While mitts may be experiencing something of a resurgence at the moment, there's a lot to be said for the fit and dexterity that you can get from a good ol' fashioned pair of gloves...
Whether you're investing in multiple pairs to accommodate for spring park riding and mid-winter missions, or just seeking that special selection that'll handle the whole season, your choice of digit adornment can make a massive difference to the day you have on the hill - so it pays to pick wisely.
"Your choice of digit adornment can make a massive difference to the day you have on the hill - so it pays to pick wisely"
Before you do anything else, it’s good to get to grips with what’s out there. Be sure to check out our guide to choosing your snowboard gloves, then peep our top picks for 2016/17.
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Burton Gore-Tex Guide Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Burton’s [ak] Gore-Tex Guide gloves are a long-standing bastion of high-end low-profile handwear - making them a great accessory for anyone pushing out into remote climes or spending extended time in the mountains.
- PRICE: £100
As well as the expected waterproofing and breathability that comes with Gore-Tex fabrics, every element of these is aimed to increase their function, whether that’s the extended length zip cuff for easy on/off access, or the locked in liners so you don’t have to re-stuff the inner fabric when you need to get your hands in in a hurry.
Reinforced leather palms, and touchscreen friendly finger/thumb patches are fairly standard at this level, but for anyone still unconvinced, the promise of eco friendly materials could well help tip the scales.
DaKine Maverick Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Even just a cursory glance at these is enough to know that they pack a punch.
The Maverick keeps the elements at bay thanks to its sturdy leather exterior, and the index finger even works with a touchscreen.
DC Radian Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
If you like your freestyle gloves with a bit of insulation and waterproofing DC's Radian glove ups the ante a little from traditional minimalist designs.
- PRICE: £42
As well as the essential neoprene grippy palms, DC have given these 10k waterproof inserts and 40g insulation to help you keep lapping the kickers even on chilly days. And thanks to touchscreen finger and thumb tips they're fully social media friendly too.
Howl Ballard Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Casual stylish outer, but easily packing enough tech for those that run really cold, the Howl Ballard is a slimmed down glove with nylon, PU leather and cow suede covering a 10k/10k insert with Permaloft insulation and micro-fleece lining.
Long under-sleeve cuffs and a contrast colour cinch cord make sure that no snow’s getting in around the wrists, while reinforced palms should help these hold up against the usual wear and tear.
Howl Team Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Howl’s Team Glove this year is a classic shape with gauntlet style cuffs and a contrast PU leather palm and details - all set up for riders after a great all rounder.
- PRICE: £60
10k/10k inserts pair up with permaloft insulation for simple but effective insulation and waterproofing, with taffeta and brushed tricot lining for comfort - while removable ‘idiot cords’ mean you’re less likely to waste time searching when you forget to keep an eye on them on the chairlift.
Embossed palms add a nice bit of detailing, with the Gray and Navy (pictured) colourways boasting bold colours, while the Black option is a bit more stealth.
Love Inc G'Love Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Back in white - the Love Inc G’Love is one burly mother, with a new colourway for this season. With a full leather outer all the way down to the velcro-strapped gauntlets, and a sturdy snow cuff underneath, it gives you all possible options for keeping the warmth in.
- PRICE: £70
Reinforced fingertip material rolls over onto the back of the finger to stop abrasion, while ribbed knuckles help free up some movement.
If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of dexterity to guarantee warmth, these could be right up your street - ready and set for really cold days, wherever you find yourself.
Neff Rover Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Sporting the artistic handiwork of Eiki Helgason, these pipe gloves from Neff are a top choice for warm-weather shredding.
The palm is exra grippy as well as waterproof, so you can afford to really bone out your tweaks in these.
Quiksilver Travis Rice Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
As with all kit that passes the test of Travis Rice, these Quiksilver gloves are top of the range.
- PRICE: £115
Gore-Tex tech and leather pair up with 80g of insulation in a stealth looking outer that won't underperform in any area - waterproofing, breathability and warmth are sure to be worries of the past with these on.
Mix that up with flexible ribbed knuckle patches, pre-shaped fit and 'Gore Grip' and you've got flexibility for grabs covered too - making these properly ready for burly backcountry freestyle without the bulk.
Rome Sanchez Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Rome’s Sanchez gloves come in as an all-rounder that you’ll be able to run through a standard winter with no problem.
- PRICE: £50
Mid weight with Rome’s Hipora 3000 waterpoof/breathable insert, they offer a best of both worlds with enough protection to get you through colder months in and around resort, but a low-profile, easy-on design that won’t leave you fumbling around or over-bulked.
140g fleece lined for a warm comfy finish, they come complete with synthetic suede palms that roll up and over the fingertips, so you’ve got no excuse not to stick your grabs, and shouldn’t find any sweet spots for wear and tear.
Roxy Big Bear Women's Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
If you like a slightly longer fitting glove that you can tuck right up your sleeves, look no further than the Roxy Big Bear gloves. With their doubly adjustable wrist closures, long cuffs and 150g insulation, your chances of chilly fingertips are minimal.
- PRICE: £65
Pre-shaped for a more human-hand fit, you get the ever-handy nose-wipe thumb panel, 3M Thinsulate insulation and Dry Flight waterproof inserts in terms of tech, so you shouldn't be running in for a change of gloves any time soon.
Transform The Photo Incentive Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Full leather styling that’d look great whatever decade you were riding in - The Photo Incentive glove is a bit of Transform glove simplicity that continues to make a lot of good sense.
- PRICE: £66
Made for cold weather days, they feature Thinsulate insulation and Hipora waterproof inserts to keep everything warm and dry, while reinforced palms, touchscreen compatible fingertips and a nose wipe thumb panel provide all the bells and whistles you actually need.
Decorated only with a small Transform knuckle patch - if you’re after a workhorse of a glove with a classic look, you’re in the right place.
Volcom USSTC Snowboard Gloves 2016-2017
Volcom's slimmest pipe gloves - the USSTC have got all the good bits that you're hoping for when you're heading towards the jump line.
- PRICE: £60
A stretch fit ensures there's no dead space in these giving you more as much dexterity as possible, while silicone prints fulfil the traditional grip-giving role - and a velcro wrist fastening lets you crank these so you know they're not coming off in a hurry.
Backed by a waterproof insert for additional protection, these are also precurved to help get the fit just right - delivering more than you've come to expect from the humble park glove.