How to find the best skiing gloves

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What should we look for when buying the best skiing gloves? Concentrate on comfort and functionality to ensure an enjoyable skiing experience.

Best skiing gloves


Insulation for skiing gloves is crucial for keeping your hands warm and comfortable in cold conditions. Determine the level of warmth you need based on the conditions you’ll be skiing in. If you frequently ski in wet conditions, opt for materials like synthetic insulation that retain warmth when damp, such as Thinsulate or PrimaLoft. Synthetic materials are also often affordable and dry quickly. However, if you typically ski in dry, cold conditions, down insulation might be more suitable due to its excellent warmth retention properties. Down insulation provides exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio but may lose its insulating properties if it gets wet. Natural wool can offer good insulation properties, even when wet, and is often used in combination with other materials for added warmth. Hybrid Insulation combines different insulation materials in different areas of the glove to optimize warmth, flexibility and moisture management.


Waterproof skiing gloves are essential for keeping your hands dry and warm. Look for gloves made from waterproof or water-resistant materials. Gore-Tex or similar technologies offer excellent waterproofing while allowing breathability. Always ensure the gloves have sealed seams or are constructed in a way that prevents water from seeping in through the stitching. Also, many gloves have a durable water repellent (DWR) coating that helps water bead off the surface, keeping the gloves dry. Cuff design is important too: Gloves with an extended cuff that can be tightened around your wrist or cinched over your jacket sleeves provide added protection against snow and moisture. It’s also worth looking for skiing gloves with moisture-wicking and quick-drying linings to keep your hands dry from sweat.

Fit and dexterity

A proper fit is crucial for both warmth and functionality. Skiing gloves that are too tight can restrict blood flow, while overly loose ones might allow snow to enter. Choose gloves that allow enough dexterity to hold ski poles and manage gear easily. Also, don’t forget cuff style: Gauntlet-style gloves extend over the wrist, offering more protection, while under-cuff gloves fit under the jacket sleeve for a sleeker look. Choose based on your preference and the level of snow protection you need.

Lastly, consider brands that offer warranties or guarantees against defects to ensure you’re covered if any issues arise.

Check out our other ski gear articles:

How to find the best ski goggles

How to find the best ski or snowboard helmet 

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