These surprisingly lightweight ski gloves boast good insulation for cosy protection against cold alpine conditions, and are fully waterproof for heavy snow days
Waterproof and windproof
Well-insulated and cosy
Comfortable with decent finger dexterity
Fingers are a bit cumbersome for touch screen compatibility to work well
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Keela Extreme gloves: first impressions
These cosy, well-insulated gloves come in a classic ski glove design and will keep your hands warm and dry in all types of winter weather. Primaloft insulation provides plenty of protection from the cold and they are both windproof and waterproof so great for wet, heavy snow and powder days alike.
The lining is breathable, so you could even wear them on more energetic adventures in extreme cold conditions. They feature a drawstring wrist to keep the draft out, a durable palm to hold up against the rub of your poles and soft wipe on the thumb good for runny noses on cold days. See out guide to the best hiking gloves for more options.
• RRP: £49.95
• Unisex: Yes
• Sizes: S-XL
• Materials: Nylon shell, polyester lining
• Colors: Black, White
Keela Extreme gloves: on the trails
These gloves look and act like a really good pair of well-insulated ski gloves, but the fit is surprisingly close fitting, offering good warmth and better finger dexterity than some ski gloves, while the lining is the softest I’ve ever felt.
They hold up against wind and water and the adjustable wrist strap allows you to tuck your base layer sleeve inside the gloves, sealing out any annoying drafts. They are noticeably lighter weight than their robust appearance suggests.
On the flipside, though they do boast touch screen compatibility on the index fingers, I found the fingers were a bit too cumbersome to really be able to use my phone without removing them first, which isn’t always ideal in a cold weather situation.
All in all, these make for a really nice pair of ski gloves that will get you through the winter at a decent price point.
Here’s how they performed:
True to size – the medium pair fit my hands like a glove and I do have long fingers.
These look like your typical bulky ski gloves on the outside, but they fit really snugly, which helps with warmth and dexterity.
The lining in these is one of the softest fabrics I’ve ever touched and I want more of it in my life.
These gloves definitely keep your hands warm in cold, wet and windy conditions, but their moisture-wicking capacity will stop you from overheating if you end up wearing them on the uphill in extreme cold too.
With a moisture-wicking fleece lining, your hands will stay dry if you wear these powering up the hill.
These gloves are well padded on the high touch surfaces like palm and fingertips and should hold up nicely for hiking and skiing.
Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.
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