The 6 Best Winter Gloves of 2013
Outdoor Research Luminary Gloves
Unlike most gloves with removable liners, the Luminary has a fleecy interior layer and a lined exterior layer, and both function independently as finished gloves. The result is the perfect adaptable solution for ski touring.
First Ascent Guide Lite Gloves
A relatively thin poly-wool-lined glove with superb dexterity, the Guide Lite is ideal for spring skiing or aerobic activities like alpine touring or cold-weather mountain biking. It’s a bit gossamer to be a season-long resort glove, though.
Rab Baltoro Gloves
With a soft-shell exterior and a leather palm, the moderately insulated, water-resistant Baltoro is the most breathable glove here. It’s great for drier climes and going uphill.
Columbia Outbacker Gloves
Gloves this warm can feel like galoshes. But thanks to a combination of fleece insulation, heat-reflective lining, and high-tech waterproof-breathable coating, the Outbacker moves like a welterweight but brings the heat like a heavyweight.
We’re big fans of gloves, like Columbia’s Outbacker, made with outdry technology. The membrane is laminated to the exterior so water can’t penetrate. It’s the best way to make a glove waterproof.
Dakine Ranger Mitt Gloves
The waterproof-breathable Ranger is one of the toastiest mitts we’ve tested. Thick fleecy pile and insulation on the back of the hand provide warmth, while a thinner merino-wool layer on the palm wicks moisture and helps preserve a bit of dexterity.
Stoic Forge Gloves
Made primarily from goat leather, with a tight-cinching soft-shell cuff and wool insulation, the Forge is impressively warm and tough. Though not technically waterproof, it can handle wet snow when treated with a wax sealant.