For every snow rider, having the right gear is extremely important, including highly rated snowmobile gloves. They not only protect the rider from the cold winter elements, but also provide the rider total control over their snowmobile.
These types of gloves need to be windproof and waterproof, so your hands are fully protected. They also must be the perfect fit with outstanding insulation to keep your hands nice and toasty.
The last thing you want is to be riding along having fun, only to find out that your hands are as cold as an iceberg. Time to take it in boys and girls, we need to warm the mitts up. Fun over.
Not today! If we have anything to do with it, we'll help you find the right pair so you can last for hours and be able to let the good times roll.
It's finally time to get a pair that will allow you to buckle your helmet, answer an important text from your family (touchscreen) and turn the heat on (heated options below)!
Perhaps you're interested in liners to wear underneath the main gloves. There's a wide array of options available that will suite the needs of different snowmobile riders. So, without further ado, here's the ten best rated snowmobile gloves for cold hands, heated glove lovers, wanna-be liners, and all-around snowmobile riders!
Top 10 Best Snowmobile Gloves
While snowboarding is undoubtedly fun, and for some people a part of their lives, the hard part is finding a pair of gloves that will keep your fingers warm. We consider both good looks and a well thought of design while reviewing each pair of gloves, but above all, we evaluate how good they are at keeping your hands warm.
We’ve gone out and tested literally dozens of gloves and managed to shortlist the ones we think are the best. Below we run through each pair we’ve shortlisted, which should help you choose the best pair of snowmobile gloves.
The Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski Glove appears a lot like its mitten counterpart but with finger slots. At first glance, these theses goat leather gloves don’t seem to be all that warm primarily because it isn’t as thick or heavy as the competition.
Once you put them on, it becomes apparent why goat leather was originally used to make gloves for the military. But while goat leather can keep your hand warm, it does have a couple of drawbacks like it tends to become hard when exposed to the cold.
The way Hestra has been able to work its way around that is by using what they call G-Loft Insulation. It is the company’s proprietary drying insulation system that helps keep the inside of the glove insulated even during wet conditions.
In terms of comfort, the Hestra Army Leather Heli is amongst the best. It is light, and your fingers can still move around freely. However, the drawback is that these gloves aren’t as durable as some people would assume. They aren’t ideally suited for heavy-duty use i.e., days of use in wet conditions.
Overall rating: 9.9 out of 10
#2: Castle X Epic-G1
While it does not come across as the most aesthetic looking gloves, they certainly do an excellent job of keeping your hands warm during extended snowmobile driving sessions. The lightweight design helps with things like gripping the handlebar, reaching for the brakes with perhaps your pinky finger. It also fits snugly around the wrists, so you don’t have this fear of the gloves slipping off.
While the Castle X Epic-G1 Snowmobile Gloves fits perfectly over your standard jacket sleeve to form a tight seal, not allowing wind to get through, the same isn’t the case around the forearms. The result is that if the wind blows in from the wrong angle, it can freeze your hands, and that’s when you’ll want to turn on the heated grip function of the snowmobile.
It also isn’t the ideal pair of gloves to wear for anything below 30 degrees. So, that’s something to consider before buying the Castle X Epic-G1.
Overall rating: 9.9 out of 10
Carhatt is one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the industry, with their waterproof and insulated gloves being amongst the best. The Carhatt Waterproof Insulated Glove is made from 100% polyester and uses storm defender waterproof breathable protection. The so-called ‘FastDry’ technology helps keep the glove dry from the inside. Not to mention, it is easy to wash using hot water and some detergent.
In everyday use, we found that it does keep the hands warm even in severely cold temperatures. However, it can get so hot inside that your palms start sweating, and the so-called “FastDry” technology either does not work as advertised or, at least in our experience, was slow. We felt the glove get wet after a few hours of wearing it. Also, since it is unusually thick operating a snowmobile wearing, it takes some getting used to.
Overall rating: 9.8 out of 10
#4: MCTi Ski Gloves
We couldn’t help but notice that the MCTi Ski Gloves are extremely good looking. Its sleek black structure is made possible using a myriad of materials that are sealed within the entirety of the glove giving wearers the best of every material.
The glove uses 140g cotton liner, that’s enclosed within 40g of Thinsulate padding. The final layer is a TPU insert, which gives the gloves its waterproof properties. The outside of the glove is made from polyester and spandex, which gives it a bit of flexibility.
While the MCTi Ski Gloves looks good on paper, and it fits perfectly, they tend to retain water or moisture inside. Wearing them for an extended time means that your hand becomes cold because of the moisture. Also, gripping a steering wheel with the gloves on isn’t a very pleasurable experience because of the inflexibly of the gloves’ inside.
Overall rating: 9.8 out of 10
#5: Hestra Patrol
Measuring 4” high and 6” wide, the Hestra Patrol promises to keep your hands warm even at -40℉. Made using proofed goat leather, with G-Loft insulation along with a polyester lining, looks great on paper, but it is amongst the least comfortable gloves compared to the ones we reviewed above.
In terms of design, the Hestra Patrol is aesthetically pleasing, and operating a snowmobile is relatively easy. We found gripping the handle bars and braking to be very easy using our index and pinky fingers. However, the problem is when taken to extremely low temperatures like -40℉; the glove tends to lose its flexibility, which makes it less comfortable. With that being said, most gloves can't withstand -40 degree temps, so keep that in mind!
Overall rating: 9.7 out of 10
#6: VELAZZIO Thermo1
Made almost entirely of polyester, the VELAZZIO Thermo1 is a lightweight pair of gloves which uses a 7.4V rechargeable battery to power a carbon fiber heating pad. That ensures that the gloves can be worn at temperatures as low as -25°F. Coupled with the use of 3M Thinsulate, it offers excellent dexterity, heat retention, and comfort.
Other features include the ability to control a touch screen device, go ice fishing, or ride a snowmobile with ease. While they are very comfortable and look great, the heat adjustment does not go as high as it should. Plus, it takes a while for the Velazzio Thermo1 heated snowmobile gloves to warm up. Perhaps adding a wool liner would have given it the much-needed extra insulation.
Overall rating: 9.7 out of 10
The FXR Men's Fuel Glove isn’t the cheapest one to make it to our top 10, but it is undoubtedly amongst the best. Using a Thinsulate 300g on the back, 200g for the palm, and 250g for the thumb, the glove promises to keep your hands warm without added weight. The nylon shell construction helps ensure durability in all types of cold weather.
We love the design of the FXR Men's Fuel Glove, and the comfort that it has to offer. However, because of the way this fits, we recommend that you order one size larger. The downside though, is that the glove fits so well that taking it off and then wearing it again can be a challenge. So, if you’re one of those people who needs to take the glove off a lot, it may not be the best choice.
Overall rating: 9.5 out of 10
#8: Cevapro -40℉
The Cevapro offers superior warmth thanks to the use of 3M insulate, along with polar fleece and a thick lining, which reduces the loss of body heat. The gloves are rated at -40℉ at which they should be able to keep your hands warm, making them ideal for applications like riding a motorcycle or snowmobile.
The sensitive thumb and index figure tips, ensure that you can operate smartphones and other touch devices with ease. That said, even though the glove uses a PU leather palm, it does not add as much comfort. Wearing it sort of makes the hands feel stiff. Also, the gloves do not remove sweat as quickly as it should. Other than that, they are a great choice for the price.
Overall rating: 9.4 out of 10
#9: Castle X TRS G2
Using 40 grams of 3m Thinsulate, and warm cotton, it does a good job of keeping your hands warm. Whether you decide to use the Castle X TRS G2 for skiing, snowboarding, or riding a bike, it promises to do a pretty good job of insulating your body’s heat.
The use of a water-resistant membrane placed between the part of the glove on the outside, and the lining helps it keep water out even when it is raining. During our testing, it did keep the elements out quite well. However, as for the -40 rating, that’s a bit deceptive because, during our testing, it didn’t work as well at that temperature.
We also had a small issue with the insulation, which tends to separate from the little finger. However, thanks to the cuffs and great design, it is still worth a comparatively competitive asking price.
Overall rating: 9.2 out of 10
The MCTIi Waterproof 3M Thinsulate is amongst the best-insulated sky gloves using 140g thick fleece and a very fluffy lining, which decreases heat loss. The gloves will keep your hands warm even at -40℉. However, while like just about every MCTi gloves we’ve reviewed, it looks great, wearing it is another matter.
The waterproof coating using TPU makes it ideal for activities like snowmobiling, because of the moisture barrier it offers. However, it also does not keep the hands dry of sweat. On the flip side, you can operate smart devices thanks to the conductive coated fabric, but operating a snowmobile using it isn’t easy. The dense nature of these gloves is perhaps also its biggest weakness.
Overall rating: 9.2 out of 10
What to Consider When in the Market for Snowmobile Glove
- Waterproofing – At the very least, they have to be water-resistant. If moisture isn’t kept out, the gloves aren’t going to be comfortable.
- Wicking – You will want the gloves to quickly get rid of moisture. The best gloves keep your hands so warm that they start to sweat. So, you’ll want gloves with some type of wicking mechanism built into them.
- Straps – All snowmobile gloves should have strappings. The gloves need to be in place when driving a snowmobile, and straps help you accomplish that.
- A Reinforced Palm – Since the palm is always going to be in contact with the snowmobile, you’ll want it to have some reinforcement. Gloves with support will stand up to a great deal of wear and tear, consequently lasting longer.
Why Use Snowmobile Gloves?
You will want to use snowmobile gloves because they help keep your fingers in the right place and warm. When in the cold, and especially on a snowmobile, the body struggles to keep the extremities warm, and so the only way to do it, consequently preventing frostbite, is to use the best, most well-insulated snowmobile gloves.
Snowmobile gloves will also make it easier to grip the handlebars and allow ease of braking. That would mean being able to keep your hands warm with minimum thickness of the gloves.
Gloves vs. Mittens
Here are a couple of differences between mittens and gloves, especially considering driving a snowmobile.
Mittens: The primary disadvantage is that it looks weird. However, they still keep your fingers warm. The advantage is that your fingers are together in one place and so they warm up easily. That also means less padding, and it makes them ideal for extreme temperatures. That said, mittens rob your hands of finger dexterity so you will not be able to operate those tiny controls.Gloves: The significant advantage of gloves is that your fingers remain dexterous. However, because your fingers are separated from each other, they need to be well insulated. That’s why gloves require extra padding and can consequently be heavier.
Well, that was fun testing and ranking our list of the best rated snowmobile gloves in 2020. Now, it wasn't as fun as the thrill of riding trails with friends and family at top speeds! You really can't go wrong with any of our choices - they all helped control the snowmobile easier and kept our hands warm, which is all you can ever ask for!
Stay safe out there, keep warm, and most of all, have fun!