When shopping for gloves, I look for simplicity, durability, and effectiveness. Backcountry nailed all three with its Gore-Tex Snow Glove. Primaloft insulation coupled with a goat-leather exterior provides toasty and durable cold-weather protection. An adjustable spandex-and-nylon wrist cuff creates a buffer from snow, keeping hands warmer, longer. During a full-day tour in the backcountry, the Gore-Tex insert kept my hands warm and dry during elongated snow exposure. And my paws didn't get sweaty on the way down, either—the glove has superb ventilation. The reliability and lithe grip of the goat skin offers the feel and performance of a work glove, something a discriminating rancher might appreciate. This glove can be used to grip a shovel, dig a snow pit, or hold a beer at the end of the day. And like a good ranch hand, it isn’t flashy or trying to be something it's not—it simply does its job well and leaves nothing to be desired. $100; backcountry.com.