For the 50+ Traveler

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MCTi Waterproof Mens Ski Gloves

Top Pick
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These MCTi gloves have a 4.4 average star rating from over 2,300 buyers. They’re popular because of their design and construction, which combines a sporty aesthetic and practical features with wind-, cold-, and water-resistant materials like TPU and name brand Thinsulate.

The gloves have a zippered pocket that will accommodate a key or cards, plus elasticized and belted wrists that are adjustable to keep the cold out. The extra-long cuffs can also be cinched shut thanks to the elasticized cord-and-toggle system that’s built into the hem. These gloves come in men’s sizes Medium, Large, and X-Large, and MCTi includes a size chart on the product’s Amazon page that can help you select the right size.

Unfortunately, numerous reviewers note that the gloves aren’t very breathable, and that if you sweat in them (which you might -- they’re warm!) they take a long time to dry. Less-than-satisfied buyers have also voiced quality concerns, citing issues with the glove material ripping and seams coming undone, and noting that the gloves are difficult to get on and off as the liners come inside out (which could help with drying but might be hard to get back in the gloves again!).

Key Features

  • Available in 3 sizes and 2 colors
  • Zippered pocket for key or cards
  • PU leather palm patch

Specifications

  • Brand: MCTi
  • Sizes: Men’s Medium, Large, X-Large
  • Materials: Polyester, Thinsulate, cotton, TPU

Pros

  • Name brand Thinsulate insulation
  • TPU membrane wicks moisture
  • Adjustable and elasticized wrists + extra-long cuffs keep the wind out

Cons

  • Gloves aren’t very breathable
  • Some buyers have quality concerns
  • Difficult to get on and off

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Tough Outdoors Waterproof & Windproof Ski & Snowboarding Gloves

Honorable Mention
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We’ve included two pairs of Tough Outdoors ski and snow gloves in our roundup, partly because these products have a lot of satisfied buyers. The first pair, which is available in black on black, has a 4.6 average star rating from 670 buyers and is highly recommended for its great fit and warmth.

Like our top pick, these gloves have a synthetic leather palm, elasticized and adjustable wrists, and a drawstring closure around the cuffs. They also have a TPU membrane that allows moisture to escape.

We appreciate that these gloves come in five different sizes and have built-in wrist straps to prevent loss. They also have soft nose-wipe patches on the thumbs, which may sound a bit gross, but if you’ve spent enough time on the slopes, you know your nose can get running and tissues just aren’t practical.

Reviewers note that the gloves run small and a few advise ordering a size up. Finally, a couple reviewers note that the gloves have an unusual synthetic odor when they first arrive. This could be explained by their materials or the packaging. Either way, they should air out with use.

Key Features

  • Available in 5 sizes
  • Synthetic leather palm
  • Wrist straps to prevent glove loss

Specifications

  • Brand: Tough Outdoors
  • Sizes: Unisex X-Small to X-Large
  • Materials: Nylon, synthetic leather, TPU

Pros

  • Adjustable and elasticized wrists + extra-long cuffs keep the wind out
  • TPU membrane allows moisture to escape
  • Soft nose-wipe patch

Cons

  • No zippered pocket for small items
  • Gloves run small; consider sizing up
  • May have an unusual synthetic odor

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Tough Outdoors Ski & Snowboarding Gloves

Also Consider
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Our second Tough Outdoors glove option also comes in five sizes, and this pair has many similar features, but differs in that it’s black on gray. Reviewers love the gloves almost as much as the previous pair, with over 750 customers giving them a 4.5 average star rating.

As with the previous pair, these gloves come in five sizes and have synthetic leather palms, elasticized and adjustable wrists, and drawstring closures around the cuffs. Their TPU membrane allows moisture to escape. Note that they have wrist straps to prevent loss, but no zippered pockets like our top pick or nose-wipe patches like our honorable mention recommendation.

Happy reviewers call these “the best gloves” and say “Buy these!” But those who were less satisfied note that, like the previous pair, these gloves run small, so consider sizing up. Others report the gloves are not very durable. At least one skier says his gloves were torn by the tow rope and others report ripping at the seams.

Key Features

  • Available in 5 sizes
  • Synthetic leather palm
  • Wrist straps to prevent glove loss

Specifications

  • Brand: Tough Outdoors
  • Sizes: Unisex X-Small to X-Large
  • Materials: Nylon, synthetic leather

Pros

  • Adjustable and elasticized wrists
  • Extra-long cuffs keep the wind out
  • TPU membrane allows moisture to escape

Cons

  • No zippered pocket or nose-wipe patch
  • Gloves run small; consider sizing up
  • Some buyers have quality concerns

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WindRider Rugged Waterproof Winter Mittens

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Want ski mittens? I don’t blame you. They’re super comfy and way easier to drop hand warmers in. This pair, also featured in our review of the best mittens of 2020, is made for snowboarders, skiers, and ice fishers, and has a slew of wonderful features. The mittens have an average 4.5 star rating from nearly 200 reviewers, who appreciate their extra long cuffs (which can be cinched closed with the built-in cord-and-toggle system), adjustable wrist straps, and zippered pockets (similar to the key and card pockets on our top-pick gloves). One reviewer, who gave them five stars, even compared them to brand-name Outdoor Research mittens.

WindRider makes these mittens with a Cordura nylon shell, 3M Thinsulate, soft fleece, and a Gore-Tex-like Hipora coating. They come in sizes X-Small to XX-Large, which increases your chance of a good fit, and are backed by the company’s customer service, which numerous reviewers rave about. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that they’re truly waterproof, so it might be best to think of them as water resistant to avoid disappointment. Additionally, be aware that if the thumb fits, the rest of the mitten may feel a bit longer than it should depending on your hand size.

Key Features

  • Available in 6 sizes
  • Zippered pocket for key or cards
  • Adjustable wrist and cuff for better fit

Specifications

  • Brand: WindRider
  • Sizes: X-Small to XX-Large
  • Material: Nylon, fleece

Pros

  • Name brand Thinsulate insulation
  • Gore-Tex-like Hipora coating
  • Comparable to Outdoor Research mittens

Cons

  • Not completely waterproof
  • Mittens mean less dexterity than gloves
  • Proportions may be a little off

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Savior Heated Mittens

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These high-tech heated mittens also made our best mittens of 2020 review, but given their high-end features and sporty design, they deserve the consideration of skiers, too. Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, these lambskin mittens are available in seven sizes and three colors. They work in three different heat settings.

Reviewers give these mittens high praise: They have a 4.7 average star rating, and over 75 percent of their reviewers award them 5 stars. In the product Q&A, one reviewer says her daughter wore the gloves during a ski trip to Park City, and they kept her warm and dry. Another says the 2-inch by 2-inch by 3/8-inch battery pack “will not hinder your skiing at all.”

For folks with cold hands, these could mean more time, and enjoyment, on the slopes. Keep in mind, though, that they’re the most expensive option on our list. Even with their three-finger design, mittens allow less dexterity than gloves, and these gloves are bulkier than our WindRider pick because of their battery packs.

Key Features

  • Available in 7 sizes and 3 colors
  • 3 heat settings
  • Higher-end materials

Specifications

  • Brand: Savior Heat
  • Sizes: X-Small to XXX-Large
  • Materials: Leather, fleece, cotton

Pros

  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Extra long, adjustable cuffs
  • 3-finger design allows for more dexterity than most gloves

Cons

  • Most expensive option on our list
  • Mittens mean less dexterity than gloves, even with 3-finger design
  • Bulkier and heavier because of battery packs

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MZTDYTL Winter Heated Gloves

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If you want an option that gets toasty like Savior’s heated mittens but allows you more dexterity and doesn’t cost a fortune, consider MZTDYTL’s heated winter gloves. As with Savior’s mittens, you’ll be able to choose from three heat settings. But you’ll also be able to move your fingers independently -- at least as much as insulated gloves allow.

Reviewers like these gloves, with over 90 percent of them giving them 5 stars for a 4.7 average star rating. They have elasticized and belted wrists and extra-long cuffs that will keep the wind out. Unlike Savior’s heated mittens, these gloves can operate off of AAA batteries (either single-use or rechargeable). Reviewers note that they’re water resistant and practical, even if you don’t turn the heat on.

Note that they only come in one size and will be bulkier and heavier than regular glove or mitten options since they require batteries.

Key Features

  • Available in 1 size and color combination
  • 3 heat settings
  • Use AAA batteries

Specifications

  • Brand: MZTDYTL
  • Size: Large
  • Material: PU leather palm, other materials not specified

Pros

  • Adjustable and elasticized wrists + extra-long cuffs keep the wind out
  • Affordable heated mitten option

Cons

  • Only come in one size
  • Will be bulkier and heavier considering they require batteries
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You may not’ve thought much about glove specifications before turning to the internet to find the best ski gloves for you. Of course, you already know you want a pair of gloves that will fit well and keep you warm. There are a few other ski-specific considerations to keep in mind as you browse, too. Here’s what we suggest you be mindful of, based on our ski glove research.

Cuff Length

You’ll notice that our roundup includes only gloves with longer cuffs. This is because you don’t want the cold and snow wiggling between your coat sleeve and the cuff of your gloves. Gloves with cuffs you can cinch tight provide even more protection.

Palm Material

You’ll be using the palms of your gloves, even if you don’t ski with poles. But especially if you do, know that leather or synthetic leather glove palms can contribute to a better grip, no taking your hands out of your gloves required.

Quality

Gloves you can grab in the checkout line at the grocery store are significantly different than expensive gloves made of leather or high-quality synthetic materials. Pay less, and your gloves might not be as warm, grippy, or well made. Lots of Amazon reviewers note that less-expensive gloves’ seams start coming undone before they feel they’ve gotten their money’s worth out of them. Consider whether you can invest more in a pair of gloves that you’ll wear for winters to come, and buy accordingly.

Extra Features

Zipper pockets, adjustable belts, cord-and-toggle systems, heating elements: There are so many extra features you can opt for in your skiing gloves. You probably don’t need them all, and it would be difficult to find “everything” in one pair, but consider what types of gloves you’ve liked before, or what features you wished your last pair of gloves had, and prioritize finding a pair that meets that requirement.

Sizing

None of the gloves on this list are one size fits most, and that’s a good thing. You need to buy gloves that are the right size for you, and if you’re ordering online, that means you need to consult the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Don’t assume you wear a size Medium just because your last gloves were Mediums. There’s no standardization in glove or mitten sizing. It’s also a good idea to read reviews. If lots of reviewers are saying a pair of gloves runs large or small, consider sizing up or down accordingly.

Would You Consider Mittens?

Mittens can be incredibly cozy, and depending on the style you buy, you can actually layer thin gloves under mittens for even more protection. People with circulation issues or particularly cold hands (myself included) may find mittens more comfortable, and there are numerous ski-specific options, like the WindRider mittens we recommend.

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