If you want your child to have fun on the slopes this year, you need to keep them warm.
In order to do this you’ll want one of the best ski and snowboard gloves for kids. There’s a few things you should consider before making your purchase and I’ll show you what’s most important – after you’ll see my top picks for both boys and girls.
By the time you’re done reading I know you’ll see a product that you love.
How To Choose Youth Ski And Snowboard Gloves
In order to get the right product, make sure to think about the following:
- Choose between gloves or mittens
- Look at warmth, breathability and waterproofing
- Get the right size and check out smaller features
The first thing you have to decide is whether you’re purchasing gloves or mittens. The main difference between the two is gloves offer more dexterity (you’ll be able to grab ski poles better, reach into pockets and answer the phone without taking them off) and a mitten offers more warmth (since your fingers are bunched together they create more heat).
I personally like gloves better but it really comes down to personal choice and what you value more.
Next, you should look at the warmth, breathability and waterproofing. Here’s what to look for in each category:
- Warmth: Cold fingers can ruin your day and you’ll want a product that prevents that. The warmth of a glove and mitten mainly comes from the insulation. The higher quality the insulation, the more warmth you’ll get. There’s two kinds of insulation too – down and synthetic. Down offers more warmth but is more expensive. It doesn’t work as well when wet either. Most gloves make use of synthetic insulation and this type holds its warmth even when wet.
- Breathability: Breathability makes sure the glove won’t overheat your child’s hands and prevents the build up of sweat/moisture. It’s important to have a product that wicks away sweat and keeps air moving because it improves comfort.
- Waterproofing: Waterproofing is very important too because the last thing you want is wet fingers in cold weather. The waterproofing of a glove comes down to the materials the glove is made of and the outershell. There’s various materials that do well in this department and the most popular are Gore-tex, Hipora and more.
Lastly, you need to get the right size and consider smaller features. If you get a glove too small or too largepo uiig’;lg you won’t be comfortable or protected. Here’s a chart that’ll help here:
Pretty simple, right?
There’s smaller things to think about like nose wipe, zippered pockets, padding, cuffs and more. These aren’t the most important aspects of a glove but can make a small difference.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s look at my top picks now.
Hestra Junior Heli *Top Pick*
The Hestra Junior Heli is my top pick for a lot of reason. First off, it’s extremely high quality and it has a”best” rating, which is as high as you can get. This rating means this product excels in every department and offers maximum level protection.
Another thing I like is you can purchase the Heli’s in either gloves or mittens. Which ever one your boy or girl wants most they can get.
Some other features I know you’ll like include:
- Highest level of warmth possible and is good in frigid conditions. This is because it comes with a Bemberg insulation liner. The cool thing is this liner can be removed on warmer days to reduce overheating.
- Hestra Triton fabric is waterproof, breathable and windproof. No matter what the weather condition is your child won’t have to suffer – when it’s snowing heavy moisture won’t seep in, on warmer days their hands won’t sweat too much and when the wind is howling it won’t effect their hands.
- Goat Leather palm is extremely durable and won’t rip or tear. Your little one will enjoy this product for many seasons because of this.
- Snow lock prevents snow from getting in. If your kid takes a tumble they’ll get back up without wet or freezing hands.
This glove isn’t cheap, however. I personally think they’re worth that, especially when you factor in the lifetime warranty they come with. Eventually your boy or girl will out grow these but you won’t have to buy a new pair because they break down.
Also, you can pass them down from child to child or keep them in storage for emergency purposes. The Heli’s come in several different colors too, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one your kid likes.
The North Face Youth Revelstoke
The North Face is brand that everyone knows and is familiar with – they make product ranging from gloves for adults, kids ski jackets, ski and snowboard pants for young and old and everything else you can think of.
It shouldn’t be a surprise they make youth gloves. I wouldn’t say they’re highest quality piece of equipment on this list but they’re still well made and worth considering.
My favorite features is the E-tip fingers. What this does is allows your kids to use their smartphones without taking the glove off. If you have to get in touch with them on the slopes it won’t be a hassle to do so. They won’t have expose their hands to the cold to answer your text or call.
Other aspects that are cool include:
- Heatseaker insulation provides a good amount of warmth. It’s not quite as protective as the Heli’s but will hold its own in most winter conditions.
- Hyvent inserts keeps moisture from building up on the inside and keeps moisture from getting in. These leaves your hands bone dry and comfortable.
- Synthetic leather grip is good in the durability department. It also makes gripping a ski pole easier. This won’t help snowboarders but it’s handy for skiers.
- Radiametric Articulation leaves your child’s hand in a natural position. This promotes better circulation and in return more warmth.
The price is right with the Revelstoke’s too. What makes this even better is the lifetime guarantee that it comes with.
Also, you get your pick of colors and they range from feminine to masculine.
Level Heli Kids
This is the second glove on this list named Heli except this one is from Level – it’s also not as good as the one you saw already. Don’t get me wrong it’ll keep your child’s fingers warm and protected, just not in the same way.
Most gloves on this can’t do what the first Heli’s can do, however. These Heli’s get average ratings in most departments and this means on regular winter days you’ll have nothing to worry about. It’s those extremely frigid days that can cause a problem. Those days are pretty rare, though.
Some features you’ll like include:
- Thermoliner insulation is where this glove gets its warmth from. It also has a fleece liner that provides warmth and comfort.
- Leather palm resists wear and tear ensuring you’ll have this pair of gloves for multiple seasons. It also makes gripping easier. This is good fro holding on to ski poles and cellphones.
- Stretch fabric is good for mobility and people that are active. Your child won’t feel constricted with these on their hands.
- Powder cuff keeps snow from getting in. This is good when there’s a heavy snow storm or when you take a tumble into some powder.
- Adjustable strap lets you get the perfect fit anytime. If you need to tighten or loosen things up you can do that quickly and easily.
These are affordable too and won’t break the bank. You don’t get a lifetime warranty but you do get two years. I’m sure you’ll get more than that but even if you don’t, two years from now there’s a good chance your kid outgrows this.
Gordini Youth Gore Tex
I like Gordini products and I’ve found in the past their gloves and gear to be high quality. I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion if you decide on their Youth Gore Tex.
Gore Tex stands for the materials the outer part of this glove is made from. It’s an extremely popular choice in glove because it does so well keeping the weather from touching your hands. It has one of the highest waterproof and windproof ratings you can get. If it’s a particular nasty day you child will be protected from it.
Other aspects your kid will enjoy includes:
- Megaloft insulation does a good job keeping hands warm. It’s not the most effective insulation on earth but it works well in most winter conditions.
- Microdenier lining wicks away nay moisture and prevents overheating. No one wants clammy hands and this prevents that from happening.
- Grips on the palms, fingers and thumb this. This ensures nothing will slip out of your child’s hands and they’ll be able to grip their ski poles.
- Durable and you can expect this product to stand up to whatever this ski and snowboard season throws at it.
The price is right where you’d expect it to be. That’s a more than fair price for all that you’re getting.
Plus you get a few colors and designs to choose from. This way your kid will get exactly what they want and match it to their other gear.
Obermeyer Cornice Kids Gloves
Obermeyer is another company that I like and you’ll find their gear all over the slopes this year. Their Cornice is a product that doesn’t excel in any one department but does well in every in almost every category – there aren’t many weaknesses with this glove.
One thing I really like, which doesn’t have to do with performance, is there’s many designs and colors to choose from. These colors range from traditional boys and girls colors (like blue, red, pink, green and black) to other cool designs like tie die and brighter colors.
Some additional features you’ll like includes:
- Active fit is good for movement and mobility. This comes in handy when you’re skiing and snowboarding.
- Zipper heater pocket you can put a disposable heater in. When the weather is extra cold your child will appreciate this.
- Completely waterproof and breathable. You won’t have to worry about your kid’s hands getting cold from moisture or from overheating/sweating.
- Microfleece liner is provides both warmth and comfort. Your boy and girl won’t mind wearing these all day long.
Despite being such a quality glove, this product won’t cost too much. This makes the Cornice’s one of the best values on this list.
Like many of gloves on this list, this one comes with a lifetime warranty too. Your little one will out grow these one day but you’ll never need to buy a replacement because they tear.
Hestra Juniors RSL Comp Vertical Cut
The first pair of Hestra gloves on this list got a “best” rating and that’s the highest you can get. The second pair of Hestra gloves on this list, the RSL Com Vertical Cut, gets a “best” rating as well.
This means this product excels in every department imaginable and will protect your child’s hands from from all conceivable weather.
Also, this product is designed specifically for racers and has padding through out the glove. This prevents hand injuries and absorbs the impact from starter gates. Plus, if your boy or girl takes a fall at a high speed they’re less likely to break a bone.
Some other cool features include:
- Thermolite insulation is extremely effective and ensures your child won’t be cold, even on frigid days.
- Bemberg polyester lining provides more warmth and is comfortable to wear. This is a product that’s enjoyable to wear the entire day.
- Vertical cut is deigned to give a perfect fit. It moves with your hand and is ergonomically designed.
- Vibration Absorbing Intermediate Layer of Cellular Rubber is where the extra protection comes from.
Because this is such a quality product it’s going to cost a little extra.
This is a pair of gloves that’s really reserved for high performers and racers. Also, it comes with a lifetime warranty so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
Spyder Bitsy Cubby
The Spyder Bitsy Cubby is a product that’s designed for toddlers and small children. If you’re looking for a glove for someone that’s 10 or 12 years old you should look at one of the others on this list. There’s plenty of gloves that’ll work for them but these aren’t it.
If, however, you have a small kid this product will work well for them. Spyder is an excellent company too and I own a ton of their gear. They always offer quality stuff and I’m always satisfied with them.
This is true for the Bitsy Cubby because they have:
- Polyester fabric is both waterproof and breathable. This means in even harsh weather, when it’s snowing hard, your toddler’s hands will be protected. Plus, their hands won’t overheat either.
- 150 grams of insulation provides a ton of warmth without being too bulky. When you’re learning to ski you need to be warm and comfortable – this insulation excels with both.
- Moisture wicking materials prevent sweat build up and will keep your kids hands done dry.
- Polyurethane grip helps in the gripping department. This assists when it comes time to grab a ski pole.
This is another product that has a lifetime warranty too. If you have several kids you can pass them on from child to child. The best part? It won’t cost much more.
That’s a great price for what you’re getting and one that everyone can afford.
Here we have another product from Spyder and this one, unlike the one you just saw, is made for older kids. The Overweb is a quality glove too and one the protects in pretty bad/cold weather.
Even on days that are extraordinarily cold, like single digits, you can put a disposable heater into this glove – there’s a zippered pocket specifically designed for this function on the back.
This glove provides a good amount of warmth, though. It makes use of synthetic insulation and this keeps the cold from getting to your fingers.
Some additional features include:
- Stretch fleece that’s very comfortable and helps with mobility. Your boy won’t feel constricted with these gloves on his hands.
- Xt.L laminate provides a good amount of breathability and waterproofing. This adds more comfort and keeps hands dry. No one wants wet hands in the cold winter weather.
- Durable and won’t rip/tear easily. This means you won’t have to rush out and buy a new glove every year.
The price is very fair and you can pick these up for pretty cheap (they have a lifetime warranty too).
They have a bunch of positive reviews too. If you want to check out what other customers are saying about this product, click below:
Gordini Kids Maverick
The Gordini Maverick is another quality glove and I’d consider it one of the top 5 on this list. This is the type of product that you can wear when it’s quite cold out or when it’s snowing heavily and not have to worry too much.
That’s because the Maverick’s have a well known and popular insulation, Primaloft. You’ll see this type of insulation in all kinds of products and it’s effective in different weather conditions.
It also features 3 Layer Thermal Fabric Trim that’s all weather proof. This means no moisture or wind will penetrate and your kid will enjoy their time on the slopes.
Some other aspects that make this glove worth it include:
- Hydrowick Microdenier Lining pulls moisture from the skin and keeps your hands dry. This adds even more warmth and comfort
- Gauntlet Clnch Closure means you’ll prevent snow from piling in. If your child takes a spill they won’t be plucking ice chunks from out of the glove.
- Zippered pocket you can place a disposable heating pack in. On those days when it’s very cold you won’t have to suffer from freezing fingers.
- Goatskin leather on your fingers, thumb, and palm. This extends the life of this product and ensures you can grab on to your ski pole easily.
The Maverick is the kind of glove that adventurous young people can wear. If you consider your child a high performer I would strongly think about purchasing this product.
The price isn’t too bad either. You only get a one year warranty but that shouldn’t scare you off. I’m sure you’ll get many seasons out of the Maverick.
Last on the list is the Hestra Czone and this product is a little different than the other gloves/mittens on this list. The Czone isn’t quite a glove or a mitten – it’s a lobster glove. A lobster glove is kind of a hybrid between the two.
Three of your fingers get placed together and your pointer and thumb get their own slots. This gives you the dexterity of a glove but the warmth of a mitten. Do I think they’re better? Not really. I find them useful but not more useful than a traditional glove or mitten.
If your’e interested, you’ll like that these come with:
- Fiberfill insulation provides a good amount of warmth. Your hands will be perfectly fine in normal winter weather conditions.
- Bemberg polyester liner is comfortable to the touch and one your child will enjoy wearing.
- Snow lock prevents snow from piling in. One way to ruin a day skiing is constantly having to pick snow from your glove.
- Grippy palm is good for when it comes time to handle a cellphone or a ski pole.
This is another product that’s not too high in price. Like many of the gloves you get a lifetime warranty too.
You get many options in terms of color and design, also. Whether you’re looking for a girl or a boy you should fine one they and you like.
Don’t Let Your Kid Ski And Snowboard With Cold Hands
I’ve had problems keeping my hands warm my entire life. When I was younger I had days ruined because of how cold they were. The second my parents got me a quality pair of gloves, though, the problem was solved.
If you want your child to have the most fun possible, you need to get them good gloves. They’ll thank you latter for it.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski and snowboard section for more tips and gear reviews.
Are you excited to hit the slopes this year with your kid?