SIX BEST SKI GLOVES
12th November 2018 | Alf Alderson
Last modified on May 18th, 2020
Keeping your mitts warm on the slopes with hi tech insulation. Check out our selection of the six best gloves on the market.
LEKI STELLA S WOMEN’S SKI GLOVES £89.95 www.leki.com
The Stella S has a slim fit and understated good looks, but perhaps the best thing about them is the ultra-snug lining, a mix of micro-Bemberg and soft plush.
They’re an absolute delight to slip your hands into.
Add to this PrimaLoft insulation and your hands are not likely to get cold in these gloves.
The more so since they also feature a waterproof and windproof insert and smooth, supple sheepskin palms and fingers to keep the weather on the outside.
They also come with Leki’s integrated Trigger Loop, which clips/unclips quickly and easily from Leki Trigger S poles to prevent faffing around taking wrist loops on and off.
A Velcro wrist tab keeps everything in place, and the slim fit means you need to wear the Stella S underneath your jacket cuffs which will add a little more insulation.
About the only thing missing is a wrist loop to ensure you don’t lose these otherwise excellent and very stylish gloves.
VERDICT Good looking and lovely soft linings make the Leki Stella S a winner.
HELLY HANSEN ALPHA WARM ST GLOVES £90 www.hellyhansen.com
The Alpha Warm ST is a sturdy pair of gloves with tough, grippy leather palm reinforcements that should give several seasons of service, whilst the thumb and index finger feature softer, more flexible goat skin leather.
Corrugated leather knuckle protection on the back of the gloves also adds to their toughness, whilst an anti-pilling microfleece lining provides plenty of warmth, the more so since you also get 140g 3M Thinsulate insulation along with a breathable and waterproof ‘Helly Tech’ insert.
Other features include wrist security loops (why don’t other glove manufacturers include these as a matter of course?), Velcro wrist closures (the Alpha Warm ST will need to be worn under your cuffs as they have a pretty slim fit) and backhand YKK Aqua Guard zipper pocket for stuff like lift pass, credit card or maybe a hand warmer, although it would have limited effectiveness on the back of your hand…
VERDICT Well-made gloves with lots of useful, practical features.
ORTOVOX SWISSWOOL FREERIDE GLOVE £150 www.ortovox.com
Expensive but vey well-designed, the Ortovox Freeride features a top-quality merino wool lining with a terry cloth construction for added warmth along with ‘Swisswool’ (Swiss virgin wool) as the main part of the lining; add to that a Toray Dermizax EV membrane that is waterproof, windproof, breathable and stretchy and these gloves are doing the damdest to keep your pinkies warm.
A clean design sees the use of washable goatskin leather on the palms with thumb reinforcements, an elasticated wrist strap to prevent loss (it amazes me how few glove manufacturers bother with these) and an adjustable cuff – this is not especially wide so you’ll probably have to wear it under our jacket cuffs, which is slightly surprising in a glove designed for freeriding – you’d normally expect them to have large bellows cuffs that can be worn over the jacket cuff and are less of a faff to get on and off.
VERDICT Expensive but really well-made, warm gloves; a bellows cuff may have been more practical for freeriders though.
EXTREMITIES PRIMALOFT TOUCH £15 www.extremities.co.uk *BEST VALUE
Anyone who has ever tried using their phone in sub-zero conditions knows the frustration of trying to do so in regular gloves – you can’t – or without gloves – your fingers freeze.
So these neat little gloves from Extremities will come as a boon if you find yourself having to regularly swipe your screen in winter, since they allow you to operate your touchscreen without taking them off.
They’re also warm thanks to a knitted blend of Primaloft yarn and merino wool, and close fitting enough to easily slip inside most regular ski gloves, whilst they dry quickly if they get wet.
You’d probably be as likely to use them for cold days around town as on the mountain, meaning they’re also pretty versatile.
Given the price it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t just keep a pair stashed in your pocket or rucksack all winter, whether on the mountain or on the street.
VERDICT Plain, simple gloves which allow you to use your touchscreen whilst wearing them.
HESTRA ARMY LEATHER PATROL GAUNTLET £120 www.hestragloves.com * EDITOR’S CHOICE
These are the nicest looking gloves we’ve reviewed this season, but they’re not just about good looks – the Patrol is a ruggedly-built ski gloves that works well in any conditions.
Our tester had an earlier version of these gloves a few years ago and still maintains they were the best ski gloves he’s ever had.
The long, wide gauntlets mean they can be easily slipped on over the top of your jacket, when you then pull on an elastic fastening to lock everything in place and keep the cold and powder on the outside.
They also have a pull-strap around the wrist with a Velcro closure and rugged brass buckle to further secure them on your hands.
The Patrol uses one of the best wrist loops around to ensure you can keep them attached and don’t lose them on ski lifts etc.
There’s an insulated, removable liner which has a lovely soft, snug feel, whilst the outers are made from a mix of three-layer dobby polyester melange that’s windproof, water-resistant and breathable and proofed goat leather, all of which make the Hestra Patrol our favourite ski gloves this season.
VERDICT A very fine ski glove that looks good and does an excellent job, hence the Editor’s Choice award.
BLACK DIAMOND GUIDE £140 www.eu.blackdiamondequipment.com
This lovely pair of ski gloves comes at quite a price, but they really are rather nice.
They’re Black Diamond’s warmest gloves, and as soon as you slip them on you can feel that.
The warmth is achieved thanks to a combination of removable liners made up of PrimaLoft One and boiled wool insulation, which also have fully waterproof and breathable inserts featuring GORE-TEX with ‘Plus Warm Technology’.
On top of this – literally – are rugged outer gloves consisting of a woven, four-way stretch nylon shell and tough goat leather palms.
These provide both durability and dexterity, although the thickness of the insulation in the inner gloves does have some effect on the level of dexterity.
You also get a foam padding on the knuckles in case you decide to take on gates or trees, and the large bellows cuff easily fits over the bulkiest of jacket sleeves.
I was surprised that the Guide didn’t also come with wrist loops, especially given the price, but other than that these are a fine pair of gloves that will last many seasons.
VERDICT Excellent, good-looking gloves; shame there’s no wrist loop though.
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