Best Hiking Gloves For Winter 2022-23

Best Hiking Gloves For Winter

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Your hands typically become cold first when the temperature drops because blood flows to your core rather than to your extremities. In order to enjoy the outdoors in any condition, a good pair of gloves will keep you warm and comfortable.

We put a variety of gloves to the test, from lightweight liners to thick snowsports mitts. To compile this list of the top winter gloves available on the market, we evaluated them for warmth, comfort, and price.

Recommendations:

If you’re in a hurry, check a look at this quick list of our favorites, or scroll down to see our complete list with in-depth reviews.

Best warm mitten for snowsports: Black Diamond Mercury Mitts
Best snowsports glove for durability: Black Diamond Guide
Best waterproof liner glove: Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners
Best budget glove for snowsports: Burton GORE-TEX
Comfortable & affordable fleece glove: REI Fleece
Durable leather glove for outdoor work: Smartwool Ridgeway
Best ultralight layering liner glove: Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner
Ultralight waterproof mitts: REI Minimalist GTX Mittens
Premium sports glove for severe conditions: Arc’teryx Fission SV
Durable & stylish midweight sports glove: Hestra Fall Line
Glove that is sleek and windproof: Arc’teryx Venta

What Aspects of a Winter Glove Are Most Important to You?

PRICE – You don’t need to shell out a fortune to get a great pair of winter gloves, but we’ve found that investing a bit more in a pair of high-quality gloves is frequently well worth the money because of the improvement in comfort, weather performance, and durability. In order to make it simple for you to find a fantastic option that fits your budget, we’ve listed gloves at various price points below.

Burton GORE-TEX Gloves Burton GORE-TEX Gloves

Black Diamond Mercury Mitts and Outdoor Research Liners are
**The Best-Value Waterproof Liners Gloves.**

Burton GORE-TEX gloves and REI fleece gloves are:
**The Best Options for Affordable Gloves.**

**Best luxury gloves:* *
Hestra Fall Line, Arc’teryx Fission SV, and Black Diamond Guide

With The Exception of Extremely
Cold or Wet Conditions

LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES SHOULD COVER MOST OF YOUR
NEEDS ON CASUAL SNOWSHOE TRIPS.

The warmest snow sports gloves have a shell to keep out wind and water and a substantial fill of wool, down, or synthetic material to trap body heat. However, more insulation reduces dexterity and breathability, so it’s best to avoid using overly protective gloves if the situation doesn’t warrant it. Take into account the typical local weather, how warm your body runs, and your level of activity.


Black Diamond

The Warmest Gloves for Extremely Cold Temp.
Black Diamond Mercury Mitts
Black Diamond Guide, Burton GORE-TEX Gloves
Arc’teryx Fission SV

The Best Midweight Gloves are…
The Smartwool Ridgeway
Hestra Fall Line

Warmest liner gloves:
Arc’teryx Venta
Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners
REI Fleece Gloves

The Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner Gloves
look great when worn alone or under heavier gloves.

VERSATILITY – If you dabble in a variety of outdoor sports throughout the year, you are aware of how quickly equipment costs mount up, both financially and in your garage. Choosing products that are adaptable and can be used for a variety of seasons and activities has proven to be the best solution. The most adaptable gloves can be worn in layers, allowing you to modify your wardrobe to fit the situation.

The Most Adaptable Gloves
Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners
REI Fleece Gloves
Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner
Smartwool Ridgeway
REI Minimalist GTX Mittens.

A ULTRALIGHT WATERPROOF SHELL THAT CAN BE LAYERED FOR A VARIETY
OF ACTIVITIES IS…
– THE REI MINIMALIST GTX MITTENS.

QUICK-DRYING/BREATHABILITY – Even in the winter, you can perspire when you’re moving around. Sadly, wet hands are much more prone to getting cold than dry hands. Thankfully, inexpensive wool or synthetic liner gloves are excellent at drawing moisture from the skin and allowing it to evaporate quickly, minimizing heat loss. To increase warmth and control moisture, liner gloves can be worn alone or under heavier gloves.

Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner, REI Fleece Gloves, and Arc’teryx Venta are the fastest-drying liner gloves.

YOUR HANDS ARE PROTECTED FROM COLD, WET SURFACES BY THE OUTDOOR RESEARCH WATERPROOF LINERS.

A few gloves have a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment on the outside, but DWR alone works best in wet rain. For more severe conditions, GORE-TEX gloves with a waterproof membrane work best. Although leather gloves are attractive and durable, they must be regularly waxed to keep them water-resistant.

The best waterproof gloves are the Arc’teryx Fission SV, Black Diamond Mercury Mitts, Black Diamond Guide, Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners, Burton GORE-TEX Gloves, and REI Minimalist GTX Mittens.

THE FULLY WATERPROOF & ADVENTURE-READY OUTDOOR RESEARCH WATERPROOF LINERS

DEXTERITY – When you need the precision of a bare hand, fleece and knit liner gloves offer the most dexterity. They usually have a tight fit and are stretchy to allow for free movement. Pair liner gloves with warm, insulated overmitts with a leash if you need extra warmth; this will allow you to remove your hand when you need more dexterity.

Best liner gloves: Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner, REI Fleece Gloves, and Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners

The Arc’teryx Fission SV snow glove is the most skillful.

Best overmitts/gloves with removable liners: Burton GORE-TEX Gloves, Black Diamond Mercury Mitts.

Check the pros and cons listed above because not all gloves that claim to be touchscreen compatible actually work as advertised.

DURABILITY – When it comes to winter gloves for work or snowsports, durability is crucial. Many heavy-duty gloves are made entirely of leather or have leather reinforcements where they are likely to sustain the most damage. Consider spending more on high-quality winter gloves that can withstand years of use and abuse if you work and play hard outside.

Arc’teryx Fission SV, Hestra Fall Line, Smartwool Ridgeway, and Black Diamond Guide are the most durable gloves.

Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners and Arc’teryx Venta are the most durable liner gloves available.

Best HIKING Gloves FOR WINTER

Black Diamond Mercury Mitts
BEST WARM MITTEN FOR SNOWSPORTS

PRICE: $120
Best FOR: Snowsports
MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L): 11 oz.
Men’s and women’s sizes
PROS: Men’s and women’s sizes Leashes, a removable waterproof insulation liner with split-finger (great for winter camping), a very warm liner that is also waterproof, durable, and lightweight, and a great value are some of the advantages.
CONS: Lack of touchscreen compatibility and poor dexterity
VERDICT: The Black Diamond Mercury Mitts are a real game-changer if your hands get cold easily. The mitten style promotes warmth by allowing your blood to flow freely and by allowing finger-to-finger contact. The lightweight shell is completely waterproof, and the high-loft synthetic insulation traps heat like a pro. The removable, waterproof, split-finger insulated liners of the Mercury Mitts are one of the aspects of the gloves that we like best for situations where you need more dexterity. For winter sports or everyday wear in extremely cold climates, the Mercury Mitts deliver reliable performance and a great value.

Diamond Black Guide Gloves
GLOVE FOR SNOW SPORTS THAT WILL LAST THE LONGEST

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PRICE: $180
Best FOR: Snowsports
MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L): 11 oz.
Men’s and women’s sizes
PROS: Padded knuckles for impact protection; long-lasting, removable, and waterproof wool liners; soft thumbs for wiping the nose; leashes.
CONS: Expensive, difficult to use, and incompatible with touchscreen
VERDICT: The Black Diamond Guide Gloves are some of the best if you’re looking for the ultimate glove to keep you comfortable for frequent trips to the mountains. They are practical, incredibly warm, and toughly constructed so they will last for many seasons. We appreciate that these gloves essentially serve two purposes. Your hands are completely protected even if you drop the outer layer thanks to the waterproof removable liners. For those who spend a lot of time in the mountains and value comfort and functionality highly, the Guide gloves are ideal. The Guide Gloves can also be purchased with three fingers.

Waterproof Outdoor Research Liner Gloves
Best WATERPROOF LINER GLOVE

PRICE: $55
BEST USE: Cross-country, hiking, multisport, and daily wear
MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L): 2.8 oz.

PROS: Pull-loops for easy on/off, versatility, water/windproof, warm for liners, lightweight, packable, works well with touchscreen
CONS: Runs a little large, feels a little thicker/less dexterous than other liners, and there is no connector.

VERDICT: We love the Outdoor Research Waterproof Liners because they strike the great balance between weather protection and dexterity. Low-profile, fully waterproof gloves are hard to come by, so when we found out about these, we knew we had to have them. For active days in the rain or snow, they provide just the right amount of warmth and protection. During testing, we found that these gloves were the most comfortable to wear for routine activities in wet weather, such as scraping ice off windshields. Based on protection, price, and versatility, the OR Waterproof Liners are the best liner glove for winter that we believe almost everyone will enjoy.

Burton GORE-TEX Gloves
BEST BUDGET SNOWSPORTS GLOVE

PRICE: $75
Best FOR: Snowsports
8.4 oz., MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L).
Men’s and women’s sizes

Pros: include a great price, warmth, waterproofness, detachable liners, touchscreen compatibility, heat-pack/vent pocket, leashes, soft thumbs for wiping the nose, and a connector to keep the gloves connected.
Cons: dexterity, challenging to put on liner gloves (limited stretch in the wrist)

VERDICT: The Burton GORE-TEX Gloves are a great value if you need a pair of warm, waterproof gloves for snowsports. They have every practical feature you could possibly need on the mountain, including leashes, a pocket for a heat pack, and a touchscreen that works. Additionally, they include a pair of warm liner gloves with a fleece lining. We also love that unlike some of the other leather gloves on our list, these gloves do not require routine waxing to remain fully waterproof. Overall, we’re impressed with the Burton GORE-TEX Gloves’ build quality, and they rank among the most attractive affordable-cost options for skiers and snowboarders on a budget. The Mitten style of the Burton GORE-TEX is also offered.

REI Fleece Gloves
FLEECE GLOVE, AFFORDABLE AND COMFORTABLE

PRICE: $27
BEST USE: Cross-country, hiking, multisport, and daily wear
Men’s L) MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR: 2.5 oz.
Men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes

PROS: Economical, breathable, quick-drying, good dexterity, touchscreen-compatible, lightweight, packable, machine washable, synthetic suede palm for grip, connecter to keep gloves together, warm for a liner.
CONS: Not as durable as some, not wind/waterproof

VERDICT: The REI Fleece Gloves are a great, practical choice for daily wear in the fall and winter. They work well with touchscreens, are warm but breathable, and pick it simple to take pictures or answer calls while you’re out and about. Because the REI Fleece Gloves are so affordable, you can pick a few pairs to alternate between when they get muddy and wet. Since gloves are the best for wiping your nose when you’re outside in the cold, we love that they’re soft and simple to wash. The REI Fleece Gloves are fantastic for a variety of winter sports in mild weather as well as your daily morning walk. Combining them with a shell like the REI Minimalist GTX Mittens will increase their protection in wet conditions.

Smartwool Ridgeway Gloves
FOR OUTDOOR WORK & EVERYDAY WEAR: DURABLE LEATHER glove

PRICE: $90
BEST USE: Daily wear, spring snow sports, outdoor work.
Men’s L) MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR: 6.2 oz.

PROS: durable, comfortable, good dexterity for a leather glove, wool back panel for stretch and soft nose wipe, connecter to keep gloves together.
CONS: Needs wax treatment to maintain water resistance; touchscreen incompatibility; less warm than some; slow drying

VERDICT: The Smartwool Ridgeway Gloves are made of soft yet durable leather and have a warm merino wool lining, making them versatile for everyday wear, outdoor chores, and in mild weather, even snowsports. They provide excellent comfort and ample dexterity for the task at hand because they fit closely and stretch in all the right places. The Ridgeways are warm as long as you’re moving around, but they might not be well-insulated for relaxing winter activities or extremely cold weather. They’re still some of our favorites for driving, getting firewood, or towing a trailer, though. Just remember that if you want them to be water resistant, you must wax them. Overall, we’re very pleased with the Ridgeway gloves’ high quality and think they’re a great purchase for hard-working people who require maximum comfort and durability. A Mitten version of the Smartwool Ridgeway is also offered.

Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liner
FOR LAYERING, THE BEST ULTRALIGHT LINER GLOVE

PRICE: $45
BEST USE: Cross-country, hiking, multisport, and daily wear
Men’s L) MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR: 0.9 oz.

PROS: Pull loop for simple on/off; thin and layerable; breathable; extremely quick-drying; great dexterity; ultralight; packable.
Cons: Limited touchscreen functionality, no connector, not wind/waterproof, and not very warm when worn alone.

VERDICT: The Patagonia Capilene Midweight Liners are the one liner glove we’d choose to pick all year long. They feel as though they are barely there due to their excellent fit and extreme thinness. Whether we’re wearing them by themselves or as a base layer under thicker gloves, our hands stay dry and comfortable thanks to the Capilene fabric’s ability to quickly wick sweat and evaporate moisture. The touchscreen sensors could use some improvement, but given how well-made and adaptable these gloves are, we’re willing to overlook that. The Capilene Midweight Liners are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a new go-to glove that you can use all year long as part of a layering system.

Minimalist GTX Mittens from REI
UV-RESISTANT WATERPROOF MITS

PRICE: $50
BEST USE: Cross-country, hiking, multisport, and daily wear
2.2 oz., MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L).

PROS: Connector to keep mittens together, waterproof, great for layering, versatile, lightweight
CONS: Lacks insulation, is inflexible, and is not touchscreen compatible.

VERDICT: For those looking for a single pair of gloves that can be used for a variety of activities throughout the year, the REI Minimalist GTX Mittens are the ideal ultralight option. They are designed to be worn on top of other gloves so you can adjust the level of protection to suit your needs. When it’s raining and the weather is mild, we like to wear ours with a thin liner glove. We also include our choice of fleece, wool, or down gloves when it’s extremely cold. Any glove becomes water and windproof with the help of the Minimalist GTX Mittens, greatly improving comfort.

Arc’teryx Fission SV
LUXURY MOUNTAIN SPORTS GLOVE FOR DIFFICULT TERRITORIES

PRICE: $199
BEST USE: Mountaineering and Snowsports
Men’s L. MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR: 7.8 oz.

PROS: Leashes, lightweight, durable, good dexterity, waterproof, warm
CONS: Expensive, non-removable insulation that can’t be used for camping or drying, and not as warm as some

VERDICT: The Arc’teryx Fission SV are Arc’teryx’s warmest glove offering and are fully waterproof for maximum protection in harsh conditions, making them a great choice if you’re looking for a pair of winter gloves that can handle the challenging conditions of mountaineering and snow sports without the bulk. To keep your hands dry and comfortable, the fuzzy lining effectively manages moisture and traps heat. These gloves are reinforced with a second layer of flexible goat leather in all the areas where they are most susceptible to wear. The Fission SV Gloves are expensive, but if you want a durable glove with a high-end look and feel, they are well worth the money. There are mitten-style versions of the Fission SV Gloves as well.

Hestra Fall Line
A durable AND ELEGANT MIDWEIGHT GLOVE FOR SNOWSPORTS

PRICE: $160
Best FOR: Snowsports
8.3 oz., MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (MEN’S L).

PROS: Good dexterity for a snowsports glove, durable construction, lightweight style, comfortable lay-flat cuffs, grommets and carabiner to hang gloves
CONS: Expensive, needs to be waxed to keep water resistance, and isn’t as warm as some.

VERDICT: Check out the Hestra Fall Line Gloves if you value superior design, sturdiness, and craftsmanship. The intricate stitching is evidence of the company’s artistry, which has spent decades perfecting the art of glove making. But the Fall Line Gloves are more than just stylish; they’re also incredibly cozy and have just the right amount of padding for a variety of winter activities. We also love how securely the original velcro cuffs are kept in place beneath jacket sleeves. Gloves from the Fall Line’s leather collection must be waxed in order to keep them soft and water-resistant. The Fall Line Gloves will continue to work hard for you for years to come, though, if you’re willing to show them some love now and then. Additionally, there are mitten and three-finger versions of the Fall Line gloves.

Arc’teryx Venta
WIND-RESISTANT GLOVE THAT IS Sleek

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PRICE: $69

BEST USE: All-purpose, cross-country, multisport

2.2 oz., MEASURED WEIGHT PER PAIR (Men’s L).

Check: Unisex; refer to size chart.

PROS: Wind and water resistant, lightweight, packable, quick drying, good dexterity, touchscreen compatible, loops for carabiner attachment

CONS: Expensive, partially waterproof, and less breathable than some products.

VERDICT: If you’re looking for a pair of low-profile, flattering gloves that look great both in the city and in the wilderness, you’ll love the Arc’teryx Venta. They have great dexterity for tasks like taking pictures and navigating jacket pockets thanks to their tailored fit and seamless fingertips. We also love how well-balanced the Venta’s low weight and weather protection are. They are warm and wind and light rain resistant without feeling heavy. The Venta Gloves are expensive for lightweight gloves, but we frequently wear them and think they’re a good value because of how comfortable and practical they are.

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Although the following winter gloves didn’t make the cut, they still have a lot going for them. One of these gloves could be ideal for you, you never know:

Smartwool Liner Tech-Compatible Gloves are affordable-cost merino wool liner gloves.

Hestra Heli Mitt – good value wind/waterproof snowsports mitts with removable liners

Alti Mittens by Outdoor Research – Expensive, but high-quality and warm mitts for mountaineering and expedition-level adventures.

Kinco 901 Heavy-Duty Pigskin Driver Glove- affordable insulated leather gloves for work or snowsports.

Carhartt WB Glove – a popular low-cost winter glove for working and daily wear in cold environments.

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HIGH WEATHER RESISTANCE OF THE ARC’TERYX VENTA GLOVE KEEP YOUR HANDS WARMER FOR MUCH LONGER IN COLD, WET CONDITIONS.

Important Winter Glove Factors

MITTENS VS. GLOVES: When it’s extremely cold outside, mittens are usually more comfortable because they let your fingers touch each other and allow your blood to flow more freely without being restricted by the fingers’ tightening grip. However, gloves provide greater dexterity and are more practical for activities like using tools, adjusting bindings, or taking cellphone photos.

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THE SMARTWOOL LINER TECH-COMPATIBLE GLOVES & OUTDOOR RESEARCH WATERPROOF LINERS ARE GREAT FOR DAILY WINTER USE.

GAUNTLET VS. SHORT CUFFS – Whether to wear gauntlet (over the sleeve) or short (under the sleeve) cuffs is a choice of personal preference. Intense cold-weather conditions are typically best suited for gauntlet gloves because they offer more protection. Short cuffs are typically more cost-expensive, versatile, and comfortable.

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