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.
This freeride glove, designed for Hestra by shredder Seth Morrison, has everything you'd expect from an awesome ski glove—warmth, waterproofing, breathability, enforced seams, nose wipe and wrist strap—in a tough, motocross-inspired package. And the extras? Two types of leather (army leather and cowhide); knuckle protection; even the side zipper has attitude. But don't let its macho exterior fool you: This glove is a big softy on the inside. Three finger model also available.
Spyder’s new Poacher glove is perfect for those warmer days when you want to protect your hands, but also crave lightweight flexibility. Not to worry though: Spyder didn’t skimp on any of the important stuff: the Poacher boasts Thinsulate insulation, a GORE-TEX waterproof insert, a removable wrist leash, a Dura Hyde leather palm and a soft nose wipe on the thumb. The full-length over-the-cuff gusset fits over your jacket, adding flexibility and style.