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Ski Gloves

Mountain Hardwear Compulsion OutDry

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2016

Mountain Hardwear Compulsion OutDry

Mountain Hardwear’s Compulsion OutDry glove is a short cuff, waterproof, all-leather glove.  

Mammut Trift Gloves

78

2016

Mammut Trift Gloves

Mammut’s Trift is a short cuff glove made from a combination of goatskin leather and a polyester/elastane blend with a waterproof membrane insert. 

Arc'teryx Fission Gloves

84

2016

Arc'teryx Fission Gloves

The Fission is a waterproof over-the-cuff glove made from softshell material with a leather palm and fingertips.

Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Gloves

86

2016

Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Gloves

Outdoor Research’s Mute Sensor Gloves are a short cuff goat leather glove with molded foam on the back of the gloves and touch-screen leather thumb and index finger.

Black Diamond Guide Gloves

87

2016

Black Diamond Guide Gloves

Black Diamond’s Guide Gloves are a long cuff glove with a nylon/goat leather shell and removable waterproof and wool liner. 

Hestra Fall Line Gloves

88

2016

Hestra Fall Line Gloves

The Hestra Fall Line is a short-cuff glove made from cowhide aniline with a neoprene cuff and polyester lining. 

Smartwool PhD Alpine Glove

74

2014

Smartwool PhD Alpine Glove

If you absolutely have to make calls or access the virtual world on your touch screen device while skiing without taking your gloves off, the SmartWoold PhD Alpine glove with TouchTec will serve your needs. 

Chaval Response-XRT Electrically Heated Gloves

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2014

Chaval Response-XRT Electrically Heated Gloves

If you get cold hands and have a certain amount of disposable income, the Chaval Response-XRT gloves provide very even, well-regulated warmth and lots of it in a well-made glove. 

Outdoor Research Vert

91

2012

Outdoor Research Vert

Highly water- and wind-resistant, these are excellent softshell spring touring gloves—among the very best in this category. They have great dexterity, good durability, an very good fit, and strong attention to detail. Plus, at this price—it’s hard to go wrong.

Dakine Navigator

74

2012

Dakine Navigator

The Dakine Navigator is a simple, very comfortable and well-designed glove that works well for early spring touring in fair weather. But it's not waterproof, which dramatically limits its range of use.

Dakine Impreza

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2012

Dakine Impreza

The Dakine Impreza is a good value for a waterproof touring glove. It will come in most handy if you need a super-grippy, uninsulated glove for spring touring or riding in wet-snow conditions. It performed quite well overall, though it’s not the top glove in its class.

Columbia Mountain Monster

80

2012

Columbia Mountain Monster

These gloves are straight in the middle of the pack – acceptably functional, but certainly not the best in their class, especially at this price. 

Columbia Cliff Grabber

70

2012

Columbia Cliff Grabber

The Columbia Cliff Grabber Gloves is an uninsulated, waterproof/breathable spring ski glove, made with polyurethane synthetic suede, nylon and polyester, with Omni-Heat reflective lining technology and a neoprene cuff.

Outdoor Research Remote

85

2012

Outdoor Research Remote

The Outdoor Research Remotes are surprisingly warm considering how low-bulk they are. They are a little stiff in the fingers and the grip is a little slick on wet/icy objects, but overall these gloves are at or near the top of their class for skiing.

Sierra Designs Transporter Glove

80

2012

Sierra Designs Transporter Glove

Lightly insulated leather, nylon and poly touring ski glove. 

Sierra Designs Enforcer Glove

73

2012

Sierra Designs Enforcer Glove

Gauntlet style mid-weight leather, nylon and poly ski glove with a waterproof/breathable insert and a gel pad on the heel of the palm.

Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves

76

2012

Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric Gloves

A battery-heated, heavy-weight gauntlet style ski glove with a waterproof/breathable insert and reflective silver-dot lining.