Best Men’s Mittens for Winter Warmth and Dexterity

When temperatures turn truly bitter, leave the gloves at home and reach for mittens. New types offer new features and more warmth than ever.

Man standing in the snow looking at his phone
New mitten models have features such as heater pockets and touchscreen glove liners.Unsplash

Cold hands make any winter outing miserable. Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves because your fingers are together where they can warm one another and work together to heat the air pocket around them. Also, mittens have less surface area and fewer seams than gloves, giving heat fewer places to escape. Wet hands are cold hands, so warmest mittens are either waterproof or retain warmth when wet. Here’s a look at some of the best men’s mittens out there.

Winter Knitted Convertible Fingerless Gloves Wool Mittens Warm Mitten Glove for Women and Men

Best of Both

Flip back the flap and you can text, tie shoes, zip zippers, pull a trigger or tie a knot without exposing your palms or wrists to the chill. Pull it back up and your hand is back in a knit cocoon.ViGrace

Proper sizing matters. Mittens that are too big won’t keep your hands warm efficiently and they make even simple tasks like holding a ski pole difficult. If they’re too tight they restrict movement. The inside tip of the mitten should extend about a quarter of an inch past the end of your outstretched fingers.

BURTON Mens Gore Mitten

Triple Warmth

Fully outfitted for the cold, this pair has an outer pocket to hold a heat packet, a waterproof membrane, and plenty of insulation. Touch-screen compatible liner gloves let you use your phone.Burton

Disposable handwarmers can help keep fingers warm on cold days. The packets can reach temperatures of 135 degrees which is hot enough to burn bare skin, so only use them in mittens with special handwarmer compartments.

Northstar Unisex Full Grain Deerskin Sherpa Lined Mitten, Tan, Full Fingered

Lined Comfort

The thick fleece liner and leather exterior give these a classic look and provide extreme warmth.North Star

In extreme cold, wear a thin glove liner underneath your mittens. The liner provides an extra layer of insulation. It will keep your hands warmer, too, if you have to take a mitten off for a moment to perform a task that requires using your fingers.