Whether you’re grabbing a pole on the G train or on a ski vacation, cold fingers are never pleasant. As many different types of gloves as there are (touchscreen or shearling or leather), there are even more brands and styles to choose from within those categories. To find the best versions no matter what you’re looking for, we talked with gear experts, stylists, and professional snowboarders. Below, the 18 best pairs that you can wear whether you’re commuting to the office or skiing on Bear Mountain.
The best leather gloves
Taylor Manson, visual specialist at REI, says that leather is an excellent choice because it is “naturally waterproof, super durable, and is going to give you really good wind protection.” This pair from Hestra has a slightly longer length and a convenient zipper “allowing the gloves to easily go over a jacket or be zipped under a coat. You can also unzip and roll the cuff for an extra styling option,” says designer, stylist, and creative consultant Megan Ann Wilson.
In fact, several of our experts recommended gloves from Hestra, a Swedish company founded in 1936. Ari Gefen, a buyer at Westerlind, says they are “exceedingly well-made, warm, and look amazing. They’re dressy but not too fussy, the perfect city glove.” The Elisabeth glove is made of hair sheep leather and is wool-lined. “Good-quality leather ages beautifully when properly cared for, and the linings ensure your hands stay warm and cozy.” Manson recommends washing your leather gloves with soap and water and treating them with wax or polish to keep them in top condition.
Gefen also recommends Geier Gloves. They are made in Centralia, Washington from high-quality deerskin and elk leathers and “the contrast piping detail gives them a bit more visual interest than your typical winter glove, as well.” Manson says that leather gloves are “going to be really thick, so if you’re working outside it offers good protection.”