This article was originally created to address weighted gloves for walking, but as I dug into the research for that topic I came upon a ton of insulated gloves.
As someone who currently lives in the Southeastern (U.S.), but previously lived in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), I had forgotten that something as simple as walking might require gloves. Because down here in the south, especially in Florida, we don’t get real winters.
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In the dead of winter, or even just cold nights, sometimes the thoughts of cold hands (or cold feet) can deter you from going on your regular walk. This article won’t help your toes, but it will definitely keep your fingers warm!
Top 10 Walking Gloves for Cold Weather
We’ve included all our favorites, from thick insulated “ski-style” gloves to thinner “wind-breaker style” gloves. We’ve got them all below.
1. Mountain Made Outdoor Gloves
Mountain Made is a stylish pair of gloves designed for the harshest outdoor conditions. Each pair comes absorbent and quick drying with multi-directional stretch for a perfect fit. They are also designed rugged for everyday use. The pairs are designed light, very warm and very breathable to keep you warm and dry in all weather conditions. You can also use your touchscreen mobile device with this pair of gloves on.
He pair is rated to work perfectly at 32 degrees Fahrenheit which means you can use them in very cold weather. The layer of this pair are designed stylish and for durability. Though its fingers are created thick for warmth, the gloves are still able to perfectly operate any touchscreen device. Overall, this is a great pair of gloves for those looking for warmth, dexterity and style in a glove.
- Very functional allowing you to use your mobile device with ease
- Breathable to keep you dry
- Stylish design
- Relatively less durable
2. Kinco 901
Kinco 901 pair of cloves is made of pigskin leather. This leather is very durable and provides firm grip. To make it better, Kinco added a HeatKeep thermal lining to ensure they are better to handle cold weather. The reinforcing leather on the gloves ensures that they resist abrasion better. Even better, their Draylon thread stitching enhances the sturdiness of the gloves making them last longer than most gloves.
Each pair is fitted with Nikwax which makes it waterproof to keep your hands dry when it rains. On the wrist, there is a comfortable 100 percent polyester fabric that adds to the warmth of these gloves. There is an angled winged cuff that makes the gloves more flexible with its seamless interior making them soft and comfy. Lastly, the Omni-cuff design lets you control the temperature of the gloves.
- Highly durable
- Warm and very breathable
- Can resist abrasion in harsh trails
- Great stitching for rugged use
- The gloves feel stiff the first few days of use
3. Black Diamond Mercury
This glove is designed with a blend of fabrics for its inner and outer layers. Its outer layer is designed waterproof and abrasion resistant with 4-way stretch. With its design, this pair of gloves comes in handy for all-year use. Even better, you can remove its inner lining when you need a less warm pair of gloves for a walk.
The build quality of these gloves places them on top of the competition. It has a separated index finger and thumb to enhance its functionality. At very cold temperatures, these gloves will give you warmth.
- Made of long lasting materials
- Waterproofed outer shell
- Comfortable in warm and cold weather
- The separated index and thumb may make the fingers feel cold
4. Columbia M Fast Trek
Columbia M Fast Trek is designed to resist abrasion in case you have to climb over rocks along the trail and to keep you warm and dry. This pair of polyester gloves is fitted with a patch on the palm that keeps them safe from abrasion and gives you a firmer grip. After use, you can clip the gloves together so you do not end up misplacing one of the gloves. Its wrist is elastic to fit on different hand sizes and to hold the inner liner whenever it is needed.
The manufacturer sells this glove to give warmth at temperatures as low as 32°F. In general, this pair of gloves will offer you great service at mild weather conditions. Its firm grip lets you use it for different activities along the trail.
- Features an abrasion resistant patch for durability
- Comes with a security clip to avoid misplacement
- Great price for its quality
- Large sizing may not fit small hands
5. SEALSKINZ Waterproof All Weather Ultra Grip Knitted Glove
If you are shopping for light weighted gloves for walking, this might be a good choice. The gloves are designed with lightweight but warm material to reduce the bulk of weighted walking gloves while keeping you warm. Its unique blend of materials ensures that you are protected from wind and water and that moisture from perspiration leaves the body.
For enhanced functionality, the index and thumb fingers are made compatible with touchscreen. The palm and fingers are printed for a firmer grip. This pair comes in handy for colder weather when you need to stay warm without interfering with your dexterity. Overall, the pair is comfortable in different weather conditions and functional when you are walking.
- Lightweight, less bulky but warm
- Offers great dexterity when you are hiking
- Waterproof and breathable
- Highly functional
- Less durable in harsh trail conditions
6. Outdoor Research Alti
These gloves were designed to let you survive comfortably in the Artic; to keep your hands warm and protected from elements. Each pair is made of high quality material to enhance durability. Not only is the material durable but also waterproof and breathable. This means, you can use it in the rain or snowy regions and it lets out perspiration when you sweat. When you are walking in warm weather, you can remove the liners to make the gloves lighter.
Outdoor Research Alti gloves sport Kevlar stitching for durability, leather palms to increase grip and Tough-Tek tabs to ensure they do not slip off. Overall, this is a good pair of gloves if you are looking for warmth, comfort and protection; they are rugged and durable to withstand elements.
- Made of durable materials
- Breathable to keep you dry
- Waterproof construction
- Large sizing reduces dexterity levels
7. Marmot Power Stretch
Marmot Power is a versatile pair of gloves that comes with a removable shell liner for added warmth and comfort. Its design aims at keeping you warmer and drier for long. Its dexterity is not affected by the fact that it features free-flow stretch fit. On the palm side of the gloves, there are grip zones designed to enhance grip when you are climbing along the trail. This makes it ideal for different hiking expeditions.
Each pair of gloves is designed light to make it comfortable especially when used with a liner. When used with a liner, the gloves are very warm and very breathable. Even better, the outer shell is designed waterproof for use in snowy weather. The pair will still be comfortable without a liner.
- Offers great dexterity
- Keeps you warm and dry in all weather conditions
- Relatively less durable
- Its compatibility with touchscreen is nimble
8. Gordini Polar
Gordini Polar is a pair of gloves designed to enhance your survival in very cold weather. The pair is waterproof and windproof and comes with a breathable insert that keeps you dry. Its moisture management system places it on top of the competition as it lets you stay dry and comfortable at all times. Even better, you can separate the glove shell from the lining when you need to use the pair in warm weather.
This pair of gloves is more weighted than other pairs on our list and as such comes at a relatively higher price. With more weight, these gloves are able to keep you protected from the coldest weather and from the harshest trail conditions.
- The gloves are designed water and wind proof
- Made of a breathable lining to keep you dry
- Heavily weighted to survive harsh climatic conditions
- Offered at a relatively higher price
9. North Face Etip
The Etip was designed to block the wind and allow you use your touchscreen mobile device while on them. Its 5-dimensional Fit ensures that they fit all hand sizes perfectly. Basically, this pair of gloves will keep you warm and comfortable. Because we are always using our smart devices, even when on trail, it becomes increasingly inconvenient to have to remove your gloves every time you need to use your smart device.
Overall, this pair of gloves is designed sturdy to provide dexterity and durability. However, it did not stand up to very cold weather making them only ideal in less harsh conditions. Their great fit and the fact that you can use your touchscreen device with them on is an added advantage.
- Highly durable
- Great when you are using your touchscreen device
- Great fit thanks to 5-Dimenstional Fit technology
- They are less effective in very cold conditions
10. Mountain Hardware Torsion
Mountain Hardware Torsion was designed for harsh weather conditions. The pair is warm, wind and water proof, breathable and long lasting. The soft inner shell is made better with a polyester microfleece. On the index finger, the gloves are strengthened with leather which makes them more durable and gives them better grip. It sports a goatskin palm that will last for years without letting water in. On the thumb, there is a small patch designed to wipe your nose when the days are very chilly.
The inner shell was constructed to ensure there is no moisture build-up. The gloves were made for the cold weather but they can fit perfectly in many outdoor activities. Overall, this pair of gloves sports a solid construction to guarantee you warmth at 35 degrees Fahrenheit or lpower.
- Very warm in cold temperatures
- Comes with a variety of smart features such as nose wipe patch
- Wind and water proof
- Great price
- May not be ideal in snowy conditions
Buyer’s Guide: Cold Weater Gloves for Walking
Weighted hiking gloves are heavy. Most of them are designed with a separate inner liner while some come with the inner liner and the outer shell sewn together. A separable inner liner is better as it makes the gloves versatile. Read on to learn how to pick the right weighted gloves for you.
What kind of trail will you be walking?
If you will just be walking around town in your gloves, they do not need to have rugged construction. However, if you will be walking along trails with a lot of bushes and where you have to climb over rocks, you will need gloves that can resist abrasion.
If you will be trailing a snowy path or a trail where you are likely to encounter rain, you will need gloves that are waterproof. Actually, to be prepared for all sorts of weather, buy waterproof gloves.
Breathability and Insulation
Insulation in weighted gloves is offered in terms of an inner lining which can be detachable or sewn to the outer shell. A good inner liner should be breathable; that is, it allows perspiration moisture to escape from your body. Breathability should, however, not make the glove expose you to cold.
You do not need to look like a star when you are hiking. However, a good design makes gloves more function when you are on trail. Some gloves come with great added features such as pockets to hold your valuables, patches to wipe your nose on the thumb region, wrist clips to hold the gloves together, leather reinforcement to enhance grip and abrasion resistance and many more great features.
Pick the Right Fit
An ill-fitted glove will not offer you the protection you need; either it will be uncomfortably small or it will keep slipping off your hands. You already know the size of your hands. With that, follow the sizing chart offered by the manufacturer. This way, you will have the right size. You can pick a glove with an elastic wrist for a better fit.
With this guide, you should shop and buy the best weighted glove with ease.