Snowboarding belongs in the “awesome sports” hall of fame. Right along with all the other adventure mountain sports.
If you’re like me, you live and breathe adventure sports and getting on your board every winter is like a breath of fresh air. It’s good for the soul! But you need the best snowboarding gloves to enjoy your time on the mountain.
I’ve spent over 2,500 hours teaching alpine snow sports in some seriously harsh weather. Today I’m going to help you make the best possible choice when choosing your gloves.
I’ll walk you through the most important factors when choosing snowboard gloves. What features are really worth paying for and what features can be left on the shelf?
Ladies: If there is a Women’s model available I provided a link to it.
Quick Answer: The 7 Best Snowboard Gloves For 2017
- Outdoor Research Men’s Alti Gloves
- Hestra Army Leather Heli 3 Finger Ski Glove
- Burton Gore-Tex Gloves
- Arcteryx Beta AR Glove
- Gordini Men’s Promo Gauntlet Gore-Tex Gloves
- Black Diamond Men’s Guide Gloves
- Dakine Men’s Titan Gloves
Let’s find out! First we’ll suggest three pairs of gloves that we like best.
Best Snowboarding Gloves
Snowboard Gloves Reviews
I’m going to give you a few more options to get your search for the top snowboarding gloves a jump-start. Using the criteria below in our guide, evaluate our recommended gloves to decide which one is the best for you!
Outdoor Research is one of my all-time favorite glove makers. I’ve spent a ton of time on the mountain wearing Outdoor Research gear and I’ve never been let down.
These gloves have a pretty standard double defense against unwanted snow. There’s an elastic cuff that helps the glove fit securely while keeping in warmth and keeping out snow.
I like the grip on the palm, the non slip grip make it easy to hold your phone, trail map etc. There’s also a long bell cuff with a drawstring that can be cinched over the jacket to keep out that pesky pow.
The articulated fingers are a nice feature, probably more important for skiers but I still like having them. In my opinion the waterproof, breathable gloves from Outdoor Research are the best snowboarding gloves for all-winter use.
Women’s model: Outdoor Research Women’s Alti Mitts
Hestra is one of the most reputable makes of gloves and mits in the industry. I love Hestra gear and switched to a pair of their gloves last season myself.
These lobster style mits keep three fingers in a single mitten style gauntlet. The index finger and thumb have their own pockets. This is to help strike a balance between warmth and dexterity.
I also love removable inner liner / insulation. I’ve used this before to exchange different gloves inside the shell. The goat skin leather palms are very soft and flexible making it easy to grip most anything or just zip your jacket.
You will need to treat the leather on occasion to keep it soft and flexible. A word of warning – they are not waterproof but you can use something like SnoSeal to help keep water out.
Best for dry conditions and demanding users who want one of the warmest gloves on the market. A solid contender for the best snowboard gloves. For some reason Amazon does not have the hand sizing chart, here is a link to it.
Women’s model: Hestra Women’s Heli 3-Finger Gloves
Burton is the name of the game in the snowboarding world. It’s no surprise to see their brand on good snowboarding gloves.
I love that they included a removable liner in these gloves. If you spend more than a few hours snowboarding, or if you’re on a multi-day trip you’ll want this feature.
It allows you to pull out the inner insulation and let it air dry or hang it in front of a fire. The last thing you want is cold, wet gloves on day two of a trip! If you use your smart phone on the slopes, you will appreciate the touch screen sensitive fingers.
Overall, I wish these gloves had a longer cuff, but they’re best for mid-winter cold weather snowboarding. Their handwarmer pocket and thick insulation may make them the warmest snowboarding gloves.
Women’s model: Burton Women’s Gore-Tex Under Gloves
Arc’teryx is like the Cadillac of the outdoor world. They’re known for great quality with high price tags. These leather and Gore-Tex gloves are waterproof and breathable.
I would have liked to see a larger cuff on these for helping to keep out unwanted snow, but it’s a minor negative.
I do love their choice of Polartec Wind Pro insulation in the liners and are removeable. This is an insulation I’ve had in several pieces of gear before and I’ve come to swear by it.
The fingers are articulated and feature touch screen sensitivity so you can use your smart phone with them on. Definitely appreciated while trying to use your phone when its freezing out!
These gloves are best for those looking for a high-end product with tons of all-winter warmth.
Women’s model: Arcteryx Zenta Women’s AR Mitt
Gordini is a common name on the slopes and I seem to see Gordini gloves all the time. These Promo Gauntlets are rocking Gore-Tex membrane for a waterproof breathable finish. Again, shorter cuff length but fully adjustable wrists and powder skirt.
Overall these gloves are simple, effective, and to the point. Nothing fancy going on here. Even at a bargain price you get leather palms and 100% waterproof gloves.
Best for boarders looking for a glove to reliably get the job done at a price that’s easy on the pocketbook. I would say they are the best snowboarding gloves under $50.
Women’s model: GORDINI Women`s Gore-Tex Stretch Gauntlet Glove
Black Diamond is a brand that focuses on climbing, backcountry skiing, and winter mountain sports. That’s why their gloves stand apart a little.
These leather gloves are waterproof and breathable with 170g removable insulation. These are the workhorse gloves of anyone’s gear closet.
I’ve owned similar gloves from Black Diamond and can attest to their sturdiness. I had about two full seasons of skiing on mine (180+ days) before they started to go.
Similar to the Hestra gloves they feature goat skin leather palms with the addition of some padding in the knuckles for protection from impacts.
Best for multi-sport athletes demanding a high-performance piece of gear.
Women’s model: Black Diamond Women’s Ankhiale Gloves Goretex Gloves
Dakine has given us a DWR treated polyester shell with a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable inner liner. What does that mean for you?
I would have liked to see them use nylon for its improved durability and abrasion resistance over polyester. However, for most uses the glove will hold just as well as any other.
Other positives are the long powder cuff which I’ve been looking for on other gloves. I also love the inclusion of the hand warmer pocket. Why every glove doesn’t have one of these handwarmer pockets is beyond me.
Best for a reliable glove at a moderate price with most of the nice features of a high-end product. Probably the best snowboard gloves under $100.
Women’s model: Dakine Women’s Sequoia Glove
How to Choose the Best Snowboard Gloves for You
Let me help guide you through the process of picking out the best gloves for snowboarding to add to your kit!
- What Weather Do You Board In?
- What’s Your Activity Level?
- Powder Gaiters and Straps
- Removable Liners
- Handwarmer Pockets
Insulation on winter gear is usually measured in grams (g) of insulation. Often, gloves don’t even have an insulation rating or weight listed. Occasionally you might find gloves rated for certain temperatures.
Regardless of what type of rating you might find I suggest that you don’t trust it implicitly. Temperature ratings are not regulated between manufacturers and insulation weight ratings can be subjective based on how the glove is made. Both ratings give you a baseline to start with, but may not be perfect indicators of warmth.
What Weather Do You Board In?
Not all gloves are made the same. On top of that, it doesn’t always pay off to just buy the warmest, thickest glove possible. It’s important to understand what temperature and weather you’ll be using the gloves in.
Spring skiing demands thinner and more breathable gloves. The occasional wet cloud burst may require a waterproof shell. For mid-winter, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter warm wet temperatures. You’d be better off with a thick, warm glove that skimps on waterproofness.
What’s Your Activity Level?
If you board hard and fast and push your limits every time, it’s likely you’ll want a thinner glove. Snowboarding generates tons of body heat when you’re really getting after it and the last thing you want is sweaty gloves.
If you’re out for a casual day, sticking with beginner friends or family you may want a heavier glove. Boarding at a lower intensity level means less body heat to help keep you warm so your gloves will have to step up!
Powder Gaiters and Straps
Gloves seem to become more complicated every year. There are always more straps and elastic cords to be added, it seems. Some of these features are useless, and some are critical.
I love gloves with long cuffs and powder skirts. Particularly if you do much snowboarding off-trail you’ll want a glove that keeps out snow. Look for gloves with extra-long cuffs that can go up over your jacket and cinch down.
I also love gloves that have retainer straps. These little strings clip to your jacket or secure around your wrist to keep the glove attached when you take it off. Grab a Kleenex, take out your pass, or fiddle with your helmet and the gloves just dangle from your wrists.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention waterproofness as a consideration. Waterproof breathable technology has come a long way and now most manufacturers have cheaper alternatives to big names like Gore-Tex. Most of the time buying a glove with an “off brand” waterproof membrane will save you money.
eVent is my favorite waterproofing material used in outdoor clothing today. If you can find it, it’s a great fabric to use.
Many gloves feature removable inner insulation. This helps the glove dry overnight. It can also be used so that you can wear one or the other parts of the glove. Many gloves allow you to wear just the shell or just the liner. This greatly improves the versatility of the glove overall and is a great feature!
These are especially helpful for those with colder body temperatures. Kids benefit immensely from handwarmer pockets as well! This is a must-have for children’s gloves or those who often get cold fingers.
Choosing the right glove boils down to deciding which seasons you’ll be riding in and finding the features you need. Large powder cuffs, handwarmer pockets, removable liners and other features can make the difference between a mediocre glove and a pro level glove.
Even for those on a moderate budget there’s a snowboarding glove on our list that can help you get after it. You don’t have to drop top dollar to get all the features we expect on a great snowboarding glove today.
I hope this guide was helpful in picking the best snowboard gloves to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a pair of gloves I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.
Have fun and be safe out there!