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Hiking Gloves Comparison Table

Gloves Price ($) Weight (oz) Warmth (1-5) Dexterity (1-5)
DEFEET Duragloves 22 2.1 2.0 3.0
BD Lightweight Screentap 35 1.4 2.0 3.0
Glacier Gloves Islamorada 25 2.5 0.5 5.0
BD WindWeight Convertible 45 3.0 3.0 4.0
REI Minimalist GTX 2.0 50 2.0 1.5 1.0
Zpacks Vertice Rain Mitts 70 1.0 1.0 1.0
OR Versaliner 60 2.8 3.0 3.0
Glacier Gloves Alaska River 20 2.2 2.0 4.5
Glacier Gloves Cold River 22 1.6 1.5 5.0
SHOWA Temres 282 27 3.5 4.0 1.0
OR Gripper Sensor 55 4.0 3.0 2.5
EE Torrid Mitts 70 1.9 5.0 2.5
OR Direct Route II 45 3.0 2.0 3.0

Best Hiking Gloves Reviews

Best All-Purpose

Defeet Duraglove

Defeet Duraglove

2.1 oz | $22

More durable and more tactile than fleece liners, DEFEET Duragloves are our go-to, all-purpose hiking gloves, even though they may technically be cycling gloves. They are warm, and have very grippy fingers and palms. Silver in the fingertips makes them touchscreen compatible. Alan has been raving about these for years and our overall pick for best hiking gloves.

Best Fleece Liner

Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Gloves

Black Diamond Screentap Lightweight Gloves

1.4 oz | $35

Minimalist and touchscreen compatible, the Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Gloves are a basic pair of lightweight fleece liner style gloves at a good price. This unisex style is constructed with Polartec Power Stretch fleece, a premium name-brand fabric. Note, this is a lightweight fleece, and we’ve picked it because it weighs very little, not because it’s the warmest.

Best Sun Protection

Glacier Gloves Islamorada Fingerless Sun Gloves

2.5 oz | $25

A simple pair of fingerless UPF 50+ sun gloves for use in harsh sun with heavy UV Exposure. The Glacier Glove Islamorada Fingerless Sun Gloves are dexterous, stretchy, breathable, quick drying, and durable thanks to the synthetic leather palms. This is technically a fishing glove, but we prefer it to similar and more expensive sun hiking gloves from traditional outdoor brands. Read more in our full length Glacier Gloves Islamorada review.

Best Convertible Mitts

Black Diamond WindWeight Mitts

Black Diamond WindWeight Convertible Mittens

3.0 oz | $45

Winter hiking and camping requires keeping your hands warm, without sacrificing dexterity. That’s why your giftee will love the Black Diamond WindWeight Convertible Mittens. Pull back the mitt-top while rifling through a backpack, setting up a tent, or making coffee. Put it back on when the mercury drops. This wind-resistant fleece is the perfect tool for the job, and we know they’ll love this hybrid handwear.

Best Gore-Tex Rain Mitts

REI Co-op Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

REI Minimalist GTX Mittens 2.0

2.0 oz | $50

A pair of Gore-Tex shell mittens is a perfect add-on to a pair of convertible fleece mittens. This creates a versatile, modular system with a wide array of configurations, whether you want to maximize for dexterity or weather protection. These mittens in particular fit the bill nicely for a good price, are lightweight, and not over-featured.

Best Ultralight Rain Mitts

Zpacks Vertice Rain Mitts

1.0 | $70

If you want the lightest and most breathable waterproof handwear, pull on a pair of Zpacks Vertice Rain Mitts. They weigh virtually nothing, are three times more breathable than Gore-Tex, and when combined with fleece liners, make for a complete hand protection system for wet weather.

Best Liner + Shell 2-in-1

Outdoor Research Versaliner Sensor Gloves

2.8 oz | $60

The Outdoor Research Versaliner Sensor Gloves are your quintessential 150 weight fleece liner hiking gloves, only they come with an added bonus – waterproof shells stashed in back-of-hand pockets. You’ll barely notice them until needed, but they add significant warmth by protecting against wind and rain. Technically, the liners are not seam taped, and thus not completely waterproof, but they do a good impression of it in light to moderate rain when other gloves would be soaked through immediately. A versatile pair of hiking gloves!

Best Warmth>Dexterity

Glacier Gloves Alaska River

Glacier Glove Alaska River Fingerless Gloves

2.2 oz | $20

Like their counterpart, the Cold River, the Alaska River Gloves are fingerless and optimized for dexterity. However, unlike Cold River which are made with a soft shell fabric, these have a heavier duty, warmer fleece backer with a durable palm. The net result in increased warmth, with high, but not max dexterity on the fingerless spectrum. The wrist strap is a nice touch for locking in a great fit.

Best Dexterity>Warmth

Glacier Glove Cold River Fingerless Gloves

1.6 oz $22

The Glacier Glove Cold River are fingerless, windproof soft shells designed for fishing or photography, but perfect for dexterity purposes on the trail. They are the most dexterous hiking gloves for when you need to tie knots, operate stoves, pack up a tent, etc. The palms are nice and grippy. Compared to their siblings the Glacier Glove Alaska River, they are a bit less warm, a bit lighter, and a bit more dexterous.

Best For Wet + Cold

SHOWA Gloves TEMRES 282

SHOWA Gloves TEMRES 282

3.5 oz | $26.95

For sleet and cold rain, we use the SHOWA Gloves TEMRES 282, designed for winter-use in the maritime industry. These gloves are at home in truly nasty weather. and are 100% waterproof and never wet out from the exterior.

As out-of-place as they look in the backcountry, their performance is simply superior to alternatives from traditional outdoor brands, and they’re plenty warm enough. Dexterity and breathability are both lackluster, but functional enough for non-technical use. They run small so size up.

Best For Cold + Wind

Outdoor Research Gripper Sensor Gloves

4.0 oz | $55

The Outdoor Research Gripper Sensor Gloves combine fuzzy microfleece, Gore Infinium Windstopper, and durable synthetic grip palms. The effect is warm and windproof hand protection that works as hard as you do. And they’re touch screen compatible. These are the best hiking gloves for windy conditions.

Best Puffy Mitts

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Mitts

1.9 oz | $70

The sub-two-ounce Enlightened Equipment Torrid Mitts provide four season hand warmth in an ultralight puffy mitten package. What’s more, the flip tops pull off and secure with a shock cord when dexterous handwork is required. They are filled with a high warmth-to-weight synthetic loft batting called CLIMASHIELD APEX. It’s quick drying and warm when wet. They are weather resistant on their own, but wear them under shell mitts or over liners in really gnarly conditions.

Best For Rough Handling

Outdoor Research Direct Route II Gloves

3 oz | $45

Designed for rock climbers to handle ropes, the Outdoor Research Direct Route II Gloves offer lightweight protection of the hand. They have durable goat leather palms with the breathable stretchy polyester-spandex on the back. The wrist closure ensures a secure fit. We recommend these as hiking gloves for scenarios involving rope ladders, chain handling, Tyrolean traverses, trail work, and everything else that could abrade your hands.

Best Hiking Gloves buyer info and pro tips

The Complete Hiking Glove Quiver

Our perfect quiver is as-follows: One pair of midweight fleece liner gloves or flip mittens. One pair of sun protection gloves. One pair of waterproof rain mitts. One pair of puffy mitts. Having access to this combination of four hiking gloves will protect your hands on 95% of trips without the need for anything else. Layering rain mitts over puffy mitts over liners is warm enough for use in temps well-below freezing. Note, you are unlikely to need all four of these hiking gloves on any one trip.

A Basic Fleece Liner or flip mitten Does 80% Of The Work

When it comes down it, a basic fleece liner style hiking glove or flip mitt covers you for about 80% of backcountry scenarios. If we are packing for just about any 3-season trip, we recommend including a pair of lightweight gloves. This is the first base you should cover when building out a glove quiver. They should be dexterous and breathable enough to use hiking uphill in the cold.

Where To Store Your Hiking Gloves On Trail

Of course, where we store our hiking gloves depends on the weather and conditions we expect to face. If we expect to be frequently putting gloves on, we might store them in a hip belt or pants pocket. If we think we will only use gloves while approaching a windy summit or taking a cold break, we may keep them in an exterior pocket, but not in prime real estate pockets described above. You may also choose to store the gloves in your fleece jacket pocket, as you will likely the use them simultaneously. For backpackers who don’t expect to use their gloves until they get to camp, you may wish to store them inside your puffy jacket pockets.

How Much Better Are The Best Hiking Gloves?

To be honest, most hiking gloves are fairly interchangeable. The best fleece liners might only be marginally better than the average fleece liners. Thus, most of our picks are based on personal experience. We have not, of course, tested every single glove.

Thoughts On Touch Screen Compatibility

This is a fairly unimportant feature to us. Even if gloves are conductive and touch screen compatible, they are likely still to clumsy to use to manipulate an iPhone. For uses where touchscreen dexterity is paramount, we prefer fingerless hiking gloves.

Best Hiking Gloves Conclusion

We hope this guide to the best hiking gloves has been helpful and informative. These gloves have served us well on the trail, and we know they’ll do the same for you! Drop us a comment if you have any questions! Happy hiking and happy trails!

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