We tested the best contenders over the past several winter seasons, using a combination of side-by-side comparisons. We dunked each competitor in a bucket of water to compare water resistance and performed a series of tasks that included writing, unlocking a car, buckling boots, and attaching a lift ticket to our jacket.
In addition to these comparisons, we did an enormous amount of real-world testing, putting all contenders through the wringer. We rode chairlifts and toured the Cascades, the French and Swiss Alps, the Wasatch and the Sierra and Alaska working and while ski guiding and while working on the field team for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC). We also skied mountains in the bitterly cold Northeast United States.
We skied in the pouring rain (yes, pouring), on 30" powder days, and under sunny skies - all to help you choose the best product for your particular needs.
Cold weather is possibly the most important factor, but we also tested in early season conditions to find the most versatile gloves. Gloves that sweat out easily can be a real problem for those that run warm, so breathability combined with warmth was a determining factor in our ratings.