The Best Gloves of 2017
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Outdoor Research Capstone Heated
Why spend five bills on electric gloves? To play longer when the mercury drops. A heating surface covers 70 percent of the Capstone (twice the area of most other models), and the lithium-ion batteries deliver up to eight hours of cook time on low. When the juice runs out and it’s above freezing, the soft-shell material is all you need.
Think ski-patrol glove straight from DARPA. Originally tested by crews deicing planes at the Jackson Hole airport, the Give’r lets you do everything from grab a burning log to handle dry ice. The burly leather will endure an absolute beating, while Thinsulate insulation and a 100 percent waterproof membrane keep fingers warm and dry during long days in the gnarliest conditions.
POC Wrist Glove Big
This gauntlet is the perfect choice for cold, deep days at the resort. A robust waterproof-breathable outer will keep your paws dry even if it’s been nuking nonstop, while goat leather on the palm prevents shredding when you grab an edge. And it’s surprisingly nimble for such a big package. We had no problems eating candy bars on the lift.
Hestra Army Leather Patrol
A leather front mated with airy synthetic fabric on back (and no waterproof membrane) means these gloves breathe much better than most. Add a quick-dry wool liner and you get shields that shine at everything from chopping wood to dawn patrol. Live somewhere wet? Apply a wax-based balm.
686 Raw Leather Mitt
Don’t be fooled by the retro-schoolyard styling. These are bombproof mitts with a DWR-coated leather shell and a large patch of Cordura across most of the palm that ensures they don’t tear when you grab your board or skis off a kicker. Nice: the waterproof-breathable liners have individual finger slots for better grip on poles.
Black Diamond Heavyweight Waterproof
These sleek gloves were made for spring couloir season. They’re dexterous enough for rope work or handling ice axes, offer just enough PrimaLoft insulation for bitter early-morning starts, and have an impenetrable liner, so they won’t wet out when afternoon sun turns the snow to slush.