2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide

The Best Gloves of 2021

Keep your hands toasty in below-freezing temps

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winter buyer’s guide

Outdoor Research Carbide Sensor ($115)

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The warmest glove of the test, the Carbide deploys a Gore-Tex membrane beneath supple goat leather on the palm and back of the hand, and has a long cinchable cuff with an adjustable wristband to keep snow out. Toasty, stretchy VerticalX fill is knitted to resist compression and wick moisture. A mitten version is available for the same price.

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Black Diamond MidWeight ScreenTap ($40)

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Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durabil­ity. A conductive polymer in the palm provides the best touchscreen sensitivity we’ve ever tested.

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Vermont Glove Uphill Skier ($140)

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This American-made glove relies on waxable goat leather to keep the removable merino-wool liner—and your hands—dry. (Ski up sans liner and deploy it for the downhill.) Designers placed the durable, double-stitched seams on the outside for improved finger sensitivity and grip. After just a few wears, the leather becomes supple. Meanwhile, the canvas cuff allows outstanding wrist movement from the get-go.

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Dakine Team Excursion Gore-Tex Louif Paradis ($110)

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Developed with the help of Canadian rider Louif Paradis, the Excursion is the perfect solution for days when no glove is warm enough. Using Gore Active technology, ­which increases the breathability of the waterproof laminate, plus cozy PrimaLoft Gold batting and a wicking wool-blend lining, these goatskin and nylon mittens keep hands exceptionally toasty and are quick to dry after a big powder day.

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Hestra Freeride CZone ($165)

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This short-cuffed glove is ideally suited for skiers and riders in cold, wet climates. The reason? The cowhide leather outer is treated to be simultaneously water- and ­abrasion-resistant yet breathable, and a waterproof membrane locks out moisture, keeping the proprietary foam insulation and polyester lining dry. The ribbing across the knuckles lends outstanding articulation for such a highly insulated glove.

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Smith x Kinco ($50)

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Smith and Kinco’s collab puts a new spin on the old ski-patrol favorite: the finger mitt. This glove-mitten hybrid tested warmer than Kinco’s classic insulated glove, and the combination of porous pigskin on the palm, fingertips, and knuckles and cotton-blend canvas on the back of the hand lends dexterity. Skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the free index finger for adjusting equipment or unzipping pockets.

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