There’s a reason that there are so many emojis of hands: Praying hands, A-OK hands, heavy metal hands, peace hands, and even Spock hands. Aside from the mouth, hands are one of the foremost ways that humans communicate with each other and express their ideas. So when we use pictographs on our phones, it only makes sense that we often convey feelings with images of hands. But that task becomes significantly more difficult in winter when all you care about is keeping your hands warm, and not giving someone a virtual thumb’s up.
To make sure your hands stay nice and toasty this winter (frostbite is not a good look) we found the best gloves to keep your digits looking fresh.
Typically suede and water do not play nice with each other. But a special tanning process keeps the leather on these gloves completely waterproof. They are also lined with a fleece that is both warm and comfortable. But what really makes the Colchuck gloves stand out is the intricate, hand-stitched beadwork on the tops of the hands.
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These are great go-to gloves if you refuse to let frigid conditions stop you from running or riding your bike. The four-way stretch material moves naturally and they fit snug to your fingers so to preserve your sense of feel. The entire palm is touchscreen compatible, so you can use all your phone’s functionality without having to remove your gloves.
If you’re the kind of person whose hands always seem to be cold from September through March (i.e., me) but doesn’t always want monstrously thick gloves, Arc'teryx’s Gothics are a terrific slim option. Crafted from merino wool, which has a great warmth-to-weight ratio, the tips of the thumb and forefinger are touchscreen compatible. They work great on their own in moderate weather and as a liner when conditions call for something heavier.
HESTRA TABLE CUT GLOVES
Hestra makes some of the world’s most luxurious gloves hands down (pardon the pun). They even have fully bespoke options similar for a completely custom fit akin to a fine suit. But if you don’t want to wait, the ready-to-wear collection is fire as well. These leather on these gloves comes from the hide of a wild boar (how badass is that?) and they are lined in soft Italian cashmere.
If you go to any ski mountain, inevitably the best local skier will have these simple work gloves on, not some fancy schmancy pair. Apply some waterproofing wax, and they will hold up no matter how deep the powder gets, and the pigskin leather dries incredibly fast.
These aren’t the scratchy wool gloves you may be used to. Made with a Donegal cashmere, whose flecks of color add serious style points, they are very soft and have leather pads on the palm and fingers so you don’t have to be precious with them.