By Michael Lanza
Looking for winter gloves that keep your hands warm and dry and are made to last for years? As a professional gear reviewer who gets cold hands easily and spends many days outside in winter, from downhill, backcountry, and Nordic skiing to bike commuting, trail running, and working outside, I’ve used many types of gloves and learned a lot over the years about how to select the right gloves for specific uses.
This review covers the best gloves for a wide range of temperatures, from the 40s and 30s Fahrenheit to well below freezing. I’ve tested them in snowstorms, cold rain, graupel, and every kind of frozen precipitation, on numerous days of backcountry, Nordic, and resort skiing, on multi-day backcountry yurt trips, trail running, and climbing the mountains from frozen Eastern peaks in winter to higher elevations of the American West—as well as, of course, shoveling snow and doing yard work in winter.
I bring to this review nearly three decades of experience field-testing and reviewing a huge variety of outdoor gear, including the 10 years I spent as the lead gear reviewer for Backpacker magazine and even longer running this blog. I’ve learned to identify the minute differences between excellent, mediocre, and poor gear.
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Besides coming in a range of prices and styles, the gloves reviewed below have different strengths and weaknesses, making each better for varying activities and circumstances, which I specify in each review. I’m confident you’ll find a pair here that meet your needs—and you’ll find the best prices at the affiliate links in each review below. And you can support my work by making purchases through those links (at no cost to you). Thanks for that.
See also my picks for “The Best Mittens for Winter.”
If you have a question for me or a comment on this review or any gloves in it, or other gloves to recommend, please make it in the comments section at the bottom of this story. I try to respond to all comments.
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Two Types of Gloves
I’ve divided the reviews below into two categories:
1. Under-the-cuff gloves, which have shorter, closer-fitting gauntlets designed to be worn under a jacket cuff. They vary in degree of warmth and dexterity, but (with just a couple of exceptions among those reviewed here) are usually less warm and expensive and more dexterous than over-the-cuff gloves. They are typically used for high-intensity activities like running and classic Nordic or skate skiing on groomed trails, but depending on your needs and typical temperatures encountered, can be used for winter and three-season hiking, climbing, ski touring gentler terrain in the woods, and snowshoeing in moderate temperatures from the 20s to 40s Fahrenheit.
2. Over-the-cuff gloves, which have longer, adjustable gauntlets designed to be worn over a jacket cuff. They have more insulation and often better water resistance than
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