When you hit the mountain this winter season, the last thing you want is for your fingers to freeze and distract you from your boarding; that's why a perfect pair of snowboard gloves should be high on your holiday shopping list. Due to improvements in the weight of high-tech weather gear, you can now get highly insulated gloves that aren't bulky or particularly expensive. While some of the higher end snowboard gloves can get quite pricey, they're nearly essential to a good boarding experience.
The Vermont-based snowboard brand Burton is mostly known for its boards that are used by both male and female top pros, but the company also makes a ton of top gear for the mountain as well. This budget model is available now from Eastern Mountain Sports, where it goes for a reasonable $65. The black gloves use the company's Dryride Ultrashell technology, which is a nylon blend that's designed to be extremely lightweight. The gloves use Thermacore insulation and have a 4-way stretch fleece liner as well. To keep you protected from debris, this Burton model also uses the funnily named Sticky Icky solution on the palms of the glove, which should protect you from tears.
These heavy-duty warm mitts come in black and are available for purchase directly from EMS for $89. Grips are less important with snowboard gloves than with ski gloves, as you don't need to grip onto poles. As such, this pair goes with the mitten approach and will keep you warmer than most gloves. The Arctic uses a 650-fill goose down and has a 100% nylon ripstop shell, which will also work wonders in terms of water resistance. The gloves are lined in brushed polyester and have leather detailing through the palms. EMS hasn't overlooked any details on these, as you'll also like the wrist gauntlet that cinches to keep powder from flying into your gloves.
This model also goes for $89 at REI. These gloves come in a modern combination of black, grey, and yellow, and they have a more rugged polyester shell than either the EMS or Burton models above. The X-Change has leather palms and fingertips for strong grips, as well as a Dryfinger II insert for moisture wicking and breathability. This model uses the Tri-plex insulation, which is thinner through the palms than through the back. You'll also find a novel feature on these; the X-Change has small zippered pockets on the gloves, which will ideally be used for single-use hand warmers.
This is one of the higher end models out there, and its made by the premium ski brand Black Diamond. The Guide sells for $160 at EMS and comes in black. The Guide is Black Diamond's warmest glove. It has a four-way stretch build with an array of included technologies. It uses the famous Gore-Tex in its insert for waterproofing, has a removable wool liner, and PrimaLoft One insulation. You'll find 100g-fleece palm lining, goat leather details through the fingers and palm, and a molded EVA cup on the knuckles for strength.