Once you’ve shelled out for your hardware, it can be tempting to skimp on peripheral items like gloves. Take it from us; when it’s -20C before you’ve even factored in the wind chill, you’re going to wish you’d paid a little extra for some quality hand-clothes made with snowboarders’ needs in mind.
They can vary from fleece-lined goatskin numbers that would do the job on one of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Arctic expeditions, down to thin nylon pipe gloves that suit a slushy spring day. Just make sure you’re buying for the right conditions, and that you’re prepared should things change during your trip. A high-quality, well-looked-after pair of gloves can last you a long time, so it’s money worth spending.
Here are a few of our favourite pairs for this coming season, with something for every condition:
Scroll through the list to your heart’s content, or skip to your favourite brand using the links below.
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi
Burton Park Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Spring gloves don’t have to be ultra-tech, but seen as you’re forking out the cash, you might as well have something with a good bit of attention to detail in the build – which Burton’s Park Glove definitely provides.
- PRICE: £40
They’re ergonomically shaped instead of the cardboard cut-out approach you might find elsewhere, and even feature flex zones on the knuckles for premier flexibility. On the palm you’ll find suede with ‘Sticky Icky’ grip that’s touchscreen compatible, so you can snap sunset shots without taking them off.
At the wrist there's a velcro closure so you can customise them a little and stop slush sliding in when you're hand-dragging through it all.
Burton [ak] Guide Women’s Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
For many, the [ak] logo says it all these days, but in case you take a bit of swaying, the Burton [ak] Women’s Guide Glove also has an undeniable list of credentials that make it perfect for serious snow exploration.
- PRICE: £100
Packing Gore-Tex Pro technology is just the start – but is an essential signifier that you’re buying something designed to be waterproof and breathable for years to come. Then, as a double front, the Guide Glove also has a leather outer for proper hardwearing protection.
Zip into the inside and you’ll find Ultrawick material on the palm and Sherpa fleece on the back of the hand, as well as Primaloft insulation throughout the glove. And all this is packed in a low-profile design with a form-fitting shape, and touchscreen compatibility too.
Burton [ak] Leather Tech Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
With the [ak] Leather Tech Glove, Burton have set out to make a technical piece with a profile more commonly seen on park and pipe gloves – and by all accounts it seems they’ve succeeded.
- PRICE: £70
As per usual, a strong leather outer is key to making high-end hand wear, and the Big B have implemented it in spades here. They’ve then packed it with 220g microfleece, Sherpa fleece and Teddy Bear fleece lining to give optimal warmth to the quick drying lining.
Bonus points are added through a side zip for quick access, an elongated sleeve so the wrist tucks nicely into your jacket, and touchscreen capabilities integrated into the leather of the fingers.
Celtek Blunt Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Celtek’s Blunt glove is a mid-weight Team classic that they recommend for riders that ‘run a bit hot’.
- PRICE: £60
Described as 9/10 for warmth, we found that they didn’t feel like the most toasty glove on the market - but with 20k waterproof/breathable inserts and Sherpa fleece lining, you’re not worried about getting cold, wet hands.
Built in Premium Oxford material with a leather palm, there’s plenty of grip here, and the removable wrist leashes and velcro wrist closure mean that you shouldn’t be loosing these in a hurry. Heaps of dexterity on offer too.
Celtek Maya Women's Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Paired up with the mitten version that you’ll also find in our gear guide – the Celtek Maya glove is a mid-weight all-rounder that’s been designed with help from Jess Kimura herself.
- PRICE: £38
If that doesn’t mean much to you, you need to get your priorities sorted and get seek out one of her video parts sharpish.
The gloves themselves are packing big ‘ol 15k/15k storm dry inserts and get a very good amount of warmth out of a low-profile fit thanks to Superloft insulation. You’ll also find velcro straps at the wrist, and removable leashes, as well as a neat bit of lace detail on the left hand.
DaKine Bronco Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
The Dakine Bronco is a tough offering with Gore-Tex inserts that looks and feels pretty work-wear inspired to us. The shell is a DWR treated Nylon/Polyester combo with Rubbertec palms that offer a latticed grip pattern, and touch screen pads on the first finger and thumb.
- PRICE: £60
Put them on and you’ll instantly notice the 400g insulation which runs along the back of the hand. This is combined with 230g fleece in the palm area. There’s then 80g insulation running throughout.
Possibly a little bit heavy duty for spring laps and sunny days – but these should see you through the winter with little to worry about in terms of warmth.
DC Radian Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Spring gloves with insulation can be a bit tricky to seek out sometimes.
- PRICE: £37
The tendency for companies is to offer either zero insulation or enough to last you throughout the winter – but DC’s Radian gloves happily plug the gap in between the two extremes.
Filled with 80g Thinsulate insulation, they feature neoprene cuffs with Velcro fastening straps, articulated index an middle finger joints, and touchscreen pads on the first finger and thumb. An ideal solution for your spring riding needs, that won’t be quite so cold when the cloud cover comes in.
Grenade Happy Hour Forever Shaka Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Throwing up shakas should be compulsory when you’re snowboarding – at least according to Grenade. They’ve cut out the hard work for you by effectively cutting off your fingers with the design behind their Happy Hour Forever Shaka gloves.
- PRICE: £42
Simply built with a stretch nylon outer, and a suede palm & thumb – as well as silicone logos for grip, and bemberg lining, they’ll no doubt resonate as a spring and park day classic for Grenade fans – and top marks go for design originality, and pre-tatted Ozzy knuckles on this Happy Hour collab.
Howl Alder Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
A traditional pipe pick from Howl, the Alder glove is quite clearly made for warmer days when you're heading to the park.
- PRICE: £35
Extra grab-friendly tweaks help make the difference between this and your standard glove, with gel grips on the printed suede palm, and extra suede patches on the forefinger and thumb to help you get a grip.
Coming in with three colourways, two of which feature the zebra stripe palm pattern shown above – they’re a bold design with a clear ‘Howl’ print on the knuckle, and brushed tricot on the inside with be friendly to your fingers too.
Oakley Five Lakes Women's Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
The Oakley Fives Lake glove really goes all out to tick the right boxes for female riders. Leather palms? Check. 15k waterproofing? Check. Thinsulate insulation. Check.
- PRICE: £75
Throw in a classy Wood Gray colourway with leather knuckles, touchscreen compatibility, and a zip up closure, and you’ll be hard pushed to find fault with this pair. Herringbone detailing on the outer shell gives a nice textured touch – and contrasting colours are used in the stitching and embroidered branding to give darker highlights.
There are even multiple attachment points for the removable leashes, so you can let them hang hands-free when you stop for a break.
POW Tanto Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
There are leather gloves, and then there are leather gloves – and the funny thing is that something made of leather and in the shape of a hand won’t always be your style of leather glove, so it’s definitely worth exploring different options.
- PRICE: £65
The Pow Tanto comes in as an offering with plenty of classic style in a leather and Softshell nylon/teflon outer – giving it both hardwearing qualities and flex. The leather itself is a premium water repellent goatskin cut, but it’s also backed by Hipora waterproof inserts to help keep wet snow at bay.
Inside you’ll find 4oz (115g) PrimaLoft Gold insulation too – completing a package which will hold up to heavy weather conditions throughout the winter.
Quiksilver Hill Gore-Tex Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Toss in a bit of throwback styling and a whole lot of Gore-Tex, and you get the Quiksilver Hill Gore-tex gloves – offering top notch waterproofing, and strong levels of insulation for your time on the hill.
- PRICE: £60
Quik have packed these with 140g Polyfill lining, and brushed tricot for comfort – then pre-shaped them to fit the natural shape of your hand. They’ve then finished them off with mid-length cuffs, which should create a nice seal tucked into your jacket sleeves, and single-hand adjustable straps to keep things tight around your wrist.
Volcom Pat Moore Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
You only need to watch Pat Moore shred to know that the kit he uses needs to be ready for everything – and his signature Volcom leather gloves should certainly fit the bill for your personal use as a result.
- PRICE: £55
The V-Science stay dry leather shell on these looks and feels ‘vintage’ for want of a better word – but rest assured they’re designed to shred hard. Sherpa lining coats the inside providing quality warmth to your whole hand – and subtle embossed detailing on the outside doesn’t detract from the classic tan leather shell.
Volcom Sprout Touring Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016
Built this year with two bright contrasting colourways (as well as black for the more conventional) the Volcom Sprout Touring Snowboard Gloves 2015-2016 is low profile at the wrist, then offers a traditional all-round shell.
- PRICE: £55
The body is ergonomically formed from enigmatic V-Science tech that comprises of a 2 layer nylon outer, and a waterproof and breathable insert – as well as grippy palms for clean grabs. Underneath all that you’ll find 60g/80g zonal insulation, and a fleece lining to keep you all comfortable and warm – bearing in mind that these are not the most heavyweight gloves if you’re really susceptible to the cold.
Back to the outer, and that slim wrist is closed off by a Velcro strap, while a suede patch on the thumb will help you flourish when snow starts to cover your goggle lens.