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Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide feature from FREESKIER. Here’s a close-up look at the best ski gloves of the year. Click here to explore the entire 2021 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.
When a cold front rolls in and you’re on the backside of the resort or out in the middle of the backcountry cracking a cold IPA—the last thing you want to worry about is cold hands. With this years’ line-up of the best ski gloves on the market, you can keep your hands dry and toasty, no matter the elements. Start the snowball fight, because if you’re hucking fastballs with a pair of these bad-boys, you’re going to be the one ending it, too.
Black Diamond Men’s Recon Glove
An ultra-insulated specialist, the Men’s Recon is like wearing the warming hut on your hands. While it’s geared to combat cold, stormy days at the resort the goat leather palm will ensure durability and a good grip wherever you roam. It’s longer cuff, PrimaLoft Gold insulation and BD Dry waterproof insert result in the ideal moisture-repelling, heat retaining mid-winter companion. See you on the Last Chair.
Dakine Phoenix Gore-Tex Mitt
Dakine’s all-new Phoenix is your next any day, anytime mitt. Complete with a four-way stretch, insulated exterior shell, Gore-Tex Active membrane and removable fleece liner, this multi-season utility player can be layered as you please. From the blistering cold storms of January to the sun soaked slush of April, the Phoenix has you covered with its blend of natural and synthetic materials.
Auclair Outseam Mitt
The Auclair Outseam features articulated back-of-hand padding that adds protection and freeride flavor while external stitching—hence the name—and a soft, neoprene cuff ensure a snug fit. This full goatskin leather mitt offers durability, waterproofing and dexterity, and PrimaLoft Gold insulation adds warmth sans bulk. Style is as important as function; the Outseam is riding with the front of the pack in both categories.
Gordon Cirque Series
Gordini has been perfecting its craft for over half a century. Now, add the input of renowned professional ripper Julian Carr and you get the powerhouse Cirque Series. With lightweight PrimaLoft insulation, a moisture-wicking liner and a responsibly-sourced, natural goatskin leather shell, both the glove and three-finger model (pictured above) will provide your paws shelter, from the groomers to the backcountry.
Swany X-plorer Glove 2.2
Backed by more than 90 years of heritage and decked out with all-new Tri-Plex Alpha insulation, the latest X-Plorer glove features different weights of Primaloft Gold cross-stitched with heat-retaining Aerogel, providing more warmth with less weight. Standard on every pair are hand warmer pockets, pre-curved fingers and full leather palms. With the X-Plorer riders will max out their mileage with the toastiest digits on the hill.
Hestra Fall Line
The family-owned and Swedish-born brand, Hestra, has dedicated over 80 years to developing high-quality gloves and mitts to provide to skiers, outdoor workers and cold water adventurers with warmth, protection and dexterity. Nearly a century later, Hestra continues to put the user’s needs first and, in doing so, has developed one of the most versatile ski gloves available among the brand’s hundreds of offerings—the all-new Fall Line, available in women’s and men’s gloves and mitts. Read the full review in our Deep Dive into the Women’s Fall Line.