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The right pair of snowboarding gloves can make all the difference when it comes to a day on the slopes. If that’s the case, however, why do we put so little thought into selecting them? We’ll spend hours researching and testing our jackets, pants, boots, boards, and bindings, looking for the perfect combination for the terrain and type of snow that we like to ride. But once we’ve curated the perfect set of gear, we often end up just grabbing any old pair of gloves to complete the outfit. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies making great gloves designed with snowboarders in mind. These gloves are designed to provide warmth and comfort all day long, while also remaining durable enough to survive the outdoors. We've taken a look at what's out there, and whether you're looking to carve up the slopes or surf the terrain park, these top picks will keep you toasty.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Burton Gore-Tex Gloves
Burton knows that the single best way to keep your hands warm on the mountain is to also keep them dry, too. That’s why the company used a Gore-Tex liner in conjunction with its own proprietary Dryride materials and Thermacore insulation. But the innovation in these gloves doesn’t stop there. They also include Burton’s Screen Grab technology that allows boarders to interact with their smartphone without having to take them off. These gloves even come with a removable wrist leash and Theremex liner, giving the wearer multiple ways to customize the fit to his or her liking. And for those extremely cold days, the Gore-Tex Gloves even come equipped with a hidden pocket for inserting hand warmers for a bit of extra comfort.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Dakine Maverick Gloves
Another glove that includes a Gore-Tex liner, the Dakine Maverick excels at keeping moisture out. The Maverick’s outer shell is made from incredibly tough leather that has also been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating, making it both resistant to expected wear and tear and very warm as well. A soft fleece lining completes the package, making this a great option for snowboarders who like the classic look that leather brings to the table, while also coveting the breathability and wicking control that Gore-Tex offers. This glove delivers the best of both worlds in a good-looking package that is likely to turn heads on the slopes.
Best Budget: Gordini Promo Gauntlet
The Gordini Promo Gauntlet is a solid performer at a great price, which helps them to stand out in a crowded field of snowboarding gloves. Made from 100-percent polyester and sporting a Gore-Tex layer that is wind and waterproof yet still breathable, these gloves do a great job of keeping your hands warm and dry. A leather palm provides excellent durability where you need it most without adding much in the way of bulk. Thin and lightweight, the Promo Gauntlet is the perfect option for those mild days on the slopes when anything warmer would be overkill. Despite their svelte design, however, these gloves are surprisingly tough and easy to clean, making them a nice alternative to pricier options.
Best for Warmth: Outdoor Research Arete Gloves
Adventurous freeriders who wander into the backcountry often need gear that offers an even higher level of performance than those who stay on groomed trails or in the terrain park. For them, we recommend the Arete Glove from Outdoor Research as a lightweight, waterproof, and warm option. These gloves are built for extreme conditions and can keep your hands comfortably dry even on very cold days. The Arete’s outer shell is a water-resistant nylon that has been paired with a Gore-Tex liner to offer the highest level of protection possible. The inside of the glove is lined with a removable soft fleece liner, which can be worn completely on their own on warmer days. Versatile enough to be used for snowboarding, skiing, mountaineering, and snowshoeing, this is one pair of gloves that you’ll want in your closet for any backcountry adventure.
Best for Backcountry: The North Face Powder Guide Glove
When designing its Powder Guide Glove, The North Face elected to use PrimaLoft Gold insulation, which provides incredible warmth in a soft, flexible package. As a result, the Guide Glove affords the wearer a high degree of nimbleness in their fingers, which makes holding on to even small objects easy without having to take the gloves off. Other nice touches include cowhide leather construction on the palm and fingertips which provides a bit of extra reinforcement in areas that tend to show wear and tear the fastest, as well as removable wrist leashes that help prevent accidental loss. These gloves also feature a short wrist, which is designed to slip under the sleeve of your jacket, keeping them neatly out of place while on the slopes. This has the added benefit of preventing snow and cold air from reaching the interior of the glove, keeping a rider’s hands warmer for extended periods of time.
Most Durable: Mountain Hardwear BoundarySeeker Ski Glove
Made almost entirely of soft, supple leather, the BoundarySeeker Ski Glove from Mountain Hardwear is about as warm and comfortable as a snowboarding glove gets. The company used its own proprietary Thermal Q Elite insulation, which provides a similar level of wind and waterproofing as other gloves on this list without sacrificing durability and breathability. Inside, the glove features a wool and fleece lining that feels so good you might not want to take them off, even inside the lodge. A suede nose wipe is integrated into the back of the thumb, while the tips of several fingers are smartphone compatible as well. Built for use in the backcountry, the BoundarySeeker is nevertheless versatile enough to be used on the trail and terrain park, too.
Best Heated: Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire Gloves
If you’re the kind of person who finds your hands getting cold no matter what gloves you wear, you may want to consider investing in a pair of Seirus HeatTouch Helffires. These gloves are not only water and windproof, but their leather outer shell provides a high degree of durability, too. But what really sets the Hellfire apart is the built-in heating system which uses a small battery pack to warm the interior of the glove for up to 12 hours at a time. If conditions on the mountain start to get a bit too cold, just touch the power button and within a matter of minutes, your hands will be warm and cozy once again. These gloves also come with a built-in zippered pocket for stashing important items like a lift ticket or spare cash.
Most Comfortable: Black Diamond Spark Gloves
Packed with all kinds of features — including PrimaLoft Gold insulation and a waterproof lining — the thing you’re likely to notice first about the Black Diamond Spark is how well they fit. There are few gloves on the market that slide on to your hand and feel as instantly comfortable as these. So much so that you’ll probably want to wear them doing other outdoor activities long after you’ve gone home from the mountain. The Spark gloves also feature a full-leather construction that enhances durability, as well as EVA foam padding integrated into the back of the hand to provide additional protection. Essentially, the Spark has everything you could ask for in a glove, and then some.
Most Versatile: Dakine Scout Gloves
Lightweight, flexible, and amongst the warmest gloves that Dakine makes, the Scout is a great option for any snowboarder, no matter where he or she likes to ride. Not as thick and bulky as some other gloves on the market, this model still manages to keep your hands warm and dry in cold conditions. The outer fabrics are incredibly durable and treated with a DWR finish that allows them to resist moisture as well as wear and tear. A soft, removable inner lining — that happens to be smartphone compatible — is a nice added touch, too. The Scout even comes with a grippy material embossed on its palm that makes grasping and holding even small objects easy. Best of all, these gloves are quite a bargain, coming in at half the cost of many other models.
Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular snowboard gloves on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different gloves overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 15 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 3 of the gloves themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.