The Best Gloves of 2021
Keep your hands toasty in below-freezing temps
Outdoor Research Carbide Sensor ($115)
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.
Black Diamond MidWeight ScreenTap ($40)
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.
Vermont Glove Uphill Skier ($140)
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.
Dakine Team Excursion Gore-Tex Louif Paradis ($110)
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.
Hestra Freeride CZone ($165)
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.
Smith x Kinco ($50)
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.