There are so many factors when considering gloves that it’s easy to get lost. What are all of these strange-sounding materials? How much insulation do you need? What are the features that really matter? It’s easy to stare at a wall of gloves for hours. But really, once you get your fit dialed in, and you know what temperature ranges you need to cover, there aren’t too many other things to consider. Here are a few notes to help you in your search.

Top Pick

You can keep these on and still use your phone! OZERO

Having cold-weather gloves that are touchscreen compatible might sound like a secondary trait, but it’s one I always look for. Your gloves can only keep your hands warm when you’re wearing them. If you have to take off your gloves on the freezing cold chairlift so you can send a group text to friends you just lost on the slopes (it happens all the time, I swear), you’re going to lose an awful lot of heat. Many modern gloves make at least one or two fingers with material that’s touchscreen compatible, and it’s a great feature.

Dry and Durable

From a brand known for being tough as nails, these wick away moisture and keep you warmer longer. Carhartt

Gloves have got to stand up to the elements. It doesn’t matter how much insulation are inside them, if touching wet snow soaks through, then your hands are going to get very cold. That goes double if a sharp wind can cut right through them as well. And, of course, they need to be able to stand up to the rigors of snowsports and not fall apart. That’s why all of your snow gloves should be waterproof, windproof, and very tough.

Worth the Splurge

Made from high-quality lambskin and polyester, these each pack a 2200mAh battery in them, giving you three levels of warmth. SAVIOR HEAT

For days that are extra cold, or if you’re starting out with cold hands and just can’t seem to get them to warm up, a glove with powered heat might be just the thing for you. These gloves contain little lithium ion batteries to provide heat throughout the day, and most have multiple warming levels, so you can turn it down as you warm up. Think of them as an electric blanket for your fingers.