The Inuits figured it out long ago, and it's still as true today: in cold-weather conditions, nothing beats a mitt.
By wrapping your entire hand around a solid layer of leather or durable synthetics, a mitt retains more of the natural warmth from your hand. At peak season this can make a world of difference to your day; there are still few things less pleasant than getting cold hands on the mountain.
"In cold-weather conditions, nothing beats a mitt"
That’s not to say that they’re only for when the mercury has dropped. Lightweight mitts are available for those who like the style but want something for spring conditions. If you're still not quite sure what's right for you, check out our guide to choosing your snowboard gloves.
The downside of wearing mitts is that you get less use of your fingers, so you may have to briefly remove your pair in order to do any fiddly jobs. There are ways around this, however; trigger mitts at least give you use of your index finger (more important than ever in the age of the touch-screen), and some mitts feature a zip that allows for quick access to your fingers without the need to fully expose your hands.
There’s a wide range of models here, covering all bases – and some are so nice that they’ve found their way into The Snowboard 100. A quick look at this list is bound to turn up something that you’d be glad to get your hands on (and indeed in) this winter.
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Burton Work Horse Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
You don’t always need to fork out heaps of cash for a fully functional mitt, and the Burton Work Horse leather mitt has been well proven to live up to its name.
- PRICE: £35
Simply constructed with a work wear leather shell and palm, and fleece lining, you may well find that that’s plenty for a wide range of uses, we’ve had them out in pretty chilly conditions with no problems in the past.
DaKine Baron Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Sitting up at the top end of DaKine’s range, the Baron might set you back a bit of extra coin, but if you demand the best, it’s got the tech to provide.
- PRICE: £75
Lined with 230g of Primaloft insulation, 360g wool liner and with a Gore-Tex insert that’s held in place with Gore Grip, the chances of getting chilly digits while wearing these are about as slim as they get. And thanks to a slip on, stretch fitting, they’re not quite as bulky as some other models boasting similar specs.
DC Seger Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Available in both men's and women's versions as well as in an 'SE' edition - the Seger is DC's simple all round ripper - with a price point that isn't too punishing to match.
- PRICE: £37 (Men's) / £42 (Women's/SE)
All three versions share the same outline as well as 10k waterproofing, 150g insulation and suede nose wipe patches. Leaving you just to choose your finish to customise your look.
Howl Sexton Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
There’s old-school looking leather mitts, and then there’s Joe Sexton’s Howl pro model - breaking out a full goat leather/cow suede outer, with a rib-knit style cuff as a final touch.
- PRICE: £90
Pairing up the protection of leather with permaloft insulation and a Hypora 10k/5k insert means that these are well equipped for the punishment of a full winter’s wear and weather, and with a slightly less conventional ‘Legion Blue’ colourwear available there’s enough option to mix it up if black’s too traditional.
Level Pro Rider Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
If you’re after a lightweight pipe glove but prefer the look of and feel of a mitt, Level’s Pro Rider Mitt is an obvious choice.
- PRICE: £54
While it doesn’t feature the same levels of weather protection as an all-round mitt, it is still packing water resistant fabric and Gore Windstopper tech to shield you against the harsh gusts that come with speed at altitude, and thanks to silicone palms you’ve got no excuse not to get your grabs down, wherever you find yourself riding.
Available in the black skull design as seen above, as well as a couple of brighter options, this’ll take some beating as a park/pipe specialist.
Level Rexford Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
From the super tech end of the trigger mitt spectrum, the Rexford Trigger pairs up waterproof goat leather with Primaloft insulation in a super warm package - and the obvious added benefit of a free-moving index finger.
- PRICE: £130
If you like your hard working mitts not to be too bulky, allowing you plenty of control and flexibility in commanding environments, these hit that middle ground and keep you warm while they're at it.
Level Stealth Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
If you want something that can adapt t the conditions, here's your answer.
The Level Stealth features a thin inner glove, and a tougher mitt exterior. Wear both together for ultimate protection and warmth, or lose a layer to avoid overheating in better weather.
Love Inc G'Love Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
- PRICE: £70
UK brand Love Inc go all in on handwear, using high-quality leather to make mitts for the likes of Tyler Chorlton.
These have a super comfy cuff that keeps the snow out, and they're nice and breathable too.
Neff Character Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Covered in everything from Cats to Chips n’ Salsa, to the ladies seen in the colourway above, the Neff Character mitts offer plenty options in terms of graphics - and live up to the tag line “Like slipping on a set of pillows that fit your hands"...
- PRICE: £40
As you might have gathered from their appearance, they’re well suited to freestyle focussed riders, with a debossed palm offering plenty of nodules for grip - but unlike some pure park mitts they come with water resistant coating and 80z Fiberfill insulation to keep you warm and dry.
Finished off with elastic rib cuffs and a bemberg liner for comfort, if you’re after a set of graphic-covered mitts with plenty of warmth too, look no further.
Oakley Factory Park Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
- PRICE: £60
The Factory Mitt is one tough mother - a Whitelines staffer has had their pair for several seasons now, and they're still going strong.
Genuine goatskin keeps you dry even in the worst conditions, and the lining is super soft. They're also touchscreen compatible, and have extra reinforcement on the thumb.
Oakley Silver Fir Women's Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
As a women's all rounder, these Oakley Silver Fir mitts are ticking all the right boxes - combining 10k waterproofing and Thinsulate filler with a low profile design that'll feel at home in most situations.
- PRICE: £45
Detailed with goat leather and featuring a nose wipe and touch screen compatibility, they've got all the hallmarks of a classic jack of all trades that'll handle resort riding and park ripping on all but the coldest and very warmest days. Put them in your pack and chances are they'll be your go to pair.
POW Royal GTX Gore-Tex Mitts 2016-2017
Available as both a mitt and a glove, the Pow Royal GTX is a Gore Tex option sold with a dry hand guarantee. Using Gore Active technology, they’re boasting the most breathable Gore Tex fabric to help stop sweat and keep you comfortable.
- PRICE: £100
With a Tobacco colourway inspired by John Jackson, you might have some idea as to where these are designed to be used - and there’s little doubt that big adventures and backcountry lines won’t be a problem with 100g Thinsulate insulation, and anti-pill micro-fleece helping to build the barrier between you and the elements.
POW Tanto Trigger Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Trigger mitts have been around for a while now, and not without good reason. Fusing the warmth of a mitt with the dexterity of a free index finger is an option many riders understandably find appealing.
- PRICE: £75
The POW Tanto Trigger mitts take the concept and pairs it with a Grade A leather and micro twill nylon/teflon outer for a high-end finish, with a pre-curved fit making these less boxy than some options on the market.
Hipora waterproof inserts and 4oz PrimaLoft Gold insulation add to the overall package and make these a tough option to beat for all-winter use and warmth.
Quiksilver Lenticular Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Quiksilver's Lenticular mitts are a three in one combo power house in a neat package, with a shell, insulated mitt and liner glove all hard at work to keep your fingers feeling warm on the coldest days.
- PRICE: £110
Adding up to 200g of Primaloft insulation, they're designed to be lightweight so they don't hold you back wherever you find yourself, and the silicone printed palms will offer plenty of grip when you get airborne too.
Rome Grizzly Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
How can you not be set to send it with a pair of grizzly bears looking up at you?
- PRICE: £50
Rome give you a gentle reminder to get amongst it with their graphic covered Grizzly mitts, which as well as providing psych, thankfully, double as effective protection against the elements too.
Backed by Hipora 3000 waterproof inserts, flexible Thinsulate insulation and 270g micro fleece lining and finished off with a knitted cuff - there’s little risk of getting chilly going on here.
Rome RK1 Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
This is the signature mitt of the hard-charging RK1 crew, part of a wider collab series that the Norwegian hellraisers have done with Rome for 2016/17.
Treated leather is at work here to ensure that you're always warm, dry and protected.
Roxy Victoria Women's Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
Roxy's Victoria mitts are a great mid to high end option if you feel the chill and are looking for a comfort focussed pair to cocoon your fingers throughout the day.
- PRICE: £60
Pairing hard-wearing leather palms with 150g insulation, you'll also be getting Roxy X Biotherm Care lining for an extra cosy feel, and a pre-shaped fit so you won't just feel like you've got pillows for hands. Leather detailing is a nice touch too...
Transform Lucifer Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
While we can’t imagine sales of these being too high around Bible Belt America, there’s definitely a niche for the darker side of graphics in snowboarding - and this mitt easily outdoes the now-vanilla sugar skull designs of days gone by.
- PRICE: £62
Ready for colder days, they feature waterproof/breathable Hipora inserts and Thinsulate insulation, with individual finger dividers in the liner to keep each digit toasty.
Leaning towards the freestyle end of things, the Hyper Grip palms feature a split skull design and won’t let grabs slip out in a hurry - while a low profile shape and touchscreen compatibility make these extra dextrous for the needs of modern park lappers.
Volcom SFD Powder Snowboard Mitts 2016-2017
The clue really is in the name with these - the Volcom SFD Powder Mitts are completely built around being at home on deep snow days.
- PRICE: £120
Gore-Tex inserts meet Volcom's V-Science leather shell to provide one of the most reliable defence combo's against encroaching weather, while a simple wrist zipper makes them slim and easy to get on and off when you need to make gear adjustments. Ergonomic fit and low bulk design also add to the full package so whether you're switching out of split mode or unstrapping at the end of an unreal run, these'll have you covered.