Black Diamond Cayenne glove
Black Diamond Cayenne glove (Courtesy of Black Diamond)

The 6 Best Gloves of Winter 2012

Black Diamond Cayenne glove

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Black Diamond Cayenne Gloves

A three-setting lithium-powered heat coil produces up to ten hours (less if you crank it up) of waterproof-breathable warmth. Even better, the Cayenne is sufficiently insulated to keep your hands reasonably warm even when the juice isn’t flowing.

TAGS: battery-powered, expensive

Sierra Designs Transporter Gloves

Sierra Designs Transporter glove
Sierra Designs Transporter glove (Courtesy of Sierra Designs)

Athletically cut but well reinforced (palm, index finger, and knuckles), the midweight Transporters earned this year’s highest marks for dexterity. The water-resistant and fleece-lined leather-and-soft-shell exteriors are good for all but the coldest temps.

TAGS: workhorse, armored

Mountain Hardwear Dragon’s Claw Gloves

Mountain Hardwear Dragon's Claw glove
Mountain Hardwear Dragon's Claw gloves (Courtesy of Mountain Hardwear)

Articulated goatskin-and-nylon fingers easily grip ski poles and excel in wet-snow climes like the Northwest, thanks to the waterproof-breathable OutDry shell, which doesn’t allow moisture to penetrate the glove.

TAGS: leather, ergonomic

The waterproof-breathable OutDry mem-brane on the Dragon’s Claw isn’t a separate internal layer like in most gloves. Instead, it’s bonded directly to the outer, which improves dexterity and keeps wet snow from getting inside.

Ibex Kilometer II Gloves

Ibex Kilometer glove
Ibex Kilometer glove (Courtesy of Ibex)

Perfect for nordic skiing or snowshoeing, the Kilometer II relies on a blend of synthetics lined with merino wool to stay lightweight and breathable. The terrycloth nose wipe on the thumb is duvet-soft, and the fabric across the knuckles makes the glove ultrasupple.

TAGS: breathable, merino wool

Outdoor Research Firebrand Gloves

Outdoor Research Firebrand glove
Outdoor Research Firebrand glove (Courtesy of Outdoor Research)

Outdoor Research makes these heavily insulated finger foxholes for the military’s elite forces. The only American-manufactured glove in the test, the Firebrand has removable liners with batted insulation on the back of the hand and thumb, as well as fleece in the palm for dexterity.

TAGS: special ops, removable liner

Stoic Welder Trigger Mitts

Stoic Welder Trigger Mitt
Stoic Welder Trigger Mitt (Courtesy of Stoic)

Trigger-finger gloves have long been popular with cyclists for their combo of warmth and shifter-friendliness. Turns out the lobster-claw design is great for futzing with buckles, too. The wool liners dried fast, and the waterproof-breathable Welders performed well sans liners on warmer days.

TAGS: claw, multisport