Hit the Slopes With the Best Ski Gloves on the Market

Keep your hands toasty with these top ski gloves

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Whether you’re carving powder from bell to bell, railing fresh corduroy, or meandering through the backcountry to your secret stash, having the right gloves for the day—and for your personal microclimate—can help make any ski day a great day. 

The best gloves (or mitts) should be warm enough for the weather in which you’ll be skiing. They should keep you comfortable on the chair lift and get you to the bottom of the slope without sweaty hands. If you run hot, you might need less insulation than your ski partner who always has cold hands.

Whether you opt for leather, synthetic, or a blend, get a glove that feels good when you put it on. A good ski glove should be form-fitting, not tight, with a cuff that’s compatible with your ski jacket. A gauntlet cuff will give more protection and will slide over your jacket sleeve. A short cuff will go under or over your jacket based on your preference. 

Many gloves come with removable wrist straps. Loop them over your wrists and tighten the slider. That way when you take your gloves off, you won’t lose them, and they won’t fall into the snow. And if a glove feels too short in the fingers, try another model or another brand. Like shoes, gloves are made on a brand’s last or lasts, and there’s some variation.

These are our favorite gloves for the 2021-2022 ski season.

Best Overall: Mammut La Liste Glove

Mammut La Liste Glove

Moosejaw

What We Like
  • Warm

  • Soft

  • Pull-on loop makes getting these on easy

What We Don't Like
  • Velcro gets snagged

  • Some break-in required

Pair the warmest synthetic insulation with a Gore-Tex membrane, supple leather, a fleecy liner akin to backcountry cashmere, and a water-repelling neoprene cuff, and you’ve got Mammut’s La Liste, the best Freeride ski glove of the season. The short-cut glove isn’t so short that it lets snow in. La Liste’s cuff is gusseted, and once my hand was in, a Velcro tab cinched down the opening to seal in warmth and block the weather. The Gore-Tex Active waterproof membrane in these is extra breathable, so my hands weren’t sweaty even after zippering down a bump run, or dancing through side-country trees.

The glove is soft inside, and the outside feels just as good thanks to the reinforced goat leather shell. Pinging through the trees, I was happy for the back of the hand and finger padding when I clipped a branch. Warmth comes from Primaloft Silver Eco on the back of the hand and Primaloft Gold with Grip Control—which keeps the insulation compact without losing warmth—on the palm.

With the almost imperceptible pre-curved shape, the low-bulk palm made gripping a pole effortlessly comfortable. Mammut sewed the glove with the seams on the outside for a more natural feel and better dexterity. The gloves come with removable wrist straps, which helped me keep my gloves from getting lost or filled with snow when I took them off. I carabinered them together with the finger loop webbing when I wanted to hang them off my pack. For ski bag storage, I used clips on the sides to mate them. These gloves felt great the first time I wore them, and they only got better with more use.

Material: Goat leather | Insulation: Primaloft Silver Eco, Primaloft Gold with Grip Control | Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Active

Runner-Up, Best Overall: The North Face Il Solo FUTURELIGHT Glove

The North Face Il Solo FUTURELIGHT Glove

Cripple Creek Backcountry

What We Like
  • Gloves snap together

  • Detachable retainer straps attach inside the glove

What We Don't Like
  •  Light for cold weather

Styled like a work glove, with the technical chops of the most highly engineered ski gloves, The North Face’s Il Solo Futurelight glove transitioned from frontside to backside skiing with ease. The waterproof, breathable glove is made from buttery-soft, water-resistant goat leather on the palm and fingers with a suede back.

The non-itchy wool Sherpa fleece lining felt immediately warm when I slipped in my hand. The cuff is half leather, half ribbed knit. The ribbed section made the glove easier to get into than most work glove-style handwear. The leather gave me something to hold onto as I slipped on the glove.

Though I often find wrist straps a pain, the elasticized ones that come with the Il Solo retracted automatically into the glove when I wasn’t wearing them, which was a best-in-class solution. The La Liste glove has reinforced thumbs to prevent pole strap abrasion over time. The thumb is gusseted for full freedom of movement. A lot of ski gloves are articulated to ease gripping a ski pole. This glove didn’t need articulation. The materials are soft, pliable, warm and there’s no break-in required. Bonus: The tech fingertips actually work. 

Material: Goat leather palm | Insulation: Sherpa fleece lining, 80 grams Heatseeker Eco 70 percent Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester | Waterproofing: Futurelight insert

Best Budget: Kinco HydroFlector Wanoga Lined Water-Resistant Premium Grain Buffalo Ski Glove with Knit Wrist

Kinco Wanago LWR Premium Grain Buffalo Ski Glove with Knit Wrist

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Wear them for everything, work and play

  • Leather has good grip

What We Don't Like
  • Cuff snags easily

Made from full-grain, water-resistant buffalo hide with a fleece lining, Kinco’s HydroFlector Wanoga is a glove you’ll wear to haul wood, scrape your windshield, and ski. It never made my hands sweaty because it’s membrane-free. The full leather, knit-cuff glove is treated for water resistance and insulated with Neoprene knuckle padding for an extra cushion if you happen to get in a fight with a tree.

The gloves pulled on easily with the leather wrist tab, and they clipped together for storage. A loop at the glove hem accommodated the included wrist strap. The wing thumb felt good holding a pole. It’s not reinforced, so it will likely wear sooner than other gloves, but Kinco gloves gain character with each duct tape reinforcement, which is a badge of days on the hill at some ski mountains.

Material: Aquahide full-grain buffalo with neoprene back-of-hand padding | Insulation: Heetkeep Thermal | Waterproofing: DWR only

Best Heated Gloves: Seirus Men's HeatTouch Atlas Gloves

Seirus Men's HeatTouch Atlas Gloves

REI

What We Like
  • Long lasting

  • Great price

What We Don't Like
  • Touch screen fingers didn’t always work

One of the most affordable rechargeable gloves you can buy, Seirus’ Atlas gloves kept my hands warm while skiing in sub-zero temps for up to eight hours. The waterproof, breathable gauntlet glove is fleece-lined with 240 grams of polyester insulation. It felt immediately warm and comfortable when I put them on. The glove is powered by a USB-rechargeable battery that plugs in at the wrist and zips into a pocket. I knew it was there, but it didn’t feel super bulky or awkward. The battery powers heat panels in the glove’s back of the hand, fingertips, and thumb for even warmth.

Using a button on the back of the glove, I could choose from low, medium, and high. On low, the glove lasted most of the day. On high, I got a couple of hours. I mostly ran these on low or medium. On all but the most frigid days, the high was too hot. The gauntlet cuff seals with a drawcord, and a wrist strap further seals in warmth when you need it. The glove’s batteries recharge in four hours. Serius says these are touch screen compatible but the touch screen fingers worked only intermittently for me. That’s not unusual for gloves, particularly bigger, bulkier gloves. And my hands stayed warm enough in this glove that pulling it off to send a text or answer a call wasn’t too big a deal. 

Material: Polyester, spandex | Insulation: Fleece and 240 grams of polyester insulation | Waterproofing: Dryhand waterproof/breathable insert

Best for Ski Touring: Hestra Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry Glove

Hestra Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry Glove

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Easy to get on and off

  • Reinforced at pole contact points

  • Wide cuff

What We Don't Like
  • Velcro cuff tab not necessary—we cut it off

Not every ski day requires thick, sub-zero weather gloves. For ski touring and spring skiing, Hestra’s goat leather palm Ergo Grip Active Wool Terry Glove was thin, warm, waterproof, and ergonomically shaped for best-in-class grip. The Gore-Tex Infinium back kept my hands protected and insulated from wind and cold while letting them breathe. Hestra pre-curved this glove into a hand’s natural resting shape which minimized my effort gripping a pole.

The thumb is sewn independently, which gave me full freedom to move. Reinforcements on the outside of the pointer finger holes helps avoid pole rub. I loved the terry loop wool-blend liner, which warmed up my hands as soon as I put the gloves on.  The Velcro-close neoprene cuff was stretchy and easy to get into. The gloves don’t clip together, but they Velcro together, and a loop inside let me attach wrist straps.

Material: Gore-Tex Infinium | Insulation: Wool | Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Infinium

Best for Extreme Cold: Black Diamond Men's Mercury Mitten

Black Diamond Men's Mercury Mitten

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Removable liner

  • Also available in women’s

What We Don't Like
  • Too warm for most days

An upgraded version of a Black Diamond staple, the 2021 Mercury Mitt is warm, durable, tactile, and now it uses recycled shell fabrics and a PVC-free Empel DWR. The waterproof breathable Mercury Mitt has a stretchy shell that uses Black Diamond’s tried-and-true BD.dry insert. The thick fleece inner mitt has 170 grams of stabilized PrimaLoft Gold on the back of the hand and 133 grams of more compressed PrimaLoft Gold with Contour Grip on the palm.

The dual PrimaLoft technologies kept my hands warm in extreme cold, and also let me grip a pole securely.  The palm and fingertips are both long-wearing, supple goat leather with reinforcements at the thumb and hand juncture. While your snot will probably be frozen solid when you wear these gloves, the thumb nose wipe is extra soft and absorbent.

I nearly always used the gauntlet cinch cord when I wore these because it was so damn cold, I wanted whatever weather protection I could get. Loops at the fingertips let me clip these with a biner for storage and to carry them when it warms up. The Mercury Mitts use a DWR that won’t wear off, so they’ll bead water indefinitely. But, save these for the really cold days; they’re rated down to -20 degrees F.

Material: Pertex shield | Insulation: Primaloft Gold on the back on the hand, Primaloft Gold Contour Grip | Waterproofing: BD.dry insert

Best for Running/Nordic Skiing: Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Glove

Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Training Glove

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Touch screen compatible

  • Wind-blocking

  • Reflective

What We Don't Like
  • Too thin and light for alpine skiing

In sub-zero temps, sweat is your enemy. Smartwool’s Merino Sport glove provides maximum moisture transfer while blocking hands from wind and cold. Made from brushed merino wool on the inside, with a recycled polyester wind and weather barrier on the back of the hand, this glove was perfect for Nordic Skiing, running, fat biking with pogies, and other high output activities.

Silicone dots on the palm and fingers were grippy on a pole and on a handlebar. And stretchy Merino at the wrist made the glove easy to get on and off. It’s reflective, which made me visible as daylight got shorter. A touchscreen compatible pointer and thumb let me bounce between playlists and answer calls.

Material: Merino wool with polyester shell | Insulation: Merino wool | Waterproofing: None

Best for Aggressive Skiers: Outdoor Research RadiantX Glove

Outdoor Research RadiantX Glove

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Light

  • Superb coverage

  • Also available in a mitt version

What We Don't Like
  • Thumb slightly restricted

  • Touchscreen fingers worked sometimes

Low bulk and super warm, Outdoor Research’s Radiant X Glove looks and feels like it would be warm enough for sunny ski days in moderate temps. But this waterproof breathable glove is a lot warmer than it looks. The fully seam taped glove has a reflective coating inside that magnifies body heat inside the glove and reflects it back towards the hand.

The glove has a stretch woven waterproof shell that battens down with a gauntlet cinch and a cool double strap at the wrist that snugged down better than single strap wrist cinches, especially with a bulky jacket sleeve underneath. The glove is touchscreen compatible but didn’t always work with my iPhone, which has a glass screen protector. What did work was the stretched corded wrist straps. They took up less space when tucked away and had a glove-friendly slider to help me keep them on.

Material: Stretch nylon | Insulation: Heiq XReflex | Waterproofing: Two-layer Ventia membrane

Best for Snowboarders: Burton AK Oven Mitten

Burton AK Oven Mitten

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Down and synthetic insulation inside

  • Reliable touch screen compatibility

What We Don't Like
  • Mitts make it hard to use a phone

  • Velcro wrist closure feels redundant

Like a puffy for your hands, Burton’s Gore Windstopper Oven Mitt uses down insulation on the back of the hand, complemented by synthetic PrimaLoft Gold on the palm. Both insulations are covered with a windproof and highly water-repelling shell with more breathability than a fully sealed Gore-Tex membrane. It kept my hands comfortable and kept the down from losing loft.

Leather on the palms, insides of the thumbs, and fingertips stood up to the abuse of hand dragging, grabs, and holding sharp snowboard edges carrying the board to the slopes. The tech-compatible thumb and sidewall let me operate my phone without taking my mitts off. When I did take them off, they were easy to get back on thanks to a wrist zipper and a Velcro tab that snugged down the expandable cuff.

Material: GORE Windstopper, Hydrofill fleece | Insulation: Goose down | Waterproofing: N/A

Final Verdict

A glove that felt so good I never wanted to take it off, Mammut’s La Liste (view at Amazon) uses premium materials throughout for protection from snow and wet. It was exceptionally comfortable and seriously good-looking. The more I wore it the better it felt. It’s expensive, but you’re buying a glove that will last for many seasons. 

What to Look for in Ski Gloves

Mittens vs. Gloves

Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers are grouped together inside the insulation and shell and they help keep each other warm. But gloves make holding a pole, texting a friend, and getting ski boots buckled easier. 

Leather vs. Synthetic

Leather is the most durable material for gloves. It also feels nice, and over time it breaks in to conform to your hands. If you’ve ever slipped your hand into someone else’s well-used leather glove, you likely felt how personalized a leather glove gets over time. Leather needs care—annual treatment to keep the leather from drying out, like Beyond Clothing’s Bee Balm Leather Cream, or Nikwax’s Glove Proof. Leather is often more expensive than synthetic. 

A synthetic shell glove won’t morph to your body over time, so a synthetic glove often stays looking new longer. It’s also easy to care for. Most can be machine washed. Use a tech wash that won’t clog the pores of your glove’s waterproof breathable membrane and follow washing with a treatment to reinvigorate the DWR. Always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. 

Dexterity

Buy a glove or mitt that will let you do standard ski days tasks: buckle boots and bindings, zip zippers, and grip a pole. If the glove or mitt you’re trying is too bulky or has extra thick padding on the palm that prevents solid contact, look for another option or be prepared to take your gloves or mitts off during the day. If it’s mild weather, you’ve got options. If it's arctic out, you may have to compromise dexterity for warmth.

FAQs

How do I wash and care for ski gloves? 

Leather gloves should be cleaned with a leather-specific cleaner like Nikwax Leather Cleaner. Follow cleaning with a treatment to revitalize the waterproofing, like Beyond Clothing’s Bee Balm Leather Cream, or Nikwax’s Glove Proof. Many synthetic gloves can be machine washed. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.   

How do I know what size of gloves to get?

Every glove brand has a size chart to help you figure out which size glove you need. Most glove brands will have you measure the width of your dominant hand near the knuckles as well as the length of your palm from your wrist to your middle finger. Some brands, like Hestra, use numerical sizes—7, 8, 9, etcetera—while other brands use S, M, L. Women’s gloves are typically slightly shorter in the fingers than men’s gloves of equivalent size. 

Why Trust TripSavvy

Vermonter Berne Broudy skis most winter days, and when she isn't skiing, she's likely fat biking or doing some other sport requiring gloves. The gloves in this review were tested in Vermont, Colorado, and Wyoming, Alpine, Nordic, and backcountry skiing, running, fat biking, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. She skis close to 100 days a year. The gloves in this review were tested on the slopes and in the sidecountry and backcountry in Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Wyoming. 

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