We get a lot of questions from our customers about what skiing and snowboarding gloves we recommend. While there are a number of different factors that go into this decision, we've created a basic outline for how you should think about buying gloves as well as some of our favorites on the market today.
Snowboarding Gloves and Ski Gloves - Gloves vs. Mittens
A common debate amongst skiers is ski gloves vs. mittens. Ultimately, you have three separate configuration options with your ski and snowboard glove set up: glove, mitten, and lobster claw. Mittens will be the warmest, but you will sacrifice a bit of dexterity for that added warmth. Lobster claw gloves are usually a good middle ground, and gloves are less warm but offer the most control and dexterity. If you choose to go with gloves, we recommend pairing the set of gloves with some warm liners as this way you're prepared for any temperature conditions you might encounter.
The Best Ski Gloves and Best Snowboarding Gloves for 2018/19
This three finger ski and snowboarding glove is the weapon of choice for our team here at Glade. A great middle ground between glove and mitten, the Hestra Leather Fall Line stays warm through any conditions while still allowing us to have great range of motion in our fingers and hands. We think this is the best ski glove and snowboarding glove on the market today for everyday use.
- Elastic pull strap with Velcro closure
- Neoprene cuff
For warmer spring days many on our team choose the Dakine Phantom glove. The breathability and snug fit mean you'll have maximum pole grip and you can avoid hand sweat on those bluebird April days. At only $100, it's a decent deal as well.
- INSERT: GORE-TEX + Gore Grip technology / Waterproof and breathable
- INSULATION: PrimaLoft® [ 70g ]
- PALM: Durable water repellent leather
- SHELL: Durable water repellent leather
- LINING: 200g Silky High Pile Fleece
- CUFF CLOSURE: Zipper
- Comes with NikWax leather treatment
For ultra cold days we turn to the Black Diamond Mercury Mitten. At $110, in terms of warmth it's the best bang for your buck you can find. The split fingered liner helps avoid the traditional 'mitten' feel.
- 100% waterproof BDry insert stays with removable liner
- Lightweight, abrasion-resistant, Pertex Shield shell with four-way stretch
- Removable liner features 340 g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation and high-loft fleece lining
- Goat leather palm, plus palm patch with Kevlar stitching
- Removable liner features split-finger design
The Give'r 4 Season Glove is a great insulated glove for warm days on the slopes, a day spent snowmobiling, or working outdoors in the cold. While we wouldn't recommend this as a "do everything" ski glove, it is a versatile option for those looking for a work glove to keep them warm in a variety of situations.
- 100% Waterproof All-Leather Glove
- Customize with hand-branded initials (up to 3 characters)
- Optional All-Natural Wax Coating
- 40 gm Thinsulate Insulation Lining
Other things to consider when buying skiing and snowboarding gloves
Synthetic vs. Leather Gloves
Without getting too deep into the details, we almost always going with a leather glove over a synthetic ski or snowboard glove. Leather is naturally water resistant, and when treated can be completely waterproof. We've found that leather gloves tend to last longer and are more pliable than synthetic gloves, but a bit pricier.
The purpose of the cuff is to keep snow from getting inside your jacket. Because jackets come in many shapes and sizes, we recommend pairing your cuff to your ski jacket. This means your cuff style will largely be personal preference - as there isn't a huge different between short or long cuffs as long as the snow is staying out of your jacket.
The waterproof characteristics are the most important part of your ski glove beyond the warmth. A good skiing and snowboarding glove both prevents water from getting into the glove and allows sweat and other water vapor to escape through a breathable membrane. Breathability is really the key here, as most low end gloves prevent water from entering, but are lacking on the breathability front leaving you with sweaty hands all day. If you ski in drier climates (Utah, Colorado) waterproofing isn't paramount, but this is still something to keep in mind when purchasing skiing gloves.
If you are concerned with having dexterity to maneuver poles, helmet straps, and jacket zippers, it probably makes sense for you to look into getting a pair of gloves with additional liners for especially cold days. Unfortunately dexterity and warmth are often a trade off.