If gloves aren’t part of your everyday carry during the winter, you’re doing it all wrong. Even if you live in Florida, there will be a day when you need to change a tire in the cold. Here’s a list of our five favorite go-to models that will ensure you’re always prepared.
Gary Gloves Work Gloves and Sno-Seal Wax ($115)
Versatility is what counts here. You get an outer steerhide glove that can be worn by itself during the summer as well as a cozy wool liner for winter use. The leather is bombproof and will put up with frozen chains en route to the ski hill or chainsaw work once temperatures warm up. The wool stays toasty when wet and is also plenty durable. Bonus: when you order these gloves, Gary includes a jar of Sno-Seal that you can rub on the exterior to make them significantly more water-resistant.
Give’r 4 Season ($115)
This is not the first time we’ve mentioned Give’r gloves, and we keep coming back because they’re that good. The thick leather comes prewaxed, so they’re all set for days on the lift or backcountry missions. Thanks to 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation, they’ll also keep your hands warm if you need to dig out of a ditch on your way down from the ski resort. We’ve yet to try, but Give’r claims the gloves also do just fine while moving logs around in a campfire.
Hestra Samuel Deerskin/Wool ($135)
I’m currently test-driving a Nissan Titan that has a heated steering wheel. It might be my favorite upgrade ever. Once I return the truck, however, I’ll return to using these gloves on bitter mornings. They’re svelte and made from supple whitetail deer leather, so I have plenty of control when my hands are on the wheel. And while they seem thin, a plush wool lining keeps my hands warm even when it’s near or below freezing.
Astis The Yellowstone ($132)
If you live in Montana or Maine or anywhere else that’s supercold on a regular basis, these are your everyday gloves. The outer leather is injected with silicone during the tanning process, so they’re highly water-resistant right out of the gate. Inside, they’re stuffed with Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft insulation that’s not only lovely on your hands but will also keep everything warm, even if the thermostat dips toward zero. No doubt you’ll also get comments on the custom beadwork that lines the back of each glove.
Flylow Maine Line Glove ($55)
The great glove-versus-mitten debate is solved with the Maine Lines. Three of your digits get to sit together creating extra warmth, but you still have a mobile thumb and pointer finger for added agility. As a result, the gloves are good for scraping frost off your car but also good for shredding pow in the backcountry. Made from pretreated, waterproof pigskin, they’ll last for years and come with stylish Flylow colors on the back.