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My favourite winter gloves for numerous actions

Nothing ends a beautiful winter day faster than cold hands. Once your digits get cold, the fun oozes out of everything you do, and all you want to do is head home. It has happened to me more times than I want to count, and now I take extra close care of my gloves so I can keep my hands warm and happy. Here are my favorite pairs that I use for certain Activities.

(Photo: Jakob Schiller)

Best for: skiing

These are hands down my favorite all around ski gloves. They are thin and nimble enough to strap on your ski boots or adjust the straps of your ski bag in the backcountry. However, they are equipped with sufficient synthetic insulation so that your hands do not freeze while using the lift. A tough, waterproof pigskin on the palms of the hands resists tears when you use it to tie chains on a powder day or collect wood for your apr├Ęs-fire. The breathable back ventilates the skin on sunny spring days.

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Best for: running

Regular liners don’t cut it when you go for a run on cold days: your hands start and stay cold, which can be a recipe for misery. For this reason, Patagonia has carefully incorporated a thin nylon glove that folds out of the cuff of these inner gloves and covers your fingers. It withstands cold winds and offers warmth to keep you going when temperatures drop below freezing. The Peak Mission also features a DWR coating to help dissipate rainfall and rainfall A reflective slap over the wrist so you can be seen after dark.

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Suitable for: walks and casual outdoor activities

Rosie, our one year old mutt, is so active that she goes crazy if she doesn’t get out every day. That’s why it’s the only outdoor activity I do every day in winter when I go for a walk with her. I wear these Black Diamond Liner gloves on these walks because they’re just warm enough for the early morning cold and have touchscreen capabilities so I can check emails on the go. Outside of dog walks, the Screentap is a great backcountry ski glove even on spring days and works well with Vermonter gloves (below) for cold weather projects.

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Suitable for: gardening

These gloves live in my truck all year round and are used frequently. Made in Vermont from sturdy goatskin and hand-sewn with thick nylon thread to prevent seam tears, they are the most durable work gloves I’ve ever tested. I was wearing them with the Black Diamond liner just last week when I attached a tow rope to a vehicle buried in the snow. This week I’m going to be putting them on display to cut and buck a tree in my front yard. The company also makes a ski version with a waxed canvas sleeve that you can tighten.

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Suitable for: everyday use

The Guide Lite is a cross between the aforementioned Lightweight Screentap and the Vermonter. Sturdy leather palms make them perfect for cold weather chores at home or for digging your car out of a snow bank. Thanks to a thin construction with a touchscreen function, movable fingers and a breathable softshell back, it can be used as an inner shoe. Beyond recommends treating the gloves with beeswax to make them waterproof.

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Best for: “Oh shit” moments

The Alpha SVs are equipped with the warmest PrimaLoft insulation and the warmest mittens I own. They keep my hands snuggly when all other gloves fail. I’ve used them on bitter powder days when friends had to go into the house to warm up, and they live in my ski backpack in case something goes wrong. When I’m stranded or a partner does and we have to wait for a rescue, these mittens are the first emergency kit that goes on. (Editor’s Note: This glove is no longer for sale – crap. If you’re looking for something with a similar purpose we recommend checking out the Black Diamond Absolute Mitts.)

Main photo: Jakob Schiller

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