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Winter may be behind us now, but you don’t want to head into the next cold-weather season without a solid pair of gloves. They come in many varieties including basic thermal and tech-friendly pairs and heavy-duty gloves for working long hours outside or skiing. How you plan on using them should determine what kind of gloves you buy.
We did the research to find the best winter gloves to keep your hands nice and toasty this upcoming winter and many winter seasons to come.
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The best unisex winter gloves
Ozero Thermal -30°F Suede Leather Winter Gloves
If you are looking for thermal gloves that are affordable and warm, the Ozero Thermal -30°F Suede Leather Winter Gloves are your best bet.
Pros: Affordable, warm, true to size, waterproof, unisex, good grip
Cons: Fingers of gloves may be slightly too long for those with small hands
The Ozero Thermal -30°F Suede Leather Winter Gloves feature five layers of materials to keep your hands warm and dry in below-freezing temperatures. The outer layers of polar fleece and waterproof TPU provide thermal retention and moisture-wicking, while the middle firm sponge layer keeps the shape of the glove intact.
The inner layers include Heatlok insulated cotton and TR thermal cotton, which both ensure your hands stay warm — even when the temperature drops down to -20°F. The gloves also feature a windproof cuff at the wrist that prevents cold air from creeping inside.
The deerskin suede leather gloves are made with a solid grip, so they’re the perfect winter accessory for partaking in cold weather activities or even just driving on a brisk winter morning. The gloves come in sizes small to extra large, so they should fit hands of all sizes.
Winter Gloves (small)
Flylow John Henry Gloves
The unisex Flylow John Henry Gloves are breathable, durable, and will keep your hands warm and dry during winter adventures or outdoor chores alike.
Pros: Breathable, water-resistant, durable construction, leather palms for rock scrambles or cold-weather belaying, stretchy wrist for big hands
Cons: Not touchscreen compatible, run small
Flylow gloves have a bit of a cult following in mountain towns, thanks to their comfortable fit and quality construction. The brand’s unisex John Henry Gloves are one of the best options out there for early morning uphill skiing, winter running, and snowshoeing.
The stretchy woven material on the back of the hand allows these gloves to be breathable without letting the cold in. The palms and thumb joint are constructed of pre-treated pigskin leather which not only helps insulate your hands but also adds a layer of durability if you have to scramble over rocks on a winter trail run.
Water-resistance is key when looking at thermal gloves for winter sports. The problem: Many waterproofing materials compromise the breathability of fabric. While Flylow’s John Henry gloves aren’t technically waterproof, the treated leather provides a barrier between your hands and the snow, so they have to get repeatedly soaked before that icy water penetrates to your hands.
Generally, the John Henrys will keep your hands warm when you’re in single-digit temps — and after that, they can be used as an (albeit bulky) liner in big thermal mitts. People with large hands will love the stretchy wrist opening to more easily get their big mitts into, as well as the leather pull tab to help slide the gloves on. We recommend sizing up as they run a bit small. — Rachael Shultz
John Henry Glove (small)
The best winter gloves in men’s sizing
The North Face Recycled Etip Gloves
The North Face Recycled Etip Gloves are warm, tech-friendly, and designed for daily use.
Pros: Tech-friendly, warm, good grip, ergonomic
Cons: Not waterproof
When it comes to functionality and usability, The North Face Etip Gloves are one of the best choices. While they may not be the warmest gloves for working long hours in sub-zero temperatures, they’re ideal for staying warm during everyday cold-weather tasks.
They’re tech-friendly in all five fingers, ergonomic, and feature plenty of grip, so you won’t find yourself taking them off every time you need to use your smartphone, drive a car, or do anything that requires hand dexterity.
The North Face Etip Gloves are lightweight and feature clasp, so you can easily keep them in your coat pocket without fear of misplacing one.
On top of that, The North Face now uses recycled materials to produce the Etip Gloves.
Men’s Recycled Etip Gloves (small)
Carhartt Men’s W.P. Waterproof Insulated Gloves
The Carhartt Men’s W.P. Waterproof Insulated Gloves are an affordable pair of gloves that are insulated, waterproof, and made to last.
Pros: Affordable, waterproof, insulated, moisture-wicking
Cons: Slightly too bulky for working outside with small materials
There’s a reason why the clothing brand Carhartt is synonymous with durable outdoor apparel, as it has been producing high-quality outerwear and accessories since 1889. Carhartt’s Men’s W.P. Waterproof Insulated Gloves are no exception to the rule.
The gloves are made with a long-lasting polytex shell that features a FastDry lining to wick away moisture as you use them, so you can say goodbye to sweaty palms.
One thing to keep in mind: Some users say they aren’t the most practical option if you plan on working outdoors in cold temperatures, because they are too bulky to pick up small items such as nuts and bolts.
Men’s W.P. Waterproof Insulated Glove (small)
Ergodyne ProFlex Waterproof Utility Gloves
If your job requires you to work outdoors during the winter, the Ergodyne ProFlex 817WP Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves have the dexterity you need.
Pros: Waterproof, insulated, breathable liner, extra cushioning
Cons: Tricky sizing
Made with 40g 3M Thinsulate insulation and a Hipora water and windproof breathable liner, the Ergodyne ProFlex 817WP Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves are highly-rated gloves for those who work outside in the cold winter months.
The padded spandex back and neoprene knuckle pad offers cushioning for extra comfort, while the terrycloth panel on the thumb allows you to wipe sweat from your brow as you work. The flexible gloves have the full range of dexterity that you need when you are on the job. They are also touchscreen-capable on the thumb and index fingers.
ProFlex 817WP Thermal Waterproof Utility Gloves (small)
The best winter gloves in women’s sizing
The North Face Women’s Etip Gloves
The North Face Women’s Etip Gloves will keep your hands warm and let you use your phone at the same time.
Pros: Tech-friendly, warm, good grip, variety of colors to choose from
Cons: Not waterproof
If you want to be able to check your phone without removing your gloves, try The North Face Etip Gloves. These tech-friendly gloves are perfect for those who still like to stay connected while enjoying the great outdoors.
Your hands will stay warm and toasty as you scroll through Facebook, thanks to the gloves’ five-finger touch capability. The gloves also feature extra silicone grip on the palm, so your hands won’t slip as you scroll, ski, or shovel.
The sturdy gloves use a lock clip system, so you can store them together and you’ll never have to worry about losing one. There are several colors to choose from including purple, gray, and pink.
Women’s Recycled Etip Gloves (small)
Isotoner Women’s Stretch Fleece Gloves
Super warm gloves don’t have to be super bulky, and Isotoner’s Stretch Fleece Gloves prove it.
Pros: Warm, machine-washable, touchscreen tips
Cons: These gloves are warm enough for city life, but not extended us in sub-zero temps
Just because the weather has taken a turn for the worse doesn’t mean that your sense of style has to do the same. Isotoner’s Stretch Fleece Gloves are not only extremely warm, but also quite elegant.
Lined with fleece, these gloves are surprisingly warm and fantastic at insulating your hands against the snow and wind. There are a number of different colors available, so if you can pick your favorite or choose a few to match different outfits.
They’re also tech-friendly in the index finger and thumb, so you can conveniently use touchscreen devices without removing them.
Women’s Stretch Fleece Gloves (small)
Hestra Utsjo Gloves
The Hestra Utsjo Gloves are made from buttery soft, yet durable and insulating Nordic elk leather.
Pros: Super soft, great fit with multiple sizes, high-quality materials.
Cons: Not tech-friendly, not fully-waterproof
There are few gloves that are actually worth a more-than $100 price tag — and the Hestra Utsjo Gloves are one of them. They’re made using high-quality Nordic elk leather, which is unbelievably soft, and given elks’ ability to survive in cold weather, it’s naturally insulating.
In addition to the naturally-insulating properties of the leather, the interior of the gloves are lined with soft brushed polyester and insulated with PrimaLoft Gold synthetic alternative to down that can be found in some of the warmest outdoor gear.
Although they’re not technically water-proof, the PrimaLoft Gold material provides great water resistance.
Utsjo Leather Gloves (small, Preferred: Huckberry)
The best winter gloves for skiing and riding
Hestra Fall Line Gloves
Designed for the slopes, the Hestra Fall Line Gloves are rugged, warm, and comfortable for long hours.
Pros: Warm, durable, big size range
Cons: Too bulky for daily tasks
Don’t let the name fool you — the Hestra Fall Line Gloves are well equipped for winter weather. Designed specifically for skiing and riding, the gloves feature a cowhide leather exterior with added grip for ski poles, foam insulation, and large neoprene cuffs.
The backhand sides of the gloves feature thick padding to protect your hands from tree brush as you ski or ride down slopes. The gloves also come with a large fastener so you can keep the pair together and connect them to your bag or coat when they’re not being worn.
Although won’t find features like tech-friendly fingers, they’re probably too bulky to effectively utilize it anyway.
Fall Line Gloves (small)
Dakine Team Maverick GORE-TEX Gloves
Keeping your hands dry is key to staying warm — and the Dakine Team Maverick GORE-TEX Gloves are guaranteed to lock water and snow out.
Pros: Warm, waterproof, stylish, and durable
GORE-TEX is one of the most important apparel innovations ever. The material is highly waterproof, but still lightweight and breathable. That means, whether it’s used on footwear, jackets, or a pair of gloves, you’ll stay dry, but won’t overheat and become sweaty underneath.
The Dakine Team Maverick Gloves feature a combination of goatskin leather and GORE-TEX on the exterior, making them warm, waterproof, and rather stylish.
They do feature a tech-friendly index finger, although the gloves are probably too bulky to do anything other than tapping the screen to answer a phone call.
More useful features include the hook and loop closure for a secure fit and the nose wipe thumb panels (should you decided to use them).
Team Maverick GORE-TEX Gloves (small)
Burton GORE-TEX Gloves
If you’re looking to survive subzero conditions with all your fingers intact, Burton GORE-TEX gloves are the way to go.
Pros: Incredibly warm, waterproof yet breathable, Sticky Icky palm technology allows for great grip
Cons: None to speak of
The best invention of the last few decades may just be GORE-TEX. The waterproof, breathable fabric has the unique ability to block liquids while allowing water vapor to pass through, making for a dry, comfortable environment. When it comes to keeping your hands cozy and protected in seriously harsh conditions (wind, snow, sleet), one of the best options is the Burton GORE-TEX Glove.
GORE-TEX makes up the membrane of this glove, which ensures that it’s waterproof, but Burton also includes an integrated Thermocore layer of insulation for extra warmth. The outside of the glove is made from a double layer of DryRide Ultrashell fabric, which is windproof and waterproof but will still let your hands breathe.
If you’re looking to do work in these gloves, that’s possible too thanks to the Sticky Icky technology in the palms that allow you to grip onto ski poles, shovels, or your significant other’s hand.
The Burton GORE-TEX glove is that it’s essentially three gloves in one. The fleece liner on the interior of the glove is removable, which means that you can either wear just the fleece, just the outer shell or put them both together for days when it’s especially chilly out. If you opt to wear the fleece on its own, you can take advantage of its touchscreen technology.
Gore-Tex Gloves (small)
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