How We Tested Ski Gloves

By:
Ian Nicholson
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Thursday
March 15, 2018

We tested 16 of the best contenders over the past three seasons, using a combination of side-by-side comparisons. We dunked each competitor in a bucket of water to compare water resistance and performed a series of tasks that included writing, unlocking a car, buckling boots, and attaching a lift ticket to our jacket.

We used a two minute submersion in a bucket of water as one factor when comparing ski gloves and mittens while measuring levels of water resistance side-by-side. We used our ratings in conjunction with real world wet and sometimes rainy skiing in Washington's Snoqualmie Pass.
We used a two minute submersion in a bucket of water as one factor when comparing ski gloves and mittens while measuring levels of water resistance side-by-side. We used our ratings in conjunction with real world wet and sometimes rainy skiing in Washington's Snoqualmie Pass.

In addition to these comparisons, we did an enormous amount of real-world testing, putting all contenders through the wringer. We rode chairlifts and toured the Cascades, the French and Swiss Alps, the Wasatch and the Sierra and Alaska working and while ski guiding and while working on the field team for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC).

We skied in the pouring rain (yes, pouring), on 30" powder days, and under sunny skies - all to help you choose the best product for your particular needs.

Ian Nicholson and Eric Dalzell performing snow pits tests and testing glove dexterity while working on the snow safety team for Tailgate Alaska.
Ian Nicholson and Eric Dalzell performing snow pits tests and testing glove dexterity while working on the snow safety team for Tailgate Alaska.