There is nothing worst than wearing the wrong hiking gloves in outdoors. Your fingers get freezing and you can’t touch anything; sometimes you do that with pain.
Weather in hiking can change around very fast and a pair of hiking gloves weighs very little, but does the difference between safety, comfort and discomfort.
You can find a great variety of glove styles and warmth levels online. If you did search you will find that the “layers” for torso clothing, stands true for hiking gloves too.
Most people choose to carry a lightweight or fleece liner pair of hiking gloves, along with a pair of waterproof rain gloves to layer over the liners as needed. Winter is a special category by itself though and is always best to choose a glove designed for the winter elements.
Make sure to read all tips on how to choose hiking gloves at the end of this post.
Here is a collection (sorted alphabetically) of hiking gloves along with their features, to choose from.
Featured 23 Best Hiking Gloves
The North Face Etip Gloves
Outdoor Research VersaLiner Glove
Black Diamond Soloist Gloves
SEALSKINZ Ultra Grip Glove
Marmot Evolution Glove
Water/wind resistant, elastic wrists, washable leather, Marmot M1 Softshell Fabric, leather reinforced palm, Falcon grip. Check in Amazon
Mountain Hardwear Hydra Lite Glove
Made with water-resistant material, thumbs have suede patch, carabiner loop, pull-loop, adjustable neoprene cuffs. Check in Amazon
Outdoor Research Alti Hiking Gloves
Black Diamond Patrol Gloves
Outdoor Research Men’s Centurion Gloves
Pearl Izumi Women’s Thermal Conductive Glove
Touch screen compatible, fleece thumb, reflective elements, silicone screened palm.
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Marmot Power Stretch Hiking Gloves
Reinforced palm, moisture-wicking, Free-Flow Stretch fit, Grip Zone finger tips, all-purpose liner and cool-weather glove. Check in Amazon
Black Diamond Mercury Mittens
Waterproof, windproof, breathable insert, good moisture management, separated lining, bulky. Check in Amazon
Mountain Made Hiking Gloves
Quick dry, preserve heat, super breathable, few durability complaints, touch screen friendly, adjustable size, anti-skid design. Check in Amazon
Mountain Hardwear Torsion
Columbia M Fast Trek
Yamamoto neoprene, soft fleece lining, waterproof, tear resistant, seamless palm design, Pro Strap. Check in Amazon
North Face TKA 100 MicroFleece
SeaLskinz All Season Hiking Gloves
Black Diamond Screentap Fleece Gloves
Marmot’s Spring Glove
REI CO-OP Polartec Power Stretch
Breathable Polartec Power Stretch, rubberized palm pattern grip, touch-screen compatible, pull tabs, removable S-hook. Check in REI
How to choose the Best Hiking Gloves
The warmth factor in hiking gloves
Too warm is not always too good, right? Hiking gloves come in many different materials and warmth levels. For example, fleece gloves will be a great base-layer glove for cool summer or autumn mornings. On the other hand, when it comes to winter hiking then winter hiking gloves need to be made from -at least- water resistant or -better- waterproof materials. That is the way to keep your fingers dry. Dry fingers is good, right?
That is the reason good winter hiking gloves are -usually- designed with an internal 3-layer insulation system. This system entraps the air that is warmed by your body and as a result your hands are kept warm. Proper lining allows breath-ability. Thus, far less moisture is trapped between the insulation and your hands, which also helps in keeping your hands warm.
There are gloves with liners that you can remove and others where you cannot. Of course, you can use extra “cover” for your hands with extra gloves or hand warmers but during hiking you need to be able to use your hands to grab/hold things; your trekking poles at least.
There are people who love mittens. However, mittens are usually made of wool or some nylon-type synthetic material. Mittens may warm your hands fast, but they will not be water-resistant and if they are bulky you will not be able to use them to hold things.
Another type of hiking gloves is the “lobster” type. These come with three “fingers”. Keeping more fingers in one “glove ginger” can provide more warmth but you need to wonder if it is practical.
If your hands are fixed constantly around something you hold, they may be handy. Such cases is holding ski poles. That gives a very limited range of motion and that is why the majority of hikers prefers the 5-finger style.
The Features of Hiking Gloves
Nothing very specific to describe here, except that in the recent years and due to smartphone usage as a camera, navigation system or simply as a phone, there are gloves that allow to uncover your finger tips.
These are handy when it comes to easy hiking trips, with relatively good weather. However, think that having a hole in each finger simply allows your fingers to get cold. If you need to handle your smartphone or any touch screen device you can look out for such specific gloves with finger tips that are touch screen compatible.
Durability of Hiking Gloves
That is a very important factor. You do want your gloves to last long. It is not a nice thing to reach for a tree branch or grab from a rock and have them ripped leaving you unprotected to cold, blisters and micro-injuries.
When you walk with trekking poles for hours, your gloves must not allow all that friction to be transferred to your palm and fingers. Depending on the weather you may need different types of more “tough” gloves, either partially covered with leather or other synthetic material.
Layers of Hiking Gloves
The internal removable liners are the norm. There are gloves where the liner can’t be removed and sometime makes it a bit tricky to wear them or take them off, as the inner layer is shifting along with your palm. Then the glove fingers get cluttered from the fabric.
Better to have gloves where the liner is easy to remove. Winter gloves are like that. The outer part can be waterproof or water resistant, providing extra warmth and protection, while when the weather gets warmer you can remove the extra and be comfortable and less sweaty.
The best material for gloves is synthetic.
How to be sure that your gloves fit well
Well, the practical way is to wear a pair in a store. On the other hand, online shopping is easier, so here are a couple of ways to find the correct size.
- The first way: If you have a pair that fits well, measure that and seek online for same measurements and size.
- The second way: Measure your palm and overall hand. Then take the numbers and seek online how these “translate” to glove sizes. Use the online shop chat to define the accurate glove size for your case. While sizes vary, in general, a small size usually means something between 6.5-8 inches, medium is from 7 to 9 and large is 8 to 10.6 inches.
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