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Best Ski Gloves for Ski Season

So, it’s nearly winter… how did that happen? You’re getting ready for ski season and you want to get yourself a new pair of ski gloves. There are lots of different ski glove styles on offer but how do you know which pair meets your needs for a match made in (snow) heaven? This guide explains the range of styles on offer and helps you work out what’s best for different conditions, so you’ll be ready for the upcoming months of winter weather.

We’re breaking things down into two simple facets: glove material and glove design. Within these two categories, you’ll get an idea of what works best for which situation.

Ski Glove Material

When selecting your gloves, you need to think about what’s important to you. If you’re going to be facing particularly wet conditions, you want to focus on waterproofing and breathability; while in particularly cold conditions, padding and insulation are the more important considerations.

Hardshell vs Softshell

Our gloves are made from either hard or softshell material, the main difference being that softshell gloves offer a greater range of flexibility. Hardshell – as the name suggests – is slightly tougher and provides a more effective waterproof membrane, this is in part due to the fact that by its nature, softshell material can’t have taped seams.

Both will keep you warm while softshell is more likely to maintain breathability as there aren’t as many layers of material. A general rule of thumb is to wear hardshell in the coldest, wettest conditions and softshell for greater freedom and comfort when it’s milder.

Padding

Almost all ski gloves are padded as you’ll be facing low temperatures most of the time you’re on the snow. However, the amount of padding can vary and its type makes a huge difference too. Typically, with a thicker layer of padding warmth will increase but dexterity will drop and it will be difficult to do anything technical with your hands like dealing with bindings etc. Some gloves use Thinsulate™ padding – while slightly more expensive, this specialist material is designed to provide more warmth with less material, allowing for a balance of warmth and dexterity.

Palms

Other parts of the hand to consider are the palms and fingertips; these will take the most abuse from general use and if you fall, you’ll likely break your fall with your palms. That means the palms of the gloves need to take this force so your skin doesn’t have to. Most of our gloves feature reinforced hardshell material while others feature faux leather or even Kevlar®. These tougher-palmed gloves are best suited for regular snowboarders who use their hands more for keeping themselves upright or breaking falls.

Ski Glove Design

The style of glove makes a big difference to comfort and protection. Each style is suited to different use and there are added features that make your life easier on the slopes too.

Gloves vs Mittens

The two main styles of ski glove you’ll find are the full-fingered gloves and the mittens. Gloves offer full dexterity as each finger can move independently. This is helpful if you need to do anything technical without taking them off, such as using pockets or other gear. Mittens have one section for all your fingers but boost warmth as they share heat. Again the best choice is more based on the conditions and on the coldest days, mitts may be a good idea. Taste is a major factor too and many people opt for gloves simply because they are able to better use their hands.

Fit and Adjustments

Most gloves have adjustable cuffs to allow a comfortable fitting. When wearing them, your fingers should only just be touching the tips, allowing you to comfortably make a fist. The whole of your palm should be inside the cuff adjuster. This way you can tighten around the wrist to keep the cold out. You can then tuck your sleeve under the extended cuff for a flush fit.

Other Features

Now that you have your gloves to keep you warm and comfortable, there are other features that will help you while on the snow. A knitted inner cuff that tucks under your jacket cuff is great for forming a seal to lock out the cold and many of our gloves have extra adjusters at the bottom of the cuff to further secure the fit. Other handy features include storage clips; nose and goggles wipes for use on the go (just don’t mix them up) and some even have removable fleece inner gloves.

With any luck you’re now on your way to finding the perfect pair of ski gloves. Take a look at our full range and you’ll see many variations suited to different conditions and in different styles; most importantly though, select gloves that you’ll stay comfortable in over a long day on the slopes.

Best-selling Ski Gloves

Gohan II

Best for: General wear in cold, crisp, snow conditions

Features:

  • Water Resistant
  • Padded
  • Wrist Adjuster
  • Knitted Cuffs
  • Plastic Clip at Wrist
  • Synthetic and Leather

Derigi

Best for: Skiing, snowboarding

Features:

  • Waterproof 10000mm
  • Breathable 4000mvp
  • High Performance Half Leather Glove
  • Quilted Detail on Wrist
  • Raised Rubber Logo on Index Finger
  • Sherpa Fleece Lining with Tricot Lining at Wrist
  • Elasticated Wrist
  • Metal Clip
  • Monochrome Aesthetic

Alazo

Best for: Skiing, snowboarding

Features:

  • High Performance Stretch Glove
  • Lightly Padded
  • Adjustable Wrist Strap
  • Toggle Adjuster
  • Nose Wipe
  • Leather Palm
  • Clasp Fastener
  • Waterproof 10000mm
  • Breathable 5000mvp
  • All Black Aesthetic
  • Reflective Print Detailing

Adarek

Best for: General wear in cold, crisp, snow conditions

Features:

  • Waterproof Breathable Membrane
  • Lightly Padded
  • Adjustable Wrist Strap
  • Nose Wipe on Thumb
  • Reflective Print
  • Tricot Lining

Yanki

Best for: General wear in cold, crisp, snow conditions

Features:

  • Waterproof 3000mm
  • Breathable 3000mvp
  • Lightly Padded
  • Faux Fur Cuff
  • Elasticated Wrist
  • Conductive Index Finger
  • Thumb Wipe Cloth on Thumb
  • Metal Clip
  • Diamond Sticking Detail
  • Reflective Print