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One of the hardest parts of snowboarding is actually the simple act of keeping warm. We’ve already covered the best snowmobile boots on the market, to keep your precious little toes from dropping off.
Now we’re going to tackle the best snowmobile gloves and, just like the boots, they have a hard set of requirements to live up. Good looks have to blend with a practical design that you will be happy to hit the snow trails with – plus, and most importantly, they need to keep your hands and fingers warm and comfortable at all times.
We’ve found 10 of the best snowmobile gloves out there, and in this guide we’ll help you find the right ones for you.
The Best Snowmobile Gloves
The appeal of this glove lies in three factors – the simplicity of the design, the blend of high quality materials used in the construction and the name on the label. Lets start with the latter then, and if you’ve ever heard of Carhartt before you would have come across them as a company with a well deserved reputation for producing high quality, winter outdoor wear geared toward practical designs.
This product has all the features you would expect from a company like them, and also frankly that you would expect to find in an example of the best winter gloves. The big standout is that material blend. We have a 100% polyester outer shell that is tough, durable and waterproof. The inner lining is 100% soft polyester for a comfortable but warm interior. Finally the palm has been reinforced with 100% polyurethane, which is very, very tough – perfect for gripping snowmobile handlebars all day.
They also have some impressive practical features onboard, such as the wicking lining that will help take sweat out of the glove as you wear them. That really can’t be underestimated, as sweat filled gloves will start to feel like crap after about, oh, 5 minutes of wear. They are also easy to pull on and easy to secure with a nice, big wrist mounted strap designed to hold the glove secure all day.
Durable PolyTex Shell
Internal Lining Wicks Away Sweat
Re-Enforced Palm Construction
- Weight7.2 Ounces
Are you planning for a fun afternoon out on your snowmobile – or are you buying up supplies for a trek to the North Pole? Either way, it doesn’t matter because these snowmobile mittens from Outdoor Research have you covered. Literally.
These mittens are built for arctic exploration and wandering over 8,000 meter elevation mountain peaks. We weren’t joking around with out intro above, huh? What that means is a set of mittens with phenomenal protective powers against just about anything the weather can throw at you. The outer construction is incredibly tough GORE-TEX, which is both wind and waterproof. There are two types of liner inside – Moonlite Pile Fleece on and around the palm, with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation elsewhere. All the lining is, by the way, easy to remove for cleaning purposes.
The construction is crazy tough too. Kevlar – yes that’s right, bullet proof Kevlar – is used for stitching in the palm sections for increased strength whilst all seams are taped to increase the waterproofing. They are very easy to pull on with the built in handles, whilst the toggle equipped closures are designed to create a close seal.
This is not a cheap mitten, though given the list of features that shouldn’t be too surprising! But if you’re looking for long lasting, serious high quality snowmobile gear that can stand up to the worst the winter can throw at them you should certainly check these bad boys out.
They are undoubtedly one of the best winter gloves for extreme cold.
- BrandOutdoor Research
- Weight14.1 Ounces
This is a glove packed full of useful features, including one that is a tip to modernity. Lets look first at the more traditional features that you want to see on a good snowmobile glove first however.
Lets start with insulation, because that is that is the area winter gloves need to excel in if they are to stand up to Snowmobile use. 70grams of Thinsulate lining has been packed into each glove, a pretty respectable amount really. There is also a thick polar fleece liner built in, these being just 2 of the 4 total layers that stand between your delicate skin and the cold winter air.
The palm is reinforced, again something that is good to see on gloves to be used when riding a Snowmobile. There is a zipper closed hand warmer pocket, which is not something you see every day either. Oh, that tip to modernity we mentioned earlier? Turns out these gloves are touch screen friendly, meaning you can pull out your phone or other device and operate it without having to remove your glove first. If that doesn’t seem like a great design feature, then you’ve never got a phone call at -2 Celsius before.
4 Layers of Protection
70 Grams of Thinsulate Insulation
Touch Screen Friendly
- BrandHeritage Performance Gloves
- Weight8 Ounces
First up, this is a very cool looking winter glove. Just look at it, it’s sleek and black and has a construction that uses a range of materials, all carefully selected and deployed to take advantage of their best properties. Plus it looks really cool.
Under the hood, MCTi have worked very hard to pack in an enviable feature list. Working from the inside out, we start with a 140g-cotton liner that is encircled by 40 grams of Thinsulate padding. The final internal layer is a TPU insert which makes the gloves waterproof. Over the top, what it almost a composite shell forms the outer layer, made of 94% polyester with 6% spandex – that spandex is included to give the glove a degree of flexibility and dexterity, very useful when using controls.
The glove is nice and tough too. For example, the fingers have rubber reinforcement, whilst the palms have a coating of Polyurethane for an extra tough layer right where the gloves will be contacting touch surfaces. A strap around the wrist holds the glove secure, whilst a toggle closure ensures a close fit to keep out wind and moisture.
40g Thinsulate/140g Cotton Liners
Polyurethane Palm & Rubber Reinforced Fingers
Nose Wipe Thumb!
Hestra have been knocking out some of the best winter gloves for extreme cold for nearly a century now, and they are not about to stop any time soon. This set of extreme weather mittens are packed with useful features to keep your precious little hands warm in even the most testing cold weather conditions.
The lining comprises 3 separate layers, all removable. This allows you to tailor the insulation for warmer conditions, as well as making it easy to clean. The gloves are completely waterproof and windproof, whilst the palms are constructed of goat leather. This material is tough, but also very soft and flexible – a very useful combination.
The mittens are designed to slip onto your hands easy enough, whilst a very effective Velcro strap will keep them there for as long as you need them too. Once again, by virtue of having such a strong construction suitable for extreme cold these mittens are very much at the upper end of the price range. If you snowmobile frequently in very cold environments, these could be a winner – so long as you can justify the investment.
Wind & Water Proof
Goat Leather Palm
Removable Lining Layers
Wrist Strap for Secure Fit
- Weight1 Pound
Klim Snowmobile gloves are a product with a long and proud association with quality. They are especially designed for use on Snowmobiles, which has led to a few interesting design choices. That being said, the big standout feature has to be the amount of Thinsulate insulation they have managed to pack in here, a whopping 300 grams per glove – a very, very impressive level of insulation.
It is though not just a large amount, it’s also how that insulation has been deployed which impresses us. 100 grams is in the palm, whilst 200 grams is on the back of the hand. The thought process behind this – and it makes sense – is that it will be the back of your hand that is facing into the wind and snow, and so needs the extra padding. The palm is gripping around the handlebar and so is protected a little more.
Like we said, it does make sense and is proof that Klim has really put some though behind their design process here. In addition to that cool insulation there is the usual useful features – a tough and tacky material pad on the palm, a wrist mounted strap for a secure fit.
All in all, when you see the words Klim Snowmobile Gloves you can assume they will be high quality, and this product loves up to that admirably.
300 Grams of Thinsulate Insulation
Durable Palm Patch
- Weight4.8 Ounces
First things first, and it should be noted that these gloves are not of a design that is going to appeal to everyone. There’s just a bit too much yellow for them to be a design with the subtlety to simply blend in. At the same time, as a pair of winter gloves from the lower end of the price range they don’t really have the high-end materials to warrant the closer inspection their bright coloring will draw.
At the same time, and especially given that low price point, these are a pair of snowmobile gloves packed with useful features. Chief amongst them is the 150g of Thinsulate insulation – not the highest amount on the market but certainly not the lowest either. Those yellow palms do look horrific (in our opinion at least) but they are at least made of genuine cow leather, an extremely tough but soft and flexible material.
The backs are of Nylon construction, again nice and tough whilst also being wind proof and water resistant. A big strap holds them in place whilst a toggle closure seals up the glove to keep out wind and moisture.
It may look like crap, but this is still a feature packed, excellent quality budget glove option.
150g Thinsulate Insulation
Wind Proof, Water Resistant
Double Stitch Seams
Cow Leather Palms
A much more subtle design than the gloves we just looked at! In fact, if you look at them from a certain angle, they kind of look like Ice Hockey gloves – maybe a subtle nod to their Canadian origins.
The exterior shell of the gloves is 100% polyester. That’s a useful material to see, as it provides a tough, wind and water-resistant outer whilst also allowing the wicking qualities of the liner and insulation to do their thing keeping your hands dry. The lining is not removable, but is designed to be incredibly soft and, as we mentioned, both breathable and moisture wicking.
The outer of the glove has also been reinforced in strategic areas. Around the fingers and across the knuckles you will find soft but tough goat leather. The palm is also of goat leather, with additional support from strategically placed strips of polyurethane.
All in all then, a pretty basic glove design in quite a lot of ways. At the same time, a very tough one that, physically at least, should be able to take a lot of punishment.
Moisture Wicking Lining
Goat Leather & Polyurethane Trim to Palm & Fingers
- Weight8.8 Ounces
This is a very interesting design from Flambeau. They’ve taken the sensible line of asking why just rely on body heat to keep you warm in wintery conditions? After all, this is the 21st century right, we’re not savages!
The results of that train of thought are these gloves, possibly the warmest snowmobile gloves out there right now. Why are they so warm? Because they contain built-in heater elements in the palms and fingers. When they are connected up to the built in, tiny but powerful lithium ion batteries you get up to 5 and a half hours of heat generation to keep your hands toasty warm.
The gloves also pack some of the features you would expect of a traditional winter glove too, such as a waterproof nylon outer, secure wrist strap and 100 grams of insulation. This is a pretty out there kind of product and frankly it won’t be for everyone. But if you are looking for a truly innovative design to combat deep winter chill you should certainly take a look at these gloves.
Built in Heater Element
Provides Heat for Up to 5.5 Hours
- Weight1 Pound
We’ve already seen a number of products that have included leather – both goat and cow – as a material in their construction. What they have done however is incorporate leather into a portion of the design, like the palms, to add extra toughness to the design. Mossi have seen that and said hold my beer.
The result are these, an all leather set of snowmobile gloves. Naturally, by taking leather as the base material these gloves are crazy tough. They are going to easily stand up to the physical trials of Snowmobile riding. At the same time, they will take advantage of leathers natural flexibility for a set of gloves that let you keep a certain level of dexterity.
100 grams of Thunsulate lining has been jammed inside for extra protection, whilst tough plastic inserts have been placed over the knuckles and fingers. These are designed to protect against wind chill whilst you are riding, a pretty cool feature to see.
There is no strap like with many other designs, instead an elastic panel is included in the cuff for a secure fit. Being all leather they are of course look awesome too, a nice little bonus.
All Leather Construction
100 Grams of Thinsulate Insulation
Elasticized Cuff Panel for Secure Fit
- Weight8.8 Ounces
Best Snowmobile Gloves Buying Guide & FAQ
There we have it then, a comprehensive list of very cool products there. Cool, get it? Because they are designed to use with a Snowmobile? Out in the cold? Forget it, we’re wasted here.
In this section we’ll take a look at the features that the best Snowmobile gloves will be packing, as well as give you a few things to think about when you’re selecting which gloves are the best for you.
Things to Consider When Buying Snowmobile Gloves
- Waterproof. Or at the very least they should be water resistant. Gloves that don’t keep moisture out are not going to comfortable to wear, simple as that.
- Wicking. Just as important as keeping water out is getting rid of moisture you produce. The best snowmobile gloves can often be a victim of their own success, keeping your hands so toasty warm they begin to sweat. Look for gloves with wicking materials, so that they can help get that paw sweat out of the glove before they become soggy and uncomfortable.
- Strapping. Strapping is really important, which is why you see it included in almost all Snowmobile glove designs. Basically, you really do need the gloves to stay exactly where you want them to – i.e. on your hands. A nice close fit will help that wicking material close to your skin so it can do its job. A close fit also means that less draughts or snow flakes can get in, again helping the glove to do it’s job.
- Reinforced Palm. A lot of the gloves we looked at above included reinforcing materials in the palm, whether of tough plastic, leather or even a combination of the two. The palm of the glove is going to be in constant contact with high abrasion areas of the Snowmobile – i.e. the handlebar grips. Gloves with reinforcing in that area will be able to stand up to this better, prolonging the useful lifespan of the gloves.
Benefits of Using Snowmobile Gloves
They keep your hands and fingers where they are supposed to be. I.e. gloves will keep your hands at the end of your arms, rather than dropping off with frostbite. Protecting extremities like fingers during winter sports is of supreme importance. When it’s cold, your body struggles to keep your toes and fingers warm. This is because they are at the extremity of your body, in other words as far away from your heart as possible. It’s tougher for your heart to pump lovely, warm blood all that way so you need a good quality pair of insulated gloves to help out and keep your hands and fingers toasty warm.
They are a practical option. Hey, how do you control a snowmobile? That’s right, via the handlebars. And what do you put on the handlebars? Your hands of course. To stay in effective control of snowmobile, you need your hands to be both warm but also able to make small, delicate movements such as applying the brakes or adjusting the throttle. A good pair of snowmobile gloves will keep your hands warm enough to do this, without throwing on so much padding around that your lose basic motor function with your fingers.
Gloves vs Mittens
Mittens aren’t just for kids, even if your Mom does keep sowing yours to sleeves of your coat. As you’ve seen in the list above, the best winter gloves come in two flavors – mittens and gloves. It’s going to come down to personal preference of course, but broadly speaking there are a few advantages and disadvantages to both styles:
- Mittens: The main disadvantage is you can look like a bit dumb wearing mittens. The fact you are riding a snowmobile as you wear them however should be enough to offset that. The biggest advantage is they keep your fingers together in one area, so they can take advantage of your natural body warmth. That can cut down a bit on padding, and make the mite style best for extreme cold weather. Bear in mind you will lose a lot of finger dexterity however, and if your snowmobile handlebars have any fiddly little controls you’ll struggle to use them with mittens on.
- Gloves: A more standard, does anything kind of design. The big advantage here is that you retain a higher level of dexterity, with each finger maintaining some level of independent movement. The big drawback is that each part of the hand is now separated from the others, losing that ability to share body heat. Gloves therefore need extra padding just to keep you warm.
Best Snowmobile Gloves FAQ:
Q: How do I size snowmobile gloves?
A: Measuring is very easy, all you really need is a tape measure. Don’t go too big either, as you want a relatively snug fit in your glove, especially if it contains moisture wicking materials.
Q: Are all these gloves windproof?
A: Yes, all the gloves we picked up for our list are windproof. Wind chill is a huge factor when it comes to staying warm on a Snowmobile, and having windproof gloves will really help you there.
Q: How do I wash snowmobile gloves?
A: The first thing to do is to check out the instructions that the gloves came with. If the lining and/or insulation can be removed pull that out before you begin. They will be easier to clean when removed from the glove, and will also be much easier to dry. As far as the exterior goes, since all these gloves are either waterproof or at the very least water resistant, all you need to do is wipe them down with warm soapy water.
Our Top Pick
It was a tough call with this list because there really are some great snowmobile gloves out there. In the end, we plumped for the Carhartt Waterproof Insulated glove as today’s winner. It’s just such a simple but well thought out design that it is impossible not to.
Yes, there are some flashier gloves on the list with a few more bells and whistles or with an appearance designed to attract admiring glances out on the trail. But the Carhartt gloves just had enough going on in their design that they could just quietly go about doing their thing without attracting attention or busting your bank balance. Their thing, as it turned out, was being the best snowmobile glove on the list, so for that reason they are our winners.