No matter who you are, the desire to stay comfortable is going to be of the utmost importance to you. A big part of our comfort is whether we are too hot or too cold. In the world of skiing, and other outdoor snow sports, staying warm is vital to not only your level of comfort but also to, quite possibly, your survival as well. Today, we are going to be taking a look at the best ski gloves of 2019 so that you can be as prepared as possible when you hit the slopes. We will take a look at the ins and outs in our buying guide before delve into reviewing the top ten examples currently on the market. So, let’s get to it so you can hit the hills!
Top Ski Gloves Comparison Chart
|Name||Material||Waterproof?||Price||Where to Buy?|
|Velazzio Waterproof 3M Ski Gloves||Polyester + DWR Coating||Yes||$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Alpine Swiss Men’s Waterproof Ski Gloves||Synthetic||Yes||$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Burton Women’s Gore-Tex Gloves||Fleece,Microfiber||Yes||$$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Hestra Men’s Leather Ski Gloves||Leather||$$$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Carhartt Men’s Waterproof Insulated Gloves||Polyester/Polyurethane||Yes||$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|MCTi Waterproof Snow Gloves||Polyester||Yes||$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Cevapro Touchscreen Winter Gloves||Leather & Fleece||Yes||$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Balnna Waterproof Touchscreen Ski Gloves||Polyester Fleece||Yes||$$||Check Price on Amazon|
|Unigear Waterproof Winter Snow Gloves||Leather||Yes||$||Check Price on Amazon|
|MCTi Women’s 3M Ski Gloves||Leather||Yes||$$||Check Price on Amazon|
Ski Gloves Buying Guide
What Makes a Ski Glove?
A good chunk of people will wonder what exactly it is that differentiates ski gloves from ‘regular’ gloves. Another group of folks will naturally assume that you could just get away with wearing any old pair on the hills and being just fine. But that is a major mistake. While it might not kill you, or even hurt you physically, it can certainly hold you back in a very big way. A good ski glove is going to do a mixture of two important things. For starters, it is going to keep you warm. You might not need as much warmth, depending on where you are skiing, but this is still very important if you are somewhere that is cold and wet. Secondly, you need to have a glove that is fairly form fitting so that you can grip your poles. If you have those two things, then you can get the job done and will be happy with them. If you are unable to have either of these two things, again depending on where you are, then your time could be very much compromised. A lot of gloves simply will not do either of these two basic functions, much less other additional bonuses, so you can’t just slip on any old glove and think it’s going to work just like a ski or snow glove will be able to do.
Heat Isn’t The End-All
You might be wondering how we could write this in the last section and then immediately shift toward heat not being the end-all for ski gloves. The reason why is simple, but it needs to be said in order to help you have the best time imaginable on the slopes. Heat is a great thing to have, and we all need to have a certain amount of it when we are in the cooler climates. However, you can go overboard at points. A glove that gets too hot is sure to make you sweat and will end up making you uncomfortable. As has been said a couple of times already, this is going to depend wildly on where you are. If you’re on ‘fake’ snow then, of course, it’s not going to be nearly as cool as when you are somewhere at elevation. So, basically heat isn’t everything you should be looking for, unless you are in a super cold environment or are just naturally cold blooded. The reason why is because your body is going to be producing a fair amount of heat after you get going. So, for serious skiers, you are going to be generating a lot of warmth. With that being said, you will have to adjust this if you are someone that is taking a lot of leisurely breaks and the such. For those people, you will need more warmth!
If you find yourself getting too warm, you don’t have a ton of options in the world of snow sports. You can take the gloves off (not a good idea at all), just try to live with, or you can invest in a pair of gloves that have good ventilation. Breathability, as we call, is going to be very important to you if you find that the gloves are starting to overheat you early on. With tiny vents built in, the idea will be to wick out the moisture and give you some airflow without letting in too much air in the process to make you feel cold. It’s a tough balancing act, and not all gloves with have this built in. We will make sure to point out in our reviews whether a pair has poor ventilation, that way you can judge for yourself what it is that you want to do.
Getting The Best Fit
Trying on gloves should really be a part of the process for you if you want to ensure that you get the best possible fit, feel, an experience. With that said, not everyone, especially in the age of the internet, has the ability or desire to go try gloves on. So, if you can’t, and even if you can honestly, you need to measure your hand and get an exact size. This can be accomplished with measuring tape, and it will make double sure that you have the correct size. You should not assume and then apply a size from another pair of gloves when doing this, either, since it can throw off the entire thing and end up giving you a poor fit. The other thing to make sure to do is to check the brand’s own specific size chart. Sometimes brands and their sizes differ from one to the next, and failure to do this will see you end up with a very poor fitting choice. Some might run in specific sizes, like rings do, while others may have a ranges such as “small,” “medium,” and “large.” It really just depends on what company it is and how they have gone about setting up their sizes.
When you do try on your gloves- or mittens- you should make sure to treat them similarly to your feet with shoes. You don’t want to cram your feet into shoes, so you don’t want to do the same with your fingers, either. Just like you would do with your feet, then, you want to give your fingers some breathing space by making sure that they can barely touch the ends of the gloves or that they have a small gap between them. You don’t want this too large, since they can come off too easily or end up blowing cold air and moisture up there, but you also don’t want them to be too small and compress the hands into making you very uncomfortable. You should be able to accomplish most, if not all, of the tasks you can do without gloves being on when you have fitted them to you correctly.
A couple of other notes that relate to fitting include paying attention to materials. Depending on what the gloves are made from, they could take a longer or shorter time to break in. Breaking in gloves is annoying, but that’s a fact of life. A leather glove, we’ll have more on them in a moment, is going to take a little bit of time to break in. Synthetics, though, are more apt and ready to go. Another thing to know is that some gloves will come with curved fingers already ‘installed’ in them. When this curving is present, you usually don’t have as much break in time and they will be more useful right away. This is also very useful for a skier since you have to be holding onto those poles all day long on the trails.
Leather or Synthetic
This is a big debate being had in a number of arenas all over the sporting goods world that has been raging on for decades now. Whether to go with synthetics or leather is as much of a tradition nowadays as just about anything you could find when reading online reviews, such is the importance of it. Everyone can grasp the idea, so it’s just an easy way to go about describing and classifying a product. The ‘shell’ of the glove is going to be the place where this debate is waged. Here is where we take a look at each of them by weighing the pros and cons so that you can make the very best selection.
Comprised of either nylon or polyester in most cases, synthetic shells are made with the goal in mind to closely mimic leather gloves but to add to the experience as well as to (hopefully) lower the cost as well. Those two things are the driving forces of all synthetics on the market, as is the desire to use less natural materials. The major advantage to be had from either of the synthetic choices is that they do a much better job at providing you with breathability. On top of that, synthetic gloves are also going to be water resistant for much longer than a leather glove is going to be capable of. Inside of the subset of synthetics, you even will find some minor differences that you have to weigh. On the one hand, you can go with polyester, which will be more flexible than its counterpart. However, with polyester you don’t get as much durability and you also will not be quite as water resistant. That is the trademark of nylon products, so if water resistance is essential for you, then that is the sure fire way to go. That also will help them be more durable a well. With that being said, they will not be as flexible as polyester will be. So if you are looking for a premium feel and solely looking for performance, then you might just go with polyester over nylon and forgo some of the durability aspect that is afforded to you by them.
Leather is a naturally occurring substance, and like all of those, they are not going to always be around. Without some conservation, that is. So, one of the main reasons leather is no longer en vogue is due to a willingness to find options elsewhere that can serve our needs while offering many of the same things. Another reason that leather has been phased out slowly over time is the lack of water resistance that is does afford. It’s not cotton, no, but over time it will start to sag and stretch when faced with water. Leather gloves need a lot of work in order to keep them fine tuned and ready to go, and part of that is using conditioner. If you don’t use this and leave them sitting for nine months, you won’t like them when you come back to them and put them on. All that aside, there are some very obvious positives to be had from leather. They are extremely comfortable to wear on you, they look really awesome, and they have way better flexibility than most synthetics do. Of course, you do have to maintain them, but if you do so, then you can have a long lasting pair of great looking gloves.
The gap is closing, and closing very quickly, between leathers and synthetics, but there are still some very clear differences to go with. By figuring out what it is that you need and want, you can make your purchasing process so much easier and effective. If you are looking for a pair that will get you through a short time, then that’s an option. There are also choices to help last you a while, so there’s something out there for everyone to have!
Types of Gloves
Ski gloves, mitts, and snowboard gloves are some of the most popular types of gloves that you will see marketed to you. We are going to take a quick look at them here so that you don’t run yourself into any potential confusion with them.
First and foremost, you shouldn’t worry too much about snowboard gloves. If you see a glove that has either only the words “snowboard” on them or one that has both skiing and snowboarding listed, then you shouldn’t’ worry too much. In reality, there is very little that separates the two, and you will be happy enough with each of them. However, there are some snowboarders that do prefer what is known as a ‘gauntlet’ glove. Those are made to extend higher up the arm and offer a little more coverage than ordinary gloves. That would be the main point of difference in the two ‘classes’ if you will.
The other possible tripping point could be over whether you want to go with a glove or a mitt. Both of them are going to be covering your hands, so they are both considered to be ‘gloves’ and might be marketed as such. In all likelihood, you will see a normal glove in most cases, and that is demonstrated in our reviews to come. The thing that some skiers will find with mittens is that they can grip their poles better than with gloves. There is more flexibility built into them, so you are able to bend your fingers and get to work just a tad better in some cases. Not everyone prefers them this way, but some people might just find that they prefer them. Another thing that mittens would do that gloves don’t is keep you warmer. Again, this might not be what you want or need, so you will have to examine it for yourself. A mitten is going to place your fingers directly next to each other, meaning that they will heat one another up simply by body heat. It’s the same concept as two people laying next to each other. A glove will not do this since the fingers are split just a little bit.
Use of Digits (and Phones)
Since we all can’t live without our phones anymore, this section is absolutely necessary. A phone is such a big part of our lives nowadays that many will scoff at the idea of not having gloves that are able to press the screen. If this is you, and even if you claim it’s not, then you will very much appreciate having a pair of gloves that will allow you to touch the screen without any issues. This is not always present in them, so you will have to take a look. Another thing, to call back to the previous section, is to keep in mind that mittens will not help you navigate your phone, maps, or just about anything when you are wearing them. Mittens will be warmer, sure, but you will have minimal use of the hands and fingers while you are inside of them. This is why most skiers would go with a glove, since you have better dexterity and touch.
Before we get to our reviews, we should briefly discuss the layering of the gloves. Without proper layering, you might just find yourself in a spot of bother. Most gloves present you with one of two choices: a single layer or dual layers. A single layer is just what is sounds like, it’s one layer. A dual layer is one on top of the other, and while it might not sound like it’s better, it is certainly is because it gives you more protection, more resistance to water, and more warmth. You might not need it for warmer days, but you will find it to come in handy when it is cooler. A lot of them have removable layering so that you can make the decision on whether or not to use it. It’s all up to you, but the more choices you have, the better it is. Typically, dual layers will cost you slightly more, but it’s worth it to someone that is spending a lot of time on the hills.
The Top Ten Ski Gloves of 2019 Reviews
1. Velazzio Waterproof 3M Ski Gloves
Kicking off our list is a very manageable priced pair of gloves from Velazzio that will keep you dry and warm at the same time. With a 3M insulate, they are also going to be light as well, helping you to feel freer and more comfy as well. With dots on the palms to better help you grip, you will be able to hold your poles and will get a longer shelf life out of the gloves, all while getting the plus of having a zipper pocket, which will make it easier to hold those one or two small, essential items that you have to carry with you. These are not the most watertight gloves in the world, but they will go a long way and for such a great price, few will complain about them getting slightly damp or being a little bit cool compared to others.
- Light and freeing
- Awesome low price
- Pocket holds extras
- Can get a tad damp and a little cold
2. Alpine Swiss Men’s Waterproof Ski Gloves
These synthetic gloves from Alpine, one of the leaders in this industry, will keep you warm, away from the effects of that awful water, and will also make you look pretty good, too! With a 3M insulate, which is just about standard, they will effectively trap the heat in and lock that into place as you go about your day. With that said, they have breathability built in thanks to the use of polyester, which also is harnessed in order to bring you both waterproof and windproof capabilities. With adjustable pull straps, they can be fitted right up to your jacket sleeves to further enhance your experience. One of the things to keep an eye on is post use. They tend to get very sweaty and will require you to air them out by turning them upside down to let out that ‘steam,’ if you will.
- Great price again
- Holds the heat in
- Ability to adjust
- Need to air them out after use
3. Burton Women’s Gore-Tex Gloves
Burton is a major, major player in the snow sports world, and it’s no shock to see them on here with an incredibly strong, yet fashionable choice for the ladies. With Gore-Tex, a compound that was specifically made with the goal of allowing you to breathe but stopping water from getting in. Normal synthetics do an adequate job at this most of the time, but Gore-Tex goes above and beyond and that’s one of the reasons why very serious skiers will go with it. It does set you back a lot more than most of the other pairs out there, though, so that is one of the draw backs. That being said, they are also really great in the looks department and will allow you to have total control of your devices with them, making them ideal for the tech savvy skier to use.
- Gore-Tex is a step above
- Very fashionable looks
- Easy to use phones
- Quite a high cost
4. Hestra Men’s Leather Ski Gloves
Hestra is another major player in the ski arena, and they make the list at number four with our first leather pair so far. Because of that, they are going to be be much, much more expensive than anything we have seen so far, and likely period, but they will look more classic, retro, and just more authentic all at the same time. With that said, it’s not just looks that they offer, with a ton of flexibility and durability built in. They are super comfy, and because of that, many have opined that they are exactly what you pay for- which is a premium price for a premium piece of artwork. The dexterity that they afford is worth the price for many, though it is quite exorbitant for someone that is new to the world of skiing and just wants a good starter glove.
- Classic look
- Flexible and durable
- Very comfy
- Extremely high price to pay
5. Carhartt Men’s Waterproof Insulated Gloves
Carhartt is a trusted name in the outdoors world, and they come into the list now with a synthetic pair of gloves that are back at a more reasonable price range. With a pull on closure used, they are easy to get exactly fitted to the way you like them, while the palms use dots to help you grip your skis and to navigate whatever it is you have in front of you. With technology on the inside that works hard to wick away sweat as you perspire, it clears the air and helps you concentrate fully on the task ahead of you, rather than worrying about your sweaty palms. The palms are further reinforced as well with polyurethane, helping to ensure you have longer durability and a better time on the hills. Some have found them to be a tight fit and not the longer lasting, so keep that in mind.
- Easy to adjust for fit
- Wicks away sweat
- Reinforced on the palms
- Tight fit for some
- Not very durable
6. MCTi Waterproof Snow Gloves
Coming to you for a very good price, these gloves will be an excellent addition to the new skiers wardrobe. Using polyester, they will be very flexible, almost to the point of leathers, which will make them a more comfy experience. when on. They may not last quite as long, but the new user isn’t likely to ride with them as much and won’t miss the durability all that much. By using nubuck in the palm, they are going to be soft but reinforced to make sure the fingers are nice and secure enough to hold the poles throughout the day. With an adjustable strap and a zipper pocket to store your belongings, they are going to help you by fulfilling those needs as well as you work your way down the slopes.
- Very comfy and flexible
- Great for beginners
- Reinforced in high usage areas
- Not as durable as some others
7. Cevapro Touchscreen Winter Gloves
These take us down a slightly different path here, but they are worth mentioning in our list due to their ability to easily be maneuvered in and to touch screens with extremely efficiently. While these are marked for running, and thus are going to be much lighter and presumably less warm, they do have a place for some. They could go as liners underneath your gloves for cooler days, or you could even go with them as a choice on warmer days. They are still pretty warm, though, with an elastic wrist that will help extend the gloves and to make sure that none of the cold air is blown into them. They do have waterproof insulation, so it’s not going to be a mess for you to wear them, even when so many in the skiing arena have not held up so well. For the price, it might be a great choice for you to use in multiple mediums!
- Very light and flexible
- Elastic wrists
- Good price for versatility
- Not meant for skiing specifically
8. Balnna Waterproof Touchscreen Ski Gloves
For whatever reason, we just really appreciate the looks here. They are simply yet pop out at you like a Yeti on your TV during Christmas. With a thick, curved design, however, the fun doesn’t just stop with the colors. They are great in the coldest months, using polyester to help you grind out those long days, all while still giving you the ability to use your phone will wearing them. With a blend between synthetics and leather in the palm and fingers, you will get the best of both worlds, getting breathability, flexibility, and durability all rolled into one. You get this for a good price, too! They are not the best when presented with very cold and very windy days, so that’s the one negative you will have to weigh in your mind with these.
- Blends materials well
- Easy to use phones
- Curved design easier to use
- Not best for very cold and windy days
9. Unigear Waterproof Winter Snow Gloves
If it’s a no nonsense pair of gloves that you seek, then this is as good as any to turn to. There aren’t many frills here, so looks and style will be disregarded should you pick these. But they still get the job done with a strap across the middle of the hands and a pull to tie to also lock your hands into place as well. As the name implies, they are made for both men and women as well, so that’s helpful to some folks out there for sure. They are not the most user friendly gloves on the market, since they don’t do the best at super cold temperatures nor do they always fit you perfect. It can take some time and tinkering to get the balance right, and that’s just something that some people do not have a whole lot of time for.
- Very affordable
- For both male and female
- Super adjustable
- Not great at cold temps
10. MCTi Women’s 3M Ski Gloves
Rounding out our list is this offering from MCTi, their second but their first for the ladies. These gloves come in more color choices, with some very bold colors to pick from to help you stand out and be a little flashy on the hills in addition to safe and warm. By taking out the added bulk of many men’s gloves, they are able to be moved around easily and are also warm thanks to the 3M insulate. They have TPU inside that protects you from getting water on the fingers while still breathing well all at the very same time, too, and they offer you the ability to easily use a touch screen phone, a major bonus, especially for the younger ladies out there. The gloves have wristbands, too, so that you can have a little added protection. They aren’t great for super cold temps, but they are at a good price and can get the job done for you for the value.
- Good price
- Very stylish
- Touch screen capability
- Not the best at super cold temps
Conclusion And Final Ski Gloves Recommendations
There is a whole lot more to ski gloves than what might meet the eye. A lot of people would just assume that any old glove will work, but that is just not the case. The places you ski at can be as diverse as the types of gloves available, making it nigh on impossible to find the perfect pair for you and your needs. With so many options at your fingertips, it can confound and overload you, but never fear. You can get exactly what you need for a reasonable price by figuring out what it is that you want and need more than others. After our guide today, you’ll be much better positioned to do just that, and you can end up making an excellent choice based on a range of factors so that you will have one less thing to worry about when you are on the mountain having fun!