Welcome to a special feature of the FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide. Zoom on the best ski gloves of the year. Click here to explore the entire 2023 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.
Flylow Maine Line Gloves
It’s only fitting that this three-fingered “lobster” glove is nicknamed the Maine Line. Like the crustaceans of the Northeast, this glove is tactical, practical and resistant. Here, pigskin, polyester liner and synthetic insulation come together for a blue-collar certified everyday driver suitable for skiing… or shoveling.
Hestra Alpine Pro Fall Line Gloves
Hestra’s Alpine Pro collection is designed for mountain guides; but everyday skiers are the real winners. You, too, get the same high-quality construction, with articulated fingers for dexterity, all-leather construction, and Hestra’s century-old seal of approval.
Gordini radiator glove
Utilizing Thindown insulation and a fleece lining, this mitt lives up to its name by providing incredible warmth in the back, palm and extended cuff. Designed for winter base camps, the Radiator will keep you warm for years thanks to its ripstop backing and synthetic leather reinforcements.
Auclair Mitten Snow Angel
A Canadian staple since 1945, Auclair introduces the Snow Angel Mitt for women looking for a streamlined everyday option that’s ideal for casual riding. Combining goat leather, a Thinsulate lining and an Auclair-Dry Gold membrane, this clean-lined mitt avoids bulk.
Swany X-Cell 2.0 Mitt
Beneath its azure surface, the X-Cell 2.1 uses Swany’s TriPlex Alpha technology, which combines three different weights of PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core technology to achieve ideal temperature regulation. In addition, 35% of the insulation is recycled.
Black Diamond Progression Mitts
Black Diamond’s Progression Mitts are sprinkled with the best tech in the game. Gore-Tex inserts, PrimaLoft Gold Cross insulation, and supple goatskin leather construction deliver a balance of functionality ready for any mountain adventure.
Scott Explorair Alpine Glove
Designed to be your best friend on the worst days, the Explorair Alpine features a three-finger construction for optimal dexterity, PrimaLoft Gold insulation, a removable fleece liner and a rugged goatskin shell to withstand the harshest alpine conditions. ferocious.
Hestra Tactility heated liner
When you think of an 86-year-old glove company, technology and innovation aren’t usually the first things that come to mind. But Hestra is looking to change that perception with their new Tactility Heat Liner. This lithium-ion battery-powered liner uses innovative technology to showcase Hestra’s philosophy that proper “layering” shouldn’t be reserved for clothing and outerwear.
“Your hands are your tools when you’re doing anything, whether it’s skiing, biking or hiking, keeping them warm and in good working order will improve your day,” says Steve Binns, Marketing Director of Hestra . “The beauty of the Tactility heated liner is that once you have it, it will work with any glove you own. One glove can fail [over time] but you can still use this liner with your next pair of gloves.
Hestra teamed up with Inuheat in Sweden to make the liners, which are slick and incredibly thin, and feature sophisticated heating electronics. Unlike other heated gloves, the heating technology is laminated inside the spandex/polyester liner, allowing for a stretchable material that moves freely with the hand.
“Other heated gloves and liners have wires; these break down over time, they pull and they don’t always stay put,” Binns said. “The Tactility liner’s heat source is woven into the actual fibers, so it’s a durable liner that also stretches with the movement of your hand.”
The ultra-thin, machine-washable Tactility liner with smartphone-compatible indexes is universally useful and compatible with (almost) any glove or mitt on the market. The lightweight rechargeable batteries that sit in the Lycra pockets on the back of the wrist are virtually imperceptible from a weight perspective and take around four to six hours to recharge. With three different settings, the batteries last from two hours on high to over eight hours on low, and there’s even a boost mode to provide instant heat when you need it.
“The low setting is perfect for me,” Binns said. “It’s just enough to keep your hands warm but not hot – that’s what I like about it.”
You can either adjust the heat manually or use a smartphone app. When paired with the app, motion-based controls know when you’re active, helping to adjust the heat as needed. An optional feature allows the batteries to vibrate when receiving a phone call.
“A lot of heated gloves are bulky and you lose a ton of dexterity,” Binns said. “The beauty of the Tactility heated liner is that you can put it in just about any glove and have really good dexterity, warm hands and not look like you’re wearing boxing gloves on the mountain. “