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How We Tested Ski Gloves

Friday January 17, 2020

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.

Every year  we perform this test. We use a two-minute submersion in a bucket of water as one factor when comparing ski gloves and mittens while measuring levels of water resistance side-by-side. We used our ratings in conjunction with real world wet and sometimes rainy skiing in Washington's Snoqualmie Pass.
Every year, we perform this test. We use a two-minute submersion in a bucket of water as one factor when comparing ski gloves and mittens while measuring levels of water resistance side-by-side. We used our ratings in conjunction with real world wet and sometimes rainy skiing in Washington's Snoqualmie Pass.

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.

Ian Nicholson and Eric Dalzell performing snow pits tests and testing glove dexterity while working on the snow safety team for Tailgate Alaska.
Ian Nicholson and Eric Dalzell performing snow pits tests and testing glove dexterity while working on the snow safety team for Tailgate Alaska.