Whether you’re out skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, or hiking, extreme cold weather can be dangerous if you don’t properly dress for it. Poor gloves can suffer from poor heat retention which is a big problem if you plan on being active. Another problem that can arise is poor finger articulation which restrict your hand’s movement, as well as poor grip on the palm and fingers. These limit the types of objects you can interact with outdoors. The factor of utmost importance is warmth, since your extremities are more prone to cold. There are number of ways that gloves can have superior warmth besides just having superior materials. All the laces and zips should be waterproof, and the wrist should strap tightly to prevent heat loss in your hand. Versatility is also key. This can be afforded by having flexible fingers and slip-free grips. How the glove looks takes a backseat, but most usually have a stylish black finish. Here are the top 10 best extreme cold weather gloves.
Table of Contents
- 10. Black Diamond Mercury Mitts Cold Weather Mittens
- 9. Black Diamond Mid Weight Cold Weather Gloves
- 8. Black Diamond Mercury Mitts Cold Weather Mittens
- 7. UA Extreme ColdGear® Gloves
- 6. Heritage Cold Weather Glove
- 5. Seirus Innovations Men’s Xtreme All Weather Gloves
- 4. Heritage Extreme Winter Glove
- 3. Mechanix Cold Weather Winter Armor Pro Gray & Black Work Gloves
- 2. Ironclad CCG2-04-L Cold Condition Gloves, Black, Large
- 1. Outdoor Research Men’s Gripper Gloves
10. Black Diamond Mercury Mitts Cold Weather Mittens
With its Pretext Shield fabric, these gloves will keep extreme coldness at bay. Although, one disadvantage these mittens have is that the they don’t have separate finger articulation. However, it makes up for this by having a very roomy, warm, lightweight shell. There’s enough room inside the glove for you to wear and extra pair to supplement it for extreme cold weather. The shell is made from a mix of 92% nylon and 8% spandex. The palm is 100% goat skin with a Kevlar stitching, and the lining is 100% polyester.
9. Black Diamond Mid Weight Cold Weather Gloves
Even during extreme cold weather conditions, these gloves by Black Diamond will keep your fingers safe. The shell is a 64% polyester, 24% nylon, and 12% spandex. The palm patch is made from 100% goat leather, which gives it better grip for holding onto ski poles, steering wheels or other equipment. Along with that, the palm comes with a Kevlar stitching for improved durability. This glove is lightweight, weighing only 240 grams.
8. Black Diamond Mercury Mitts Cold Weather Mittens
These multi-purpose gloves by Mountain Made are suitable for both men and women. They are great for riding, cycling, driving, shooting or just for everyday use out in the cold. They also come with TouchScreen technology which allows you to use touch screen mobile devices while wearing these. The fabric is comprised of 88% polyester, 6% spandex, and 6% PVC rubber. The lining is comfortable with multi-directional stretch for active use. It is also treated with an anti-bacterial formula to eliminate odor.
7. UA Extreme ColdGear® Gloves
This pair of gloves have the signature stylish material that Under Armour is known for and protects your hands from the cold. The breathable, wind-resistant materials keep you warm without compromising comfort. The finished fabric is also treated with a Durable Water Repellent to keep the interior lining dry. The extra reflective piping script and UA logo add an extra layer of safety for evening runs. These gloves trade off extreme cold protection for extra maneuverability by being thinner than other gloves.
6. Heritage Cold Weather Glove
These gloves have a simple understated aesthetic and full leather construction. Their patented rein cut design and double stitched outward seams ensures that your hands and interior lining remain protected from the cold. It uses a 3M Thinsulate insulation liner that is both comfortable and warm. With its classic leather style and flexibility, these are great gloves for driving, outdoor yard work, or just general winter use.
5. Seirus Innovations Men’s Xtreme All Weather Gloves
These gloves by Seirus are another option if you’re looking for a simple, flexible solution. These gloves come in a men’s large size and features 4-way stretch to fit your hand more snug. Because it is more snug, there is less air circulation in the interior, which means greater heat retention. The fleece lining adds additional comfort, and it is designed to be 100% waterproof and breathable. The fingers are not clunky, and allow for plenty of space to move around and grip objects with its ToughTek palm.
4. Heritage Extreme Winter Glove
With tons of versatile features, these gloves by Heritage are excellent for extreme cold weather use. Its liner is made from a waterproof, breathable fabric with four barriers of protection. This allows it keep wetness, cold and wind out, all of which are devastating if left unchecked. It comes with a zipper hand warmer pocket, and the palm grip is designed to be more durable. The outer glove shell contains a stretch nylon that is bonded with a waterproof membrane. The interior insulation is made from a lightweight 3M Thinsulate which is bonded to a thick fleece liner.
3. Mechanix Cold Weather Winter Armor Pro Gray & Black Work Gloves
Suitable for a variety of outdoor activities, these gloves by Mechanix Wear provide excellent protection from the cold. It features a concealed seam stitching style that can stand temperatures as low as 0-32 degrees Fahrenheit. The snug interior fit and flexible fingers improve hand dexterity without trading off weather protection or comfort. The exterior shell is designed to resist wind and moisture. The palms are made from a Clarino synthetic leather for a superior grip, combined with a Zeus rubberized material for additional strength and tactility. Overall, the glove gives off a sense of ruggedness with its rough gray texture and smooth black material aesthetic.
2. Ironclad CCG2-04-L Cold Condition Gloves, Black, Large
These gloves by Ironclad will keep your hands warm without restricting your movement. It uses microfleece insulation to keep your hands and fingers warm in temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The duraclad wear system gives the gloves more resistance against abrasions and impacts, which includes a neoprene knuckle pad. The membrane is waterproof, and the neoprene wrist cinch ensures that moisture doesn’t enter the interior.
1. Outdoor Research Men’s Gripper Gloves
These all-purpose gloves are versatile and sport a strong grip surface. They are made of Wind-stopper technical fleece with a tacky finish on the palm, and first two fingers. That, in addition to the curved design, gives it a superior grip for a number of important tasks. The tapered wrist fabric helps seal out the cold. These gloves work as either for a streamlined mid-layer or outer layer for extreme cold weather. These gloves also come with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty straight from Outdoor Research.