Top Picks for Women’s Ski Gloves 2015

December 15th, 2014

Finding the right women’s ski gloves can be an arduous task when considering all the demands you put on them. Skiing all day in the cold may be one factor, but what if it rains or snows? How about taking you from the lodge to the parking lot? What about when temperatures rise and you need to stay regulated? Waterproof breathability, warmth, durability, dexterity and all around comfort come into play when making a decision on women’s gloves or mittens. The products we’ve highlighted below are some of the best on the market that cover all of those bases. Please let us know your thoughts, questions and comments.

 

Outdoor Research Southback Women’s Ski Glove ($$)

all condition performance – warm & Gore Tex waterproof – durable leather

warm and waterproof women's ski gloves

Outdoor Research Southback

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around performance women’s glove that keeps you warm and dry no matter the weather. The powder cuffs help keep snow out if you’re getting deep or take a digger and its intuitive, durable design lets you move freely.

Description: The Outdoor Research Southback Glove is the kind of glove that you can wear every day of the season without having to worry if your hand is going to freeze off by lunch. Outdoor Research designed the insulation to concentrate the heat where you need it, then gave the Southback a guaranteed waterproof breathable membrane to let moisture out while guarding against Mother Nature’s most insidious attacks.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve used these gloves for the past two seasons and they’ve held up very well because of the nylon shell and leather palm. They are a great glove to have when you are just not sure how cold it will really be or how stormy. If I am trying to choose a glove before I go out skinning around for lines, the Southback is usually the glove I throw in my pack.

Find it on sale for $85 or less at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, The House

  

Dakine Odyssey Gore-Tex Women’s Glove ($$)

low bulk – warm & waterproof – anti-microbial – leather

dakine blue and black leather winter gloves

Dakine Odyssey

SkiGenie Recommendation: A high quality leather, waterproof, durable glove from Dakine that will carry you through the season in style. Its low profile design allows for ease of movement yet don’t be fooled by low bulk as it still keeps you warm and dry.

Description: Long seasons demand durable gloves, like the Dakine Odyssey women’s glove. This Gore-Tex lined waterproof glove takes cues from a dedicated ski racing glove, with a full leather palm, and leather/synthetic shell. The result is a glove that breaks in buttery soft. The 170g PrimaLoft insulation keeps your hands warm. A wool liner is sweat absorbent to keep you dry, plus it’s antimicrobial, so it won’t get funky even as you rack up days on the mountain.

What Skiers Say:

  • Initial impressions show these to be quality, quality, quality. Came with leather treatment and size and color are as stated. These will be plenty warm.

Find it on sale for $90 or less at Backcountry & U.S. Outdoor Store

 

Black Diamond Mercury Glove ($$)

 high quality – Gore Tex, wool & fleece materials – removable liner – multi-sport use

insulated women's ski gloves for the backcountry

Black Diamond Mercury

SkiGenie Recommendation: Black Diamond has created a high end, high quality women’s glove with the Mercury. It’s loaded with warmth from the inner wool backing and fleece lining to the Gore Tex and leather outer shell. Make an investment in this glove and you won’t be sorry, or cold, ever.

Description: Our premium women’s glove, the Mercury combines professional-grade materials and protection with a stylish design and comfortable fit for everything from alpine climbing to skiing in-bounds. Mercury features the total weather protection of GORE-TEX® XCR and the durability of a goat leather palm.

What Skiers Say:

  • These gloves are super warm and keep my hands toasty in the coldest conditions. I would have to be freezing everywhere else to feel it in my hands. One thing to note is they run on the bigger side. I originally ordered a small and had to return for an extra small and I still have a bit of room in the finger area.
  • Went skiing in 9 degree weather in Northern Vermont (Jay Peak) the other day and everything was cold but my hands. They, in fact, were hot. LOVE THEM.

Find it on sale from $104 or less at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI

 

Hestra Leather Fall Line Mitten ($$)

warmest women's ski mittens to keep hands extremely warm

Hestra Fall Line Mitt

SkiGenie Recommendation: Hestra makes high end, high quality leather gloves and mittens that will prove, day in and day out, to be a great investment. The fall line mitten is clearly made to take a beating and continue to keep you warm and comfortable. They also come in fun color combinations.

 Description: The Hestra Women’s Leather Fall Line Ski Mitten looks at home in powder bowls, trees, and terrain parks. Impregnated cowhide leather helps the Fall Line battle winter’s weather to keep your hand dry, and fiberfill insulation ensures warmth throughout. Hestra added a smooth Bemberg lining for soft comfort, and the neoprene cuff works with the hook-and-loop closure to keep snow out.

What Skiers Say:

  • Leather balm included. Super warm, internal finger separators, neoprene wrist straps so you don’t drop one off the lift when you’re trying to take a selfie! I actually used the size guide, bought size 7 and they are perfect. Also, I bought the pink/orange ones – definitely very bright (a little brighter than I expected) but I love them! Not a pink person at all, but I am stoked on these!
  • Find another comprehensive review here

Find them on sale for $104 or less at Backcountry, Backcountry’s Exclusive Edition, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Celtek Hello Operator Winter Mitten

three finger design for dexterity – warm insulation & fleece lined – unique colors ($)

colorful split finger mittens for women looking for style on the slopes

Celtek Hello Operator

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this hybrid glove/mitten. The funky color options are best for the fashion conscious skier, while its trigger finger design maintains warmth and handiness.  

Description: Love the warmth of mittens but the dexterity of gloves? The Celtek Hello Operator 3 Finger Mittens are the solution.  An acrylic cuff and soft fleece lining keeps your hands comfortable while PrimaLoft® insulation keeps them toasty.

What Skiers Say:

  • These gloves are way cute, and super warm. The bottom cuffs keep the warmth in really nicely. I would suggest a good under-glove or a warmer pair on freezing cold days, but for normal winter days these are great.
  • I’ve just been snowboarding in 12 degree weather. This is the very first time that my hands and fingers never felt cold up in the mountains during a trip. I couldn’t believe it, I highly recommend.

Find it on sale for $50 or less at Backcountry & Evo

 

Columbia Torrent Ridge Ski Glove

waterproof, breathable – powder cuffs – ergonomic ($)

all purpose and cheap, great value ski gloves for women

Columbia Torrent Ridge

SkiGenie Recommendation: A simple option at a good price for a glove that includes the features you need like waterproof breathability, ergonomic fit and cuffs to keep the snow and wind out.The Torrent Ridge Glove will work best on mid-winter days, perhaps not the best on a wet storm day.

Description: These insulated, waterproof-breathable gloves are lined with Omni-Heat thermal reflective to keep you extra warm during work or play in frigid winter conditions. Pre-curved to conform to the natural contours of your hand, they provide low-profile dexterity and excellent grip.

What Skiers Say:

  • I went out skiing for a whole day (8 hours) and by the end of it, my hands were sweating. They stayed warm the whole time. The long cuffs are nice too.
  • I liked the gloves and they kept my hands warm, but my hands became wet after skiing a few hours. They fit well and were easy to adjust. But based on the description, I expected them to stay drier.

Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry

 

The North Face Montana Women’s Mitten ($)

super warm & breathable – attached wrist leash

stay warm in negative temperatures with these ski mittens

North Face Montana Mi

SkiGenie Recommendation: The state of Montana is no stranger to extended periods of negative temperatures, even at high noon. So you know these gloves are built to keep you extra warm. The insulation paired with supreme wicking ability help maintain steady comfort as you ride into the late hours of the day. These are a great value for all the features you want in a mitten at a low price.

Description: The North Face Montana Mittens are made to keep your fingers warm and cozy when you’re skiing on the coldest days. The HyVent Insert helps provide lots of breathability so any moisture can evaporate and move out of the glove while simultaneously preventing precipitation from seeping in.  

What Skiers Say:

  • I love my Montana Mitts! They will be great for Alaska winters that lay ahead. I love hiking and walking my dog and I know they will keep me warm and cozy.
  •  Love the long cuffs, love the elbow elastics, and really love how warm they keep my hands! It’s not uncommon for my extremities to go numb even as we get into later fall. The elastic elbow straps make them easy to whip on and off and not have to carry and my fingers have yet to get frostbite.
  • I need to spend a lot of time outside for my job and really was desperate to find something to keep my hands warm as even my insulated ones from another manufacturer didn’t work. These were a great investment.

Find it on sale from $55-$70 at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski

 

Swany Toast 3in1 Mitten ($)

soft shell –removable liner – touchscreen compatible

keep your hands toasty with these ski mittens

Toast 3in1

SkiGenie Recommendation: A super warm and convenient mitten option when you want to multi-task to get the Instagram shot or reach for chapstick in your pocket, all without having to remove it. 

Description: The Toast 3in1 is built with a soft shell that helps keep hands comfortably dry with stretch for mobility, and Insuloft-80 insulation ensures warmth. The removable fleece liner adds warmth in chillier temps. The Toast’s external shell also features an odor-resistant bamboo lining, a grippy LeatherShield palm, and a zippered pocket for handwarmers.

What Skiers Say:

  • These are a great combo of i-touch functionality and mitten warmth. The liner is not waterproof however, so it is not great alone.
  •  It has an inner glove liner that does not shift or come out of the mitten when you pull your hand out. There is a side access feature on the mitten, which allows you to use the inner glove liner to grab things outside without taking off the glove or getting your fingers cold. It’s a rad feature. I liked that they could hold up in the cold wet conditions and I could use the inner glove to operate my cell phone or camera when I needed to.

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Check out some more women’s ski glove reviews from:

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Top Ski Gloves Reviews Men 2014-2015

November 21st, 2014

Joy is staying warm and comfortable during a long, cold and crystalline day of skiing. And good ski gloves will keep you at that summit of pleasure. Our extremities tend to get the coldest, so having the right pair of gloves or mittens keeps you out on the slopes longer and in all weather.  When choosing the right pair it is important to consider the following choices: (i) gloves for dexterity vs. mittens for warmth, (ii) synthetic materials for cost and waterproofing vs. leather for durability and natural water resistance, (iii) membrane for breathability to prevent sweaty buildup, (iv) lining material for comfort and (v) cuff length to keep the powder and biting wind off your wrists.  The gloves we’ve chosen below will let you focus on the skiing even if your body runs warm and needs a thinner glove, or your digits are no strangers to numbness. Please feel free to leave your own reviews, comments or questions in our comment section.

 

Dakine Titan Ski Gloves ($)

waterproof Gore-Tex – temperature regulating – touch screen liner

dakine men's insulated ski gloves

Dakine Titan

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent glove option with all the features that you look for and then some. They are made with waterproof Gore-Tex material and regulate temperature for a comfortable fit on a mild day or much colder. The touch screen compatible liner allows your fingers to keep you wirelessly connected, even at 10,000 ft.

Description: The Titan’s 280g insulation provides plenty of warmth for most days, and they stay dry thanks to guaranteed waterproof, breathable Gore Tex insert. The tacky Rubbertec palm grips to just about everything. And when the storms roll in, the zippered stash pockets make a perfect home for heat packs.

What Skiers Say:

  • I put these ski gloves to the test in Mountain Creek NJ. It was a cold day, between 10-15 degrees, and they worked great. I used the liners with sticky grip that comes with them. Wow, what a great feature. It worked great for using my cell phone/GoPro and kept my hands warm. They were also waterproof which was a big welcome. All in all, I would definitely recommend these gloves.
  • I used these Gloves to ski every week in Utah, they never felt too hot or cold. On warm days where it was 30s, they were cool; on Cold days near 0, they kept my hands toasty.
  • Product Video

Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun & Ski, US Outdoor Store.

 

Noronna Narvik Dri1 Insulated Short Ski Gloves ($)

highly insulated – low bulk – wrist leash – leather palm

green all leather ski gloves with wrist strap

Noronna Narvik Dr1

SkiGenie Recommendation: If your hands tend to get cold easily, these are a great glove option at a reasonable price point. Highly insulated and waterproof, and yet, streamlined, and not bulky. The leather palm allows for a good grip, and an attached wrist cuff keeps them from dropping off the chairlift when you remove them.

Description: Packed with PrimaLoft insulation throughout, the Narvik Dri1 keeps your hands exceptionally warm and comfortable. Its waterproof breathable Dri1 insert shields your hands from slush, melting icicles, and falling flakes.

What Skiers Say:

  • My hands were kept warm and dry at all times. Perspiration was so well-managed that, even after several days of use, the gloves never got funky enough to wash. These ski gloves are also fairly dexterous for their size, and the goatskin palms provide a confident grip.
  • These gloves are quite warm and comfortable. Great grip as well. We’ve had a lot of sub-zero temps this winter with wind chills up to -40F. They haven’t failed me yet.
  • I’ve spent about 10 days in these gloves in Colorado recently and I’m impressed. Most days its been 10-20 degrees and windy, two days it was dumping/powder-day and I have no complaints with the Dri1 Short. I usually carry glove liners and hand warmers but I never had to consider using that backup plan, these are very warm. After a few days of wearing them I’ve gained pretty good dexterity but its not the best. I wear size L in Swany and Mountain Hardwear but ordered XL based on the Norrona sizing chart and they fit great.

Find them on sale for $90 or less at Backcountry.

 

Swany X-Cell II Mittens ($$)

durable leather – very warm – waterproof – warmer pocket – wrist leash

super warm male ski mittens

Swany X-Cell II Mitten

SkiGenie Recommendation: Swany’s X-Cell II mitten is an excellent all-around performance mitt that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable on those chilly mid-winter days. It features extremely durable outer layer material with a snug cuff to slide underneath your jacket and an attached wrist cuff so you can take them on and off easily. The zippered hand warmer pocket boosts your warmth and the wrist cinch allows for a snug fit when sending it down the pitch.

Description: The Swany X-Cell II Mittens keep your hands warm and highly dexterous in cold, wet conditions. The leather construction reminiscent of a bomber-jacket-style could be at home in an aerial dog fight.  A Dryfinger Reflection membrane keeps out moisture and helps water vapor escape while  theThermolite insulation holds in warmth. Your hands stay toasty even in freezing temps.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve never had cold hands with these and they are now well into their fifth season. The durability is excellent. These may be too warm above 40 degrees, but at that point most any glove or mitt will be. The wrist leash works great. The warmer pocket is key on cold days and they dry out every evening without much fuss.
  • Great for skiing! Soft and pliable. A great fit and very warm.
  • This mitten is hands down better than The North Face Summit series mitten for use when skiing. I was warm the whole time with not much need for hand warmers. My skin was always dry, and there was not any wind penetration from the cuff up my jacket or into the mitten.

Find them on sale for $135 or less at Backcountry & REI.

 

Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves ($$$)

high quality, durable – Gore-Tex insulation – temp regulating – long cuffs – ergonomic design

ultimate ski glove choice for warmth with high wrist to protect from powder and cold

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: “Ultimate” is in the name, and rightfully so. Marmot’s Ultimate Glove is one of the best for warmth and durability. It helps regulate your temperature when it’s warmer and keeps you cozy on cold days. The long cuff  cinches over your jacket for both easy handling and keeping snow out. Unlike similar caliber ski gloves, the supple leather design, unique to the Marmot Ultimate, prevents bulkiness and allows you to move around easily.

Description: GORE-TEX® technology provides durable water and windproof performance; patented synthetic down offers warmth without the weight. Brushed tricot DriClime® manages moisture for a cozy interior microclimate. Accordion finger design lends improved dexterity and extends the life of the glove.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • These are my favorite, go to glove. Have skied all over the Rockies, from cold Jackson Hole powder mornings, to Utah and through the snow machines, and wet Colorado snow. I love the leather as it allows a more natural use of my hand. I never had a wet hand, and mine stays warm, or at least not frozen without using heat packs or liners.
  • Warmest glove in my arsenal. Warm enough I could justify shelling out the $175 for a new pair whenever these wear out, which doesn’t look to be anytime soon.

 

Find them on sale for $175 or less at Backcountry, REI, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store.

 

Hestra Henrik Windstedt Pro Mittens ($$$)

 high quality, durable leather – super warm – wrist leash – fashionable colors

the best all around men's ski mittens

Henrik Windstedt Pro Mitt

SkiGenie Recommendation: A high quality, fully tech-featured mitten that will keep you warm and dry season after season. The leather exterior and supreme insulation of these mittens offers durable protection from the elements . Cuffs that stretch up and over a sleeve  keep the snow out, and the classic Hestra wrist leash keeps them by your side. These gloves work best on cold mid-winter days but may become a bit bulky as temperatures rise.

Description: This mitt is part of Hestra’s Alpine Pro collection and thus, one of the best models they offer. The cowhide exterior is available in four, two-tone colors with a quilted pattern on the back of the hand.  Thermolite insulation keeps your fingers toasty while internal finger dividers help with the structural integrity of the mitt.

What Skiers Say:

  • Best mitts I’ve owned. They are super warm, the leather is quick to break in, and the quality is super high. Although I thought they were a bit childish at first, I have come to love the wrist loops. Never have to worry about dropping a mitt when on the lift or when snapping a picture if a friend.
  • I am on the third 100+ day season with these mitts. I use them almost every day unless it is spring-like warm. They seem to have a temperature control built in them so they are not too hot when it is warm and warm when it is cold. I admit that when it is really cold, I use the little ‘Hottie” heater packs to keep comfortable. My gloves show no wear even after hard use for all those ski days.
  • Powder Magazine review

 

Find them on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Black Diamond Kajia Glove ($$)

 light – streamlined – leather – padded knuckles – mild weather/spring glove

ski gloves good for movement and protection

Black Diamond Kajia Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: This streamlined yet fully tech’ed out spring weather glove with a woven nylon and goat leather shell and Gore-Tex liner will keep you warm enough on mild days and dry on stormy days. The low bulk design and Velcro cuff allow for movement if you’re on the skin track or pole planting like a pro down the slopes. The high quality Black Diamond leather design will keep you skiing into the late season year after year.

Description: The Kajia is our premium midweight freeride glove for milder temps, sunny resort days and the occasional blower spring storm. Outfitted with a durable goat leather and woven nylon shell, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® insert and 80g of synthetic insulation, the Kajia has you prepped for the spectrum of skiing conditions. EVA padding protects against unexpected impacts.

What Skiers Say:

–  I wanted ski gloves warm enough for Vermont weather. They initially felt warm, and I love the blue color and overall look. The fit is snug but not too tight which makes them feel like they should be warmer. In temps in the low 20’s with wind however, my fingers got cold. I’ll probably have to find a thin glove liner for the really cold days.

 

Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove ($)

durable – light – waterproof sealed – work glove

old school style ski gloves for men

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation:

These are a great “work glove” for those of you who earn your living out there on the hill day in and day out. They are tough, durable and warm enough when you’re moving around, and using your hands a lot. They may not be the best option in negative degrees, but are a trusty companion on most other moderate days.

Description: All leather gives added protection from the wind on those super cold days. They are still hand-baked in Colorado with Sno-Seal to keep you dry and warm with HeatRac insulation.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve been a patroller for 15 years. Kinco has been my go to and it always requires a can of sno-seal. Its nice that the Flylow comes pre-waxed, but I still put more on as they get abused. A tough, multi-season investment that works on all but the coldest (or warmest) ski days.
  • This is a great glove, but not for everyone. The insulation is moderate and the glove cuff is short (i.e. snow will creep in if you fall in the pow). This is my go-to glove when I am out touring. I hike in a lighter glove and pull these on for the descent. If you plan to resort ski with these on cold days you may have cold fingers.

 

Find it on sale for $40 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove ($)

warm – waterproof – grippy – touch screen compatible

mobile phone touch screen friendly ski gloves

UA Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent warm, waterproof glove option that features a touch screen compatible finger. The grippy palm will keep your phone secure as you browse or keep your poles in place while skiing. We often need to use our phones while on the chairlift, and this glove allows you to do just that while also keeping you comfortable.

Description: If you can’t keep your hands off your high-tech gadgets because you need to know what the latest forecast is or get that Instagram shot, the Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove if the one for you. This softshell glove is armed with UA Storm for water and wind resistant protection, and its ColdGear fleece lining features Infrared ceramic heat-reflective power for warmth. Extra-long cuffs won’t leave your wrists out in the cold, and a printed palm gives you good grip.

What Skiers Say:

  • What I like most about these gloves is that they never let any moisture in, they keep me perfectly dry as well as letting me use my mobile devices’ touch screens without taking them off.
  • These gloves have been excellent so far. I need something warm for when I ride my bike to work in the morning but I also need to be able to use my phone to track my ride. These gloves do just that, and I like that they are waterproof.

 

Find it on sale for $50 or less at Backcountry.

 

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