* We are tired of cold and wet hands on the slopes
* Leather gloves that protect against the elements and look damn good while doing it
* Designed with durability and style in mind
Our hands are the first part of the body that starts to chill when raging down the slopes on below freezing days. To combat the cold, there are a thousand gloves out there that aim to stand up to a rugged life outdoors. And some of the best gloves on the market are actually depending on high-quality leathers as opposed to more common water-proof nylon. Along with added insulation and durable construction, these leather-made gloves and mittens from notable outdoor brands are just as slick to rock around town as they are on the spine of a snowy peak. Traditional leather goods should be a staple in every man’s closet and we recommend adding a pair of these fitted gloves to your kit for dependability when handling technical equipment and gear—and looking dapper while doing it.
1. Hestra 3-Finger Mittens
The Swedish company, Hestra, are the leaders in handcrafted leather gloves for good reason. They have been perfecting the ski and snowboard glove for around 80 years while pushing the concept of what it means to rock stylish yet effective hand gear while working and playing mountainside. What makes these soft cow-hide mittens one of the brands stand-out designs is because of a few key details. The three-finger construction gives you the comfort of a spacious mitten for three of your fingers while giving your pointer finger and thumb added range to tighten straps on ski equipment and superior control when tackling outdoor jobs, like chairlift operations and heli-ski guiding. The outseam, or reverse seam design, gives users excellent grip on their ski poles while riding and a neoprene cuff can be tightened around the wrist so that no snow or debris can get into the glove. This burnt walnut-color is a handsome style that brings sophistication to your winter kit.
2. Black Diamond Spark Gloves
Crafted from goat leather, these Black Diamond gloves have a supple and sleek exterior with durability to handle wet and icy conditions. Their EVA padding on the backhand of the glove gives the wearer added protection when impacted, like when operating a snowcat or carrying cumbersome equipment. A super-soft fleece interior keeps fingers warm and is made to keep hands dry with a waterproof treatment. These are an all-mountain style of glove with an attractive black construction that can be worn with a variety of gear, from dark outerwear to a red ski patrol uniform.
3. Marmot Undercuff Gloves
These tan and black leather gloves from Marmot are an excellent choice when it comes to unpredictable conditions outdoors. During whiteout blizzards, the leather construction will insulate and keep fingers from freezing while a breathable and flexible leather and nylon combo wicks away water during spring days on the slopes so hands stay dry and cool. They slide on and off easily with their short cuff that tucks neatly under your winter jacket and pulls tightly around wrists with a hook-and-loop tab.
4. Burton Gore-Tex Leather Gloves
These streamlined tanned leather gloves from Burton are a versatile option for winter dwellers as they work well when shredding the backcountry or when stepping out in a fitted fleece jacket for an elevated winter look. Despite its good looks, they are also made to last as they are designed with a Gore-Tex membrane, which gives them tried-and-true waterproof capabilities. Along with curved fingers for great grip when handling equipment and buckling down before heading downhill, they also let the wearer use the touchscreen on their smartphones easily as the fingers each have tech-friendly capabilities so you don’t have to take gloves on and off between runs to use your device. In addition, they have a super lightweight liner that lets hands breathe to avoid clammy palms.