First and foremost, the best winter riding gloves will keep your hands sufficiently warm, while also having breathable qualities to help avoid a sweaty palm situation. The best winter riding gloves will strike the perfect balance of insulation and tactility to keep you warm but allow feel on the reins. They should offer a good grip, whatever the weather, to make them suitable for hacking and schooling in the rain.
Waterproof qualities are not necessarily a must-have, like they might be if you were looking for the best yard gloves, but they are certainly a bonus if you’re likely to be riding outdoors. Similarly, touchscreen compatibility will make your day-to-day life considerably easier if you need quick, easy and regular access to your phone. A good, snug fit is really important as no one likes an uncomfy, restrictive or poorly fitting glove – follow our guide to finding your glove size.
Here’s a selection of some of the best winter riding gloves available right now…
Just Chaps All Purpose riding gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £21 |
Described as perfect for winter riding yet tough enough also to cope yard life, these gloves from Just Chaps are double layered. They have a Thinsulate lining that adds warmth and a long enough cuff to keep out the drafts. They are touchscreen compatible and washable, while the palm and fingers are super grippy and reinforce. These Just Chaps gloves were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme, scored 9/10 and were awarded H&H Approved status – read the full review.
Ariat Insulated Tek gloves
Colours: Black or bark | Sizes: 6–11 | RRP: £40 |
These gloves have been popular for a long time. They are constructed with Polartec Wind Pro stretch fleece for maximum insulation, with a hardface coating on the fleece for abrasion and water resistance. These Ariat gloves were reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 8/10 – read the full review.
Uvex CRX700 gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: 6–10½ | RRP: £41.99 |
These softshell gloves from Uvex are breathable and help to retain heat while repelling wind and water.
Hy Equestrian Polartec Glacial riding gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £26.99 |
These non-bulky gloves from Hy are made from Polartec material, which makes them wind resistant, soft, warm and highly elastic. They have excellent wicking properties as well as grippy siliconised palms and fingers for extra grip on the reins.
Roeckl Wismar glove
Colours: Black, hi-viz yellow or black/purple | Sizes: 6–11 | RRP: £59.95 |
Warm, windproof and highly water-resistant, these softshell gloves are not bulky and give excellent tactility on the reins. The long knitted cuff for aids heat retention and all colours feature reflective elements. Machine washable.
Equetech Storm waterproof riding gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: XS–L | RRP: £39.50 |
Equetech describe this as their ultimate waterproof winter glove – thin enough to keep good contact when riding with all the latest weatherproof features. The gloves feature a waterproof and windproof outer shell, a mid-layer waterproof membrane, micro fleece lining and complete grip palm with reinforced areas. They fasten with a Velcro tab and the newest version also has touchscreen-compatible finger panels.
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Woof Wear Precision Thermal Glove
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: 6–9.5 | RRP: £32.99 |
These gloves from Woof Wear offer warmth and grip with the help of a Reintex thermal palm. They feature reinforcement between the rein fingers, have a stretchy back for added comfort and are fastened with an easy-to-adjust wrist tab. Machine washable.
SSG Winter Lined Digital 2150 gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: 6–10 | RRP: £37.95 |
Designed for everyday winter wear, these SSG gloves are fleece lined and have an SSG Digital palm and back for exceptionable grip and wear.
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Dublin Thinsulate winter track riding gloves
Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £15.99 |
These gloves from Dublin are grippy with touchscreen compatible fingertips. They are lined with Thinsulate for added warmth and wind resistance.
Premier Equine Dajour waterproof riding gloves
Colours: Black, brown or navy | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £25 |
Made with soft synthetic leather, these Premier Equine riding gloves are entirely waterproof and feature a touchscreen panel. They have great grip, even in wet weather, while the Thinsulate lining offers warmth without compromising contact with the reins. They have a simple pull-on stretch cuff and feature integrated elastic along the central outer hand for unrestricted flexion.
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Toggi Smart gloves
Colours: Black | Sizes: 5–9 | RRP: £23.50 |
These gloves from Toggi are water repellent, fleece lined and breathable. They feature a silicone grip and touchscreen compatible finger tips. They also have a handy clip to keep the gloves together when you’re not wearing them, and are finished with reflective branding.
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Mark Todd ProTouch winter gloves
Colours: Black, brown, navy, white, grey/black or caramel | Sizes: 6–10½ | RRP: £24.99 |
These gloves from Mark Todd feature a non-slip palm with added grip, reinforced rein finger and easy touch-tape fastening on the back of the wrist. They are touchscreen and smartphone compatible and offer a warm lining that allows you to keep contact with the reins.
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How to measure your glove size
Gloves are measured in inches. Using a tape measure, measure around the widest part of your hand (at your knuckles) without including your thumb. This measurement (in inches) is your glove size – most brands offer sizes 6–11 and include half sizes. Some brands sell their gloves in universal small, medium or large sizes, but usually have a size guide that will convert to glove sizes.
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