A man's personal collection of cold weather accessories isn't complete without a pair of protective winter gloves. Whether made from leather or other materials, the answer to protection against blistering cold winds and wet weather during harsh, freezing months are waterproof winter gloves.
Waterproof Glove Design Features
Ready to bid farewell to the days of having water sink through your gloves making your hands feel even colder? From braving stormy days in the city to hitting the slopes on vacation, owning a pair of great gloves that can up stand the elements is essential.
Sturdy, waterproof winter gloves that will protect your hands from the elements should include the following features:
- Good insulation made of Thinsulate, PrimaLoft, EnduroLoft, Hi-loft Polartec Wind Pro fleece or other synthetic materials
- A durable, protective outer shell
- Breathability to prevent sweating
- Glove designs that offer dexterity for a flexibility of hand movements as necessary for various activities or outdoor sports
- A gauntlet to fit over or under your coat or jacket sleeve to enclose the warmth
For Outdoor Work
Men who perform strenuous work outdoors such as fishing or construction need gloves that have good insulation, ensuring that warmth is locked in while blocking the moisture out. While performing such rigorous work, gloves that are too bulky can slow down productivity and get in the way of effectively getting the job done.
Waterproof Winter Plus
The Waterproof Winter Plus by Youngston is a work glove insulated with Thinsulate that is waterproof , windproof and has an inner membrane that will keep your hands dry and warm. From gripping items to bending your hands continuously, these gloves will protect your knuckles and prevent items slipping out of your reach while working.
This style glove only comes in black and costs around $35 at the Youngston website. It is available in sizes S-XXXL. Review site In Top Ten lists the Youngston gloves as one of the best work gloves, offering all that you need to perform your work duties in cold and wet temperatures.
Another outdoor work glove you may want to consider is the Ice Bay by Glacier Glove. The fleece-lined neoprene, 100 percent waterproof, sharkskin textured gloves are available in black and come in sizes XS-XXL for just over $30. If your winter work consists of activities such as ice fishing, Trails.com lists the Ice Bay gloves as the best to get the job done.
For Casual Wear
Covering up your hands during a winter storm can be done with style. There are many waterproof gloves on the market that strike a great balance between function and form. On a casual day, completing your coat ensemble with a pair of durable, warm and comfortable gloves that are sporty or classic is always a great style choice.
The Centurion gloves made by Outdoor Research are windproof and water-resistant, with GORE-TEX® and EnduraLoft insulation. If you're looking to add a bit of color to your black jacket, these gloves come in green and turquoise, but if you want to keep it classic, black is also an option.
The Centurion gloves cost about $70 and come in sizes S-XL. Outdoor Gear Lab has voted the gloves as a best buy with their excellent dexterity. The testers of the website were able to easily open a car door with a key, zip up a jacket, and sign their names without a problem while wearing the gloves. Whether hitting the town or the slopes, these gloves are literally a winner.
If you are looking for a versatile pair of gloves that can be worn casually, for outdoor work, or recreation, the Ergodyne ProFlex 8180D are a good choice. They are made of nylon, breathable spandex, and synthetic leather with 3M Thinsulate insulation.
It doesn't matter how wet the weather is outdoors, your hands will not get wet, as shown in a waterproof glove test by GME Supply. The Ergodyne ProFlex 8180D costs about $45, and are available in black in sizes S-XXL.
For an Evening Out
Need a winter glove upgrade that is on the dressy side? Leather gloves are always a good classic choice for any man's wardrobe. If the idea of leather gloves has you assuming you will have to waterproof them yourself, think again. The waterproof leather glove choices below will save you a step.
The Deerskin Gauntlet glove by Hugger Gloves has padded palms, and a long elasticized gauntlet which can be worn out or tucked into your coat sleeve for extra warmth. Although the gloves are a favorite for bikers, any man looking for a durable pair of quality, leather gloves would like this find.
In a review on Thunder Press, the fit and comfort of the Deerskin Gauntlet gloves are deemed superior. This style is available for about $50 and only comes in black in sizes S-XL.
Avant Garde by Spidi
Another waterproof leather glove style to consider is the Avant Garde by Spidi for around $140. Made with Primaloft insulation, sheep and goat leather, and a knit cuff, the design of these gloves are clean and simple. To make the cuff of the wrist even more secure, there is a snap on the back for making adjustments.
Available in M-4XL in black, the Avant Garde by Spidi are designed with excellence, high-quality materials and offer timeless simplicity, as reviewed by Motorcycle Cruiser. In addition to being a favorite of bikers, these sleek leather gloves are dapper for any man.
For Sports and Other Outdoor Activities
An essential for men who spend time outdoors participating in winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, having waterproof gloves to shield hands from rain, wind and snow are the best sources of comfort and warmth.
Men's Bugaboo Interchange Gloves
From Columbia, the Men's Bugaboo Interchange Gloves made with Omni-heat and Omni-tech materials, which retain body heat, and have a grip palm for a firm hold of ski poles or any other sporting equipment. Other cool design features include a gauntlet and a touch screen glove liner.
TheHouse.com is fond of the warmth the liner provides. The Men's Bugaboo Interchange Gloves are available for around $70 in marine blue and black and comes in sizes S-XL.
Burton Men's Baker 2-in-1 Gloves
The Burton Men's Baker 2-in-1 Gloves are made with a Thermacore insulation, and heater vent pocket for hand warmers to provide as much warmth needed. The liner of the glove is removable and can be worn alone as well. On the outer shell is the DryRide Ultrashell which is both breathable and has a screen grab tough grip allowing easy access to your phone while on the slopes.
SimplyPiste.com enjoys the brilliant fit of the Burton Men's Baker 2-in-1 Gloves. These waterproof gloves cost around $65, are available in black or gray, and come in sizes S-XL.
When shopping for your gloves, you will find that many companies have sizing charts available for your reference. Keep these points in mind when trying gloves on:
- Gloves should have adjustability around the wrists.
- The fit of the glove on your hand should be snug. However, be mindful not to stretch the material. Loose gloves will allow air in, preventing warmth to be locked around your hand.
- Assure that the length of the material fits from the top of the fingers through the wrist snugly. The fingertips of the gloves should only have a little room.
- To size your hands at home, Glove.org suggests using a tape measure to find out how many inches the width of your hand measures. Next, measure from the tip of your finger to the base of your hand.
Let the Glove Shopping Begin
For any type of outdoor weather activity or lifestyle, there are a variety of options in men's waterproof winter gloves. Before making a purchase, take into consideration the level of durability and protection your hands will need for your activities. Once you determine the best pair, make sure the glove fit is precise, for a smooth appearance and comfortable wear.