Hiking uphill and skiing down is our favorite way to test the breathability, warmth and protection of a glove. We did this relentlessly! Here Britt is seen breaking trail uphill for about three miles.
Over several months, we subjected 12 pairs of the industry's top ski gloves and mitts to harsh terrain, a variety of winter sports, and a wide range of temperatures in both wet and dry climates. We went splitboarding and skiing in the back and front-country of Colorado's mountains. We rode lifts and went skinning. We threw each competitor in the freezer to determine the relative warmth of their materials and completely submerged them under water while squeezing 100 times to see which were more water-resistant.
Using a temperature sensor, we were able to determine how well gloves and mitts were able to retain warmth after being in the freezer for five minutes. We measured the temperature before and after to determine while retained more or less heat.
Throughout our testing, we paid close attention to five pre-determined metrics: Warmth, Water Resistance, Dexterity, Features, and Durability. In doing these comparative tests, we wore a different glove on each hand to truly determine performance differences. Additionally, we gave products to dozens of testers to ensure that our data is correct and conclusive. We take testing and reviewing products seriously, and we guarantee that each product tested has been scrutinized to find the best women's glove or mitten for you.
In this test, we put on each glove, submerged it in water and squeezed our hand into a fist. This test helped us determine which gloves were actually water resistant, and which weren't.