Looking for a warm pair of winter gloves for hiking? You’re exactly in the right place! In this detailed review, you will see ten of the best pairs of winter gloves, ranging from thin and warm liners, to some ridiculously waterproof and abrasion resistant outer shells.
At A Glance: Best Winter Gloves
Whether you’re looking for gloves that will keep you warm during cold weather hikes, something to protect your hands from nasty blisters caused by trekking poles or even a pair that you can wear even while photographing, you will find several excellent options below.
Read on to find that perfect pair of winter gloves for you!
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If you want proper winter gloves that you can wear in extreme colds, the Black Diamond Soloist are one of your best options. They are insulated with Primaloft, which is one of the best and warmest synthetic insulations that exists.
These gloves are also entirely waterproof and they actually consist of two parts. The waterproof part is the outer shell, while the warm insulated liners can be worn separately. Which also means you can wear the outer shell over any other thin liners if you like, which makes these gloves exceptionally versatile.
You can also wear the liners on their own, on those days when you just need the added warmth and not protection from wet weather. Also, the synthetic insulation is able to keep you warm even when wet, so it’s not going to be the worst thing in the world if you wear the liners alone on rainy days.
One great thing about these gloves is that they’re actually designed for alpine climbing. Which means that you have excellent dexterity in these, especially considering that they’re pretty bulky gloves.
The outer shell of these gloves features goat leather on the palms for improved grip. The leather also extends to the fingertips, for even more warmth. And, although it’s not specified anywhere, I’m pretty certain that the leather is compatible with touchscreen devices, allowing you to use your phone when you’re wearing the Soloist gloves. The only problem is that these are pretty bulky, so typing is going to be a bit awkward.
These winter gloves run true to size, so get them in the glove size that you usually wear. They are primarily men’s gloves, so women should probably go a size down for the best and most comfortable fit.
The Outdoor Research Illuminator Sensor gloves are designed for serious outdoor pursuits in the cold such as alpine climbing or skiing. They are very well designed for such sports because they are very warm without being overly bulky. This allows for increased movement that the hands need in such situations.
In terms of materials, there are also a few good choices here by Outdoor research. They have used a spandex weave to increase flexibility and added leather to the palms to increase endurance. Two things that are super important in outdoor sports gloves. Outdoor Research have used Primalofts Silver insulation inside this glove, which is not a bad decision, but won’t lead to the warmest glove on the market.
Overall, for the price point it is a good glove in mixed conditions that will hold up well in the cold, but not extreme weather.
The Angier winter gloves are a good option if you’re looking for a thinner pair. They are not very bulky, so they’re great for working and activities when you need the full use of your hands. Which also means they’re not the most comfortable option for holding onto trekking poles for several hours, so keep that in mind.
These are unisex gloves, so they work well for both men and women. Just make sure that you’re getting a size that will fit you well – it’s recommended that men go a size up for the best fit.
The gloves are mostly made from water resistant lycra, which is soft, stretchy and warm. Their interior is actually lined with fleece, for that extra toasty feeling during chilly days. However, these gloves are not warm enough for extreme colds, and I would not recommend them if you’re looking for something for temperatures way below zero.
They’re also not entirely waterproof, so you might want to avoid wearing them when you know you’ll get drenched. They are water resistant to a degree, and they won’t get wet in light rain or snow. But they’re not suitable to be submerged underwater, and they can’t handle heavy downpours – especially because of the cuffs.
They are windproof though, thanks to the elastic cuffs on the wrists. And they are touchscreen compatible, with conductive material on the index finger and thumb. Since the gloves are not very bulky, it should be pretty easy to use your phone and other touch sensitive devices without any major issues.
In addition to that, these gloves have anti-skid silicone on the palms, which is great for lots of things. For one, it makes the gloves great for driving, since the silicone ensures you have excellent control of the steering wheel. This feature also ensures great grip with smaller devices like your phone or a camera, ensuring that you won’t accidentally drop anything.
I’m a big fan of the heated winter jackets, so I had to include at least one pair of heated gloves. If you’re always cold no matter how many layers you put on, you should at least consider getting the Snow Deer heated gloves.
They have heating elements in the fingers and the back of the hands, which do a great job at keeping your hands warm in extreme cold. There are three different heating levels you can set them to – low, medium and high. Obviously, the higher the setting, the warmer the gloves. However, keep in mind that the battery lasts much longer on the lower settings (up to six hours), which is optimal for longer days outdoors.
The best way to use these would be to put them on high for 10-15 minutes, or until your hands are sufficiently warmed up. And then go down to the medium or low setting, to preserve their battery life. The gloves have fleece liners inside, so they are pretty warm even when you don’t turn on the heating element.
One thing I really like about these is that the battery doesn’t get in the way. It has its own pocket on the wrist, and you don’t even feel it when you’re wearing the gloves. These also have an extra pocket for cards and cash, which is pretty convenient. And the palms feature non-slip material, for improved grip on skiing and trekking poles.
In addition to that, the Snow Deer gloves are highly breathable, so they should keep your hands warm and stay dry even if they sweat a little. However, the excellent breathability also means that some of the warmth does escape the gloves, which is a shame. You can always tighten up the Velcro at the wrists, to really trap that heat as much as possible. The gloves are also water resistant, but they are not entirely waterproof.
The Mountain Made gloves are a unisex pair that’s perfect for people who want to retain the function of their hands and fingers when wearing gloves. This is a pretty thin pair, meaning you can handle even some rather small objects without worrying you will drop anything.
That’s a big plus if you need gloves that you can use for work. Also, these feature YKK non-slip zippers that allow you to tighten or loosen up the gloves, in order to truly get them to fit perfectly. The zipper also helps lock in the heat, which will be convenient in really cold temperatures.
These are suitable to use with touchscreen devices, so they’re perfect for those of you who love photographing and filming their hikes. Especially since they’re so thin it will almost feel like you’re handing the device with your bare hands. And, keep in mind that the palms of these are adjusted for better grip, guaranteeing items won’t just slip out of your hands.
One thing to note is that the Mountain Made hiking gloves actually run small, so you might have to go a size up. Especially if your measurements are really close to a particular size.
These gloves feature quick drying lining that’s highly absorbent, but also very breathable. There’s even anti microbial coating on the inside, which ensures that even if your hands start sweating, the gloves won’t retain any odours.
The downside is that they’re not actually very warm. It’s recommended that you wear them in temperatures of 32° F or above, which isn’t ideal for taking on those snowy peaks, but might be ok for shovelling snow. But you can’t have both supreme warmth and full function of your fingers – a compromise has to be made, and if you want the ability of fiddling on the GoPro settings, you’ll have to give up on the warmth.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of mittens because you pretty much loose the function of your hands. But even I can’t deny that the Gordini gauntlets are an excellent option if you’re going to be carrying trekking poles in your hands for the majority of the day. They will protect your hands from blisters, and they’re able to keep you warm even in extremely cold weather.
You can also pair the mittens with thin liners – the double protection would keep your hands warm and dry even on the North Pole. And you would be able to take off the mittens if you need to check your phone or something, without actually exposing your hands to the cold.
The exterior of the Gordini mittens is made from waterproof polytex fabric, with leather and polyurethane on the caps and palms. The latter are actually anti-skid inserts that ensure improved grip. And that’s what makes these gloves excellent for holding trekking poles – you will have great grip, and they’re thick enough to keep you comfortable even after hours on the trails.
In addition to that, the mitts also feature synthetic insulation that provides excellent warmth to weight ratio. Plus, considering that these gloves also have Gore-Tex inserts, you can expect them to be very breathable. Meaning that even if your hands start sweating, the droplets should evaporate pretty soon and your hands will stay dry. At the same time, the Gore-Tex ensures that no moisture is able to penetrate the gloves from the outside, keeping your hands protected in really wet weather.
These are primarily men’s gloves, so they might be a bit big for the ladies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them, just that you should go a size down for the best fit. These run pretty true to size and they’re very roomy, so you will be able to comfortably wear liners underneath without any issues.
If you’re looking for liner gloves that you can wear underneath a waterproof shell, these are a great option. The FRDM gloves are thin, lightweight, breathable and surprisingly warm considering how thin they are. That’s thanks to the stretchy fleece inside the gloves, which does an excellent job at keeping your hands warm even cold weather.
These are unisex gloves, so they’re perfectly suitable for both men and women. They normally run true to size, but they can be a bit big. If you want a really snug fit (which is recommended if you plan to wear another pair over them), then it’s best to go a size down. The fact that these fit almost as tight as surgical gloves means that they have excellent wind resistance, and that not a single drop of rain will be able to get inside the gloves.
Also, they feature slip through thumbs and index fingers – even though they’re not fully compatible for use with touchscreen devices, this convenient features gives you access to your phone by exposing just a single fingertip. Plus, touchscreen conductive material is actually sewn into the thumb and index finger so you can even operate touch sensitive devices without exposing any fingers.
The palms of the gloves feature silicone inserts that really help improve the grip. This is pretty useful when you’re wearing these gloves on their own, since it guarantees you will be able to firmly hold onto things.
One thing I have to point out is that FRDM liners are not great as standalone gloves. They are warm, but not warm enough for extremely low temperatures – they’re more like gloves for chilly mornings. Also, they aren’t waterproof or water resistant at all. If you plan to wear these for hikes in snowy or rainy weather, I can’t stress enough that you also need a thick, waterproof outer shell over them.
And if you plan on using them down to something like -20C / -5F then you will want to layer them with some other gloves. Be sure you leave room so they breathe as I have tried layer in -20C last weekend with two paris of gloves and they were tight – it did not help! You need space between, at least a little.
If you want a very warm pair of gloves, the Montana Etip ones by The North Face are a really good option. They are men’s gloves that are available in four different sizes, but they run a little small. If you’d rather the gloves be a bit loose than too tight, it’s best to go a size up.
Especially since there are elastic wrist leashes that let you tighten the openings of the gloves, which will really help if you find them to be a bit loose. But, the primary function of this feature is to keep the snow out of the gloves, and that’s even more convenient.
These North Face gloves actually designed for skiing, so there’s no doubt they will be able to keep your hands warm even in really harsh conditions. The gloves are insulated with TNF’s Heatseeker – a synthetic insulation they often use in winter jackets and other outdoor gear. And that’s just on the back of the hand; the interior of the gloves is lined with brushed tricot, with Gore-Tex inserts for even better performance in the cold.
In addition to that, the North Face Montana gloves are also fully waterproof, thanks to the nylon construction with DWR coating. The Gore-Tex inserts also help with waterproofing, as they create membrane on the gloves that is able to let moisture escape, but don’t let moisture penetrate the gloves from the outside.
Another great thing about these North Face gloves is that they feature Etip functionality that works with touchscreen devices. Meaning you can easily use your phone with the gloves, and even operate other touchscreen gadgets like smart watches or DSLRs. This is a very convenient feature for people who are used to using a lot of tech on their hikes, and don’t want to have to take off their gloves every single time when they want to snap a photo.
The Cevapro winter gloves are a great budget option. They retail for about $20, which is a really good deal for a pair of insulated and waterproof gloves. These actually feature a TPU layer sewn into the gloves, as well as thermal insulation that can keep your hands warm in temperatures as low as -30℉.
At least that’s what the company claims. The reality is a bit different – they will protect your hands from frostbite at such low temperatures, but they won’t keep you toasty warm.
These gloves for hiking feature PU leather in the palm, for easier, anti-slip grip. This makes it easier to hold onto stuff, especially items like your phone or a camera that don’t feel that secure in your hands when you’re wearing gloves. Additionally, the index fingers of both gloves are made from conductive silicone, for a smoother experience when handling touchscreen devices.
But I’m not sure if the silicone makes such a big difference, considering that the fingers of the gloves are so bulky it’s virtually impossible to press just a single key.
Another great thing about the Cevapro unisex gloves is that they have elastic cuffs. This feature helps lock in the heat, ensuring that your hands are always toasty warm and dry. And it also keeps out the snow and rain from the inside of the gloves, which is pretty convenient.
However, bear in mind that the elastic fabric is not entirely waterproof, and it can get soaking wet. And, while the cuffs do a great job at keeping the wind out of the gloves, they don’t make them entirely windproof.
The Cevapro gloves run true to size, but they do fit a little snug. If you want to wear liners underneath, you will definitely want to go a size up. Also, these are pretty bulky, so they’re not a great option if you need to work with the gloves on.
Men’s Carhartt gloves are waterproof, insulated and extremely warm. They’re primarily designed as working gloves, but considering just how well these are at heating up your hands, they make pretty good hiking gloves as well.
These feature a durable polytex shell that’s fully waterproof and highly abrasion resistant. In fact, because these are primarily designed for work, they are able to withstand a lot more abuse than a standard pair of sports gloves. Which means you will get more years out of them, and that ultimately translates to better value for money.
The interior of the gloves features FastDry lining that wicks away moisture, keeping your hands dry and sweat-free. And considering that the stretch fleece on the wrists really lets you lock in that heat, the breathability is certainly a welcome feature. And let’s not forget about the webbing buckle – if you tighten up, not only will you lock in the heat, but you can also guarantee 100% that the gloves won’t accidentally slip off your hands.
Another great thing about these gloves is that they have reinforced PU palms, with some of the material extending onto the thumbs. This is actually there to allow you to use your smartphone, as the PU is compatible with touchscreen devices.
The hand dexterity in these is okay, but definitely not so great that you’ll feel like your hands are bare. But, compared to the mittens and other bulky gloves, these are as good a choice as any pair, considering you’re not aiming for that surgical-glove feel. And if you are, then you should only be looking at some really thin (non-waterproof, non-insulated) options.
The Carhartt men’s gloves mostly run true to size, but it’s recommended you check the size chart. They can be a bit on the small side, so you can go a size up if you don’t want them to be too snug on your hands, or if you want to wear liners underneath.
The Black Diamond Screentap gloves are a good option if you aren’t looking for anything ridiculously warm. These are suitable for temperatures of 25°F or higher, so some mild weather. And they’re great hiking gloves because they are pretty thin, meaning you have excellent dexterity when you’re wearing them.
Also, these are made for people who use their phone a lot while they’re hiking. Whether you’re just tracking the hike or always taking photos, these gloves will not get in the way. With goat leather on the palms and special touchscreen conductive material on the fingers, you will be able to use your phone like you do with your bare hands.
Additionally, the leather on the palms helps ensure you have great grip no matter what you’re holding onto, and that is a big plus – especially for shovelling show. If you’re used to carrying trekking poles, the extra grip guarantees you won’t accidentally drop them. And if your phone is constantly in your hands, the leather ensures it’s not going to slip out.
The shell of these Black Diamond gloves is made from Polartech stretchy fleece, which is very warm. It’s also coated with DWR, which means that the gloves have really good water resistance. They aren’t entirely waterproof though, so I would avoid wearing them in really heavy downpours.
These fleece gloves run true to size, so you should order them in the size you normally wear. They are supposed to fit snug on your hands, and they’re stretchy enough that you shouldn’t have any issues when putting them on. Because of the snug fit, these gloves are also a great option for women. But ladies, you should definitely check the size chart on the Amazon listing, because you will probably need to go a size down if you have small hands.
The best winter gloves are hiking are going to be both warm and waterproof. You will usually see features like DWR coating, TPU fabrics, fleece lined interiors and even elastic cuffs or waist leashes. All of those features are there to ensure that your keep hands warm and dry when temperatures drop way below zero, and that the gloves are able to stay dry even in really heavy downpours.
However, that also means that the gloves are going to be thick and bulky, and that’s not going to be ideal if you want your hands to remain flexible. This is something you need to figure out on your own, so think about what’s usually in your hands when you’re hiking. If it’s your smartphone or a camera, then skip to the next section. But if it’s a trekking pole in either hand, then the thicker the glove the better!
The comfy fleece inside will protect your hands from any blisters that might be caused by shovelling, snow, or ski poles, which is a pretty big plus. And I’d say hitting two letters instead of one on your phone’s keyboard is a small price to pay for that convenience.
Do you often use your phone or other touch sensitive devices when you’re out hiking? If so, then you definitely need a pair of gloves that will work with touchscreens. Look for gloves that have either some sort of conductive material sewn into the thumb and index finger, or just plain PU leather – the latter works perfectly with smartphones.
Also, if you normally have some sensitive device in your hands, then it’s important the gloves feel very grippy. One of my worst nightmares is dropping my precious phone into a massive pile of snow and then having frantically dig and search in order to get it out.
Look for gloves that have silicone, PU leather or any kind of grippy inserts in the palms. These materials ensure that you will be able to firmly hold onto items, and that stuff won’t just fall out of your hands. Something else that plays a big role here is the thickness of gloves – the thinner they are, the easier you will find it to grip onto things.
This is especially important for photographers and generally people who like to carry around heavy cameras on their hiking trips. Really consider how easy it is to hold your camera with your bare hands, and try to find the gloves that won’t make that job any more difficult. In some cases, you will likely have to sacrifice either warmth or waterproofing, if flexibility is the main thing you’re concerned about.
It is important that you get gloves that fit you well, if you want to have proper use of your hands during your hikes. A pair of gloves that is too big for you will really minimize the amount of dexterity you have, and they won’t even function properly. Which means you won’t be able to hold onto trekking poles or your phone properly, and if there are parts of the trail that include Alpine climbing, the consequences could be a lot worse.
The whole point of gloves is to keep you warm – if a pair is too big, it doesn’t do as good a job at trapping heat. Warmth escapes more easily when there’s lots of extra room near the cuffs, so the gloves will only be half as functional.
Because of that, be sure to check if a pair you like runs true to size, or if it’s recommended to size up or down. Also, be mindful of the materials – it’s much easier to get a really good fit with stretchy fleece gloves than it is with rigid materials like nylon or PU.
Another thing worth noting is that most of the gloves featured here are either men’s or unisex gloves. It’s recommended that women go a size down when purchasing a pair, in order to ensure that perfect fit.
Having a hard time choosing a single pair of gloves? It’s okay – go with one of our top three picks, depending on what exactly you are looking for in a pair of warm gloves!
The Black Diamond Soloist gloves are probably my top choice overall for winter hikes. They actually consist of two separate pairs of gloves – Primaloft insulated liners and a fully waterproof outer shell. You can wear either pair on its own, or you can combine them to get a really good pair of weather resistant gloves. Plus, they’re actually designed for Alpine climbing, which guarantees you will have good dexterity in this pair of gloves.
If you need something that will keep you warm even in extreme cold, you can’t go wrong with the Snow Deer heated gloves. They are amazing because they feature fleece liners inside that are pretty warm on their own, and then you also have the option of cranking up the heat on the coils. These are water resistant, they have anti-slip material on the palms and even pockets where you can put cards and cash for easy access.
I would recommend the Mountain Made gloves to everyone who is prioritizing warmth and dexterity over waterproofing. They have anti-skid palms with touchscreen conductive materials in the thumbs and index fingers, making them a perfect option for people who are always documenting their hikes. The YKK zippers really help lock in that heat, ensuring that your hands are warm as long as the temperatures don’t drop below 0° Celsius. And you can always wear a pair of thick waterproof mittens over these, if you want the full package.
You can see the prices of all these awesome winter gloves on Amazon, so be sure to visit if you saw something you really likes. And you can check out our related posts, for ideas on other winter gear that will make your hikes a lot more enjoyable!