I have a pair of Burton AK gloves that are all leather, very lightly insulated (fleece lined) with no waterproof barrier. I want to say they are the AK Clutch or Guide glove but I really don't remember. Every year I expect to blow out a seam and every year they continue to perform exactly as I expect them too. They soak up a bit of water but if I get cold then I switch to a heavier pair of gloves. In the spring and summer if I'm touring then it's in mountain bike gloves. If I go bare handed too long I get a blister between my thumb and index finger.
Coming from the Wasatch I used wind breaker fleece/polar tech BD gloves (~$45) but would go through them b/c they get torn up during transition. When I moved to PNW the gloves were wet by the end of the up track, and being lazy I would just suck it up until lap 2 or 3 b/c I didnt want to put on my heavy duty gloves. This year I bought the Spring gloves by REI for $50 and have really enjoyed them. I have about 15 days with them, and found that they are waterproof and if you dont synch them down they breath well. In fact, for 1/2 day tours you probably won't need to switch gloves at all unless it is really cold.
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:03 pm Posts: 61 Location: Southern VT
100+ days a year working at the resort and free-riding, I like the Kinco 1927s for anything between about 40 and 5 degrees; warmer and you don't need gloves, colder and it's some old Marmot puffy trigger-finger mitts. The Kincos seem OK heading up, I just take them off and put them on periodically. Waterproofed with SnoSeal, then neat's-foot oil, then SnoSeal again. Pretty much the same as the Flylow Tough Guys, but I can get 2-3 pairs for the same price and I like the open cuff instead of the knit for easy on and off. -Daniel