SmartWool Liner Glove

Mmm, merino.

Wear the SmartWool Liner Glove alone when you're trail running during the fall, or layer it up underneath your heavier gloves when you're riding the mountain. Merino wool provides comforting warmth, feels smooth against your skin, and breathes naturally so your hand feels comfortable, not stifled.

  • Merino-wool blend
  • Rib-knit cuff
  • Touchscreen compatible
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Got a hole on the first use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used these on a hike up to Camp Muir on Mt Rainier. They worked pretty well except for the fact that they got a little hole near the middle finger on the left hand. I'm not sure why, but it could have been from the rubbing from my trekking poles that I used the whole time. I kept them because other than that they are good gloves, but I was definitely a little disappointed with their performance.

Solid liner

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There really isn't much to say about these gloves. They are wonderful little liners for really cold days up on the mountain and work great for just walking around town in the cold.

a little extra

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

needed a little extra on those cold powder days and these gloves work awesome!! smartphone, go pro and to stay warm


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Do you have hands? Yes? Get these.
Are you a lizard with hands? Get these.
Not 100% wool, but still warm. I forgot my insulated gloves one weekend on a ski trip but I had these. They kept my fingers from falling off. Solid.
These work great as a liner, but are a little thick and may not fit as great as some other brands and liners.

Needed Glove Accessory

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perfect glove liner to go under a good winter glove. Makes it super convenient if you need to remove your big bulky glove to adjust goggles, zip up a jacket, adjust a ski binding. Anytime I take my gloves off my hands freeze, however with a merino wool liner I stay warm and dry.

The Standard Wool Liner

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Want to add 10 degrees of warmth to any glove? Get these. Merino/synthetic blend is what you need. Very soft, good moisture regulation that you will never get with cotton or pure synthetic.

Just what I needed.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great liners under my thin leather gloves! I didn't want to drop the $ for a new more insulated gloves good thing these keep my hands much warmer then I expected. Overall very happy with the purchase

The Best Liner

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are great. I use them as liners in my leather ski gloves. I like that I can use my phone. Very warm. Will be buying more pairs soon.

Surprisingly solid.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought I wasn't going to write a review for some simple liners, but they held up really well. As much I try to have everything be 100% wool when wool comes into play, I'm guessing the addition of acrylic and co. probably stopped these things from disintegrating after a week of heavy use.

As soon as winter comes around I have them on daily and take them on and off between 1-2 million times a day! Despite that, they lasted almost 2 winters, and had I not kept them on the first months while undoing knots, the index and middle fingers probably would have lasted even longer before breaking through the gloves.

Used as true liners (not as stand-alone gloves!) these things are great!

Just love these.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I do a lot of outdoor photography with sophisticated camera equipment. These gloves are awesome. For me, they are good to well below freezing and I can keep them on for any photography task. I just bought three pairs as they do show wear faster than some other gloves. But who cares, they are reasonable and do the job so well

Not a fan. Large and thick.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Maybe I just was looking for a different product, but this seemed to fit much too large and much too thick to be of any use for a liner glove. If I needed a stand-alone minimalist glove this may have worked. I found the wrist much too thick and returned them. Got a competitor's liner and it's been perfect under my gloves.

Hey, AaronC. I'd like to know what liner you got instead. I searched all of your reviews for the word "liner" and this is the only one that came up so I wasn't able to figure out what you bought instead.

no excuse for not buying

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for layering up on the cold days (my Arcteryx Betas are not exactly toasty), great dexterity and comfort when dazzling with zippers, cigarettes, bindings, phone. Wool quality is excellent. Silly not to have a dry pair in your pocket.

runs large

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave these to my family for christmas. They seemed to run abnormally large... Size down.

The "Go To"

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had multiple pairs of these, and I always recommend them for a liner glove, or for running. I've run with these into the low 30s and had no problems, and my hands typically get cold first.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This might sound fabulously absurd, but I've got some sweaty paws so I purchased these gloves to wear underneath my ski mitts or while running to wick away moisture and provide some low-profile insulation. Thus far I've used them both while skiing and running and to say the least, they're doing a fabulous job in both categories and ultimately provide smart warmth and quick body temperature regulation when I begin to overheat. In hindsight, I would've gone with a size small but the medium gets the job done just fine.

Great Cold Weather Liner

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these at mitten liners for the coldest days out on the ski slopes. I have perpetually cold fingers and have tried a lot of different options. These liners are really soft and provide a lot of added warm to my mitten system. They are definitely thin, and merino is a pretty delicate fiber, so you can't expect them to last unless they are only used as liners. I've had no problems with wear, but could see that happening if you try to use them as a primary glove.
The fingers work well on touchscreens, and it's nice to have the added protection of liners if you're trying to mess with your phone on the chairlift.
I've had 3 pairs of these and will continue to purchase them in the future.

Hole after ONE use?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

They fit great, but I barely had time to try them on, and I could already see a hole starting to form on upper part of glove, when making a fist.

True enough, and after only a few hours of light use...the hole formed.

Another hole was forming at the base of the thumb area, connecting to palm. BOTH of them were on left glove only.

Quality is obviously not up to expectations.

Hopefully the other Castelli gloves I ordered will be better.

Hole after ONE use?

Buying another pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Held up pretty well to a season of abuse. The finger tips started to wear out towards the end of the year but I like them enough to buy another pair. They were great at keeping my hands warm whether I was walking around town or popping my mittens off to use my phone on the lift. The touch screen compatibility also wears out after a lot of use. They're not the last pair you'll ever buy, but I was happy enough to buy another pair this year.

touch screen NON-compatible

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned the previous version of these gloves and they were great. They were light weight, but still warm enough on their own. They also worked very well with my touchscreens. This new version is sub-par, in my opinion. It is thicker, which makes the seams feel more cumbersome and uncomfortable, like those cotton finger gloves everyone wore as a kid. The thicker fabric apparently interferes with the electrical transfer between your finger and the screen because I have to push extra hard to make it work...if it works at all. Most of the time I find myself removing a glove to work my phone.
Finally, as the other reviewers mentioned, the gloves do snag. Both of my pairs lasted 2 years each, which I would consider average for something that is really designed to be underneath another glove 90% of the time. I just happen to wear them alone 90% of the time.
If I could advise SmartWool, I would tell them to go back to the thinner material, and also add silicone or similar material to the palms and fingers for grip (especially of electronics).
Aside from those gripes, the gloves do about 80% of what they should, which isn't bad for $16.

Keep You Warm!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whether I wear them as a liner or stand alone, they always keep my hands warm. Also, they hold up when working in the snow and don't get damp very quickly. The only problem is that they snag easily.