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Tucking your hand into a ball on the ski lift and then into your jacket for warmth is never a good solution. But when your gloves are bad and your hands are cold, you probably don’t have any other choice than to resort to drastic measures. So, instead of suffering through another bout of frigid temperatures and cold fingers, do yourself a favor and find the best snowboard gloves for you.

Fortunately, our experts at the Adventure Junkies have sorted through a multitude of options and chosen gloves that are made for the slopes so you never have to endure another cold ride. Take a moment to read through the list below to discover which glove best suits your interests.

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Quick Answer - The Best Snowboard Gloves

  1. Arc’teryx Alpha SL
  2. Black Diamond Guide
  3. Burton Gore-Tex
  4. The North Face Apex+ Etip
  5. DAKINE Titan
  6. Outdoor Research Stormtracker
  7. DAKINE Camino
  8. DAKINE Wrist Guard
  9. Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge

 

Comparison Table - Best Snowboard Gloves

PictureNamePalm FabricRemovable LinerGenderPriceRating
Arc’teryx Alpha SLLeatherNoUnisex$$4.5
Black Diamond GuideLeatherYesMen’s$$$3.8
Burton Gore-TexPolyurethaneYesMen’s$3.7
The North Face Apex+ EtipSoftshellNoWomen’s$$3.1
DAKINE TitanSynthetic MateriaYesMen’s$$4.3
Outdoor Research StormtrackerLeatherNoUnisex$$$3.3
DAKINE CaminoLeatherYesWomen’s$4.4
DAKINE Wrist GuardSynthetic MaterialNoMen’s And Unisex$4.5
Mountain Hardwear Boundary RidgeGoat LeatherNoUnisex$$$4.0
PictureNamePalm FabricRemovable LinerGenderPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Gloves for Snowboarding

Arc’teryx Alpha SL

Specs
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Palm Fabric: Leather
  • Removable Liner: No
Features
  • Windstopper Fabric Boosts Water Repellency
  • Adjustable Pull Strap Locks Gloves To Hands
  • Fleece-Lined For Comfort And Warmth

BEST FOR: CLIMBERS

With leather palms and added Gore Windstopper fabric, this glove is best for riders looking to reach climb-to-terrain for boarding. The leather palms stand up well to a sliding rope so that the friction won’t burn away at the fabric while the inner fleece provides a nice comfortable texture inside. The full finger model means you’ll have full control of your hands and the pulley system synches the gloves tight to your wrist so that unwanted snow or ice won’t sneak its way in. This is a strong glove for climbers and backcountry-riders.

Black Diamond Guide

Specs
  • Gender: Men’s
  • Palm Fabric: Leather
  • Removable Liner: Yes
Features
  • Removable Liner Gloves In Case Temperatures Heat Up
  • Wool Liners Keep Your Hands Super Warm Even When Wet
  • Long Cuffs Prevent Snow From Entering Your Gloves

BEST FOR: TREES AND GLADES

These long cuffed gloves are built for thick powder, harsh weather, and gnarly environments. The removable wool liners will keep your hands insulated and warm in the most extreme weather and the molded padding on the knuckles will protect your hands if you’re bashing through the trees. A nice little touch are the soft fabric thumbs, which give you a great place to wipe your nose if you ever get those cold riding boogies that we all know all too well. Overall, this is a great glove for an aggressive rider looking to tackle the trees in thick powder.

Burton Gore-Tex

Specs
  • Gender: Men’s
  • Palm Fabric: Polyurethane
  • Removable Liner: Yes
Features
  • Synthetic Insulation For Warmth
  • Zippered Pockets On Backs Of Hands For Storing Valuables
  • Removable Fleece Liner In Case Temps Heat Up

BEST FOR: BEGINNERS

Best for beginner riders in milder climates, the Burton Gore-Tex gloves are a standard option for anyone just starting out with boarding. Built with a polyurethane, water wicking fabric for its palm and a synthetic, removable liner, your hands will stay warm and dry all day long. A nice addition to these gloves are the zippered pockets on each glove that provides a nice space for a hand warmer or storing small valuables like a car key or ID. 

These gloves are much cheaper than other gloves on the market and will work relatively well in most weather. Keep in mind that the synthetic material won’t stand up to the elements quite as well as other gloves, so seek out another option if you’re anticipating colder temps and higher winds.

The North Face Apex+ Etip

Specs
  • Gender: Women’s
  • Palm Fabric: Softshell
  • Removable Liner: No
Features
  • Women-Specific Design
  • Silicone Grip For Added Traction
  • Pull Tab For Easy On And Off

BEST FOR: WARM WEATHER SPORTS

The North Face Apex Etip Glove uses a silicone palm to give riders more grip than other gloves. With a 100% windproof material and a soft shell on the back of your hands, this glove is especially built to block sharp wind out on the slope. At the same time, the inner insulation and unique articulated mould keeps your hand in a natural position. 

If comfort and protection from the wind are your priorities, then we suggest buying yourself a pair of these gloves. They may not be best for more severe weather, but in mild, windy climates, they’ll hold up just fine.

DAKINE Titan

Specs
  • Gender: Men’s
  • Palm Fabric: Synthetic Materia
  • Removable Liner: Yes
Features
  • Synthetic Insulation For Extra Warmth
  • Removable Fleece Liner In Case Temps Warm Up
  • Pockets On Backs Of Hands For Storing Hand Warmers Or Small Valuables

BEST FOR: INTERMEDIATE RIDERS

Dakine’s Titan Leather Gloves are a popular option for most riders. The waterproof zip stash pockets on the back are a great place for hand warmers and the durable shells should stand up against all wind and weather. Much like most other gloves, the Titan’s inner liner is removable. However, unlike other options, the liner is made out of Tricot, a fine-knitted fabric, to give riders even more comfort. These gloves will stand up to any weather conditions, but note that they may not last as long as other, more durable gloves.

Outdoor Research Stormtracker

Specs
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Palm Fabric: Leather
  • Removable Liner: No
Features
  • Self-Heated So Your Hands Stay Toasty All Day Long
  • Tough, Protective Shells For Harsh Weather Like Rain And Hail
  • Quick Dry Insulation

BEST FOR: LUXURY RIDERS

If your worst fear on Earth is cold hands and you’ll do anything in your power to prevent it, you may want to look into Outdoor Research’s Stormtracker Heated Sensor Gloves. They might have a mouthful for a name, but these self-heating gloves will ensure your hands stay plenty warm in even the most brutal of conditions. Using a rechargeable lithium ion battery and durable, moisture wicking material, these gloves will generate their own heat while retaining your body’s heat as well. 

With gloves like these, you might want to consider their weight and clunkiness. If heat is your priority, go for ‘em, but if functionality and comfort are, you may want a different option.

DAKINE Camino

Specs
  • Gender: Women’s
  • Palm Fabric: Leather
  • Removable Liner: Yes
Features
  • Adjustable Wrists For Easy On / Off
  • Removable Fleece Liner In Case Temps Heat Up
  • Durable Water Repellent Leather

BEST FOR: ALL FEMALE RIDERS

Reasonably priced and outfitted with all of the necessary features you need in a glove, this is a great glove for all riders. With adjustable wrists to seal out snow, internal heat pack pockets for glove warmers, and leather palms for grip and durability, you won’t need to worry about the cold or the environment with this glove. Even if you get those sniffles, comfortable nose-wiping thumbs let you rub away any excess dripping without any irritation and the removable liner means you can use this glove in warm weather as well.

DAKINE Wrist Guard

Specs
  • Gender: Men’s And Unisex
  • Palm Fabric: Synthetic Material
  • Removable Liner: No
Features
  • Removable Wrist Guard Support To Prevent Your Wrist From Snapping If You Take A Fall
  • Durable Water Repellent Shell
  • Hook And Loop Wrist Strap So You Won’t Lose A Glove If You Have To Remove It Mid-Descent

BEST FOR: FRAGILE WRISTS 

If you’ve ever broken your wrists before, or you’re scared of doing it for the first time, the best protection is buying a glove like the Dakine Wrist Guard gloves. These gloves come outfitted with a firm wrist guard that prevents your wrist from snapping back upon falling. Furthermore, with an adjustable hook-and-loop wrist strap, you can take these gloves off while sifting through your backpack and remain calm that they won’t fall out to the trail below. 

We highly recommend these Dakine gloves to all riders. They will  not only keep your hands warm but will make for a safer, more well-relaxed ride knowing that your wrists are more protected than they would be with another pair.

Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge

Specs
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Palm Fabric: Goat Leather
  • Removable Liner: No
Features
  • 2-Layer Gore-Tex For Protection
  • Advanced Design For Comfort
  • Polyester Fleece For Warmth

BEST FOR: ADVANCED RIDERS

Strong, warm, and well designed, Mountain Hardwear’s Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Gloves are sure to keep your hands warm and comfortable in any environment. Uncharacteristically built with goat leather and molded into a design specifically created to allow natural positioning of the hands, these gloves use a two-layered Gore-Tex protection to create more breathability and warmth. 

Though they may be pricier than other gloves, we highly recommend these to any rider looking for a glove that will last them well into their snowboarding years, no matter how aggressively they expect to ride.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SNOWBOARD GLOVES

Choosing ski gloves can be a difficult task. Below, we’ve listed out the main concerns you should have when buying the best snowboard gloves out there to help make your choice a little easier.

GLOVES OR MITTENS

We’ve provided you with the top ten gloves, but before you choose a glove from the list above, you might want to consider whether or not a mitten is better suited for your needs. Mittens give riders more warmth and a better feel for their hands, whereas gloves often make interaction with your environment a lot easier because you can use your fingers.

 

MATERIAL

Leather or synthetic? It may take a few pairs of gloves to figure out which glove suits your preferences, but determining whether or not you want leather or not is a principal concern. Leather will give you better grip, but may feel a bit more clunkier on the hand. Synthetic fabrics on the hand will feel more comfortable but may not hold up as well in extreme weather.

 

DURATION

The stronger the material, the longer the glove will last. You may have to spend more money for a long-lasting glove, but in the end, we think it’s worth it.

 

GENDER

Double check the gender before you buy gloves. You definitely don’t want to buy the wrong pair for you.

 

COST

Some gloves are wildly expensive, and not necessarily because of their supreme design. Often they offer one very unique feature that others don’t and if that’s for you, then by all means, buy that glove! But if not, then we recommend seeking out a more durable glove. And don’t buy the cheapest one! The last thing you want on the slope is cold fingers.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

GORE-TEX

An industry standard water resistant material.

WRIST STRAP

A thin strap that wraps around your wrist to keep your gloves attached to your body while you take them off.

CUFF

The part of the glove that extends back from your wrist and over your forearm. This is what cinches closed to keep out snow and water.

RUBBERTEC SYNTHETIC

A highly waterproof and abrasion resistant material.

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About The Author

While at the University of Virginia, Nate studied Spanish literature and contemporary philosophy and started for its Division 1 lacrosse team. At 20 years old, he began writing about his experiences attempting the world’s most insane adventures. From backcountry skiing in Patagonia to living in a Brazilian favela and high-altitude ice climbing in the Himalaya, Nate sheds light on parts and cultures of the world that remain widely unknown. He’s been featured on the top-rated travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts and has published work in a variety of outdoor publications. Currently Nate works as a freelance writer and explorer and competes for the Israeli National lacrosse team at tournaments around the world. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Nepali and proficient in French and Arabic. This past Spring, Nate became the first ever foreigner to porter in the Himalaya.

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