What are the top 33 warmest winter gloves? Wearing a durable and well insulated pair gloves could mean the difference between frostbite and enjoying your time in the great outdoors. Every year, hundreds of people suffer from frostbite- to varying degrees. A pair of warm gloves can prevent your fingers from turning into ice cubes. Not only do quality gloves keep you protected, they allow you to hike, ice climb, ski and watch your daughter’s soccer game with comfort! There’s nothing worse than cutting an outdoor adventure or family fun activity short because of cold hands!
When it comes to choosing gloves, keep a few things in mind. If you want warm hands, you need to keep them dry! To achieve this, you need a pair of gloves that will protect you from snow, rain and cold temperatures. Look for gloves treated with a durable water repellent or that are specifically designated as waterproof and wind resistant.
Also, pay attention to the details of the glove. Look for cinches around the wrist to keep weather from getting inside. Believe it or not, gloves typically get soaked from the inside out- this is why those cinches are so important. Also, look for gloves with long cuffs to protect your wrists. Keeping your wrists covered not only keeps your hands warmer, but it keeps snow and rain from seeping inside your glove.
If you like to take selfies at 10,000 feet on the top of a peak (I mean, who doesn’t?) look for a pair of gloves with smart screen capabilities. Pay attention to the fingertips- this is where you’ll notice special fabric that allows you to make calls and take selfies without taking your gloves off. Hands down, the warmest winter gloves around are insulated with down. However, there’s a caveat: when down gets wet it loses its insulation power.
So, if you are going to be really active, sweaty and experience inclement weather- a synthetically insulated pair of gloves will work just as well. Synthetic insulation tends to be a bit bulky- but it holds up to whatever Mother Nature has in store.
When it comes to finding the right fit, make sure there’s about ¾ of an inch at the end of your fingertips. Too big of a glove and all your body heat disappears. On the other hand, if the glove is too small, you risk reducing circulation. Also, if you tend to always have frigid fingers, think about picking up a pair of mittens. Okay, now that you know what to look for in a pair of warm winter gloves-let’s go shopping!
The Fortress Glove Pro is designed to keep your hands and fingers warm in the most extreme weather. Fortress is a Utah based company using patented AERIS insulation to keep people warm, even when they get wet. The Glove Pro is made with windproof outer shell and reinforced stitching in the palm of the hand to prevent early wear and tear, making this #1 on my list.
You can be warm and comfortable in this glove from -10 degrees to 60 degrees- that’s the magic of AERIS insulation. The Glove Pro is truly an all-season glove! Pros: well made, AERIS insulation for added warmth, reinforced palm, comfortable, keeps you warm even if the gloves get wet. Cons: may be too bulky for high intense activity. Only one-color combination available. Price: $129.
The Fortress Classic Rugged Mitten is just what you need on those bitter cold mornings, walking your dog around the neighborhood. It’s also a great glove for building snowmen with your kids. The mitten is made with AERIS insulation, which is designed to keep your hands warm, even if the gloves get wet. The outer shell is treated with a durable water repellent that will keep water away from your hands! Pros: well made, trusted brand, extra warm, designed for -35 degrees F to 50 degrees F. Cons: Recreation use only. According to the company these gloves are not intended for heavy labor. Price: $99.
This is a great mitten to have on hand in the event of an emergency or your main pair of gloves get wet. The regular mitten is made with AERIS insulation, designed to keep your hands warm even when its -35 degrees F outside. That’s cold! But, with these gloves your hands will be nice and toasty. Like the Rugged Mittens, this pair is also made with a durable water repellent. DWR is what causes water to bead up on a jacket or pair of gloves. Pros: well made, comfortable, rated for a wide range of temperatures, AERIS insulation, keep hands warm- even if gloves get wet! Cons: for emergencies only, not for heavy labor. Price: $49
If you’re heading the North Pole or North Dakota in January, this is the pair of mittens you want to pack with you. First off, these mittens are rated to keep you warm in -60 degrees F weather. I certainly hope it never gets that cold where ever you are going, but if it does you don’t have to worry about frostbite or chilly fingers.
These mittens are designed with AERIS insulation- a foam loft patented Fortress innovation. A mesh lining wicks away sweat and other moisture to keep your hands warm no matter what you are doing. Pros: really warm, rated for -60 degrees F to 30 degrees F, wind resistant outer shell, durable water repellent, comfortable and keeps your hands warm- even if you fall in an icy river. Cons: casual activities only. Not for intense labor or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Only on pre-order right now. Price$ 169.99
Canada Goose makes the warmest down coats and gloves in the world- hands down. The company has mastered the art of making equally warm and fashionable winter gear for decades. Olympic athletes, Mount Everest climbers and explorers all wear Canada Down when the temperature drops down below zero. These mitts rank 5th on the list because they are made with high quality plumage- the really warm and soft stuff underneath down feathers on a goose.
These mitts are warm, durable and can hold up to the most extreme weather. These are the kind of gloves you will wear for decades- they are that well-built and designed. Pros: down insulation, waterproof, windproof, breathable and long cuffs. Cons: incredibly expensive. May get overheated if you’re doing high intense activities. Price $175
Like the mitts, these gloves are perhaps the warmest pair of gloves you will ever wear. While the mitts are wonderful, the gloves give you warmth and added dexterity needed for skiing, climbing or making snowmen with your kids in the backyard. The gloves are functional and beautiful. Pros: 525 fill white goose down, water-resistant, and fleece lined cuffs. Cons: sell out quickly, hard to find and expensive. Pros: $175
With 525 fill of fluffy warm down, these lightweight gloves will keep your hands warm on spring days and in the middle of winter. These gloves look and feel like mini-sleeping bags for your entire hand, bringing this pair in at #7 on this list. These gloves are also perfect for running everyday errands around town. Plus, the sleek black design makes these gloves pretty styling too! Pros: down insulation, trusted brand, high quality construction, warm, lightweight and touchscreen capabilities. Cons: may not hold up in extreme weather, expensive. Price: $150.
Hestra is the cream of the crop, when it comes to making warm winter gloves. This company has literally been making gloves since the 1930s. So, buying a pair of Hestra gloves is a safe bet. In fact, it’s really not a bet at all. When you buy a pair of Hestra gloves, you are guaranteed superior protection and warmth, bringing this pair of gloves to 8th on our list! This pair of gloves is made with cowhide and synthetic materials. It’s insulated with a synthetic material- foam! A neoprene cuff (like the stuff wet suits are made out of) will keep your wrists covered, dry and prevent any wet snow from getting inside. Pros: well made, durable, leather, foam insulation, neoprene cuff. Cons: not touchscreen compatible, bulky and expensive.
Another great glove in the Hestra line. This pair of gloves is made with a special HESTRA three layer fabric. This special proprietary blend of fabric makes the gloves breathable, waterproof and durable. Foam insulation makes these extra warm. I also really like the long cuff and added wrist protection. The long cuff is ideal for powder hounds. Also, it’s breathable, water-resistant and windproof! Pros: Velcro closure, soft synthetic material, well made, keep you warm on really cold days, leather palm for grip, great for high activity skiers or outdoor enthusiasts. Cons: expensive and not touchscreen compatible. Price: $175
If you are heading on an expedition, this is the pair of gloves you want to have on. This pair of Hestra gloves are made with special proprietary fabric designed to give you extra protection from the wind, rain, sleet and ice. These gloves seriously pack a punch! The leather palm will allow you to grip your poles or other gear with confidence. Pros: durable, cozy, made for extreme weather, removable liner, outside seems for more comfort, well-made, trusted brand. Cons: expensive. Price: $130
Heli skiing anytime soon? I want to go. I’ll bring these mittens too! This pair of Hestra mittens is designed to keep you warm and prevent cold air and wet weather from getting inside. The palm has the brand standard leather reinforced palm to give you the grip you need when you jump out of that helicopter on top of mountain peak. Um, who thought that was a good idea? The trademarked snow lock- keeps snow from inching into your glove, even when you’re skiing in three feet of fresh pow pow. Pros: great for extreme winter sports, keeps snow and rain away, extra warm, great grip. Cons: expensive.
Hestra makes durable and warm winter gloves for whatever you plan to do: from heli-skiing to shopping in an alpine village. This pair of gloves is a waterproof version of the company’s classic and legendary Army Leather Heli Ski glove. This glove has reinforced fingers and palm area for group and a wool/fleece liner for added warmth and comfort. Pros: waterproof, blocks wind high-quality leather and synthetic materials, really warm, great dexterity and removable liner. Cons: sell out quickly and the most expensive pair of Hestra gloves. Price: $225.
This is a great glove to wear spring skiing- where its warm, but you still need a nice layer to protect your hands. Spyder is the official gear sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team, so this brand knows how to keep skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts warm and comfortable. This pair of gloves is made with mid-weight knit outer shell and a micro-fleece lining. The glove is designed to be breathable and keep moisture away from your hands. Pros: great dexterity, fleece lines, trusted brand, well made, smart screen compatible, blocks winds. Cons: great for spring skiing or other light activities. Not for extreme weather conditions.
This pair of gloves means business. Slip on a pair of Gordini’s and you can climb the tallest mountains and ski all the black diamond runs. Okay, these gloves won’t give you super powers, but you’ll be warm- and that’s pretty cool too. The gloves are made with a synthetic blend of water wicking insulation. A moisture wicking liner and waterproof/breathable fleece insert means these gloves can hold up in a blizzard. The outer shell is made with nylon and goatskin. The fingers/palms and thumbs also reinforced with bison leather! Pros: well made, trusted brand, waterproof and down insulation. Cons: runs big, liner may shift, bulky. Price: $120
15. Gordini Maverick
Gordini has been making warm gloves since 1956. The Maverick is one of the warmer pairs of gloves in the Gordini line. This pair is rated for 10 degrees F. The gloves are made with a nylon shell- which is also waterproof, breathable and windproof. All these are important because they prevent your hands from getting too hot. The insulation is made with Primaloft- the same insulation used in sleeping bags rated for cold weather. Pros: well made, really warm, comfortable, zipper pocket for hand warmers. Cons: bulky. Price: $65
16. Gordini ERGOknit
If you need a warm pair of glove for running, biking, building a playhouse outside in October, this is an excellent pair to have on hand. The gloves aren’t bulky, but they keep your hands really warm! According to Gordini, the company uses a 3D knitting process that eliminates a majority of seams in the gloves. Seams often left in weather and allow body heat to escape. With fewer seams, the gloves are really warm. This pair is also made out GORE WINDSTOPPER- a product designed to keep wind away from your hands. These gloves are also water-resistant. Pros: great dexterity, really warm, innovative construction, water-resistant, blocks wind. Cons: will not hold up to heavy snow, runs small. Price: $45
Made with 600 fill Goose down and waterfowl feathers, the Leather Goose ranks #17 on this list. The feathers, down and synthetic insulation are positioned strategically in key zones of the glove, where your hands need the extra warmth. The down is focused on the back of the hand, while the synthetic material is around the palm. This glove is made with goatskin, with extra material around the palms and fingers for reinforcement. Pros: very well made, leather and down, wrist cinch to keep weather away. Cons: isn’t touch screen compatible. Price: $95
18. Outdoor Research Transcendent Mitts
Have you ever wanted a pair of down sleeping bags for your hands? Well, here’s your chance. This transcendent mitten is like wearing a down sleeping bag. These gloves are lightweight, water-resistant and will keep you really warm. Because they compress and pack well, this might be a great pair of gloves to wear around the campfire or while sleeping in a bigger sleeping bag! Pros: 650 fill down, elastic cuff, waterproof shell, grips on palm of hand. Cons: expensive. May need liner. Price: $59
The Burton Gore-Tex Gloves are equally stylish as they are warm. Made with a Gore-Tex shell, this glove will keep snow and rain from seeping into the insulation. The glove is insulated with a synthetic material- which will keep you warm in a variety of weather conditions. The removable, stretchy liner is a plus, ranking this pair of gloves to #18 on the list. Pros: great design, well made, trusted brand, Gore-Tex, vent pocket, and a pocket for hand warmers and you can take selfies without taking your gloves off -touchscreen capable! Cons: glove liner doesn’t last as long as the outer shell. Measure your hand before you buy!
The high loft synthetic insulation makes this pair of gloves warm and cozy for whatever you have planned for the day. The palm is made with a rubber like product that will keep your grip from slipping and prevent early wear and tear. The outer shell is a polyester blend that is both waterproof and breathable! Pros: wrist cinch and extra-long fleece lined cuff, wrist leash, synthetic insulation, waterproof. Cons: no touchscreen capabilities. Price: $65.
The leather and polyester combo on these gloves make you feel like you’re in a Warren Miller movie, circa 1989. This pair of gloves makes a fashion statement and keep your hands warm all at the same time. The synthetic material is Gore-Tex, so you know they will hold up to snow, ice and rain. The high loft insulation is what keeps your hands warm on the coldest of days. Pros: trusted brand, styln’, warm and waterproof, touch screen compatible, really warm. Cons: doesn’t cover wrists adequately.
This glove is something you want to slip on for a long day on the slopes or running errands around town. With a polyester blend for the outer shell, it’s really warm and waterproof. The outer shell is treated with a durable water repellent to keep you dry all day long! Pros: fun fabric print, durable water repellent shell, waterproof, high synthetic loft insulation, faux fur around the cuff of the glove. Cons: runs small, wrist cinch doesn’t hold. Price: $40.
The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt tops the list at #22 because of its versatility, waterproof insert and warm insulation. This is one of the warmest winter gloves you can buy. It’s made with a shell designed to move with your hand. It also has goat leather on the palm and Kevlar stitching so it can hold up to whatever the day brings. Kevlar is the same material used to make bullet proof vests. These gloves won’t save your life, but they will keep your hands warm and they most certainly will not fall apart! Pros:1005 waterproof liner, removable liner, Primaloft insulation, goat leather and Kevlar stitching, touchscreen compatible. Rated for -20 to 10 degrees F. Cons: fits small. Price: $110.
If you’re serious about staying warm, this is the pair of gloves you want to be wearing. They are made with the highest quality material, making them durable and really, really warm. Did I mention these gloves are warm-ranking this pair at #22 on this list. The gloves are made with abrasion-resistant outer shell, a waterproof/breathable insert, leather on the fingers and palm, fleece lining. Rated for -10 to 10 degrees F. Pros: Leather, waterproof/breathable insert, pro-grade quality. Cons: hands may overheat. Price: $149
FlyLow is a relatively new brand to the winter gear market. But, don’t let that keep you from buying a pair of FlyLow Blaster Gloves. This company is making a dent in the glove market with its innovative combination of Primaloft insulation and beeswax waterproof layer. The gloves are made out of cowhide. The leather is then tripled baked with bees wax, also known as Sno Seal to keep wet weather from penetrating your hands! Pros: comfortable, leather, waterproof, great insulation, really warm, excellent dexterity- not too bulky! Cons: short cuffs may allow weather and snow to get inside. Price: $60
26. Marmot XT Glove
The Marmot XT Glove is designed to keep you warm on the move. This glove ranks at #26 on the list for it’s versatility, warm and weather-resistant capabilities. The glove is lightweight, made with water resistant and breathable fabric. The glove is stretchy- making it easy to wear! Special attention to the cuff, keep wet weather or cold air from getting to your precious body heat. Pros: warm, stretchy, water-resistant, breathable, comfortable, excellent for activities where dexterity is important. Cons: run small. Price $75.
If you need a heavy-duty glove to hold up under extreme cold, this pair of gloves will do the trick. A wool liner keeps a thin layer of warm close to your skin. The liner also wicks away moisture to prevent your hands from getting too sweaty while outside in the cold. The shell of the glove is made with a soft, movable fabric that is designed to move with your hands and keep the wind from stealing your body heat. This glove can be worn a number of ways- just the shell, with the liner, or the liner alone for warmer days on the mountain or around town. Pros: well insulated, touch screen compatible, goat leather palm and index finger for texting, wool liner, breathable and water-resistant. Cons: runs small. Price: $135
Outdoor Research is a Seattle based company making warm winter gear for adventure seekers for decades. This pair of gloves is made with a durable nylon shell and fleece liner inside for added warmth and comfort. Plus, you can wear the liners alone for a warm day or add the shell when the snow starts to fly! The extra-long cuff with a cinch keeps your wrists covered and protected all day long. Pros: great dexterity, excellent for mountaineering or day hikes, warm, can be worn several ways. Cons: not touchscreen compatible. No selfies until you’re off the mountain, bro. Price: $98
29. Outdoor Research Sensor Gloves
This is the perfect pair of gloves for rock climbing, running, biking and any other activities where you need excellent dexterity and warmth. These gloves can be worn alone or as liners. The Sensor Gloves are made out of 63% nylon, 35# polyester and 14% spandex. This unique blend of synthetic fibers allows the glove to stretch and fit to your hand perfectly. Pros: keeps moisture away, breathable, touchscreen compatible, dries quick. Cons: limited use. Need to wear another glove when in extreme cold or wet conditions!
Smartwool is a trusted brand with a long track record for making really warm socks, gloves and other layers for outdoor fun! These gloves rank #33 on the list for a unique blend of leather and wool. The shell of these gloves are made with a nice soft and weatherproof leather. The lining is made with 70% wool. All that wool will keep you warm and you will not have to be worried about sweaty palms. Wool naturally wicks away moisture, keeping your hands dry at all times. The gloves are best suited for snow days around town, shoveling snow and hitting the slopes. Reinforcement in the palm and fingers will make sure your gloves last as long at your winter adventures. Pros: high quality wool lining, soft leather shell, comfortable, really warm, great dexterity, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Cons: hand wash only, who has time for that? Price: $80
This is a great pair of mittens for everyday wear. Throw them on for a nice walk on a brisk fall morning or wear them while making fresh tracks on the slopes. The mittens are made with 85% wool, 15% nylon. The liner is made with 23 % wool and 10 % nylon. That’s a whole lot of wool for one pair of mittens. Wool naturally repels water- but isn’t water resistant. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water before you notice. These mittens are thick, which will give you the much need warmth on those really chilly days. Pros: lots of wool, thick, liner, made in the USA, budget friendly. Cons: may not block the wind, reduced dexterity. Price: $25
Fox River is a trusted brand with a great track record for making really high-quality wool gloves. This pair of gloves is made with several layers of wool yarn, to give you the warmth you need when the temperature drops. These gloves are durable, warm and naturally wick away moisture. Pros: well made, high-quality wool, really warm, thick material, odor resistant, one-year warranty. Cons: not touchscreen compatible, one size fits all. Price: $19
Like the Ragg Wool Glove, this pair is made with 85% wool and other synthetic materials. This pair however also has leather lined fingers and palms, giving this glove the grip you need when shoveling a driveway or driving to the store. The inside of this wool glove is lined with fleece as well. Wool is a great choice to keep your hands warm because it keeps you dry at all times. The key to staying warm is staying dry. These gloves fit the bill. While Fox River makes excellent gloves, this pair ranks at the end of this list because you made need a waterproof liner in extreme conditions. Pros: wool, fleece lined, leather grip, fit to form your left and right hand. Cons: runs small. Price: $35.
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