When the snow sets in and the temperatures really start to plummet, your extremities are the very first to feel the pain. Cold fingers, toes and ears can bring you in early from an otherwise pristine day of skiing or even make your daily walk to work miserable. But with the right gear you can avoid the aching chill—check out our top six picks for 2014 and be prepared to take on every temperature with ease and comfort.
Marmot Power Stretch Glove—$30
Best for: lining larger gloves, winter running and winter bike riding
Glove liners are a dime a dozen, but this one from Marmot pulls double duty as a cool weather glove with Grip Zone Fingertips. The super stretch and wicking technology make this light glove extra valuable when the temperatures drop and you still have mountains, trails and roads to conquer outside.
Gordini STASHLite Gloves—$35
Best for: Brisk days, walks to work and spring skiing
The STASHLite series from Gordini combines all the warmth you would expect with the lightest material you can imagine. Durable ripstop and woven nylon make up the exterior of the glove while silk insulation and a Hydrowick microdenier lining work on the inside to keep out the cold and wick away sweat. The spandex cuff doubles as a stuff pocket so you can store the entire glove when you’re done wearing it. As if this everyday glove could be more convenient, it’s touch screen compatible and comes in a mitten style as well.
Dakine Wristguard Glove—$50
Best for: snowboarding
If you’ve been out boarding you know how easy it is to injure your wrist and so does Dakine. Their Wristguard Glove is waterproof, insulated and—most importantly—comes with 360-degree added support for your wrist. The protective feature is inconspicuous, but it gives you a little bit of added support should you unexpectedly catch an edge.
Seirus WINDSTOPPER CYCLONE—$60
Best for: cold days on the slopes, shoveling snow and typical winter activities
Softshell meets maximum protection in a sleek, good-looking glove. The WINDSTOPPER CYCLONE is water resistant, breathable and, of course, totally windproof. This comfy glove is perfect for practically any cold weather adventure.
Gordini GTX STORM TROOPER II—$65
Best for: powder days and backcountry skiing
The GTX STORM TROOPER II is a perfect fit for the snowiest days when you’re out cutting through the deepest powder. These waterproof, windproof and breathable gloves will hold up in any conditions. Grips on the palm and fingers, a GORE-TEX insert and reinforcements on the thumb and index finger are some of the finer features. The heaterpack pocket is a nice touch too.
Outdoor Research STORMTRACKER HEATED GLOVES—$235
Best for: ski touring, ice climbing and the absolute dead of winter
There’s cold, there’s freezing and then there are the heinous temps that threaten to permanently disable your digits—that’s exactly what these gloves were made to combat. A favorite of winter athletes who spend countless hours outdoors, the STORMTRACKERS pack in all the important features (protection against water, wind and sweat) with battery-powered heat technology and adjustable settings. Should the next ice age come sooner than expected, you’ll be prepared.