Best Winter Gloves for 2016

You can't use the same gloves for running, skiing, and walking to work

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When temperatures drop, your fingers are the first to feel the change, which can lead to pain if you don’t have the right kind of protection.

Buying a pair of gloves is not an easy task regardless of whether you are a man or a woman. There is a lot more to it than “Are they going to keep me warm?” which is often not the case anyway. The style as well as how easy it is to use your smartphone and take a selfie is vital.

The purpose for which you need gloves is the deal breaker. A pair that is best suited for running will not be useful if you’re going outside for a walk or skiing. Same if it’s raining outside and not snowing. So you need to take into consideration temperature control, moisture management, comfort, dexterity, and toughness.

Hestra Narvik Wool Terry

Best for skiing

Made from goatskin and tanned with plant tannins. Hestra uses a wax coating, instead of laminating its fabrics. The gloves are water resistant. The removable wool liner is dries very fast. The gloves are tough and comfortable. They cost about $185.

Seirus HeatTouch Torche

Best for typical winter activities such as shoveling and walks to work

These gloves are heated with a battery. If your hands are constantly cold when you are up on the mountain, the inferno gloves are a good choice to keep you warm at all times. You just touch a small button and your hands can be heated for up to six hours. The battery life depends on the warmth level you choose. These gloves cost around $395.

Outdoor Research Extravert

Best for snowboarding

The shell on the outside is nylon which breathes normally while the wool lining removes the moisture. Liners are not removable but the gloves are ideal for beginners because they are not too expensive. They are waterproof, warm and can last several seasons. You’ll stay dry even when it’s snowing heavily. Cost: Around $80

Marmot Randonnee

Best for frosty cold days

The shell of these gloves is made of nylon and leather. They cover the palm and fit the fingers perfectly. These gloves will keep you warm during the cold days except maybe when it’s really, really frigid outside. The combination of dexterity, comfort and value is satisfactory. Marmot uses the popular Gore-Tex insert for waterproofing. A small but important detail is the nose wipe on the gloves. They cost arout $100.

FlyLow Gear Tough Guy 


Best for working outside in the cold

The leather shell and fleece insulation keep your hands warm. The shell has been treated with a SnoSeal water-repellent treatment. The dexterous design makes it easy to adjust buckles, open and close zippers or work other small surfaces. These gloves are idea for people on a budget. Cost: Around $35

Nike Vapor Flash

Best for running and bike riding in the winter

One of the best features about these gloves is the reflective fabric. The gloves are also water resistant and made of synthetic nylon-polyester-spandex material that also protects from wind. The conductive thumb and forefinger tips provide touch-screen compatibility so you don’t need to remove the gloves. They cost around $65.

Gore Apparel X-Run Ultra Windstopper Soft Shell Light Gloves

Best for trail running

This pair of gloves is among the strongest, technically, for runners. The area of the fingers and palms are silicone-coated. The back of the gloves and the thumb area are mad of special material that removes the sweat from your hands while you’re still running. The shell is wind resistant. The gloves, which are also touch-screen compatible, cost around $60. Bonus: They are almost never only black.

Black Diamond Guide

Best for ice-climbing, snowboarding  

The liners are removable and very easy to dry, which is great for tasks that require more dexterity. A lot of professions – from skiers to backcountry guides – wear them, especially if they are going to be outside for a long time. The gloves are very warm. They are insulated with PrimaLoft and boiled wool. Waterproofing comes from a Gore-Tex XCR insert that stays with the liner of the glove. They cost around $170.

More readings: 

The Best Winter Running Gear

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