Warm hands make everybody happier, so check out these six pairs of gloves–the best of 2014.
BEST FOR: Resort Skiing
The wind- and water-resistant Gore-Tex Windstopper exterior of the Swagger ($65) can hold off wet snow for hours, while the plush silk-based innards do an impressive job of wicking moisture away from your hand when you start to overheat. Smart: rubberized inlays on the underside of the fingers help keep your hand attached to a ski pole like an overzealous dance partner.
Hestra Ergo Grip OutDry Short
BEST FOR: Winter Biking, Spring Skiing
The leather-and-synthetic Ergo Grip ($175) grabs a handlebar or ski pole like a hug from your favorite aunt—warm and snug. Pre-curved (and reinforced) fingers and a so-thin-and-malleable-you-won’t-notice-it waterproof-breathable layer make this the best-fitting lightweight glove we tested.
Outdoor Research Lodestar
BEST FOR: The Backcountry
A smart combination of Polartec's high-loft Power Shield fabric on the back of the hand and a thinner layer of gridded microfleece in the fingers and palm makes the midweight, soft-shelled Lodestar ($89) warmer than you'd think. It breathes well and dries quickly, so it's great for touring.
The North Face Steep Saiku
BEST FOR: Maximum Warmth
Lots of insulation, thick leather fabric, and full gauntlets make the Gore-Tex-lined Steep Saiku ($180) as warm as some mittens we tested. All that armor gives it a bit of bulk, but a smart design (note how the finger seams are on the outside of the glove) makes it defter than expected.
BEST FOR: Everything
With removable fleece liners that are wind blocking and fast drying, the Gore-Tex-wrapped, leather-palmed Caden ($235) is the rare glove that’s both weatherproof and extremely dexterous. The removable leash is subtle and unobtrusive, the cuff is trim enough to fit under your jacket, and the styling is so cool that Daft Punk would wear 'em.
Mountain Hardwear Seraction
BEST FOR: Wet Weather
The Seraction ($120) is designed specifically for ice climbing, with a stretchy nylon shell, leather palms, and neoprene cuffs that seal out cold air and snow. But we loved them for skiing, too: next-generation waterproof-breathable technology meant it never wetted out, even after a long day of Kootenay cat skiing in heavy spring snow.
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