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Best ski gloves: for zooming groomers and coasting powder

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A skier smiles as she carries her skis over her shoulder
The best ski gloves let you forget about the cold so you can focus on the joys of winter (Image credit: Arnold Media)

Ski season is underway and the best ski gloves are essential kit for your snow days, whether you’re zooming groomers on the resort or attacking the hill on skins. When you’re wearing a pair of the best ski gloves, you can forget about the cold and focus on the joys of winter – whether for you that’s coasting through the trees in deep powder, zooming down the slopes or gliding along cross country skiing tracks.

The best ski gloves prioritize warmth and protection from wet snow and high wind, but don’t sacrifice on dexterity levels. After all, you need to be able to adjust your clothing and bindings and handle your poles without restriction. Some ski gloves have added reinforcements for more vigorous use, while others are more lightweight and designed for working up a sweat in. The very best ski gloves provide warmth, performance, and protection, and are durable enough to last many winters on the hill.

A skier pulling on her gloves

These days, ski gloves come with a surprising number of bells and whistles (Image credit: bojanstory)

These days, ski gloves come with a surprising number of bells and whistles. Some are designed with touch screen capacity so you can operate your phone while moving in cold weather (using location apps, taking photos and sending messages), others have loops or tabs on the wrist and/or middle finger so you can pull them off easily (without using your teeth), and many have a leash so that you don’t drop them from the chairlift, never to be seen again.

Our selection of the best ski gloves includes the finest options for the coldest temperatures as well as warm spring ski days, uphill skiing and budget-friendly choices so that no matter what type of skiing you’re doing, you’re sure to find the perfect fit.

Make sure to also check out our guide to the best hiking gloves to have you covered for winter hiking and snowshoeing, and the best trail running gloves to keep you moving in cold weather. Find prices that fit your budget on our Black Friday hiking deals page.

Best ski gloves for all-round performance

Keela Extreme Gloves

These cosy, well-insulated ski gloves come in a classic design and will keep your hands warm and dry in all types of winter weather (Image credit: Keela)

These cosy, lightweight gloves protect your hands from wet and cold conditions during your mountain expeditions

Specifications
RRP: £49.95
Unisex: Yes
Sizes: S-XL
Materials: Nylon shell, polyester lining
Weight: 190 g / 6.7 oz
Colors: Black, white
Best use: Resort skiing
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof and windproof +Breathable +Well-insulated and cosy+Comfortable with decent finger dexterity
Reasons to avoid
-Fingers are a bit cumbersome for touch screen compatibility to work well

These cozy, well-insulated ski gloves come in a classic design and will keep your hands warm and dry in all types of winter weather. They are both windproof and waterproof so great for wet, heavy snow and powder days alike. They are noticeably lightweight but feature Primaloft insulation so don't be fooled – they offer plenty of protection from the cold. Unlike some ski gloves, these give decent finger dexterity – certainly all you need to wrap your hands around your ski poles. 

They feature a drawstring wrist to keep the draft out, a durable palm to hold up against your poles and soft wipe on the thumb good for runny noses on cold days. They do boast touch screen compatibility on the index fingers, which works on its own, but we found the fingers were a bit too cumbersome to really be able to use our phones without removing them first. 

All in all, these make for a really nice pair of ski gloves that will get your through the winter at a decent price point.

Montane Supercell gloves

These tough gloves are built for protection from the elements (Image credit: Montane)

Tough protection in a compact package

Specifications
RRP: $80 / £60
Unisex: Men’s and women’s specific fit available
Sizes: XS–XL
Materials: Outer: Granite Stretch softshell, nylon, goats leather Inner: Pile fleece, Freeflow mantle lining
Weight: Women’s: 190 g / 6.7 oz Men’s 210 g / 7.4
Colors: Black
Best use: Resort skiing
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof+Warm, quick dry lining+Leather reinforced palm+Curved fingers for dexterity+Handy tabs and wrist leash
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing runs a little small-No touch screen compatibility

These tough gloves are built for protection from the elements, with full waterproofing, a long elasticated gauntlet cuff and a quick drying fleece lining. All of this is packed into quite a streamlined fit, and the stretchy softshell outer and addition of curved fingers means you’ll still be able to adjust your poles and helmet without removing them on a cold day. Reinforced leather panels means they’ll stand up against sharp edges and abrasive surfaces too.

The Montane Supercell Waterproof gloves have loops at the wrist and the middle finger – so you’re not tempted to use your teeth to pull them off and damage the fabric over time – plus they’re armed with a handy leash strap to keep you from losing them on the lift. 

Best ski gloves for frigid temps 

Black Diamond Recon gloves

(Image credit: Black Diamond)

A burly pair of ski gloves for the serious skier intent on thrashing powder from first chair to last bell

Specifications
RRP: $99.95 / €100
Unisex: Men’s and women’s specific fit available
Sizes: XS–XL
Materials: Pertex shell, Primaloft insulation, BD drylining, Goatskin leather palm
Weight: 218.6 g / 7.7 oz
Colors: Black, amber, astral blue
Best use: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof+Windproof+Insulated to withstand -11°F/-24°C temperatures+Breathable and sweat wicking+Leather reinforced palm
Reasons to avoid
-Pricier for the casual user-Bulky-No touch screen compatibility

When it comes to shredding the soft stuff, these gloves pack a serious winter protection punch. The Black Diamond Recon gloves are meant to shield your paws against cold, wet conditions, with a Pertex exterior to keep off wet snow and rain even in the worst storms. Sturdy weather protection is combined with a breathable BD.dry insert that wicks sweat away from your hands if you’re working up a sweat thrashing powder or skinning uphill, and a double layer of Primaloft insulation to keep your digits toasty even in negative temps.

On the hill, a goatskin leather palm protects these gloves from any abrasion caused by your poles, and the long, drawstring cuff keeps cold drafts and snow out. These gloves trade a little dexterity for the bulk required for skiing in temperatures as cold as -11°F/-24°C, but they are burly enough to wear in the gnarliest conditions. They don’t mess around with touch screen compatibility because they’re meant for lapping lifts from first chair to last bell, not checking your phone. Priced for the serious skier, these gloves will hold up to the test of time and keep you warm on the coldest days.

Best ski gloves for spring skiing

Montane Prism gloves in Narwhal blue

These super soft, ultra-light gloves provide plenty of warmth for chilly winter hikes and cold ski days without being bulky or sweaty (Image credit: Montane)

Like tiny down jackets for your hands

Specifications
RRP: $60 (US) / £45 (UK)
Unisex: Men’s and women’s specific fit available
Sizes: XS / S / M / L XL
Materials: Pertex shell, Primaloft insulation, brushed fleece lining
Weight: 55g / 2oz (per glove)
Colors: Black, Narwhal blue
Best use: Winter hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing
Reasons to buy
+Soft and warm+Windproof and water resistant+Ultra packable+Precise touch screen compatibility+Made using recycled materials
Reasons to avoid
-Not completely waterproof-Not durable enough to withstand abrasive rock surfaces

These super soft, ultra-light gloves provide plenty of warmth for chilly winter hikes and cold ski days without being bulky or sweaty. Their slim fit packs a lot of punch, with a windproof and water-resistant Pertex shell combined with a brushed fleece lining for warmth that still allows for some breathability once you get moving. They weigh only 55 grams and come with a tiny stuff sack which they easily pack down into so you can tuck them away unnoticed in your pocket or backpack or clip them on a belt loop using a carabiner.

The Montane Prism have a wrist loop which makes it easy to pull them on in cold weather and an elasticated wrist to keep the heat in and the cold and snow out. The index finger and thumb boast a precise, touch screen compatibility pad combined with a snug fit that allows you to perform technical tasks without taking them off, while the fit of the wrist is snug enough to fit inside most winter jacket sleeves,

They are made using recycled materials and while they won’t stand up against extreme cold or abrasive surfaces during winter climbing and scrambling, they’ll give you all the warmth you need for skiing, winter hiking and even trail running on chilly days, all at a fair price point.

Best ski gloves for wet, whiteout conditions

The North Face Montana Futurelight Etip Glove

Presented primarily as a glove for skiers and snowboarder, this wonderfully warm glove is perfect for cold-weather hill walkers too (Image credit: The North Face)

Highly featured warm, waterproof and breathable snow gloves for skiers, boarders and winter hillwalkers

Specifications
RRP: $70 (US)/£75 (UK)
Unisex: Men’s and Women’s versions available
Sizes: S–XXL
Materials: Shell: DryVent 100% nylon plain weave; Fabric: polyester (55%) and polyurethane (45%); Insert membrane: Futurelight; Lining: 200g Heatseeker Eco
Weight : 101g/3.5oz (men’s large, per glove)
Colors: Black, taupe
Best use: Wet, whiteout conditions
Reasons to buy
+Warm and waterproof+Breathable+Well featured 
Reasons to avoid
-Etip feature ineffective-No nose wipe on thumb

Presented primarily as a glove for skiers and snowboarders, this wonderfully warm glove is perfect for cold-weather hill walkers too. TNF’s proprietary Heatseeker Eco insulation (70% recycled) does an excellent job of heating hands. On top of this, brand’s Futurelight membrane insert is both breathable and waterproof, preventing moisture from getting in or building up inside the glove, even during stiff climbs. The outer also has a water repellent finish. 

The full-length gauntlet stays securely in place under jacket cuffs, and the elasticated fastener pulls the mouth of the glove tightly shut, keeping out snow and cold air. A ladderlock wrist-cinch on the top of the hand keeps body-heated air in, and your fingers stay warm right to the tips, thanks to the fourchette-box construction of the glove. The synthetic leather palms are durable, and work well with poles, and the glove’s shape keeps hands in a naturally neutral, comfortable position. 

Both gloves in the pair feature an elasticated wrist leash, for keeping them secure if you remove them to perform a task, which is good, because we found the ‘Etip’ material disappointingly ineffective at operating touchscreen devices (possibly because the glove is so well padded).

Sealskinz Waterproof All-Weather Glove

If you’re after a tough and weatherproof glove that won’t let you down in challenging conditions, pick Sealskinz (Image credit: Sealskinz)

This brilliant and fully waterproof glove is ideal for all kinds of activities in the grimmest of weather conditions

Specifications
RRP: $65 (US)/£45 (UK)
Unisex: Yes
Sizes: S–XXL
Materials: Outer: Polyester (92%), Neoprene (5%), Elastane (3%) / Palm: Leather (100%)
Weight : 104g/3.6oz (per glove)
Colors: Black, Grey
Best use: Wet, whiteout conditions
Reasons to buy
+Reliably waterproof+Great grip+Very versatile
Reasons to avoid
-No insulation – add a liner glove

If you’re after a tough and weatherproof glove that won’t let you down in challenging conditions, pick Sealskinz. Their range of waterproof gloves are actually fully waterproof, unlike ‘water-resistant’ gloves that will only withstand light rain. We’ve been wearing Sealskinz’ gloves for years now and they reliably keep our hands dry even in a storm, and are ideal for cycling and hiking or even sailing in wet weather.

There are plenty of other great features here, including a fleece panel on the thumb, a touchscreen-compatible index finger and a wide Velcro strap at the wrist to keep warmth in and water out. We also like the tough yet tactile suede palms, which offer good grip even when wet. Add a liner glove for really cold weather – or pick Sealskinz’ insulated version of the glove, ($70/£50) and you’ve got the perfect quiver-of-one glove well worth its price tag. Highly recommended.

Best ski gloves for touring

Rab Khroma Tour Infinium gloves

These technical, highly dextrous gloves are designed with performance in mind (Image credit: Rab)

Whether you're attacking the uphill on skins or winter hiking, these technical, dextrous gloves offer superior protection, breathability and precision

Specifications
RRP: $100 (US)/£80 (UK)
Unisex: Yes
Sizes: XS-XL
Materials: Gore-Tex shell, fleece lining, reinforced leather palm and thumb
Colors: Black
Weight: 162g/5.7oz
Best use: Ski touring
Reasons to buy
+Great dexterity with an agile fit+Completely windproof+Highly breathable+Adjustable wrist strap
Reasons to avoid
-Not fully waterproof-No touchscreen technology-Pricier than other gloves

These technical, highly dextrous gloves are designed with performance in mind, offering superior warmth and wind protection combining Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper technology with a fleece lining and leather palm. They boast great finger flexibility and precision when fastening boots, adjusting bindings and handling poles. Moisture-wicking technology keeps your hands dry when you're powering uphill and superior wind-protection has you covered on the downhill. The snug fit keeps the wind out and is enhanced by the adjustable wrist strap. 

These are great for dry weather touring, but you wouldn't bring them for excursions in extreme wet conditions. They don't offer touchscreen technology so you'd need to remove them to check your phone or GPS device, which isn't ideal in extreme cold conditions and they do run pricier than other gloves, owing to their superior quality. These gloves will do you well for cold-weather pursuits and should last you a long time.

Best ski gloves for cross country skiing

Unlike other types of skiing, cross country skiing is a high intensity workout which means you want less insulation while still protecting your skin from the cold air. The best ski gloves for cross country skiing are thin gloves, such as a liner glove, that won't have you overheating on the trails. Learn more in our article on what to wear for cross country skiing.

best hiking gloves: Forclaz Mountain Trek 500 Gloves

(Image credit: Forclaz)

Nicely priced hand protection for hill hikers and peak baggers, perfect for fall and spring adventures

Specifications
RRP: $12 (US) / £12 (UK)
Gender specification: Unisex
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / 2XL
Materials: Polyester (85%), Elasthane (15%)
Weight: 55g / 2oz (per glove)
Colors: Black
Best use: Cross country skiing
Reasons to buy
+Allow for plenty of dexterity+Excellent price+Connecting clip
Reasons to avoid
-Not fully windproof-Not waterproof-No snot chamois

These lightweight  gloves are intended for use on the high hills in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Although they are not fully windproof (and definitely not waterproof) they provide decent thermal coverage when you need it, coming out of the treeline and heading towards the summit, when the temperature rapidly drops and the windchill factor becomes a much bigger deal. 

They are relatively thin, so dexterity levels are good and you can continue to operate zips, take photos, access pockets and tighten pole straps without taking them off. Unlike some other gloves we have tested that claim to be touch sensitive and are not, you genuinely can operate phones and screens with these gloves on, which is extremely handy when using navigational apps.

On the downside, they are missing a bit of soft material on the top, which is found on many gloves for the purpose of wiping your nose (yeah, gross, but noses run in cold conditions and you need to deal with it).

The Trek 500 gloves are breathable, comfortable and light – so they’re a good option year round, as a throw-in-the-pack-just-in-case back-up, either for stand-alone use or as a baselayer for some waterproof gloves or mittens. They clip together, so you can keep the pair happily married, and boast pull loops that make them easy to put on. Oh, and the price is exceptionally reasonable.

Karpos Polartec Glove

These gloves are comfortable, durable and dynamic, with four-way stretch and top-shelf tensile strength and abrasion resistance (Image credit: Karpos)

High-performing lightweight glove for energetic outdoor activities such as hill hiking, trail running, cross-country skiing or climbing

Specifications
RRP: $60 (US)/£45 (UK)
Unisex: Men’s and Women’s versions available
Sizes: XS-XXL
Materials: Polartec PowerStretch Pro fabric
Weight : 23g/0.8oz (men’s large, per glove)
Colors: Black
Best use: Cross country skiing
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight+Moisture wicking and highly breathable+Comfortable, four-way stretch material+Good grip+Touchscreen fabric that works
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Not waterproof-Limited high vis -Massive, annoying label

There are various good features on this excellent lightweight multi-activity thermal glove from Italian mountain-savvy brand Karpos, but the defining factor is that it is made from Polartec Power Stretch Pro fabric. This means the gloves are comfortable, durable and dynamic, with four-way stretch and top-shelf tensile strength and abrasion resistance. They hold their shape perfectly, and the outer fabric of the palms boasts a branded sticky grip, for keeping hold of poles, bottles and handlebars. 

The glove has a silicone-printed logo on back of the hand, which is small but relatively luminous, the fingers are nicely shaped for dexterity, comfort and warmth, and it features touchscreen fabric on the index finger, which actually works (unlike some gloves we’ve tried). They’re not waterproof, and are relatively thin, so there is a limit to the protection they can provide, but allow hands to breath freely and wick sweat away superbly when you’re engaged in high-intensity aerobic outdoor activities. Tip: carefully cut the oversized label out before use.

Rab Flux Liner Glove

(Image credit: Rab Flux)

The perfect pair of liner gloves for use under a thicker pair of gloves, or worn alone in warmer weather

Specifications
RRP: $23 (US)/£17 (UK)
Unisex: Yes
Sizes: S–XL
Materials: Polyester
Weight : 40g/1.4oz (per glove)
Colors: Gray
Best use: Cross country skiing
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Very comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-No clip

Good liner gloves are the bit of outdoor kit you never knew you needed. We’ve been using the same pair of Rab liner gloves for a few winters now, and reckon they’re worth their weight in gold. These light, stretchy gloves are thin, breathable and very comfortable – wear them alone on warmer spring days or stick them underneath thicker gloves or mittens for bitter winter conditions, such as for ski trips or when hiking in snow. 

These liner gloves are also very useful when you’re cross country skiing or need to fiddle with backcountry gear – they offer good dexterity without ending up with freezing hands. Rab’s liner gloves feel well-made, and the soft fleecy lining inside is a treat in cold weather. The thicker cuff stops wind well, and help the liners to stay put under larger gloves. It’s a pity they don’t clip together for easier storage.

Best ski gloves comparison table
Hiking glovesPriceWeightStyleBest use
Keela Extreme Gloves£50 (UK)LightInsulated, waterproof glovesResort skiing
Montane Supercell Gloves$80 (US) / £60 (UK)MediumInsulated, waterproof glovesResort skiing
Black Diamond Recon$99.95 / €100HeavyInsulated, waterproof glovesCold weather skiing
Montane Prism Gloves$60 (US) / £45 (UK)LightInsulated cold weather glovesSpring skiing
The North Face Montana Futurelight Etip$70 (US) / £75 (UK)MediumInsulated, Futurelight cold weather glovesWet, whiteout conditions
Sealskinz Waterproof All-Weather$65 (US)/£45 (UK)MediumFully waterproof hiking gloovesWet, whiteout conditions
Rab Khroma Tour Infinium Gloves$100 (US) / £80 (UK)HeavyInsulated, Gore-Tex cold weather glovesSki touring
Forclaz Mountain Trek 500 Gloves$12 (US) / £12 (UK)LightLightweight hiking glovesCross country skiing
Karpos Polartech$60 (US) / £45 (UK)UltralightLightweight running glovesCross country skiing
Rab Flux Liner$23 (US) / £17 (UK)LightLightweight liner gloveCross country skiing

What to look for when buying the best ski gloves

Obviously there’s lots to consider when choosing the best ski gloves, from the conditions to the type of skiing you're doing. The following are a few factors we advise taking into consideration before making a decision on what to buy.

best hiking gloves: hiker adjusting hood in winter

Even the best ski gloves are no good at all if they don’t fit properly (Image credit: Getty)

Gloves or mittens?

One of the major design differences you’ll come across in gloves designed for the cold is gloves versus mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves, but you’ll lose a lot of dexterity, so they are best suited for very cold weather or for when you don’t need to move your hands much. Read more in our article on gloves vs mittens.

Fit

The best ski gloves are no good at all if they don’t fit properly. Ideally, your gloves leave about 1/4 inch of space at the end of your finger tips. If they’re any bigger, you’ll lose body heat, and if they’re too small, they’ll restrict your dexterity and affect your performance.

Insulation

The best ski gloves come with both down and synthetic insulation. As we’ve discussed in other articles, down is warmer and more expensive, but doesn’t work when it gets wet, whereas synthetic gloves will be a bit bulkier but will still keep you warm if they get wet and will dry faster. If you’re likely to be out in more humid conditions or getting your hands in the snow, you’ll probably want synthetic insulation, but for arid climates, down may be preferable.

Waterproofing

Most ski gloves will come with some degree of waterproofing and again, how much you require will depend on the conditions and what you plan to do. Perhaps more important is considering how they will handle getting wet from the inside, meaning if you intend to work up a sweat skinning or skiing powder, you’ll want to make sure they are breathable so you don’t end up with clammy, chilly hands.

Reinforcements

Lots of the best ski gloves are being made with leather reinforcements on the palms, fingers, inner hands and knuckles. These will help with durability if you’re handling poles or touching abrasive rock surfaces, but add extra expense.

Close up of a man wearing gloves and goggles for skiing

Out of every item in your kit, ski gloves are the easiest to lose which makes for an annoying and expensive day outdoors (Image credit: Jasmin Merdan)

Gauntlet cuffs

Basically these are just long cuffs that go over the sleeves of your jacket to help keep out cold drafts. They make for a bigger glove or mitten, and you might opt out of these if you have an airtight jacket sleeve already and want to keep things super light.

Drawstring wrists

In addition to helping to keep drafts out, wrist cuffs that drawstring tight are useful for keeping snow out, so if you’re planning to head out in whiteout conditions or having your hands in deep snow, look for these.

Wrist leash

Out of every item in your kit, ski gloves are the easiest to lose which makes for an annoying and expensive day outdoors. Many gloves come with a wrist leash so if you take them off on the lift or pull them off while you’re hiking, they won’t disappear. Of course, you can always sew your own leashes on so don’t let this dissuade you from purchasing an otherwise perfect pair of gloves.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Adventure.com. She is an author, mountain enthusiast and yoga teacher who loves heading uphill on foot, ski, bike and belay. She recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland after 20 years living in the USA, 11 of which were spent in the rocky mountains of Vail, Colorado where she owned a boutique yoga studio and explored the west's famous peaks and rivers. She is a champion for enjoying the outdoors sustainably as well as maintaining balance through rest and meditation, which she explores in her book Restorative Yoga for Beginners, a beginner's path to healing with deep relaxation. She enjoys writing about the outdoors, yoga, wellness and travel. In her previous lives, she has also been a radio presenter, music promoter, university teacher and winemaker.