The best hiking gloves 2024: keep your hands toasty on mountain hikes

As we head towards the warmer months, it's still worth having a few pairs of the best hiking gloves in your backpack. Even in late spring, temperatures up high can have a flavor of the Arctic about them, while early morning starts can be brisk to say the least.

Ask a mountain guide and they'll extoll the virtues of having at least a couple of pairs of hiking gloves stashed away. Ideally, you'd want a lightweight, thin pair for milder conditions and a nicely insulated, waterproof pair for more challenging times. The best hiking gloves are impressively featured, with loops to tether them to your hand so they don't blow away, drawcord that makes tightening them a cinch and even a patch for you to wipe your nose.

In this guide, we feature 14 pairs, with plenty of styles on offer. For mountaineering, we recommend the Rab Khroma Tour Gore-Tex Infinium Gloves, while for a more minimalist option, the Montane Prism Gloves are a good shout. Our expertes have tested all these pairs in the environment they've been designed for and can fully vouch for their quality.

Meet the expert

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Pat Kinsella
Pat Kinsella

Pat has spent 20 years pursuing adventure stories and has found himself in some pretty cold climes en route. He’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps. He always has a spare pair of quality gloves in his backpack.

The quick list

Here's our Quick List, starting with our top performers when it comes to winter hiking, followed by lighter pairs. For a more detailed look at these excellent pairs, navigate further down this guide.

The best hiking gloves we recommend in 2024

The best hiking gloves overall

Rab Khroma Tour Gore-Tex Infinium hiking gloves

Dextrous gloves that offer superior protection, breathability and precision (Image credit: Rab)
The best hiking gloves overall

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: XS-XL
Materials: Gore-Tex shell, fleece lining, reinforced leather palm and thumb
Colors: Black / oxblood red / army
Weight: 162g / 5.7oz
Best for: Scrambling, hillwalking, skiing

Reasons to buy

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Great dexterity with an agile fit
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Completely windproof
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Highly breathable
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Adjustable wrist strap

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof
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No touchscreen technology
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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. Our expert tester found that they "boast great finger flexibility and precision when fastening boots, adjusting bindings and handling poles". On test, we found that the moisture-wicking technology kept our hands dry when powering uphill and superior wind-protection had us 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.

Read our full Rab Khroma Tour Infinium Gloves review

The best gloves for mountaineering

Advnture reviewer wearing Mountain Equipment Couloir Gloves in snow

A robust, reliable and versatile winter glove  (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)
The best gloves for mountaineering

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
Weight: 224g / 7.9oz
Colors: Black
Materials: Polyamide shell with Gore-Tex waterproof insert, goat leather palm and reinforcement, polyester pile and microfleece lining
Compatibility: Winter hiking, scrambling, skiing

Reasons to buy

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Especially warm
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Waterproof
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Extremely tough

Reasons to avoid

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Cost more than most on test

These hiking gloves fit a specific brief: they’re warm enough and tough enough for hard skiing or mountaineering, but not ridiculously big or bulky either. You get a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex insert with a lining made of two different fleece materials – lofty pile across the back of the hand as well as in the fingers and thumbs, and a microfleece lining across the palm. This is a clever approach that ensures excellent comfort and tactility, while also boosting warmth and wicking performance. 

The shell is made of tough nylon, with hardwearing goatskin leather overlays in the palm, thumbs, knuckles and all the fingers. The result is an extremely protective and durable glove, with secure grip whether you’re holding a ski pole, an ice axe or a mountaineering rope. Rollover fingertips further enhance overall durability and tactility. There’s also an extended cuff with a drawcord closure, wrist loops and leashes, and a suede nose wipe on the back of the thumb. This is a glove that really does tick all the boxes for technical winter use.

"These are truly worth every penny," says our mountaineering expert, counting the Couloir Glove as hiking gear he couldn't live without.

Read our full Mountain Equipment Couloir Glove review

The best gloves for winter walking

Sealskinz Extreme Cold Weather Gauntlet on white background

Top-of -the-range gauntlets delivering toasty warmth, reliable waterproofing and unusually good dexterity for a burly winter glove (Image credit: Sealskinz)
The best gloves for winter walking

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: S / M / L / XL
Weight: 212g / 7.5oz
Colors: Black
Materials: Polyester and elastane shell with goat leather palm and reinforcements, waterproof insert and PrimaLoft Gold insulation, polyester lining
Compatibility: Winter hill hiking and mountaineering

Reasons to buy

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Close fit
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Good dexterity
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Nice and warm
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Waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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No wrist leash
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Lots of stitching
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Expensive compared to some

Sealskinz’ fully waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gauntlets are burly insulated gloves that are designed to keep hands warm, dry, and protected from the elements in frigid temperatures. To achieve that, they combine tough materials with high-performance synthetic fill, along with a microfleece lining and a fully waterproof insert.

The thumbs, palms and fingertips are made from hard-wearing goatskin, as is the double-stitched overlay at the base of the thumb. On test, we found the design of these gloves offers superior feel and dexterity compared to most others in their class, thanks to pre-curved, rollover fingertips and unique fabric gussets at the knuckles and finger joints. "This aids freedom of movement," according to our expert reviewer, "while also ensuring a closer fit". The only thing perhaps lacking is a wrist leash to prevent a glove from flying off down the mountainside if you do need to remove one.

Read our full Sealskinz Extreme Cold Weather Gauntlet review

The best gloves for extreme weather

Keela Extreme Gloves on white background

These cozy, lightweight gloves protect your hands from wet and cold conditions during your mountain expeditions (Image credit: Keela)
Best hiking gloves for extreme weather

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: S-XL
Materials: Nylon shell, polyester lining
Colors: Black, white
Best for: Mountain hikes, skiing

Reasons to buy

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Waterproof and windproof 
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Breathable 
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Well-insulated and cosy
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Comfortable with decent finger dexterity

Reasons to avoid

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Fingers are a bit cumbersome for touch screen compatibility to work well

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. They are both windproof and waterproof so great for wet, heavy snow and powder days alike. On test, we found them to be noticeably lightweight. However, they feature Primaloft insulation so don't be fooled – we found they offered plenty of protection from the cold too. Unlike some ski gloves, these give decent finger dexterity – "certainly all you need to wrap your hands around your ski poles" says out snow sports expert. 

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. For more options that are more suited to the slopes than the trails, see our roundup of the best ski gloves.

Read our full Keela Extreme Gloves review

The best winter mitts

Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts on white background

These light but well-insulated gloves are like cosy puffer jackets for your hands (Image credit: Patagonia)
The best winter mitts

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: XS–XL
Materials: Polyester
Weight (per glove): 96g/3.3oz
Colors: Green
Best for: Winter hikes

Reasons to buy

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Great warmth to weight ratio
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Good padded palms

Reasons to avoid

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Top of gloves liable to rip
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Mittens make fiddly jobs hard

Patagonia’s Nano Puff insulated jackets are rightly very popular for their brilliant warmth to weight ratio, and the brand have applied exactly the same concept to these comfy-as-anything mitts. On test, we found they provided instant warmth but never felt heavy or restrictive. 

The Nano Puff gloves are windproof and water-resistant enough to put up with light rainfall, and the elasticated wrists help to further trap in heat. These squishy gloves are stuffed with 55% recycled PrimaLoft Gold Eco Insulation, which compresses down easily to stuff in pretty much any pocket. 

The inside of the gloves is a soft-brushed fleece that feels great against the skin. The tops of the gloves are a rather thin material that, just like a down jacket, you’ll want to keep away from anything sharp to avoid the risk of ripping, but the palms do at least have tough abrasion-resistant pads suitable for working or setting up camp.

Read our full Patagonia Nano Puff Mitt review

The best lightweight winter gloves

Montane Prism Gloves on white background

Windproof, ultra packable and water resistant, the Prism Gloves are like tiny down jackets for your hands – super comfortable (Image credit: Montane)
The best lightweight winter gloves

Specifications

Gender specificity: Men's and women's
Sizes: XS / S / M / L XL
Materials: Pertex shell, Primaloft insulation, brushed fleece lining
Weight: (per glove): 55g / 2oz
Colors: Black, narwhal blue
Best for: Winter hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing

Reasons to buy

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Soft and warm
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Windproof and water resistant
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Ultra packable
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Precise touch screen compatibility
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Made using recycled materials

Reasons to avoid

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Not completely waterproof
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Not durable enough to withstand abrasive rock surfaces

We found these super soft, ultra-light gloves provided plenty of warmth for chilly winter hikes and cold ski days without being bulky or sweaty. "Their slim fit packs a lot of punch", according to our expert, "with a windproof and water-resistant Pertex shell combined with a brushed fleece lining for warmth that still allows for some breathability once we got moving". They weigh only 55 grams and come with a tiny stuff sack, which they easily pack down into.

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.

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.

Read our full Montane Prism Gloves review

The best winter gloves for dexterity

Extremities Antora Peak GTX Gloves on white background

A lightweight waterproof glove designed for cold-weather hillwalking and winter sports, including skiing (Image credit: Extremities)
The best winter gloves for dexterity

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: S–XL
Materials: Shell: 100% polyester; palm: 100% leather; membrane: Gore-Tex; lining: 100% polyester
Weight (per glove): 112g/4oz
Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight, low bulk design
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Reliable Gore-Tex waterproofing
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Roll-over fingertip for dexterity
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Leather palm ensures good grip
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Useful nose/goggle wipe on thumb

Reasons to avoid

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Cuffs aren’t the longest
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Only a single wrist closure
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Less insulated than some winter gloves

The Antora Peak gloves feature a polyester shell, waterproof Gore-Tex membrane and cosy brushed lining, with a genuine leather palm. The lightly lined construction ensures they are surprisingly breathable for winter gloves and we experienced no sweaty palms during the test period. Nor are they overly bulky, so they slid easily underneath the cuffs of our waterproof jackets. "They feel relatively dextrous too," says our hiking expert, "thanks to the rollover finger design that means there are no seams at the fingertips".

On the flipside, with limited insulation, they’re not the warmest winter gloves out there, and in sub-zero conditions you may need a thin liner glove underneath – though this is a practical layering system for winter mountaineering anyway. The cuffs aren’t the longest, so they don’t offer quite the same level of coverage as bigger, heavier gloves.

Overall, however, the Antora Peak gloves work well for cold-weather mountain pursuits, ticking plenty of boxes.

Read our full Extremities Antora Peak GTX review

The best winter gloves for breathability

The North Face Montana Futurelight Etip gloves on white background

Highly featured warm, waterproof and breathable snow gloves for skiers, boarders and winter hillwalkers (Image credit: The North Face)
The best winter gloves for breathability

Specifications

Gender specificity: Unisex
Sizes: S–XXL
Materials: Shell: DryVent 100% nylon plain weave; fabric: polyester (55%) and polyurethane (45%); Insert membrane: Futurelight; lining: 200g Heatseeker Eco
Weight (per glove): 101g / 3.5oz
Colors: Black / taupe
Best for: Skiing, snowboarding, winter hillwalking