Finding a good pair of snowboard gloves or splitboarding gloves can be a chore. Some are breathable, some have great dexterity, some are waterproof, but what about a glove that can do it all? Having suffered from cold hands for as long as I can remember we updated this years list of the best gloves for snowboarding, splitboarding and working outside. Tried and tested in the Tetons.
1. Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor
This list is not really in any particular order, however if I had to pick a winner it would hands down be the OR Lodestar for the best glove of the year. Whats makes the Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Gloves unique is the fact that it’s a soft shell glove. With leather palms and a 3DFit Technology fit, the Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Gloves feels more like extension of your arm then an actual glove. The inside of the Lodestar glove is fleece lined which works nice on early morning tours. Toss in fast-drying Polartec® PowerShield High Loft fabric and my favorite feature which you will see on the next few gloves Pull-On Loops!!
This glove is made for someone on the go, if you find yourself digging pits, alpine climbing, or splitboarding in mild temperatures these gloves are a must have!
2. The North Face Patrol Glove
Clearly you have head of The North Face, and were willing to be you’re familair with ski patrol. Well when the two combine you get The North Face Patrol Glove. This insulated Gore-TEX glove is made with cowhide leather in the palm (if it sounds fancy, it’s because it is!) the cowhide leather is super soft and works great for when the inventive snot starts running down your nose. This glove is more on the low profile side, meant to slide under your jacket cuff with ease.
One of the best features and hopefully all gloves will have this is the Pull-On Loops, you might be thinking why are pull on loops important? Have you ever taken you gloves off and then had a hard time putting them back on? With the loops you can always get your hand inside the gloves where they need to be. These gloves are rated to be used in extreme cold.
3. Helly Hansen Covert HT Glove
Honestly this glove from Helly Hansen surprised me the most on the list. The Helly Hansen Covert HT Glove combines goat skin leather with Helly Hansen’s tried and true Helly Tech® Performance, waterproof and breathablity.
Not only are these gloves great for snowboarding and splitboarding they work amazing for walking your dog on cold mornings especially with the fur lined cuff and Primaloft insulation. When it gets cold these are the gloves you will want on your hands! Plus they have Pull-On Loops!
4. Black Diamond Spark Glove
Gosh darn these are some of the best gloves ever invented. Black Diamond hit an absolute home run with the Spark Glove. What makes the Black Diamond Spark Gloves stand out is what they don’t have, a lot of bulk. These are one of the most natural feeling gloves on the market, with incredible dexterity.
If you find yourself messing around in a snow pit, or trying to adjust your binding screws these are the gloves you can keep on for just about any use you can think of. With goat leather wrapped around the entire glove and Primaloft insulation the Black Diamond Spark Gloves are not only super comfortable they will keep your hands warm too. If you ever spent time surfing in a wet suit, you’ll surely appreciate the neoprene cuffs that make sliding this glove on and off a breeze. These gloves comes with me on all my adventures either on my hands or in my pack.
5. Free The Powder Short Cuff and SX
Free the What? If you haven’t heard of Free The Powder gloves you soon will. These gloves are designed by skiers, for skiers and riders by the Stewart family in Park City, Utah. When a company’s slogan mentions “to offer premium quality ski gloves at affordable prices” know that you’re in good hands! Free The Powder gloves are made with cowhide leather, which is super comfortable and should be familiar if you have ever used Kinco gloves.
Whats great about the SX glove from Free The Powder is it comes with a removable fleece liners. Having a removable liner (200 gram Breathafil) allows you to not only use the SX glove as intended for great warmth and comfort but you can also customize the gloves depending on temperatures by tossing your own liners inside the glove, or have backup liners for those really cold wet days. One of the reasons I really enjoyed the SX glove was the great dexterity which helped when digging around in the snow, compared to the larger Short Cuff glove which would be best suited for resort laps. The quality of these gloves is spot on, from the stitching to the Velcro. For a newer company these guys and gals have hit the ground running!
6. Burton Gore-Tex Under Glove
What would a snowboard list be without having Burton Snowboards included? 🙂 Whats cool about the Burton Gore-Tex under glove is it’s really 2 gloves in one as it comes with a removable thin liner. The removable four-way stretch fleece liner works great for those times when you need to take your gloves off but don’t want to expose your hands to the elements and an added bonus they are really great for driving on cold mornings!
As for the actual glove the Under Glove from Burton comes with a zippered pouch pocket at the top for putting heat packs in. Along with a leather palm, Gore-Tex reliability and Thermacore insulation, all of these features combined make the Burton Under Glove a great option for every day riding or for a backup pair to toss inside your backpack.
7. Oakley Silverado Glove
The first pair of zippered gloves on this list comes from Oakley. The Oakley Silverado Gore-Tex glove looks as rad as it functions. This fully leather glove has Thinsulate™ lining making it really nice to wear on cold days. The Silverado gloves offers a natural fit without a lot of bulk which we like!
Great waterproofness, breathability and Oakley craftsmanship come together nicely in the Silverado Glove. Plus it comes with a fancy nose wipe!
8. Dakine Excursion Glove
This style of Dakine glove has been my go to glove for years. One of the best gloves on the market the Dakine Excursion comes with Gore-Tex, Primaloft insulation, a leather palm and wool liner. These are the gloves you will want to have when temps start dropping below freezing.
The length of the Excursion Glove is a little bit longer than most of the others on this list, however Dakine use a neoprene style cuff that when sealed shut via the Velcro it really helps to keep the snow and cold. You can wear this glove under your jacket or over, whatever floats your boat. Toss in a 2 year warranty and this is a tough glove to beat.
9. L.L. Bean Carrabassett Snow Sports
L.L. Bean, really? You better believe it, L.L. Bean is really making waves in the winter sports world these days. The LL Bean Carrabassett snow sports glove is a great example of a major brand that’s taking the time to work with their athletes. The L.L. Bean Carrabassett glove is made with Gore-Tex, comes with a 100% goat leather palm, and thick Primaloft insulation. When you first put your hands into these gloves you will think wow these are comfortable and toasty warm.
Odds are likely if you wear these gloves people will take notice, again L.L. Bean really? An amazing glove good at a price that won’t break the bank.
All of the gloves that made the list for the best snowboard gloves of the year have a few things in common, to start leather! Along with great durability, and waterproofness. We tested these gloves in cold dry snow, cold wet snow and everything inbetween. Hopefully one of these gloves will keep you warm and comfortable too!
Best Gloves for Snowboarding Past Winners
by Nick Siriano:
Today’s market offers some awesome gloves for both hiking up a mountain and riding down it. Gloves with fingers nimble enough to let you tie a knot and waterproof enough to keep you dry all day. Breathability is key, and ever since Gore-Tex’s™ patent ran out, new breathable and waterproof membranes like Event™ and DryQ™ have started to find their way into high-end glove manufacturers.
The key to a good touring glove is something that will keep you warm, dry, and nimble. Here are a few of the Best Splitboard Touring Gloves, Snowboarding Gloves and Gloves for working in the snow :
Marmot Work Glove
If you’re looking for locals style then Marmot work gloves is a must have. Inspired by traditional construction workers gloves the Marmot Work combines work glove aesthetics with a skiers needs. The full leather glove is bound to last for many seasons.
The DriClime™ lining is a breathability membrane that will keep your hands dry from both the outside weather and the condensation within.
Pow Stealth Gloves
The POW brand was first dreamt about in 1997 on a road trip to a Washington State ski resort, Steven’s Pass. Years later, 2002, founder Dustin Goss began the branding and company development for POW that has emerged into a rapidly developing brand focused on quality hand-wear.
By the 2008 season POW had achieved distribution in over 30 countries and began to drive a global brand culture that resonates to this day worldwide with a single product line.
And in 2010 POW was extended a GORE-TEX® license that allowed them to feature the durable and waterproof material in their products; meanwhile validating the “Built to Last” and “All Day, Everyday” mantras the company is known for.
Pow gloves are the real deal! The have a glove for every condition. In cold weather I reach for the stealth gtx mitt, and on warm sunny days I must have my bear claws.
Keep an eye out for their new artists series line, word on the street is they teamed up with Spacecraft and created a cool new thing.
Black Diamond Impulse
Designed for mid-winter splitboard tours, Cascade summits, and early-season ice—the 4-season Black Diamond Impulse is primed for any high-output pursuit on the calendar. Combining a stretchy softshell outer with a high-loft fleece lining, the Impulse provides warmth in cold temps and breathes moisture on warm, sunny days.
The super-grippy Pittards® Oil-Tac leather palm provides a sure, solid grip on everything from ice tools to trekking poles. A leather palm outlasts any synthetic palm so the Dakine Impulse glove will last for many seasons to come.
For warmer weather, the Dakine Impreza is an excellent choice. Offering a Gore-Tex™ lining and waterproof shell this glove is sure to let your palms breathe! Equipped with a silicon palm and fingers, these gloves have great grip. They are perfect for zippers, buckles, and snaps. Constructed with rip-stop nylon they’ll hold up to tight tree ripping, and rocky approaches.
If you’re looking to repel into a chute or belay a buddy up a snowfield then the Dakine Impreza is certainly is the glove for you. This isn’t the glove for warmth. If I’m touring, and planning on riding deep cold pow then I’ll pack something a little warmer for the descent.
If you’re someone who sweats a lot and cares about style then look no further than the Crossfire. This in my opinion is the perfect late season touring glove. Super minimal and low profile, the Crossfire slips on and keeps you dry. Equipped with a waterproof shell, silicon palms and fingers, and a stretch cuff closure this glove is straight up plain and simple.
After a day of corn snow touring take it to the park and throw some spring lines down. The minimalist construction and low profile design makes these gloves quick drying and really styley.
All of these gloves also would double as great ski touring gloves for anyone not yet splitboarding..
best gloves for snowboarding
Gloves! Like snowboards, you must have a quiver for your hands too. Everyone should have a warm waterproof, bomb proof, furnace for those icy days, a nice merino wool layer with touch pad compatible fingers, something flashy and fly for the après fireside beer, and something leathery and strong for grabbing method in the park!
So you might be wondering what are the best gloves for snowboarding? Well it really comes down to fit and style, below are some of our favorites from this season :
Candygrind Park Mitten
Check out Candygrind’s park series. Like its five-fingered cousin, the Park Mitt by Candy Grind is ready to accompany you on all-day park assaults.
Don’t be fooled by its low profile, this thing is heavy on the features.
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Hestra Alpine Pro
No glove article could be complete without mentioning Hestra. (Editors Note: Even though they hate on snowboarding, they make some darn fine gloves) Most of the finest hand garments in the industry come from Hestra. With pro models from Mike Douglas, and Seth Morrison, this brand knows how to make gloves that get tested under the harshest of conditions.
The Alpine Pro are the classic Hestra Alpine Pro gloves are used by freeriders, professional mountain guides, ski instructors and others that place high demands on their equipment. They are highly functional gloves that can withstand the elements.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top snowboard gloves of the season, more to follow next season.