The Best and Warmest Winter Gloves of 2014

Warm hands make everybody happier, so check out these six pairs of gloves–the best of 2014.

Dave Cox
(Inga Hendrickson)

Warm hands make everybody happier, so check out these six pairs of gloves–the best of 2014.

Dave Cox

Gordini Swagger

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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Arc'teryx Caden

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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)

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