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Best Kids Gloves and Mittens 2021

Best Kids Gloves

It’s here! Our guide for our favorite mittens and gloves for kids. These are what we use for our kids to help keep hands and fingers warm and dry. The mittens and gloves below have all been tested by the kids on our team and are a great choice for your next winter adventure.

High-quality gear isn’t always cheap, but it keeps adventures comfortable longer and is hand-me-down quality.

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Little girl on sled wearing pink Reima mittens
Enjoying warm toasty hands in her Reima mittens.

Best mittens for skiing

Everything feels new when first learning to ski.  Feeling cold will only exacerbate nerves as kids navigate those first few runs.  Even if your kid has crossed that beginner mark, warm hands make learning new skills more comfortable. You want something that keeps little hands warm and dry. These are our favorites.

Burton Kids Mitten

Burton Kids’ Gore-Tex Mitten

Warm and stylish. Any kid would be excited to have one of their unique prints and colors. Plus those bright colors and patterns make them much easier to find in the snow if dropped. These mittens are waterproof, warm, and have nice long cuffs to keep the snow out.

The Burton Kids Mitten is also available on Amazon.

Reima Kids Mitten

Reima Kids Ote Mitten

A team favorite, these hold up great to aggressive wear and tear even in the harshest conditions. One of our most winter extreme members says this is the only mitten that will make it through their entire winter season of hard winter play for her kids. It has all the must-haves: a long cuff, adjustable wrist strap, waterproof, and warm. This is a solid pick for any adventure.

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Stonz kids mittens

Stonz Kids Mittens

My personal favorite and the ones my kids all wear. These are super easy to get on and off wiggly kids. After trying many different mittens that would constantly fall off my kids’ hands, I love the bungee cord around the wrist and the upper forearm that help keep these mittens on. The mittens are so long they come up to the elbow of my three-year-old so there is no chance snow is getting inside.

Use code “MTNMAMA” to save 15% on Stonz mittens.

Also available on Amazon.

young girl holding a snowboard wearing burton mittens
Ready to ride with her Burton mittens on

Best Kids Ski Gloves

With older kids deciding between gloves and mittens comes down to a few factors: temperature, dexterity, and personal preference. 

Gloves will not be as warm as mittens due to the increased surface area, however, they allow much more dexterity and are great for times when they need to use their hands. 

Ultimately it comes down to personal preference; some kids love gloves and others prefer mittens.  

Burton kids gloves

Burton Unisex Kids Gloves

A recommendation from our resident snowboarding expert family. These are perfect for your little shredder. While Burton has lower-priced gloves that are great for shorter snow play, we recommend springing for the gore-tex version linked here for warm and dry all-day play. Burton gloves have many more fun color options and patterns than the other gloves shared here plus the brand gives extra street cred when your kid hits the slopes.

Reima kids gloves

Reima Kids Gloves

Waterproof and warm with a cozy fleece lining. High quality and ready for regular or rough use, Reima is a brand you can trust for gear that will last. These gloves have the ability to be cinched tighter around the wrist making sure the fit is always secure.

I do find that Reima gear tends to run a bit big to allow ample growing room. While I appreciate the extra room in the mittens, the extra room in the gloves can make it difficult for kids to properly use their fingers. Consider sizing down.

Use code “MTNMAMA” to save 20% (or use code MTNMAMA30 to save 30% through 12/31/21)

Hestra Kids gloves

Hestra Kids Gloves

A team favorite for older kids who love to be on the slopes all day long. Warm and completely waterproof with a patented fingertip reinforcement to prevent wear and tear. They also have the ability to cinch around wrists and forearms. These do, however, have a shorter cuff so they may not be the best choice for kids that like to stick their hands into deep snow.

L.L. Bean Cold Buster Glove

L.L. Bean Cold Buster Glove

This glove comes in at a lower price point, yet still gets glowing reviews. It has an adjustable wrist cuff, reinforced palm for added durability, and a waterproof exterior.

Burton gloves for bigger kids who like to have more dexterity, but still have warm, dry hands.

Mittens for toddlers and babies

When buying mittens for toddlers there are typically two choices: thumbs or no thumbs.  Personally, I start to use mittens with thumbs once my kids turn three. Before then I find the hassle of trying to get tiny thumbs into thumb holes isn’t worth the time or effort because my kids just don’t utilize their thumbs yet.  

Stonz baby mittens

Stonz Baby Mittens

Forget the thumbs!! These are great for easily putting on cute, uncooperative, chubby, baby, and toddler hands. The mittens slide on and each have two adjustable toggles (one at the wrist and one around the forearm) to get the perfect fit every time.  Completely waterproof, these are great for crawling babies who love finding slush and puddles to splash in.  These are my personal favorites and have been worn by three of our kids so far.

Use code “MTNMAMA” to save 15% on Stonz mittens.

Veyo penguin kids mittens

Veyo Kids Mittens

For the kids with personality, these are a team favorite.  A similar easy-on design to the Stonz mittens, these have an adjustable toggle around the forearm and an adjustable buckle around the wrist.  With more size options these are also a great choice for older kids or kids with bigger hands.  Also completely waterproof, the unique design allows for more movement of the thumb while keeping a single pocket design for maximum warmth. These also come in tons of fun prints and colors.

Give'r kids mitten

Give’r Kids Mittens

A natural leather mitten with hand-crafted details. These are a beautiful mitten option that will keep small hands toasty. With the included wrist leash, the mittens stay on and close at all times while your little one plays outside.

Stonz mittens on three toddlers as they slide down a snowy hill on their bellies
Warm thumbless baby black Stonz mittens on the one-year-old in the center and toddler Stonz mittens with thumbs on the four and almost three-year-old.

Best gloves and mittens for layering

With babies and toddlers who use thumbless mittens, a good wool sock makes a great inner liner for additional warmth. However, if you have a kid that must wear gloves even when temperatures drop really low or if you’re wanting a thinner glove for shoulder-season adventures these are great choices for you.

Burton kid glove liner

Burton Kid Glove Liners

Great by themselves in warmer weather when waterproofing is not needed. These also make a great liner when your kid is in very cold conditions, but still wants to wear gloves. For your more tech-inclined kids, these are also touch screen compatible so kids can stay warm on the ride home while playing on a tablet or phone.

Thermasilk kid glove liners

Thermasilk Kid Glove Liners

The silk provides additional heat and is super soft and comfortable. May be a great choice for a child with texture sensitivities as it provides a nice soft and smooth barrier to the more heavy outer glove. These gloves are very slippery by nature and wear out quickly if worn on their own; best to be worn only as a liner.

smartwool kids glove liners

Smartwool Kids Glove Liner

When it gets really cold, our Alaska living team members love to add these glove liners under mittens for their kids. These are also great to wear alone when hands get sweaty when kids are working hard snowshoeing or nordic skiing.

Best budget mittens for kids

For the families who live in warm climates where schools close if there is an inch of snow.  These are the best budget picks for occasional snow play. These are picks, while more affordable, are not going to keep hands as warm or as dry as our other recommendations. If you plan to spend time in much colder weather or for periods of more than an hour these are not for you.

Head kids mittens

Head Jr Mitten

These mittens are found year-round on Amazon and seasonally at Costco. Warm water-resistant mittens that are perfect for short snow play in the yard a few times a year. If you live in cooler climates and have already invested in high-quality mittens for the year, consider purchasing these as backup mittens to keep in the car in case of emergencies. My family also loves to have a set of these mittens in our kid’s backpack for outside winter recess at school or daycare.

N'ice Cap kids mittens

N’ice Cap Mittens

Another super affordable option, these come in more colors than the Head mittens. They also make a glove version for older kiddos or kiddos that prefer gloves. Both include a cinchable wrist strap, however, I find these tend to more easily fall off small hands.

Jan and Jul Mittens

Jan and Jul Mittens

A “Toasty-Dry” waterproof option with lots of fun patterns and a longer cuff to keep snow out. These may be the best bang for your buck if you are searching for quality mittens at a lower price. They come in lots of fun patterns and colors. A thumbless baby option is also available.

Available on Amazon also.

Little girl wearing Jan and Jul mittens while growling
Jan and Jul mittens keep hands toasty and allow for lots of personality

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