Happy hands are the key to happy skiing
Our ever popular glove and mitten guides are now out for the 2018/19 season and if you were thinking about upgrading your kit – here’s probably the place to start.
This is the Fall-Line test team pick of this years 13 best ski gloves for men for the 2018/19 season.
ARC’TERYX Sabre Gloves
These insulated, shorter cuff gloves are designed for big mountain skiing.
They are waterproof, windproof and breathable thanks to Gore-Tex inserts and two types of Primaloft insulation.
Leather reinforcements ensure they will stand up to many seasons’ worth of abuse.
BLACK DIAMOND Mercury Mitts
These have BD’s own waterproof breathable insert built in, are padded with Primaloft Gold, and have removable liner gloves.
They have goat leather palms and high-loft fleece on the inside.
They’re available in women’s and men’s versions.
BLACK CROWS Moufla Gloves
These waterproof, breathable goat leather mitts are filled with Primaloft Gold insulation and have an internal glove.
Neoprene cuffs keep the snow out and a soft, brushed jersey lining keeps things cosy.
They come in various colours and are designed in lots of sizes to suit men and women.
BLACK DIAMOND Spark Gloves
These give good dexterity and a soft, cosy feel.
They have a super-tough goat leather shell and BD’s own waterproof, breathable insert inside.
A soft fleece lining and Primaloft Gold insulation keep your hands toasty.
DAKINE Continental Mitts
Part of Dakine’s Highline range, combining a classic look with breathability and comfort.
These leather gloves have large gauntlets and adjustable cuff closures, plus Gore-Tex inserts and Primaloft insulation.
The removable linings are made from Primaloft performance fleece.
Also available in a glove version, and in men’s and women’s-specific versions.
Buy ay Dakine
LEKI Progressive Tune S Boa MF Touch Gloves
These gloves utilise the same clever BOA system as used in helmets – just turn the wheel and the glove fits like a second skin.
They have a waterproof/breathable insert, goatskin leather palms and are insulated.
The soft shell outer is very stretchy, too.
Buy these online at Snowtrax
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT Couloir Gloves RRP £90
Unisex fully waterproof, hardwearing gloves for mountaineers and skiers, these have Gore-Tex inserts and goatskin leather palms.
Pre-curved fingers and thumb add dexterity, while a micro fleece inner lining adds warmth.
A suede nose wipe completes the package.
SLYTECH All MTN Gloves
Primaloft insulated gloves with a Grip Control layer on the palm for – you guessed it – added grip, plus Slytech’s 2nd Skin foam padding, which progressively adapts to different forces and speeds of impact to provide thorough protection.
Buy online at Shred Optics
THE NORTH FACE Purist GTX Gloves
More Primaloft insulated gloves here, this time made from leather and with Gore-Tex inserts.
They have foam protection on the knuckles and fingers with a Neoprene cuff to keep out unwanted drafts.
Buy the Purist GTX at Cotswold Outdoor
PICTURE ORGANIC Sparks Gloves
Half glove, half mitten, the Sparks have a fun retro look with leather, chrome-free palms. Thinsulate insulation adds warmth, while the PFC-free water repellent treatment ensures they won’t get sodden in a snowstorm.
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REUSCH Mastery Gloves
Tight fitting gloves that feature R-Loft insulation to keep your hands protected against the cold and wind.
They have goatskin on the palm and shell for durability, and finger and knuckle padding to withstand any impacts.
SCOTT Explorair Pro GTX Gloves
These have goatskin leather palms, are insulated with Primaloft Silver insulation, have Gore-Tex inserts and velcro cuffs.
WED’ZE Slide 900 Gloves £40
Designed to be flexible yet durable, these are Wed’ze’s most technical gloves.
They are padded, have a microfleece lining, leather palm and waterproof membrane – all for 40 quid.
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