Waterproof and insulated gloves are essential for any climber or winter sports enthusiast. To help you choose which pair best serves your needs, we’ve tested some of the best waterproof gloves available today, covering a range of price points and abilities.
Choosing the right waterproof gloves
If, for example, you want them for watching winter sport or more relaxed winter walks, greater levels of insulation are needed in addition to waterproofing. But the trade-off with larger gloves is reduced dexterity and breathability.
For winter climbers, skiers, and mountaineering, durability, dexterity, high waterproofing and breathability are crucial for you. Gloves bearing these features are lighter and thinner and therefore not great when watching winter sport or undertaking more relaxed walks in the snow.
Naturally, budget heavily influences our decisions but don't let that dictate. After all, while you can get some reasonable waterproof gloves on a budget, you fundamentally want a glove that will do what you need it to. It may well be worth your while paying a little more for a glove that will be much better for you to use rather than settling on the cheaper alternative that won't be so good.
With that in mind, read our reviewed and recommended waterproof gloves below.
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The best waterproof gloves
Mountain Equipment Guide Glove
Verdict: A good all-round glove for winter but not the warmest option. The cuff isn't the longest and there is no wrist leash, but they are ideal for most hillwalker's needs.
Tested by Anna Humphries
Features: 4/5 | Fit: 5/5 | Weather resistance: 5/5 | Performance: 4/5 | Value for money: 4/5
Overall score: 88%
This well-established glove offers great comfort and dexterity. It’s also available in both men’s and women’s sizes, with the women’s range coming in black/grey – which is great if you don’t like the typical pinks/purples that many women’s products display.
On offer are a Drilite waterproof lining, a leather palm and a fibre pile lining on the back of the hand, with a microfleece lining on the palm. This all adds up to a warm glove with durable protection. The pre-curved fit means they feel natural when the hands are relaxed and the materials don’t bunch up when holding things such as ice axes or trekking poles. Also, the lining doesn’t get caught when you remove them quickly and doesn’t snag when putting them back on.
Although the cuff isn’t the longest, you can fit it inside or outside a jacket sleeve and you get a drawcord to close the cuff. A soft nose wipe is included and there is a loop on both ring fingers to clip the gloves to a carabiner for easy carrying.
On the downside, there’s no wrist leash, so you need to keep hold of these when taking them off in the wind to prevent them from flying off the mountain. Also, while warm, they aren’t as warm as others here, so you may need something better for really cold days.
The shorter cuff could allow for air gaps around the wrist, which is annoying, but then longer cuffs can be difficult to fit inside a jacket sleeve. Some gloves have an additional adjustment at the wrist, but here you just have elastication, so you need to consider if you need any additional adjustment.
Also, you don’t get the touchscreen sensitivity required to operate a mobile phone. But for me, these worked fine on the hill and I really liked using them just as they are.
Sizing: Men’s S-XL, Women’s XS-L
Weight: 175g (pair, size M)
Rab Guide 2 Gore-Tex Glove
Verdict: An awesome winter glove for the toughest winter days, though overkill for a typical Lakeland Day out. But if you walk in all conditions, buy them and they'll never let you down.
Features: 5/5 | Fit: 4/5 | Weather resistance: 5/5 | Performance: 4/5 | Value for money: 3/5
Overall score: 84%
The Guide 2 is one of the ultimate winter hillwalking gloves and is ideal for the toughest days on Scotland’s Munros. The super-durable Gore-Tex outer ensures waterproofness, while the strong, Pittards Armortan leather palm and fingers guarantee a durable grip. The thumb also has a much-used nose/goggle wipe – a feature often lacking on lower-priced gloves.
I swapped to these gloves as we neared Pike O’Blisco and the weather turned colder, wetter and windier, and after a few minutes without gloves, it was a relief to slip cold, wet hands into the soft fibre pile lining. The adjustable cuff has an easy-to-use drawcord at the cuff, and this makes it quick and easy to fit these gloves securely even in the pretty foul weather.
The overall fit is precise and the pre-curved palm and fingers allowed your hands to rest or grip in a natural position. The wrist leash is super, which keeps the gloves close to hand when removed in high winds.
In pursuit of an ideal dexterity-warmth balance, Rab has used high-performing PrimaLoft Gold synthetic insulation. The warmth of these gloves for the weight (220g) is impressive but you will certainly find warmer, albeit bulkier, gloves if that is what you need. Unfortunately, they can’t be used with a touchscreen device either, and there’s no women’s option. That price is pretty hefty, too.
Sizing: Unisex XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight - 220g
Regatta Transition II Waterproof Touchtip Glove
Verdict: Good basic gloves that are ideal if your budget is limited and you don't need all the extras that are available on higher-priced gloves. But predictably, regular users or those heading to Scotland in winter will benefit by upgrading to higher performers.
Features: 4/5 | Fit: 3/5 | Weather resistance: 4/5 | Performance: 3/5 | Value for money: 5/5
Overall score: 76%
The low price of these gloves is instantly inviting, and for many walkers, this and the design benefits on offer will more than suit their needs. The waterproof Hydrafort fabric has Thermoguard synthetic insulation inside, so your hands stay warm and dry. You also get roll-tip fingertips – a feature other low-priced gloves often lack but one that really improves dexterity as well as durability, granting these gloves a crucial plus point. There is some pre-curvature to the fingers too, which makes gripping ice axes easier and neater. In particular, the thumb fits very neatly and is nicely shaped. One of the crucial upgrades in the Transition II compared to the originals is that these are now touchscreen-friendly.
For durability, the palm and fingertips have a textured PVC layer. The cuff is a good general length that can be fitted under or over a waterproof jacket, and you get basic elastication at the wrist as well as a cuff drawcord. This all works well, so these gloves are ideal for general walking if you are on a tight budget.
But these gloves come with a number of drawbacks, which means that if you can pay more then it is worth doing so. Firstly they only come in two sizes, so you really must try before you buy and if the fit is not ideal then try other designs. Also while these are insulated, they are not as warm as some higher-priced gloves, and as such are great for mild conditions, but those suffering from cold hands may want something warmer.
The palm is durable enough for most walkers, but hard users will find those with leather palms even better. There is no nose wipe – something you may come to miss! Also there is no wrist leash and no wrist cinch strap, all great little details that do make a difference if you are out in the hills regularly.
Sizing: Unisex S/M, L/XL
Weight: Weight 144g (pair, L/XL)
Trekmates Chamonix Gore-Tex Glove
Verdict: Buy these if you want a low-priced glove that is ideal for walking with touchscreen sensitivity, and you don't need the extra durability or dexterity that other designs offer, or don't want to pay more. But pay just a little more and you can get a much better glove.
Tested by Graham Thompson
These attractively-priced gloves feature a Gore-Tex Active waterproof lining to keep your hands dry from rain and sweat, as well as polyester hollow fibre insulation for warmth. Instantly comfortable when you first slip them on thanks to a brushed microfleece lining, the pre-curved fingers improve grip on ice axes or poles and the palm has a PU layer for durability.
Impressively these gloves work with touchscreen devices, such as my smartphone, and I also liked the cuff length, which fitted easily inside or outside my jacket. Less impressive were the fingertip seams, which are just at the point you want to touch things. This really affects dexterity, and if used regularly this area would be less durable than other designs. The thumb shape was also not very close-fitting, with a square seam that again raised dexterity and durability concerns.
Sizing - Unisex XS/S, S/M, M/L, L/XL
Weight - 158g (pair, L/XL)
Outdoor Research Adrenaline Gloves
Verdict: These are not quite the warmest gloves ever but they are fine for our Lake District test conditions. Buy them if you want a very good all-round fit and performance ideal for most UK hill walks.
Tested by Anna Humphries
These gloves come in both men’s and women’s sizes and feature a useful textured rubbery palm that helps grip trekking poles or ice axes. The roll-tip seams on the fingers provide better durability and dexterity, while the Ventia waterproof lining and EnduroLoft polyester insulation both work well.
A webbing wrist cinch strap locks the glove in place to prevent it from slipping, and you can wear the cuff inside or outside a jacket sleeve, although the big cuff is a little more tricky than others to tuck inside a sleeve.
Another fab design feature is that the women’s fit comes in plain black, with no touch of pinks or sparkles that some women’s gloves insist on!
Downsides include the lack of wrist leash, leather palm, nose wipe and touchscreen sensitivity. Also, I’ve found slightly higher-priced gloves have a closer fit and slightly better dexterity.
Sizing - Men’s S-XL n Women’s S-L
Weight - 153g (pair, women’s M)
Extremities Antora Peak GTX gloves
Verdict: Comfortable gloves but lack some important features. Buy these if you value a high level of dexterity and aren't troubled by the wrist cuffs or lack of women's size options.
Tested by Tim Butcher
These are excellent winter hillwalking gloves, with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Active lining and a durable soft leather palm, giving ideal contact with poles or ice axes.
The gently pre-curved fingers and roll-top fingertips gave me no problems at all with zippers and rucksack straps, and I navigated the maps and menus on my GPS with ease. There’s no touchscreen sensitivity though.
The XL size proved a perfect fit for my wide hands, while the synthetic lining and insulation was comfortable to the touch and provided enough warmth for my hands, even as the wind and rain battered my hands.
An adjustable webbing strap on the wrist secures the gloves nicely in place, and while I liked the extended cuff on the inside of the wrist, I would have liked a wider and longer cuff all around, with a drawcord for extra wind and rain protection. There’s no wrist leash either, though there is a small loop inside for fitting your own.
Sizing - Unisex S-XL
Weight - 217g (pair, XL)