Warm Hands for Cold Play

Ski Harder, Drive Longer and Climb Higher with the Best Winter Gloves for Men

December 2, 2015 Sports and Outdoors By

The cold can be debilitating for skiers, winter cyclists, mountaineers, truck drivers, handymen and après-ski beer drinkers. Situated farthest from the heart, the hands are usually first to go when the body gets cold — thus they need protection. Admittedly there’s no one glove to rule them all for winter activities. Nordic skiers need more wicking and breathability than warmth; ice climbers, protection and grip; and people with Raynaud’s disease just need extra insulation. But, depending on the activity, there’s a specialized winter glove that’s designed to extend the time we spend outdoors — and these are the best of the lot.

Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves


Best Battery Heated Gloves: Each Lucent Heated Glove has a built-in battery-powered heating system (called ALTIHeat) that evenly distributes heat across the entire hand. The battery promises to last eight hours on low, five hours on medium and two and a half hours on high. The gloves also have Gore-Tex inserts, making them both waterproof and windproof. These heated gloves are ideal for people who naturally have bad circulation. Just remember to charge the battery the night before.

Eddie Bauer Guide Trigger Mitts


Best Trigger Mitts: Trigger mitts are perfect for those who want the dexterity of gloves and the warmth of mittens. These are water repellent and, with two levels of PrimaLoft Gold insulation, nice and warm. The back of each is made of tough ripstop nylon. The palm and fingers are made of strong gripping goatskin leather.

Poc Wrist Glove Big


Traditional Skiing Gloves: Poc, the Swedish company that’s bagged over a dozen awards in the past seven years with its innovative ski-safety technology (for goggles, helmets and body armor), makes a winter glove for the everyday skier. Because of the gloves’ WBM membrane, they’re waterproof, windproof and breathable. Each glove also has a removable insulating liner, which can be put through the wash if necessary.

Mavic Cosmic Pro Wind Glove


Best Cycling Glove: When cycling at high speeds, especially in winter, wind is enemy number one. To protect against it, Mavic’s winter riding gloves have a softshell on the back of each hand. They are also equipped with Ergo Pro Palm technology, which is a high-density EVA foam on the palm of each glove that absorbs vibrations.

Bushwak Appalachian


Best Utility Gloves: These deerskin leather gloves come in two styles: lined and unlined. The lined gloves have a 40-gram Thinsulate insulating lining and are perfectly equipped to handle everyday winter activities: driving across town, working in the garage or drinking a post-work IPA. They’re warm and will develop a patina over time.

Hestra Ergo Grip OutDry Dexterity Long


Best Mountaineering Gloves: Mountaineering gloves need to grip rocks, ice, snow and whatever else Meru has to offer. They also need to be warm. Hestra’s gloves check all these boxes. The back of each glove is made of Flextron four-way stretch fabric, which is windproof and waterproof. An OutDry membrane provides extra weather protection. The palm, which is made of goat leather and reinforced with kangaroo leather, is durable and comfortable. And the whole glove has an articulated design to give the wearer greater gripping strength.

Black Diamond Enforcer Gloves


Best Ice-Climbing Gloves: The Enforcers are Black Diamond’s ice-climbing-specific gloves. They have long cuffs to black out the wind from the mountain’s spindrift, and their EVA-padded knuckles protect against ice shrapnel. Also, these gloves are designed with a “pre-curved fit” to better grip ice picks, and each glove has a fixed Gore-Tex lining — so, yes, they’re waterproof.

La Sportiva Syborg Glove


Best Ski Touring Glove: Backcountry skiers know skinning up a slope can be grueling. These Syborg Gloves are aimed to lessen that toll by keeping your hands warm without overheating, thanks to their stretch polyester fleece fabric. Additionally, the palm of each is reinforced with leather to help better grip your poles while touring up the trail. These gloves, being lightweight and breathable, are also ideal for nordic skiers.

Glove.ly Retro Knit Gloves


Best Driving Gloves: Unless your whip is a Bentley Continental GT V8 S and it has a heated steering wheel, a good pair of driving gloves is a must. These leather driving gloves by Glove.ly are soft and lined with faux fur, plus they have wool cuffs. Also, you won’t need to take them off to work your smartphone.

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