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The 8 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

To find the best winter gloves, we tested models from Carhartt, Outdoor Research, Mechanix, Smartwool, and more
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Best Winter Gloves Review
Credit: Erin Towns
By Clark Tate ⋅ Review Editor
Tuesday April 9, 2024

Sick of cold hands? We research dozens of the best winter gloves on the market before choosing these top 9 to purchase and test side-by-side. From trail and errand running to glacial research and ice baths, we tested these gloves in extreme environments and where you'll wear them the most. We ran every pair through a barrage of controlled water resistance, temperature, and dexterity tests. From hard-working options and warming liner gloves to cold-weather classics that will have you stacking snowballs, these winter gloves will keep you and your hands busy when the temperatures drop.

Need other winter gear to keep you cozy? We've hit the slopes in the best women's ski gloves and plowed through powder to test the best men's ski gloves. From the best down jackets for men and the top-rated down jackets for women to the best men's winter boots and our favorite women's winter boots, we can help you find what you need to stay toasty this winter.

Editor's Note: We updated our winter gloves review on April 9, 2024, to include alternative recommendations to many of our top award picks. We also included a section going into more detail on how we test these gloves.

Top 9 Winter Gloves - Test Results

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Pros Incredibly dexterous, tough, touchscreen compatible, machine washableDexterous, dry quickly, affordable, touchscreen compatibleFit well, soft, useful touchscreen padsLook nice, comfortable, nice pull loop and gripsWarm, waterproof, comfortable
Cons Not as warm, slow to dryShorter cuff is less protective, handwash onlyFabric is pilling, durability is not the bestA little restrictive, touchpads are stiffSlick, fleece liner holds water, not as dexterous
Bottom Line These rough-and-tumble gloves never restrict your movement and are warm enough for most active usesThese tough, well-fitting liners work wonderfully and are likely to lastThese are our favorite liner gloves for their feel and fit but we have durability concernsThese mid-weight gloves are great around town when you're ducking in and out of doorsWaterproof and warm, these gloves are an excellent option for winter chores
Rating Categories Mechanix Wear Coldw... Achiou Touch Screen... Smartwool Liner Outdoor Research Fl... Carhartt Waterproof...
Warmth (25%)
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Specs Mechanix Wear Coldw... Achiou Touch Screen... Smartwool Liner Outdoor Research Fl... Carhartt Waterproof...
Intended Uses Repairs, home improvement, running equipment Texting, winter Liner Everyday wear All-purpose
Touchscreen Compatible? Yes Yes - thumb, index, and middle finger Yes - thumb & index Yes - thumb and index No
Material Rubber, fleece, softshell Outer - 86% acrylic, 13% polyester, 1% spandex; Inner - 100% polyester 48% merino wool, 48% recycled polyester, 1% elastane, 2% other 43% wool, 38% polyester, 19% nylon fleece, w/ 100% polyester backer 100% polyester
Additional Insulation 40g 3M Thinsulate None None Fleece Fleece lining and cuff
Laundering Machine wash Hand wash in warm to cool water Machine wash cold, gentle, line dy Machine wash delicate, line dry Spot wash by hand
Weatherproofing Features Back of hand is water resistant softshell None None None Waterproof insert
Other Features Adjustable cuff Textured palm None Textured palm Adjustable cuff
Fit True to size, large for women True to size True to size True to size True to size
Environmental, Safety, and Ethical Information None known None known Natural materials and reycled polyester content Could expose you to chromium (hexavalent compounds) None known


The Best Winter Gloves for 2024


Best Men's Winter Gloves


Carhartt Waterproof Insulated


78
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 10.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 6.5
  • Weather Resistance 9.5
  • Features 4.5
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Polyester | Touchscreen Compatible: No
REASONS TO BUY
Very well insulated
Flexible and unrestrictive
Comfortable with fleece cuff
Largely waterproof
REASONS TO AVOID
Thick fingers
Not as breathable
Slippery fabric
Not unisex

Warm and flexible, the comfortable Carhartt Waterproof Insulated gloves are a reliable winter classic. We tested them around the house and while collecting data on a remote glacier in the Yukon, comfortably wearing them in temperatures as low as -20° F for extended periods. That makes them an easy option to reach for a dog walk or for when the driveway or sidewalk needs shoveling. These gloves are windproof and largely waterproof, which goes a long way toward keeping your hands warm and safe from frostbite in the winter months. An adjustable cuff holds them in place, though the small plastic buckle is less robust than we'd like.

The malleable fabric and generous cut of these winter gloves allow your fingers nearly their full range of movement, but the thick insulation and slick fabric aren't great for detailed tasks. And while the majority of the glove is protected by a waterproof liner, the fleece cuff is not. When the outside got damp during our waterproofing tests, the liner then pulled the moisture into the glove. Sweat also tends to accumulate inside, and it took over a day and a half to dry out. The fabric seems sturdy but not as long-lasting as leather work gloves. And we wish they came in sizes small enough to fit slimmer fingers and hands, like many women have. That said, in environments where you can duck inside if the liners wet out, these warm and comfortable gloves are the best in the test. If you need a more dexterous glove, check out the Mechanix Wear Coldwork Original. However, they're not as warm or weather resistant as the Carhartt.

A soft fleece lining makes it easy to pull on these gloves.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best Women's Winter Gloves


Carhartt Quilts Insulated


64
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 9.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 4.0
  • Weather Resistance 8.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Durability 6.0
Material: Polyester insulation and shell | Touchscreen Compatible: No
REASONS TO BUY
Largely waterproof
Soft fleece lining
Warm and blocks wind
Some recycled fabric
REASONS TO AVOID
Less dexterous
Slow to dry
Not entirely waterproof
Nearly as warm and as waterproof as the men's Carhartt glove, the

Carhartt Quilts Insulated is a good alternative for anyone with smaller hands. They completely blocked the wind and repelled water for nearly two minutes during submersion (water snuck in through the pinkie finger's top seam right at the end). They hold heat well, with a quilted layer of lofty polyester insulation and soft fleece lining, keeping our hands warm and cozy. A tab extension from the thick panels on the palms makes them easy to pull on, and a cinch at the wrist keeps them secure. Our female tester usually wears a size small to a medium glove and finds that these fit well, though the finger length verges on being too short.

While we appreciate the welcoming fleece lining, it can pull moisture into the glove if it gets wet. This makes it harder for your hands to stay warm, and the gloves took nearly two days to dry. When it comes time to clean them, they're hand wash only. While the gloves are flexible, the thick insulation and slippery fabric make some tasks cumbersome, and they aren't our top pick for detailed tasks. They also have a few loose stitches after just a few months of testing. That said, if you're looking for warmth and weatherproofing for tasks like pulling sleds, frigid walks, or shoveling snow, the Carhartt Quilts Insulated are the gloves we recommend for smaller hands. If you want a great women's work glove, see the Wells Lamont Hydrahyde Leather Hybrid, which offer slightly more comfort and dexterity but less warmth and weather resistance.

The Quilted Carhartt gloves are mostly waterproof an work well enough for extended time in the snow.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best Overall Ski Gloves


Arc'teryx Fission SV


Material: Leather, Polyester, Gore-Tex | Touchscreen Compatible: No
REASONS TO BUY
Top weather protection
Great dexterity for a ski glove
High durability
REASONS TO AVOID
Very expensive
Can't tighten at the wrist

The Arc'teryx Fission SV has dominated both our men's ski glove and women's ski glove reviews for years. It is the Goldilocks glove: warmth, dexterity, and weather protection about as well as can be imagined. It is especially great at fighting off snow and rain. Compared to many other gloves we have tested, these are among the most durable and should last 100-200 days of heavy use (which helps justify the high cost).

Our only big gripe, other than the cost, is that this glove lacks a wrist cinch. Other than that, every negative is counteracted by a positive. They could be warmer like the Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex Gloves, but you would lose a bunch of dexterity. They could have more dexterity like the Hestra Leather Fall Line, but that would come at big hit to warmth and weather resistance. Overall, we think the Fission SV nails the right balance for most skiers.

Read more: Arc'teryx Fission SV review

Testing the Fission SV glove on the slopes, in the backcountry, and in the parking lot.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Best Overall Ski Mittens


Black Diamond Mercury Mitt


Material: Leather, polyester, BD.dry | Gauntlet or cuff: Gauntlet
REASONS TO BUY
Amazing warmth
Excellent durability
Good value
Insulated liner included
REASONS TO AVOID
Dexterity is low
Wrist leash is not included

The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt is the best mitten we have tested for both men and women. They are optimized for warmth with stacks of insulation, a fleece liner, and enough room to maximize insulation. They also keep moisture out with a combination of their materials and tight seal. BD thought of the little things like loops for hanging to dry and a nose wipe.

All that amazing warmth is awesome, but these are mittens, after all, so don't expect to do many tasks requiring fine motor skills while wearing these. You usually have to remove them to zip a jacket or adjust a boot. Considering how often you will take them off, it is a bummer they don't have a wrist leash. While we think they are solid value, check out the The North Face Montana Ski Mitts if you want an even more affordable mitt (with a wrist leash!)

Read more: Black Diamond Mercury Mitt review

Testing the dexterity and nose wipe of the Mercury Mitt on the chairlift and showing some other highlights of this super toasty mitten.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Best Unisex Winter Work Glove


Mechanix Wear Coldwork Original


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 6.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 10.0
  • Weather Resistance 5.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
Material: Rubber, fleece, softshell | Touchscreen Compatible: Yes
REASONS TO BUY
Comfortable
Extremely dexterous
Work well with a liner
Seriously durable
Can use washing machine
REASONS TO AVOID
Not the warmest
Don't dry quickly
Work-focused aesthetic

From dog walks and shoveling chores to building glacier monitoring stations in Maine and repairing a hot water drill in Alaska, the Mechanix Wear Coldwork Original gloves are the jam. They're the best in our lineup at protecting our hands without restricting their function. They also breathe well — and dry hands are warm hands. One tester found these warm enough for small engine repair into the teens and twenties. Another lead tester often wore them with the Smartwool Liner when temperatures dropped and stayed toasty. We appreciate that they're machine washable since they're durable, dark, and (our pair always seems to be) dirty. Luckily, their touchscreen-compatible index finger and thumb worked despite the grime accumulation.

With minimal insulation, the Mechanix aren't the warmest gloves. We're usually wearing them when we're on the go and dexterity is most important. With elevated activity levels, our hands stayed fairly comfortable in colder temps. Though the back of these gloves can resist a very small amount of light rain and snow, they wet through quickly and take time to dry (a day or more). The size small Mechanix is a little long in the fingers for our lead female reviewer, who normally wears a women's size small or medium. And yet, they still worked wonderfully for her. As long as they fit you, we can't recommend the Mechanix enough; they are excellent work gloves for colder weather.

If the Mechanix gloves aren't warm enough for conditions, they work well with a liner beneath them.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best Women's Winter Work Glove


Wells Lamont Hydrahyde Leather Hybrid


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 6.0
  • Weather Resistance 5.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Leather, spandex, neoprene | Touchscreen Compatible: No
REASONS TO BUY
Flexible
Comfortable fit
Great color scheme
REASONS TO AVOID
Not very warm
Too tight for a liner

While certainly not warm enough for the depth of winter in northern climates, the Wells Lamont Hydrahyde Leather Hybrid are thick gardening/work gloves that work well for mild winters and shoulder seasons. They're especially suited to days when you're working hard enough to generate your own warmth. The leather palm protects your hands, while breathable spandex keeps sweat from accumulating. Neoprene panels on the back of your hand and at the wrist are comfortable and add warmth and water resistance. They fit our lead female tester well and are among the most dextrous gloves in the test. They also repel a light mist, yet soaked through immediately in our immersion test.

The fit is too tight to comfortably wear liners beneath these gloves, which is a shame because it would do a lot to increase their temperature range. If you wear a women's size small or extra small, these may provide a better fit than our favorite winter work glove, the Mechanix. The Hydrahydes are a compelling option for anyone who needs a bit more warmth and protection than your average work glove.

We appreciate the Wells Lamont women's hydrahide glove for their comfortable fit and protective leather palms.
Credit: Clark Tate

A Stylish Glove for Around Town


Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor


55
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 4.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 7.0
  • Weather Resistance 3.0
  • Features 7.5
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Wool, polyester, nylon | Touchscreen Compatible: Yes
REASONS TO BUY
Looks pulled-together
Comfortable with a great fit
Useful features
Machine washable
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as warm
Not weatherproof
Slow to dry

The Outdoor Research Flurry Sensors are mid-weight, wool-blend gloves that keep your hands warm when you're on the move We find ourselves wearing them around town when we're in and out of doors and need to use our hands often. They have a snug but flexible fit, which means we rarely need to pull them off to complete a task. A handy loop makes it as easy to pull on the second glove as the first, and the soft fleece lining feels cozy every time. We also appreciate that the touchscreen pads on the pointer finger and thumb make it easy to use our phones without freezing our fingers.

While the thick touchscreen pads worked well on the men's version, they are stiff, and our female tester had trouble getting them to activate her phone screen. They also aren't much warmer than the liner gloves in our tests and aren't quite as comfortable since they have more seams and structure. They're more substantial than the liners, though, and we think they will last longer. When we want to feel like stylish grown-ups with warm hands, we reach for these gloves. We also like the Smartwool Liner gloves for their great fit and feel, but we think they'll be less durable in the long run than the Flurry Sensor.

winter gloves - or&#039;s flurry sensor gloves look and feel polished.
OR's Flurry Sensor gloves look and feel polished.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best Liner Glove


Achiou Touch Screen Thermal


55
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 4.0
  • Comfort and Dexterity 9.0
  • Weather Resistance 2.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Durability 6.0
Material: Acrylic and polyester | Touchscreen Compatible: Yes
REASONS TO BUY
Helpful palm grips
Block wind impressively
Dry quickly
Great price
REASONS TO AVOID
Shorter cuff
Handwash

Liner gloves are a must in frigid climes, and the Achiou Touch Screen Thermal outperformed the rest. Many winter gloves are warm and waterproof but unwieldy. You often have to remove them to navigate your phone, unsnap buckles or tighten laces. When it's below zero, liners help protect your fingers from frostbite while you do so. They're also great for chilly shoulder season runs. The Achiou are soft with helpful palm grips and touchscreen-compatible tips on the pointer fingers, middle fingers, and thumbs. Though they aren't weatherproof, they dry faster than any other glove in the test and block wind impressively well. They're also highly durable, and the price is right.

That said, while the Achiou's won the liner test, they aren't our favorites. They aren't machine washable, the thumb is a little too long, and the cuff is a little too short. We also often prefer the feel of natural fibers. Still, if you want to save money for a durable pair and don't mind hand washing them when they need it, these gloves are an easy choice. For a decent merino wool blend liner glove, check out the Smartwool Liner.

winter gloves - light, easy, durable, and inexpensive, the achiou liner gloves are a...
Light, easy, durable, and inexpensive, the Achiou liner gloves are a great addition to any kit.
Credit: Clark Tate

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
78
Carhartt Waterproof Insulated
Best Men's Winter Gloves
$30
Editors' Choice Award
76
Mechanix Wear Coldwork Original
Best Unisex Winter Work Glove
$33
Top Pick Award
64
Carhartt Quilts Insulated
Best Women's Winter Gloves
$28
Editors' Choice Award
55
Achiou Touch Screen Thermal
Best Liner Glove
$12
Top Pick Award
55
Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor
A Stylish Glove for Around Town
$45
Top Pick Award
54
Wells Lamont Hydrahyde Leather Hybrid
Best Women's Winter Work Glove
$21
Top Pick Award
50
Wells Lamont 5127 White Mule Insulated Cowhide Leather
$20
50
Smartwool Liner
$24
35
Icebreaker Merino 260 Tech Liner
$45

winter gloves - the last thing you want to do in the winter is come inside because...
The last thing you want to do in the winter is come inside because your hands are cold.
Credit: Clark Tate

How We Test Winter Gloves


Our search for the best winter gloves started online, creating a spreadsheet of dozens of options and their various features. Then we selected the top nine, bought them, and set out to see how they stand up to day-to-day abuse. We wore them running errands around town, walking the dog, running, hiking, and doing chores in rural Maine's bone-chilling winter. We also tested the men's gloves in Fairbanks, Alaska, and while collecting data on a remote glacier in the Yukon. We tied our shoelaces, unbuckled our avalanche beacons, took notes, and clipped dog leashes to test their dexterity. To test their warmth, we wore them, sometimes one on each hand, and tossed them in a freezer for 5 minutes with a thermometer inside. We also dunked them in a bucket of water for two minutes to test waterproofing and timed how long it took them to dry.

Our winter glove testing considers 5 rating metrics:
  • Warmth (25% of total score)
  • Comfort and Dexterity (25% weighting)
  • Weather Resistance (25% weighting)
  • Extended Durability (15% weighting)
  • Extra Features (10% weighting)

Why Trust GearLab


Our lead tester, Clark Tate, has split her time between the Appalachian, Rocky, and Sierra mountain ranges. She currently lives in central Maine, embracing the long winter months with wilderness camping trips, back and cross-country skiing adventures, and trail runs/slides. When the windchill is well into the negative double digits, you want your gloves to work. Clark is joined by Jake Homes, who is the lead tester for the men's specific gloves that are too large for Clark's hands. Jake is a Registered Maine Guide who leads winter trips on Katadyn for Acadia Mountain Guides. He also studies geophysics and glaciology at the University of Maine, spending a chunk of every year pulling radars around on remote glaciers in Alaska. You need warm gloves for that too.

The Wells Lamont White Mules are on the long side.
The Wells Lamont White Mules are on the long side.
We timed how long the gloves took to dry after our waterproofing...
We timed how long the gloves took to dry after our waterproofing tests.
Sometimes we even wore different gloves on each hand to tease apart...
Sometimes we even wore different gloves on each hand to tease apart those small differences in performance.
Our male and female testing team put these winter gloves through the wringer in some seriously trying conditions.

Analysis and Test Results


Often, warm gloves are bulky gloves, which makes it harder to perform daily tasks. If you have to take your gloves off whenever you need to use your hands, they aren't doing you much good. In this review, we're searching for the elusive unicorns that keep our hands warm while maintaining enough dexterity that we rarely have to remove them. For your hands to stay warm, they also need to be dry and out of the wind, so we tested waterproofness as well.

We've included a wide range of glove types in this review, from liners intended to be worn under other gloves to thick, insulated options. We'll guide you through the scores to explain the circumstances where each pair of gloves works best. Keep in mind that our scores are relative. Just because a glove has a lower warmth score doesn't mean that it doesn't hold heat; it just doesn't do it as well as the top options.


Value


Your budget is important. To honor it, we identify products that offer exceptional performance at below-average prices. These high-value options are often the most popular among our testers, and that's true of the winter glove lineup in particular. The Carhartt Waterproof Insulated gloves easily earn the top score while costing only a bit above average for the review. That makes the warmest and only fully waterproof gloves in the test quite a bargain.

winter gloves - the carhartt gloves work for a range of tasks.
The Carhartt gloves work for a range of tasks.
Credit: Clark Tate

The least expensive gloves in the review, the Achiou Touch Screen Thermal, also offer excellent value. They are the top-scoring liner gloves in the test. Since they're meant to be worn under other gloves, they can't compete outright in the warmth category, but that doesn't make them any less crucial to our kit.

There is also the value that comes from buying exactly what you need instead of spending less and being annoyed with your gear every time you use it. For us, the Mechanix Wear Coldwork Original gloves offer loads of value by being precisely the glove we need for dextrous winter chores. However, keep in mind that we prefer to wear a liner like the Achiou under them on the coldest days, adding to the overall cost.

Warmth


A liner glove isn't going to be as warm as an insulated, waterproof option. So it's often helpful to break down the warmth scores by winter glove subcategory. We'll do that here, starting with the classic, insulated winter mitts, the Carhartt Waterproof Insulated, and the Carhartt Quilts Insulated. Both are bulky with the cut and insulation of a ski glove and are easily the warmest in the test. We weren't surprised when they beat out the competition in our controlled freezer test, with the men's waterproof option edging out the women's version.


What blew us away, though, is that the men's Carhartt glove keeps our lead tester's hands comfortable for prolonged periods at -20 degrees. The Wells Lamont 5127 White Mule Insulated Cowhide Leather, which he wore on one hand while wearing the Carhartt on the other, didn't come close.

The Mechanix, OR Flurry Sensor, and Wells Lamont Hydrahyde are the three midweight options in our lineup. Of them, the Mechanix stands out. It held a bit more heat during our freezer tests. We wore them comfortably to work on cold metal into the teens and to temps well below zero when we were working hard. When we stopped, they weren't nearly enough.

winter gloves - to test warmth, we wore different gloves on either hand. here jake...
To test warmth, we wore different gloves on either hand. Here Jake tests the men's Carhartt and Wells Lamont gloves on the Kluane Icefields.
Credit: Erin Towns

What really tips the scales, though, is the cut of the Mechanix. It fits well and maintains excellent dexterity while being roomy enough to easily fit a liner glove beneath. (We preferred using the Smartwool Liner here, for its extended cuff.) This makes them much more comfortable for a range of winter temperatures.

And then there are the liners themselves. The Achiou and Smartwool are both warmer than the Icebreaker Merino 260 Tech Liner. They held more heat in the freezer test and on cold weather runs, which is where we find ourselves using these gloves on their own. When your body is generating heat, the breathability of a thin liner works well to keep your hands warm and dry.

The Achiou liner glove keeps our hands surprisingly warm and blocks wind well.
Credit: Clark Tate

Comfort and Dexterity


To test the comfort of these gloves, we wore them side-by-side and judged their relative fits, the softness of their material, and the placement of their seams. To test dexterity, we took every pair of gloves through an obstacle course — tying shoes, tightening straps, zipping coats, etc. — then used them day in and out for weeks to see where they annoyed us and where they shined. And the Mechanix shined.


According to our lead men's glove tester, the Mechanix are lightyears better than the rest in terms of manipulating fine objects and dexterity; 10 out of 10. And they're tough as nails. “I would want something warmer if I was stationary or in a survival situation,” he says, “but working in the cold or moving on trail, they're excellent.” Our lead female tester agrees.

winter gloves - the mechanix glove never seems to restrict our hands&#039; movement.
The Mechanix glove never seems to restrict our hands' movement.
Credit: Clark Tate

The next most comfortable and dextrous class of gloves are the liners. Two of the three have pleasant feeling fabric – acrylic, polyester, and spandex for the Achiou; merino wool, recycled polyester, and a bit of elastane for the Smartwool option. They fit exceptionally well and do nothing to inhibit the movement of your hands. The Merino and lycra Icebreaker Merino liners are soft and comfortable but run large, and the too-long fingers often get in your way.

The Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor and Wells Lamont Hydrahyde Leather Hybrid are both thicker than the liners and less flexible than the Mechanix. Still, they fared well in the tests, and we rarely need to remove either to complete a task.

winter gloves - the ridges on the palm of the flurry sensor gloves help them...
The ridges on the palm of the Flurry Sensor gloves help them maintain a strong grip.
Credit: Clark Tate

It's hard to execute detailed tasks while wearing bulky heavyweight winter gloves like the Carhartt models and the Wells Lamont White Mule Insulated Cowhide Leather. Testers found themselves dropping small items often while wearing either of the Carhartt gloves. The palm fabric is slippery, and they're too puffy for detailed work. It's frustrating and often tempting just to pull the gloves off, cold weather or not. We like these gloves for tasks like shoveling or loading and unloading gear. The Wells Lamont White Mules are similarly bulky, though they offer a much better grip with high-quality leather palms. It's a shame that their less polished cut and construction make them difficult to maneuver.

winter gloves - the wells lamont white mules have high quality leather palms with...
The Wells Lamont White Mules have high quality leather palms with suede patches that help them grip well.
Credit: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


Keeping your hands dry and out of the wind goes a long way toward keeping them warm. Unfortunately, only one glove in the test is truly waterproof, the Carhartt Waterproof Insulated. The women's Carhartt Quilted is nearly as good, though water did soak through the pinkie seam at the end of our two-minute submersion test. They may not stand up to a full day of wet snow. Though neither glove contains cotton, their fleece liners still hold onto water, pull it into the gloves, and take time to dry. Both gloves completely block out the wind.


None of the rest of the gloves are waterproof. The Wells Lamont Hydrahyde and the Mechanix get some points for very light mist-resistant panels on the backs of their hands. However, the fleece of the Mechanix is especially prone to soak in any moisture present. When we plunged them into a bucket of water, they wet through almost immediately. Both took over a day to dry, and the Mechanix was one of the last to dry out in the test. It blocks nearly all wind, though, while the Hydrahyde lets a lot in along the sides of the fingers.

winter gloves - the carhartt insulated men&#039;s gloves are the only waterproof option...
The Carhartt Insulated men's gloves are the only waterproof option in the test.
Credit: Clark Tate

The Wells Lamont White Mule blocks wind everywhere except for the cotton panel on the back of the hand, which also allowed water to pour in during the immersion test. It dried out faster than the Mechanix and the OR Flurry Sensor, but was still quite slow to dry.

The three-liner gloves offer very little protection from water, though the Smartwool and Achiou options do surprisingly well at blocking wind. The Achiou glove was the fastest to dry in the test, which makes it a good option for wet climates. We were disappointed to see that the Smartwool gloves were in sixth place for dry-out speed, which is not what we expected of wool.

winter gloves - the achiou liner gloves are surprisingly warm.
The Achiou liner gloves are surprisingly warm.
Credit: Clark Tate

Features


To compare features, we listed them all and rated how well they worked. The most prominent features include touchscreen compatibility, adjustable cuffs, pull tabs, and glove clips that hold the pairs together.


The Mechanix offers the most impressive set of features, including consistent touchscreen control with every finger. (Most of the competition only provides touchscreen capabilities on the end of the thumb and pointer finger.) They have a small pull tab to help you get the second glove on, and the adjustable hook and loop cuff tab keeps the glove firmly in place. A small plastic clip to hold the two gloves together.

The Outdoor Research Furry Sensors are also feature-rich, with a similar clip to hold them together and large, easy-to-grip pull tabs. Since these gloves are snug, we really appreciate this detail. The Furry Sensors have a touchscreen-compatible tab on the pointer finger and thumb of both gloves. The sensor pads are stiff and took us a few days to wear in, but after that, they work well. The glove also features grip tabs along the palm and fingers that come in handy for tasks like turning slippery door knobs.

winter gloves - the flurry sensor&#039;s pull tab is one of the features we appreciate...
The Flurry Sensor's pull tab is one of the features we appreciate most.
Credit: Clark Tate

The Achiou, Smartwool, and Icebreaker liners have touchscreen pads on their pointer fingers and thumbs. The Achiou includes your middle fingers as well. The first two work wonderfully since the gloves fit your hands snuggly. The Icebreakers do not because they stretch out quickly, leaving you with sloppy fingers. Since people often wear liners to keep their hands warm while performing tasks like taking photos or navigating with their phones, the Achiou and Smartwool gloves earn respectable feature scores for how well they perform at this one very important task.

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If you look closely at the tip of the thumb and pointer finger, you can see a slightly contrasting fabric, those are the touchscreen-compatible pads.
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The rest of the gloves are very limited in their feature offerings. Both Carhartt pairs give you a flimsy clip to hold the gloves together, nose wipes, and adjustable cuffs. The cuffs are the most useful of the three. The women's Wells Lamont Hydrahyde gloves have an excellent cuff cinch to hold them in place while you work.

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The Wells Lamont Hydrahide gloves have a hook and loop wrist strap to help hold them in place.
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Durability


We judged durability based on how these gloves stood up to months of use and to light abrasion with the end of a paperclip to test seam and fabric strength. The hard-working Mechanix gloves easily topped this list. They saw more shop work than the rest thanks to their excellent maneuverability and don't seem any worse for the wear. We expect them to last a good long while.


The Wells Lamont White Mule gloves seem to be made of high-quality materials, including sturdy cowhide leather. While the stitching isn't particularly straight, it seems likely to hold up over time. The women's Wells Lamont Hydrahyde also includes a sturdy leather palm that's likely to last, but the relatively thin spandex between the fingers seems vulnerable to wear and tear. The men's waterproof Carhartt and OR Flurry Sensor gloves seem well made, but their fabric is less sturdy.

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The Mechanix gloves held up to constant use during our test period, and we expect them to last well beyond that.
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The women's Carhartt gloves already have some loose stitching, and the thinner liners have fewer layers to wear through. The synthetic Achiou showed no signs of use, while the Smartwool liners were already pilling around the seams, especially by the touch screen sensors. We actually really like the feel and function of the Smartwool liners, but we can't recommend them if they're already coming apart.

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The Wells Lamont Hydrahide glove's leather palm is protective and seems likely to last.
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Conclusion


It can be hard to choose between the many winter gloves on the market today. We hope that by buying these options, spending weeks testing them, and months wearing them, we've helped you zero in on your perfect pair. Keeping your hands warm is a crucial step to enjoying the winter months. From heavily insulated and waterproof gloves for outdoor chores to deft liners for the most detailed tasks, we've got you covered. See the roundup of our favorite gloves to find the best pairs for specific disciplines.

Need more winter gear to complete your cold weather protection? Whether you want the best insulated jacket, a nice fuzzy sweater, or a new favorite winter jacket, our wintertime experts have got you covered.

Clark Tate