The Best Gloves For Winter 2022

By Michael Lanza

Looking for winter gloves that keep your hands warm and dry and are made to last for years? As a professional gear reviewer who gets cold hands easily and spends many days outside in winter, from downhill, backcountry, and Nordic skiing to trail running, biking around town, and working outside, I’ve used many types of gloves and learned a lot over the years about how to select the right gloves for a variety of uses.

This review covers the best gloves for a wide range of purposes and temperatures, from the 40s and 30s Fahrenheit to well below freezing. I’ve tested them in snowstorms, cold rain, graupel, and every kind of frozen precipitation, on numerous days of backcountry, Nordic, and resort skiing, on multi-day backcountry yurt trips, trail running, and climbing the mountains from frozen Eastern peaks in winter to higher elevations of the American West—as well as, of course, shoveling snow and doing yard work in winter.

I bring to this review nearly three decades of experience field-testing and reviewing a huge variety of outdoor gear, including the 10 years I spent as the lead gear reviewer for Backpacker magazine and even longer running this blog. I’ve learned to identify the minute differences between excellent, mediocre, and poor gear.

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Besides coming in a range of prices and styles, the gloves reviewed below have different strengths and weaknesses, making each better for varying activities and circumstances, which I specify in each review. I’m confident you’ll find a pair here that meet your needs—and you’ll find the best prices at the affiliate links in each review below. And you can support my work by making purchases through those links (at no cost to you). Thanks for that.

See also my picks for “The Best Mittens for Winter.”

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A backcountry skier in Idaho's Boise Mountains.
My son, Nate, backcountry skiing in Idaho’s Boise Mountains.

Two Types of Gloves

I’ve divided the reviews below into two categories:

1.    Under-the-cuff gloves, which have shorter, closer-fitting gauntlets designed to be worn under a jacket cuff. They vary in degree of warmth and dexterity, but (with just a couple of exceptions among those reviewed here) are usually less warm and expensive and more dexterous than over-the-cuff gloves. They are typically used for high-intensity activities like running and classic Nordic or skate skiing on groomed trails, but depending on your needs and typical temperatures encountered, can be used for winter and three-season hiking, climbing, ski touring gentler terrain in the woods, and snowshoeing in moderate temperatures from the 20s to 40s Fahrenheit.

2.    Over-the-cuff gloves, which have longer, adjustable gauntlets designed to be worn over a jacket cuff. They have more insulation and often better water resistance than under-the-cuff gloves—or are fully waterproof—making them appropriate for temps in the 20s Fahrenheit and lower, and they usually cost more. Two-piece “system” gloves, with removable liners, are more versatile for activities like backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ski touring, climbing, or winter hiking and backpacking, where temperatures and your exertion level often vary greatly; whereas over-the-cuff gloves that lack removable liners are designed for activities where your exertion level remains fairly constant, like resort skiing and working outside.

Skiers above the Baldy Knoll yurt in Wyoming's Teton Range.
Skiers above the Baldy Knoll yurt in Wyoming’s Teton Range.

How to Choose Winter Gloves

How do you choose between under- and over-the-cuff gloves? While either style can be worn for most of the activities I’ve mentioned, consider these factors:

•    Your activity.
•    Your usual range of weather conditions and temperatures.
•    How easily your fingers get cold.
•    Thicker, warmer gloves are overkill for high-intensity activities like skate skiing and winter running.
•    Under-the-cuff gloves are usually best for outings of a few hours or less.
•    Over-the-cuff gloves are usually best for multi-hour, all-day, or multi-day activities, especially when your hands are repeatedly in snow (such as when backcountry skiing or snowshoeing).

I’ve listed the products below in ascending order by weight within the two categories and pointed out the pros and cons of each and what they’re best for.

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Under-the-Cuff Gloves

Black Diamond Midweight ScreenTap Gloves.
Black Diamond Midweight ScreenTap Gloves.

Black Diamond Midweight ScreenTap Gloves
$45, 2 oz. (unisex medium)
Sizes: unisex XS-XL

Pros: Very lightweight and breathable stretch fabric, excellent dexterity, touchscreen sensitivity in all fingers and palm.
Cons: Minimal warmth, no weather resistance, unisex sizing.
Best For: Running, hiking, backpacking, walking, and similar activities in mostly dry weather and temps in the 30s and 40s.

No matter how easily your hands get cold, you will encounter conditions at any time of year (not just winter) when you need a light glove. I found this featherweight model ideal for trail runs and hikes in winter sunshine, little wind, and temps in the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit. The gloves kept my hands warm and breathed so well my hands rarely got sweaty, even on hard runs and fast-paced hiking uphill; and when they did get damp, the fabric dries super quickly, minimizing the conductive cooling that causes hands to rapidly get cold.

The MidWeight ScreenTap gloves combine a lightweight stretch fleece on the back with UR Powered conductive material on the palm and fingers, which creates superior touchscreen sensitivity throughout all five fingers and the front of the hand. Suede goat leather palm patches improve grip. The unisex sizing is average for men and some women, with a comfortably close, stretchy fit that helps accommodate different hand types.

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Black Diamond Mont Blanc Gloves.
Black Diamond Mont Blanc Gloves.

Black Diamond Mont Blanc Gloves
$25, 2 oz. (unisex medium)
Sizes: unisex XS-XL

Pros: Lightweight, very breathable, excellent dexterity, touchscreen fingertips.
Cons: Minimal weather resistance, unisex sizing.
Best For: Being active in temps from around freezing into the 40s.

Whether for high-exertion activities like running or Nordic skiing in temps around freezing to well above, hiking in cool weather, or long ultra-runs and hikes—BD designed this model with the ultra-race of the Tour du Mont Blanc in mind—these very lightweight gloves are a good pick, although not quite as warm as BD’s Midweight Screen Tap Gloves. With my typically cold fingers, I found them perfect for hiking and trail running in temps in the 30s and 40s, but not warm enough for high-speed skate-skiing in temps in the 30s, because you create your own wind; but my wife, whose fingers don’t get cold easily, found them ideal for skate-skiing in those temps.

A weather-resistant shell fabric on the back of the hand and digits sheds light precipitation and blocks some wind, while the stretch palm and cuff release perspiration and dry quickly; and the cuff seals snugly around the wrist. A silicone grip pattern covers the entire palm and grabbing side of the digits, for easily holding onto poles and bottles. And the thumb and forefinger tips have excellent touchscreen sensitivity. Sizing is average, with a skin-tight fit that doesn’t feel too tight because of the stretch, which also helps accommodate different hand types.

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Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves.
Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves.

Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves
$40, 2.5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s S-L

Pros: Lightweight, warm liner, excellent dexterity, breathable, touchscreen fingertips, men’s and women’s sizes.
Cons: Not weatherproof, too warm for milder temps.
Best For: Moderate- to high-exertion activities when dexterity is needed in temperatures from well below to around freezing.

From cold-weather hiking and trail running to ski touring and Nordic skiing, I have worn these lightweight but remarkably warm gloves repeatedly. OR’s toastiest fleece liner glove, the Vigor sport ActiveTemp thermo-regulating technology, which OR says adjusts to your body’s release of heat to keep hands comfortable during high-exertion activities. Plus, the Vigor Gloves have a double-layer fleece construction, with 265g weight exterior fleece and 100g weight on the interior. They extend slightly beyond the wrist to insulate blood vessels in the wrist that help keep fingers warm.

My hands, which get cold very easily, remained comfortable in temps down into the 20s when ski touring, trail running, or hiking in little to no wind and did not overheat until temps rose into the upper 30s in warm sunshine—partly because these gloves are highly breathable, wick moisture, and dry quickly. Still, people whose hands do not get cold easily may find them too warm for temps around or above freezing, especially for high-exertion activities, and ideal for somewhat colder conditions than I used the gloves.

They have excellent dexterity, with a very close fit and abundant stretch—they’re a little difficult to pull the cuff over my somewhat thick hands, but comfortable when wearing them. With silicone dot grip on the two middle fingers and upper palm and thumb, touchscreen sensitivity in forefinger and thumb tips, and a clip to keep them together when stored, the Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves are the warmest gloves for their weight and ideal for moderate to high exertion in cold temperatures.

One caveat: These gloves don’t block wind, which can make hands much colder (absent a shell glove or mitten over them)—as happened to my chronically cold hands when skate-skiing, which creates its own wind, in temps in the upper 20s; and on a January hike with temps just above freezing but a steady wind on an exposed ridgeline that made it feel much colder.

OR’s lighter options are the men’s and women’s Vigor Midweight Sensor Gloves ($30) and Vigor Lightweight Sensor Gloves ($26).

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Black Diamond HeavyWeight Wooltech Gloves.

Black Diamond HeavyWeight Wooltech Gloves
$50, 2.5 oz. (unisex medium)
Sizes: unisex XS-XL

Pros: Lightweight, warm for their weight and when wet, excellent dexterity, touchscreen fingertips, and great value.
Cons: No women’s sizes.
Best For: High-intensity activities in temps below freezing or moderate activity in temperatures above freezing.

On December hikes with the sun low and sending little warmth and temps ranging from the low 40s into the low 30s Fahrenheit, my hands stayed surprisingly warm, considering the minimal weight and bulk of these gloves—even after the sun went down and the temperature plunged.

BD rates the gloves for 25° to 40° F, but that’s entirely relative to your hands: As someone whose hands get cold very easily, I find these gloves ideal for moderate- to high-exertion levels in temps from the mid-30s to the 40s. I did find that, with the temp stuck in the low 30s, these gloves were fine for the strenuous uphill, but I had to swap them out for warmer gloves on the descent, when the wind turned icy and the sun neared the horizon.

They are impressively warm for their weight and the dexterity they deliver. Combining a lightweight, 302g Nuyarn Merino wool—engineered for more durability while weighing less and drying faster—on the back of hand with goat leather palms and fingers and a soft fleece lining, these lightweight gloves naturally eliminate odors and trap warmth even when wet. The index fingers and thumbs have touchscreen functionality.

If you don’t need that warm a glove—whether for winter or three-season activities—lighter options are the MidWeight Wooltech Gloves ($40, 1.9 oz.) with 210g NuYarm Merino wool and the LightWeight Wooltech Gloves ($35, 0.9 oz.) with 160g NuYarm Merino wool.

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Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Gloves.
Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Gloves.

Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Gloves
$60, 3.5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s and women’s S-XXL

Pros: Lightweight, waterproof-breathable, warm, excellent dexterity, touchscreen fingertips, and great value.
Cons: Too warm for some users for high-intensity activities in temps above freezing.
Best For: High-intensity activities in temps below freezing or moderate activity in temperatures above freezing.

Through waves of heavy rain and thunderstorms in chilly temperatures on a mid-September backpacking trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, these lightweight gloves kept my hands warm and absolutely dry. They also proved plenty warm enough for a morning near freezing while backpacking in May in Utah’s Dark Canyon Wilderness, as well as chilly mornings of spring backcountry skiing and on frosty days cycling and hiking at home.

With a light fleece lining and a stretchy cuff that extends about two inches behind the wrist bones, these gloves felt quite warm in temps in the low 40s Fahrenheit; even with my cold fingers, I could wear them in temps down into the 20s, so they’re as warm as some bulkier fleece gloves. But unless you get cold fingers easily, they’re too warm for hiking in temps in the 40s or running in temps much above freezing. A waterproof-breathable Pro-Fit insert kept my hands dry through heavy rain during thunderstorms in the Winds, and even when I ran tap water over them; they’ll certainly repel snow. The soft-shell outer fabric’s four-way stretch affords a close fit with excellent dexterity. Soundtouch sensitivity in the thumb and forefinger allowed me to easily tap out text messages and select icons on a phone screen, and PVC in the palm adds durability.

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Marmot XT Glove
Marmot XT Glove

Marmot XT Glove
$83, 4 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XL

Pros: Water-resistant, lightweight, good fit and dexterity, palm pad.
Cons: No women’s sizes or touchscreen sensor.
Best For: High-intensity activities in any weather, or any activity in moderate temperatures.

I wore the XT Gloves for numerous one- and two-hour, skate-skiing workouts from the Harriman Trail in Idaho’s Wood River Valley to my local Nordic trails above Boise, and for cold-weather biking around town. Even in temps in the low 20s and some wind on a sunny, two-hour ski tour in the Boise Mountains, and a four-mile dayhike in the Boise Foothills on a 15° F morning, my chronically cold fingers stayed warm.

The proprietary, water-resistant, breathable MemBrain stretch fabric on the backs of the hands repels snow and light rain, while the DriClime lining wicks sweat. Falcon Grip articulation and Pittards leather in the palms and undersides of the fingers deliver good dexterity, fit, and easy gripping for manipulating pack buckles and zipper pulls; that leather makes the palms more durable than nylon, too. A small palm pad cushions the ulnar nerve, especially useful when using poles. The hoop-and-loop wrist closure seals out cold air. There is a quick clip for mating the gloves, but no touchscreen sensor.

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Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves
$79, 5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XL

Pros: Versatile balance of warmth, weather resistance, and dexterity and a good value.
Cons: Not warm enough for deep cold, no women’s sizes or touchscreen sensitivity.
Best For: Moderate cold while hiking, backcountry skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, climbing, bike commuting, or working outside.

The Extravert has become a go-to glove for me on days of backcountry skiing both uphill and downhill in temps in the 20s, at times in heavily falling, wet snow, or just for the up track in deeper cold.

Snow slides off the tough, wind- and water-resistant, stretch nylon shell and the durable goat leather palms, which also lend good grip to the hands and textured fingers. The wool blend lining strikes a good balance of warmth for the snow pit avalanche-hazard assessment, skinning exposed ridges in cold wind, and skiing downhill in moderate temps while wicking moisture and keeping hands from overheating when cranking up the skin track.

The pre-curved fingers are comfortable without feeling at all stiff. The fit runs true to size and is just right: snug enough for good dexterity without choking off circulation to the fingers. A big loop makes pulling them on easy and the hook-and-loop closure and beyond-the-wrist gauntlet lock snow out and fit over the cuff of an insulated jacket or under the adjustable cuff of a shell. They have a carabiner loop on the middle fingers for hanging to dry and a buckle to clip them together.

The Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves hit a sweet spot for warmth, weather protection, and dexterity that makes them useful for everything from backcountry skiing, hiking, and climbing in moderate winter temps to bike commuting and clearing snow—at a good price for this level of performance.

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Smartwool Ridgeway Glove.
Smartwool Ridgeway Glove.

Smartwool Ridgeway Glove
$90, 5.5 oz. (unisex medium)
Sizes: Unisex XS-XL

Pros: Very durable, water-resistant, lightweight, good dexterity.
Cons: No women’s sizes or touchscreen sensor.
Best For: Everything from high- and moderate-intensity activities in temps below and above freezing to all-around, everyday use, including working outside.

For high-speed Nordic skate-skiing in temps down to the mid-20s as well as biking around town, these gloves kept my chronically cold fingers happy, thanks to the warm and soft, Merino wool and nylon lining. And yet they’re low bulk, fitting easily in pole straps and offering good dexterity. With goat leather everywhere but on the back of the hand (to make that area more breathable and the glove more flexible), and a double layer of leather reinforcing the thumb and forefinger, the Ridgeway is an excellent all-around winter glove for everything from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to bike commuting and working in the yard and elsewhere.

The cuff lacks a closure strap or elasticity, leaving it slightly open, but fits easily under any jacket cuff to keep snow and cold out. They’re not warm enough for downhill skiing, except on sunny, warm early-spring days. Sizing runs slightly small, probably to accommodate women’s hands (since these are unisex); men on the cusp between sizes will probably need to size up. But I almost always wear men’s medium, and the medium Ridgeway fit my hands well.

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Need serious warmth? Check out “The Best Mittens for Winter.”

The North Face Steep Patrol Futurelight Gloves
$140, 7 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s and women’s XS-XL

Pros: Waterproof, good breathability, dexterity, and durability.
Cons: Short gauntlet and moderate warmth—not ideal for extreme cold.
Best For: Backcountry and resort skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and mountaineering, or working outside.

Hitting a sweet spot for warmth, waterproofing, breathability, dexterity, and durability, The North Face Steep Patrol Futurelight Gloves will appeal to skiers, riders, and other users who want warmth without compromising the use of their fingers.

From backcountry to resort skiing in warm sunshine, falling snow, wind, and temps from the 20s to 40s Fahrenheit, the 200g of PrimaLoft Silver insulation, concentrated on the back of the hand to help maintain blood flow, delivered good warmth for gloves with moderate weight and bulk. These have become my one of my go-to gloves for ski touring when climbing uphill and skiing down in moderate cold (with a bit more warmth than OR’s Extravert). Only when the sun was low and the temp dropping fast while riding lifts did I find the need to swap to bigger, warmer, and less dexterous gloves (my hands get cold easily). I happily swapped out of a lighter pair of gloves to these for the descent on a December hike in temps in the low 30s with a light but cold wind and weak sun.

The short gauntlet’s hook-and-loop closure seals in warmth and keeps snow out, but makes them less suitable for really cold days, when it’s more important to keep wrists and forearms warm to encourage blood flow. That short gauntlet and wrist closure, plus a large loop for pulling them on, make it both an over-the-cuff glove (for wearing over an insulated jacket) and under-the-cuff glove (for wearing under the adjustable cuff of a shell jacket).

The waterproof-breathable FutureLight membrane, backstopped by a DWR (durable, water-resistant finish), kept my hands dry in snowstorms and wet snow, and its superior breathability meant my hands still didn’t get sweaty when resort skiing in warm sun and temps into the low 40s.

TNF’s “five-dimensional fit” offers very good dexterity—better than bigger, warmer gloves, though, of course, not as good as thinner gloves—for handling snow gear or turning ice screws, while the articulated design allows hands to rest in a natural position. Water-resistant goat leather blended with polyester ripstop promises super durability—also making them an excellent outdoor-work glove that’s much warmer than many cheaper work gloves. An elasticized leash protects against dropping the glove on a ski lift. The medium—the size I always wear in gloves—fit my moderately thick fingers and hands well, without squeezing my fingers (which can inhibit circulation).

In all but the coldest conditions, The North Face Steep Patrol Futurelight Gloves excel for backcountry or resort skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and three-season mountaineering.

The North Face Steep Patrol Futurelight Mitts ($140) have a lobster-claw design for better warmth.

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Black Diamond Legend Gloves
Black Diamond Legend Gloves

Black Diamond Legend Gloves
$150, 8 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-L

Pros: Waterproof, all leather, padded, very warm.
Cons: Too warm for moderate temps, minimal dexterity for under-the-cuff gloves.
Best For: Deep cold while backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and mountaineering, or working outside.

BD’s Legend Glove achieves a successful marriage of the warmth of a three-in-one, over-the-cuff glove with the fit of an under-the-cuff glove. With 170g of PrimaLoft Gold insulation on the backs of the hands and 133g of PrimaLoft Gold Eco in the palms, these are among the warmest under-the-cuff gloves I’ve ever used—and they come loaded with high-end features.

Shoveling out our tent after a night of wet, heavy snowfall, and taking the tent down later—with my hands repeatedly in heavy, sloppy snow—I found the Gore-Tex-lined Legend Gloves lived up to their fully waterproof claim. Ditto when I shoveled about a half ton of wet snow off the deck of a backcountry yurt in Idaho’s Boise Mountains. They’re built for hard use, with goat leather construction, Kevlar stitching, and compression-molded EVA padding on the backs of the hands. The soft suede nose wipe on the thumbs and a neoprene cuff with hook-and-loop closure close out a rich feature set.

Not surprisingly, I also found these gloves too warm for highly aerobic skate skiing in temps around freezing. They’re best for moderate-exertion, cold-temperature activities like ice climbing, resort skiing, skiing downhill in the backcountry (or skinning uphill in very cold temperatures), or hiking, snowshoeing and ski touring in temperatures well below freezing.

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Over-the-Cuff Gloves

Black Diamond Recon Gloves
$100, 7.5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XL, women’s XS-L

Pros: Very warm, waterproof-breathable, fully featured, durable, relatively lightweight.
Cons: Too warm for relatively mild temps or spring skiing, no removable inner glove.
Best For: Resort and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice and alpine climbing, winter hiking and backpacking in deep cold.

On a sunny but cold day skiing north-facing backcountry slopes that remained shaded, I wore these gloves for our first three deeply refrigerated downhill runs (skinning uphill in lighter gloves because these are too warm for that level of exertion). With fingers that numb very easily, I was shocked at how quickly my digits warmed as soon as I slid them inside the fat Recon.

Part of BD’s Freeride Series, the Recon Gloves draw their abundant warmth—they’re warmer than heavier models in this category—from 340 grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation on the back and 170 grams on the palm. BD rates the temperature range of the Recon Gloves as -11° F to 10° F, but that will vary based on how easily your hands get cold and weather conditions like wind and sunshine versus overcast. I find them comfortable from single digits to around 20° F.

The waterproof-breathable, BD.dry insert, Pertex Shield shell fabric, and soft, moisture-wicking lining keep all environmental moisture on the outside while helping prevent sweat from building up inside. The adjustable gauntlet extends almost halfway down your forearm and slides easily over a shell jacket sleeve. Padding on the back of the hand and tough fabric throughout protects against the abuses of climbing and there’s a fat nose wipe on each thumb.

Fit runs true to size: My slightly thick hands and fingers slide easily in and out and the gloves are neither too loose or too snug—just right. While dexterity is not the strong suit of such well-insulated gloves, the leather palm aids grip as well as durability. BD also offers the even-warmer Recon Mitts ($90, 7 oz.) in men’s and women’s sizes. See my review of those and others in “The Best Mittens for Winter.”

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Outdoor Research Arete II Gore-Tex Gloves.
Outdoor Research Arete II Gore-Tex Gloves.

Outdoor Research Arete II Gore-Tex Gloves
$99, 8 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XL, women’s S-L

Pros: Versatile balance of modular warmth, weather protection, dexterity, and durability at a good value.
Cons: Like gloves of similar warmth, dexterity isn’t as good as lighter, less-warm models.
Best For: Backcountry ski touring, riding, snowshoeing, ice and alpine climbing, winter hiking and backpacking.

In temperatures ranging from the single digits to the 20s Fahrenheit, these modular gloves became a personal favorite for backcountry ski touring. My hands—which get cold easily, often during the first 30 minutes of skiing, even when skinning uphill—stayed warm in these gloves in very cold temps. Credit the combination of the lightweight, wicking, removable, Merino wool liner glove, which has touchscreen compatibility on the forefinger and thumb and is warm enough on its own for moderate exertion levels in moderate temps, and light insulation in the outer/shell glove, ideal when you need a little warmth with the shell’s protection from wind and precip without the greater warmth added by the removable liner.

The waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex insert in the outer/shell glove kept my hands dry when sticking them into deep snow while digging a snow pit for avalanche assessment. That protection extends to getting caught in rain in shifting weather or lower elevations.

The extended, over-the-cuff gauntlet has a one-hand cinching cordlock and big pull-on loop, both easy to grab with the other glove, plus an easily adjustable, removable leash. The fit (I wear men’s medium) is good for my hands, not too tight on my somewhat chubby fingers though slightly long for my fingers, but still quite functional. All in all, OR’s Arete II Gore-Tex Gloves are a top performer for all-day outings, like backcountry ski touring and riding, where you need modular gloves with full weather protection for changing conditions and levels of exertion.

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Rab Khroma Freeride GTX Gloves
Rab Khroma Freeride GTX Gloves.

Rab Khroma Freeride GTX Gloves
$170, 9 oz. (medium)
Sizes: unisex XS-XXL

Pros: Very warm, waterproof-breathable, fully featured, durable, superior construction.
Cons: Too warm for relatively mild temps or spring skiing, no removable inner glove.
Best For: Resort and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking and backpacking in deep cold.

On numerous days of backcountry skiing from Idaho’s Boise Mountains to Utah’s Wasatch Range, I faced weather that translates to great powder skiing but frequently create discomfort in my chronically cold digits: temps ranging from the single digits to the teens Fahrenheit, with periods of cold wind and snow falling heavily much of the time. But through long days out, these gloves kept my hands warm and dry, even when digging into snow pits while evaluating avalanche hazard. They also kept my fingers warm on multiple days resort skiing in temps in the single digits.

Credit goes to the hydrophobic PrimaLoft Gold insulation—which delivers warmth even when wet from precipitation or sweat—and the three-layer, waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex Plus Warm technology. That Gore-Texmembrane not only kept moisture out when skiing downhill, it breathed well enough that my hands never became sweaty, even when I wore the gloves skinning uphill in the coldest temps, keeping my hands toasty when they likely would have gotten too cold if I had switched to a lighter glove (as I would in relatively warmer but sub-freezing temps).

The high loft pile lining feels comfortable against the skin. I found the unisex medium Khroma fit my hands like men’s medium gloves from other brands: Roomy enough to not inhibit blood circulation in my thick fingers and just the right length. The fit helps create good dexterity for such a warm and beefy glove, enabling me to easily manipulate helmet and boot buckles and food packaging.

An adjustable gauntlet extends well past the wrist to fit over a jacket sleeve and cinches tight and loosens with a one-hand drawcord. Pittards Armortan goat leather provides excellent grip in the palm and abrasion resistance on the backs of the fingers and knuckles, pairing effectively with a stretch Matrix nylon shell fabric through the back of the hand and gauntlet. The Khroma Freeride also come with all the features you should expect from high-performance gloves, including a removable wrist leash with a wide band for security and durability, pre-curved fingers for comfort gripping poles, and nose-wipe pads on both thumbs.

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75 thoughts on “The Best Gloves For Winter 2022”

  1. Hi Michael,

    Glad I found your page and thanks for doing all the testing legwork for us!

    Looking for some new gloves to buy for my dad on his new adventures. He recently went to Mount Kilamanjaro and said his current gloves weren’t great for the temperature hitting -19 Celsius.

    Really appreciate your recommendations for some gloves that are super warm but also won’t have a problem gripping his walking poles.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Usually, a temperature below 40°F (around 4°C) should make many of us put on a pair of gloves, especially if our region has warm weather all year round.

  3. Thank you, Michael, for this very informative article! In your opinion, what would you say are the top two warmest waterproof gloves in the world? Gloves, not mittens, and not battery-powered.

    • Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for the nice compliment on my gloves review. I don’t think I can definitively identify the warmest gloves in the world, but in this review, the warmest, most waterproof gloves are the Black Diamond Recon and the Rab Khroma Freeride GTX. But keep in mind they’re made for below-freezing temps, so while they’re not truly “waterproof” because they’re not fully taped at all seams, in sub-freezing temps, you won’t encounter liquid water, anyway.

      Good luck.

  4. Thanks Michael for comprehensive guide. I am planning for a bike tour on upcoming weekend from Texas to Oklahoma and according to weather forecast, there will be a snowfall in Tulsa. Do you think Outdoor Research Extra Vert Gloves will be good? Please give me your recommendation asap. I will be very thankful to you

    • Thanks, Alexandra, good question. I do plenty of cycling so I believe you want gloves that will be adequately warm and block wind and wet precipitation like snow as well as feel comfortable on your hands for hours of gripping the handlebars. OR’s Extravert do all that and their long gauntlet provides added coverage to protect from precip and trap warmth. I don’t know what temperatures you will likely encounter, whether just below or well below freezing or above freezing at times, or how easily your hands get cold. But as long as you’re not riding in severe cold, I think the Extravert would serve you well. Good luck.

  5. Terramar gloves are very thin, soft and fit my large hand. I could never find a liner that fit in any of my gloves until I tried these. My fingers are so exposed (and frozen). With these I can get a lot more “open” time. The only downside I noticed is that they don’t like coming into contact with the velcro that holds my glove in the open position. I have recommended these to others.

  6. Well done on a very thorough review, but the fact that no Hestra glove was mentioned or reviewed here lowers it’s credibility. But, to each their own. Cheers.

  7. As someone with hands that are frightening to inadvertently have touch any other part of me, the search for gloves to cope with my love of hiking in remote places whilst handling my Dobermanns has seemed endless. Your article is brilliant because you get how debilitating truly freezing hands can be, especially when trying to get your gear/waist harness off! So much great information. Thank you.

  8. Hello,
    My Son in law is stationed in Alaska. I would like to buy gloves for him, my daughter and granddaughter. It is -17 degrees there this week. I have no clue what kind of gloves to order, can you point me in the right direction ?

    Thank you

    • Hi Danna,

      Thanks for that question. It’s hard to recommend specific gloves without knowing more about what they all need gloves for and I’m not sure whether temps around -17 (F or C?) are common where they live. The gloves or mittens I’d recommend for -17 F are not in this review because most people don’t need handwear for such extreme temps—and they’d be very expensive.

      Of the gloves reviewed above, the Black Diamond Legend and Recon are the warmest. Mittens are, ounce for ounce, generally warmer than gloves, so you should also look at my review of “The Best Mittens for Winter.”

      Good luck.

  9. Greetings,
    I have been looking for winter gloves for extreme cold weather for 2 days. Of all the websites I have seen, you have the Best Review of each product. Please give me your recommendation. I am more than happy to buy them through your website.
    I am 70, but in great shape.
    I Need them for riding my Harley all winter. Sunday with the wind chill factor it was in the teens (F) . It will get colder.
    Windproof is more important than waterproof.

    Thank you,
    Mike Rosati

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for that question. For the best warmth, I think there are two good choices above: the Black Diamond Legend Gloves and the Black Diamond Recon Gloves. They’re comparably very warm, though the Legend may have a slight edge for fingers and hands. The Recon has the extended gauntlet, making them a bit bulkier but also providing warmth beyond your wrists, which keeps the blood flowing to your hands warmer, which is important to keeping fingers warm.

      I hope that helps. Good luck.

      • Mike,
        WOW, thank you for the swift response! I am going to take your suggestion and try the Black Diamond Legend gloves. My fingers always get cold. I really appreciate your quick and informative response. I will let some of my friends who ride know about your website.

        All the best to you,
        Mike Rosati

    • Hi Jean,

      I have Raynaud’s Syndrome and it’s very unpleasant, so I empathize with you. The best answer is to choose gloves warmer than most other people would wear in the same temperatures—which means it depends on what temps you’ll wear the gloves in.

      I also offer tips on keeping fingers and toes—which are most susceptible to Raynaud’s—warm in my “12 Pro Tips for Staying Warm Outdoors in Winter;” see tips 7 and 9.

      I hope that helps you.

  10. OutdoorEssentials gloves are very light weight and would work best in >45 degree winter climate. I use them under my short-finger biking gloves and remove them as it warms up. Great price for gloves that work well for touch screen uses and fit nicely inside my other winter gloves for added warmth.

  11. Hi there! Very glad to find your webpage with a lot of useful tips. I am not a mountaineering person, but an avid cyclist 365 days a year. Suffering from the same problem as you (cold fingers) and needing total waterproofness ( under the cuffs glove) I’ve found Black Diamonds to suit best for my needs. Are there any similar quality gloves that can compete them ( price is not important)? Some that I consider are made byNorrona and Canada Goose. Your advise would be highly appreciated.

    • Hi Petar,

      Good question. I’ve struggled with keeping fingers warm when cycling in cold temps, too. Because my fingers get cold so easily, I tend to wear gloves that are warm, definitely windproof for cycling, at least water-resistant if not waterproof, and have adequate dexterity. Among the gloves in this review that I’d recommend are the Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves, The North Face Steep Patrol Futurelight Gloves, and the Black Diamond Legend Gloves.

      You might also consider mittens for deep cold. See my review of “The Best Mittens for Winter.”

      I hope that’s helpful. Thanks for the question and keep in touch.

  12. Thank you for the comprehensive and detailed reviews. My primary goal is for a warm/waterproof glove that I can wear on the coldest days when walking my dog or hiking on my own for up to 60-80 minutes in temps between 0-20 degrees F (I am in good shape glove-wise for warmer temps). As a glove expert, what do you think?

    • Hi Bill,

      For temps that cold, you don’t technically need a waterproof glove because you won’t encounter water in liquid form; water-resistant is adequate. But the top model I’d recommend for warmth is the Black Diamond Legend Gloves. The more affordable and best value, though not quite as warm, is the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II.

      I hope that helps.

  13. Great information about winter gloves, many times you need good flexibility also. Your post about gloves will help anyone make a good choice, thanks.

  14. I was searching trekking gloves advice on the internet and arrived here, Black Diamond HeavyWeight Wooltech Gloves look great value trekking around alpine terrain in the Himalayas.

  15. Hi,
    Thank you for your suggestions. I decided to purchase the Black Diamond women’s gloves. When I clicked on the link to be directed to moosejaw, I noticed the gloves they advertise do not look the same as the gloves in the picture on your webiste.
    Are they the same? thank you

    • Thanks for the question. Your comment doesn’t mention which Black Diamond gloves you wanted to purchase, but I have three BD gloves reviewed in this article: the Mont Blanc and HeavyWeight Wooltech Gloves are available in unisex sizes and the BD Legend Glove comes in men’s and women’s sizes. All of the affiliate links, including the Moosejaw links, open to the correct gloves for sale at those retail websites. Sometimes the photos may look slightly different, but my reviews all link to the same gloves for sale at those sites. I appreciate you asking and wanting to purchase through my affiliate links.

  16. Hey Michael, great review for outdoor activities. What I really need is a review of winter gloves for photographers. Any chance you could look into that?
    Keep up the great reviews.

    • Hi John, thanks, and good suggestion. As someone who gets cold fingers easily, I find it challenging to shoot in cold temps, for sure, obviously in part because the camera itself gets very cold. But I would answer by saying that I still think a high priority when choosing gloves for winter photography is the temps you expect to encounter, the length of time you’ll be fully outside (i.e., not warming up in the car periodically), and the activity you will engage in to get your photos (skiing, hiking, etc.). Choose gloves for the circumstances, and then with an eye to the best dexterity you can find for the level of warmth you need.

      Of the models reviewed above, for photography, I would recommend the Outdoor Research Luminary Sensor Gloves, Black Diamond Legend Gloves, Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Gloves, and Outdoor Research PL 400 Sensor Gloves—again, dependent on how much warmth you need, along with dexterity.

      Good luck. Nice to hear from you. Keep in touch.

  17. Mike, I just came upon your site, and am thrilled I did. Your tips and reviews are fantastic. Taking care of a farm in Michigan winters, x-country skiing, and walking dogs for miles each day makes for a cold winter without the right gear. It’s a battle to find outerwear that not only lasts more than a few months, but performs and keeps me warm. Your in-depth reviews are just what I needed.
    A heartfelt thank you from me!

    • Thanks, Phyllis, I appreciate that. I hope you share in this comments section any recommendations you have for favorite gloves or outerwear that work for you in your winters. Stay warm.

  18. Hi, Michael,

    Thank you very much for your review. I am wondering if you have any suggestions as to the best women’s glove for outdoor photography in extremely cold weather. I am looking for the warmest glove that will allow me the dexterity to operate a camera. My hands are FREEZING. and hurt even after I go back inside. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Deborah, I’ve struggled with the same problem, because I’m frequently shooting in very cold temps. The simple truth is that thicker gloves are warmer and offer less dexterity. That said, and without knowing how warm a glove you need, I suggest you look at a few options.

      First, two of the under-the-cuff models come to mind. The OR PL 400 Sensor Glove gives the most warmth relative to its excellent dexterity; the question for you is whether they’re warm enough. Much warmer, though less dexterous, but possibly allowing you to manipulate camera controls, is the Black Diamond Legend Glove.

      Alternatively, you might try the OR Luminary Sensor Glove, because it would allow you to remove the shell and wear just the liner for maximum dexterity, and pull the shell on again when you need warmth while shooting. Ideally, you would try on each model with your camera to assess dexterity. And lastly, I would also consider getting the OR PL 400 Sensor Glove and some warm mittens to layer over them when needed, employing the same strategy as I suggested with the Luminary gloves.

      I think those are your best options, and only you can figure out which is best for your specific needs.

      You’ve probably tried using chemical hand warmers, inserting them into your gloves and/or jacket pockets to warm your hands when needed. My other trick is to bring two pairs of gloves: I keep one pair in the pockets of the jacket closest to my torso (ideally inside pockets), where my body heat keeps them warm. When my hands get cold in the gloves I’m wearing, I swap pairs. It’s one of my tips in my “12 Pro Tips For Staying Warm Outdoors in Winter” (

      Good luck. Let us know if you find some gloves that work really well for you. Thanks for the good question.

  19. I like to wear mittens, rather than gloves, when it’s really cold. I hope you will review mittens one day. Thanks! I love your site.

      • Hi Mike,
        Joe and I are heading to Banff in March for some backcountry skiing. I find I wear a light glove while climbing. At the top I throw the sweaty gloves in my pack and switch to the warmest system I own for the descent. I’ve got old, cold fingers, too.

        I’m ready to buy the warmest system I can find. Is there general consensus that an insulated glove under a waterproof mitten-style shell works best for warmth? Should I give that OR Baker a try? I’m willing to sacrifice dexterity for warmth for the downhill.


        • Hi Sue, I’m envious of your plans, especially given how bad this winter has been for skiing.

          I regularly wear the OR Luminary Sensor Gloves for backcountry skiing, taking off the shells and wearing only the inner gloves for the uphill. They keep my cold fingers pretty warm.

          But I’ll also tip you off that I’ve been using OR’s Phosphor Mitts this winter–they’re super warm (very little dexterity), actually too warm for me when skiing downhill in the 20s F. And I can layer a light liner under them for when it’s really cold; the OR PL 400 Sensor Gloves feel a little snug but work inside those mittens, so most lighter liners would layer inside them just fine. I plan to add the Phosphor Mittens to this review once I’ve tested them a little more. But I see that has a really good sale price on them right now (see

          I also stick my damp liners or any spare gloves in zippered pockets in my middle/insulation jacket layer, to keep them warm and help them dry out for when I put them back on.

          Hope that helps. Have a great trip.

          • Hi Mike! I got my new OR Phosphors today. Can’t wait to test drive them this weekend! Thanks for the help.

    • Doing any kind of work outdoors in the winter require good warm gloves. Many times you need good flexablity also. Your review on gloves will help anyone make a good choice. Great info, thanks.

  20. Mike – Fantastic and thorough article on gloves for Raynaud’s. It is a debilitating disorder if you don’t know the resources available to continue a full outdoor life. Well-written. THANK YOU!

  21. Mike, you did an awesome job. Really enjoyed reading all of your reviews. Please keep up the good work. And wish you good health so you keep getting out there. Just reading thru your reviews brought back vivid memories of Yellowstone, Montana, Idaho and Canada. I enjoy hiking, horseback riding and backcountry skiing. I’m somewhat disabled now but still enjoying hiking. I own a Scottish highlander beef farm. Love winter months—so quiet, no bugs, and just downright beautiful. Thanks for helping me decide what’s the right glove. God bless man!

  22. Nice glove review. As a cold hands person, I have found that ragg wool gloves, with thinsulate and fleece liner, are the warmest option for dry, cold days (or light snow) in the single digits and teens (or anything below 25 degrees). Make sure the fit is not tight. I use them for running, hiking, snowshoeing.