacked with touchscreen compatibility, handwarmer pockets, a double-glove construction, and more, they are meant to keep you prepared and happy on the slopes. The Camino features most of these, with an added goggle wipe as an added plus.

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Crushing fine powder lines in Alaska is just one of the many ways we test our gloves and mitts. Here we enjoy the Hestra Heli Mitt in these super cold environments, carving powder lines into the fresh powder.
Credit: Amber King

Conclusion


When you're out in the snow all day long, a great set of gloves or mittens is key to the outdoor outfit. We've tested the best options on the market, all in the name of helping you find exactly what you're looking for. Now, all that's left to do is just choose a pair that you think will work best for you. Happy glove hunting, and enjoy the cold weather—we most definitely will be.

Amber King and Jacqueline Kearney


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