This is our selection of the best ski gloves and mittens in the market. We know how important it is to have warm hands while out on the slopes.
Ski and snowboard gloves are generally made from leather or a combination of fabric with leather or synthetic leather palms. Leather may require longer break-in and occasional treatment, but it's very durable and molds to your hand over time. Fabric gloves are highly flexible and dry quickly. Gloves with synthetic leather palms are tough and usually less expensive.
Insulation in a ski glove offers much-needed warmth that'll keep you from calling it a day early. Most ski gloves feature synthetic insulation since it will insulate when wet where down won't; if your hands run cold, look for higher-weight insulation. Some gloves have more insulation on the back than the palm, to offer extra warmth without compromising dexterity.
Do you prefer more touch feeling of gloves or the warmth of mittens?
There are gloves and mitts for all occasions and conditions, and manufacturers will often make both gloves and mittens with the same basic materials and construction. Mittens generally provide more warmth because your fingers will share one compartment and generate more heat that way, as opposed to being separated like in a glove. However, mittens limit mobility in certain circumstances and may have to be removed to access your pockets, answer your phone or adjust your goggle strap while on the slopes. You'll also find 3-finger hybrids (sometimes called "lobster mitts") that fall between gloves and mittens. While mittens were once considered the sign of a gaper, some world cup level athletes prefer them for comfort reasons.
Sizing and look for that perfect fit.
It is important that your gloves or mittens fit you properly. Properly sized gloves or mitts provide greater dexterity, warmth and comfort. For the best performance, a proper fitting glove should fit snugly and allow enough room at the end of outstretched fingers for you to pinch about a quarter of an inch of fabric. Also, make sure your palm is completely inside the cuff so your wrist remains covered. When you make a fist, the fit shouldn’t be so tight that is constricts your fingers from curving fully. Normally measuring the circumference around the widest part of the hand in inches or centimeters, so consult their sizing chart when buying.