The Aquabloc Down Gauntlet glove places 600-fill goose down on the back of your hand (for warmth) and thinner synthetic insulation on your palm (for dexterity). The three-layer waterproof and windproof shell keeps out external moisture, while a wicking inner liner moves perspiration away from your skin.
Flexible lithium polymer batteries—seven grams each—power a heated layer inside the Red Savina to warm your fingers for up to six hours. The on/off switch is hidden inside the wrist gauntlet. Water-resistant goat skin and heavy Cordura nylon keep snow and cold on the outside.
The same things that make a glove warm—heavy insulation, wrist gauntlets and synthetic shell materials—can also make it bulky. Guys who prefer greater dexterity will prefer a glove like the Workhorse, with supple water-resistant leather, a simple elasticized wrist and 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation.
You just can't go wrong with a pair of sleek, black gloves. Ibex's Shak Liners, made from 100 percent New Zealand Merino wool, are warm, water-resistant and wind-proof. And they're as wearable around town as they are on the mountain: Wear them alone on a jog to the store, or pop them into your heavy-duty gloves or mittens when you hit the slopes. The fingers are a bit long, so order a size down if you're unsure (or cursed with stubby fingers).
We love puffy jackets. We just wish they didn’t make us feel so, well, puffy. Therein lies the brilliance of Patagonia’s new barely there Nano Pullover. Three ounces lighter than Patagonia’s Down Sweater—a SKI staff favorite we were sure would never be unseated—the Nano’s synthetic PrimaLoft insulation retains heat even when wet. The wind- and moisture-resistant polyester shell is 100 percent recycled material and recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads program.