With all the gloves on the market today, choosing the right glove for the activity is a little daunting if not downright frustrating. To make your choice easy as a snowball melting, here are the top men’s and women’s gloves for 2015.
First up, the Dakine Titan Glove with its waterproof, breathable, removable fleece liner. High loft insulation and waterproof technology keeps the hands super warm without sacrificing dexterity. Waterproof fabric and extended wrist coverage keeps snow out whether taking a spill on the slope or making a snow angel. Recommended for on and off-piste skiing, snowmobiling, winter biking, and the occasional snowman-building contest with the kiddos.
Snowboarders are in luck this year. Burton Gore-Tex® Gloves are one of the most durable gloves to hit the market. Made with DRYRIDE Durashell™ that is waterproof yet still breathable, a removable 4-way stretch DRYRIDE Thermex™ liner and a brushed microfiber fixed liner, this glove is quick-drying, moisture-wicking and provides options for any weather. We love the sticky icky™ grip palm and Burton’s new Screen Grab® Toughgrip™ technology that makes texting without removing the gloves an easy task.
The SmartWool PhD® Hyfi Training Gloves are another winter favorite and perfect for runners, bikers, and hikers. Made from a blend of shape-holding nylon, these mitts fit like second skin and thanks to merino wool are totally comfy. Silicone gripers and touch screen compatibility make it easy to text, answer the phone, or change music tracks without missing a step.
For the rappelling crowd, and frankly suitable for ranchers, cowboys, and the driveway-shoveler too, the Petzl Cordex Belay and Rappel Gloves rank high on the list for protection and ergonomic dexterity. Double-layer, high quality leather and padding does an excellent job protecting the hands from such dangers as friction heat generated during long rappels, calf roping burns, bramble scratches, or a cold, splintered snow shovel. Great for chilly excursions, vented well for warmer days, adjustable Neoprene cuff, and carabiner hole, these gloves may be lightweight but they pack a serious winter punch.
Rounding out the top 5 men’s gloves for 2015 are the Black Diamond Crag Climbing Gloves. Breathable stretch mesh fabric, knuckle padding and reinforced finger/thumb crotch garner high marks for comfort and durability. Best choice for steel cable via ferrata, scrambling among the pumice, belaying, and pole trekking. These climbing gloves have just the right amount of grip with a comfortable fit are easy to don or doff. Wrist-strap holes for attaching to a pack with a carabiner are a much appreciated extra perk.
DaKine Sequoia Mitt for women is definitely in the top five for this year. The Gore-Tex® insert is breathable, waterproof and washable (no more mitten funk). The external zippered stash or heat pack pocket is a welcome feature on especially cold days or just for stashing necessities. Extended and adjustable, one-hand cinch gauntlets keep snow out without being unwieldy and the removable storm liner glove is touchscreen compatible and provides an extra bit of warmth on the mountain .
A slimmer fit and also touchscreen friendly, the Ice Terra Gloves by Icebreaker keeps things stylish and playful. Fun stripes, lightweight, naturally odor-resistant and simple laundering make these gloves tops on the Go-To list for any outdoor activity from hiking to biking to strolling with your sweetie on a cool evening.
Nothing beats a quality pair of wool mitts and the Pendleton Mitten does not disappoint. Available in gorgeous prints with the renowned Pendleton southwestern flair, these mittens are fashion stunners which keep fingers toasty warm thanks to the fleece lining. A top mitten choice for chilly days when style is a definite requirement.
“Once a favorite, always a favorite…” the Burton Favorite Leather Glove for women that is. Gnar guard leather palm and shell with its ergonomic, pre-curved fit are only the start of why this glove is dubbed “the favorite.” Brushed microfiber lining and Thermacore™ insulation keep fingers warm in any weather. This must-have glove sports a waterproof DRYRIDE Insane Membrane™ and old school styled knit cuffs. Definitely lots to love in this glove!
Last but not least and commanding its rightful place in the Top 5, is the Pyxis™ Women’s Glove by Mountain Hardwear. These gloves get top marks for being extremely lightweight, packable and easy to slip on and off. The Voluptuous™ Velboa long-pile polyester fleece is definitely worth bragging about and provides a great warmth-to-weight ratio. Doing double-duty, these adorable gloves can be worn alone or as a liner in other mitts or gloves. Throw in the lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, and this glove is an A+.
So put the “which gloves to choose” flurries aside, we’ve got you covered….literally!
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