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Soft Shell Gloves and Mittens

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How we choose: The best soft shell gloves and mittens highlighted here were selected based on 19 reviews of 18 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Alpine Mittens

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Thick wool mittens for winter weather. The key distinguishing factor is that boiled wool is thick and more resistant to wind and moisture than most other wool mitts. Because the weave is so tight, there is limited room for layering underneath them, but layering a shell over them, they’re a good option for cold weather. Durability is another plus.

Reasons to Buy

  • Thick and warm wool
  • Very durable
  • Price vs. warmth
  • Resistance to wind and wet

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not much stretch
  • Roll up cuff can be a pain

Introduction Old but good. Made in Austria of boiled wool. Breaking down the science behind this, washing some kinds of woven wool in hot water causes it to shrink, making the wool thicker and the weave tighter and more compact. They feel a bit like the thick felt liner you might find in an old pair of winter pac boots.  Back of the mitt, cuff rolled up Boiled wool is an excellent material for warm winter gear because the wool is thick, the tighter weave resists a decent amount of wind, and snow and ice might be caking the outside of the mitt but doesn’t soak in.  The cuffs on these mitts are tight.

Read more: Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Alpine Mittens reviews (2)

Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Gloves

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

Great hand protection for most any active cold weather pursuit. Contoured design provides comfortable grip and dexterity to perform tasks without removing the glove. Ventilates well for high activity applications in cold, dry environments.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light: 3.8oz avg, 4.1oz Large
  • Conforms to hand really well
  • Great ventilation
  • Elastic and adjustable strap at wrist
  • Touch screen compatible
  • Fast drying
  • Pull on loop at wrist

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not very warm when inactive
  • Interior finger stitching noticeable at times

Soft, articulated, goat leather palm and finger with Polartec PowerShield covering the back of the hand. Note the extended cuff length giving them a gauntlet sort of feel. Outdoor Research has put a lot of thought into the redesign of their Lodestar Sensor gloves and combined that with high quality materials and construction. This is an updated version of a great glove that made it even better. I hate to give away spoilers, but these gloves were a real joy to test. No product is perfect, always something that could be better, but I was really impressed with how well these performed.

Read more: Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Gloves review (1)

Seirus Windstopper Cyclone Gloves

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Seirus Windstopper Cyclone gloves are warm, lightweight, and allow for amazing dexterity. They wick away moisture like crazy and are very quick-drying.

Reasons to Buy

  • Warmth
  • Dexterity
  • Moisture wicking
  • Fit
  • Comfort

Reasons to Avoid

  • Ummm...a bigger zipper pull would be nice? I had to reach for that one!
  • No nose wipes, though the softshell fabric works well.
  • No goggle wipes

I was looking for a more technical, slimmer profile glove to replace my very warm but bulky wool gloves for snowshoeing, and saw the Seirus Windstopper Cyclone at a trading post in Greenville, Maine. I wore them today while snowshoeing in temps around 10°F, with wind chills of around -10°F, and my hands weren't even thinking of getting cold. I fully expect these to be useful at least down to -10°F air temps judging from how warm and dry my hands were today.  The lining is called "brushed Bemburg" and appears to be a type of polyester fiber pile about 1/4" thick.

Read more: Seirus Windstopper Cyclone Gloves review (1)

Outdoor Research Stormtracker Gloves

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

An excellent softshell glove that provides great dexterity, comfort, and protection from the elements. I would most certainly purchase these gloves again without a second thought.

Reasons to Buy

  • Awesome dexterity
  • Very comfortable
  • Great wind and cold weather protection (with limitations)
  • Quality materials
  • Quite durable
  • Water resistant
  • Breathes/wicks moisture well
  • OR's "Infinite Guarantee"

Reasons to Avoid

  • Zipper (YKK) toggle can be a bit finicky. Not to the point that it fails or malfunctions, but the toggles are small and I have now resorted to getting them closed up at times with my teeth

Glove Model: OR Storm Tracker Glove Type: Softshell (Windstopper) Target Comfort Range: 15/35 degrees Fahrenheit (-9/2 degrees Celsius) Size: XL (S, M, L, and XL available) Gender: Mens (Womens also available in S, M & L (black/charcoal only) Color: Black/Charcoal(Chili/Charcoal also available) Weight: 5.9oz. / 168g. Warranty: OR's Infinite Guarantee (lifetime) Date of initial purchase: December 3, 2011 As some of you may already be aware I really enjoy being on trail during the winter seasons.

Read more: Outdoor Research Stormtracker Gloves review (1)

Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

The Pearl Izumi Lobster Glove is an insulated, wind and waterproof split-fingered glove that combines the warmth of a mitt with the dexterity of a glove. After many years of use, primarily as a cyclist, I've found them to be a great piece of clothing for other uses.

Reasons to Buy

  • Windproof
  • Warm
  • Waterproof
  • Provides greater dexterity over a mitt
  • Fleece wiping surfaces

Reasons to Avoid

  • Still not as much dexterity as a glove
  • Stupid Star Trek Vulcan comments from others

Fourteen years ago I was an avid road biker, riding in all four seasons, as long as roads were passable. This caused me to ride many days in sub-freezing temperatures. Enter the Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves. I would regularly ride using these gloves in temperatures in the low 20's. My self-made windchill would be anywhere from 11°F to 3°F. Cold hands were never an issue on these rides. Kids and a career pretty much reduced my cycling to short family trips in nice weather. The Lobster Gloves have spent a lot of time in storage...until this winter.

Read more: Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove review (1)

Mountain Equipment Tour Glove

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A great glove, but a bit on the small size because it's a fitted size for dexterity. Leather palms and fleece lined. A bit tough to slide on, but good once on.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light construction
  • Warm fleece
  • No cold spots
  • Goatskin palms
  • Good dexterity

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fit is trim, run snug

Good winter gloves for hiking or X-country skiing. I used them on trail about a dozen times last year and they became my all purpose glove for all except dirty work last year. Even used them for a day while cutting up a downed tree with the chainsaw and all the times I cleared snow. I took the picture with my 40-year-old downhill Aris gloves. I have 6 pairs of winter gloves and the Mountain Equipment ones have become my favorites. They are slim cut and would also be good for runners. I can tie boot laces with them on.

Read more: Mountain Equipment Tour Glove review (1)

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