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    Will Pappas
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    I always carry 2 pair of gloves (one for skinning which are lighter, breathable (Hestras) and some run of the mill snow sealed leather flylow gloves for riding). My hands tend to get cold easily and is always a nuisance although I push through it.

    Want to hear what everyone else is using and what they like dislike. Especially if you have some super warm but versatile gloves.


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    While I am not yet “happy” with my glove situation, here are some things I’ve learned to make me happier than I was.
    * Buy cheap gloves. . . eventually they all wear out. And I am much less bummed with cold, wet $50 gloves than $180 gloves.
    * SnoSeal stiffens leather. . . Go with Nikwax glove treatment.
    * Don’t buy 1-piece gloves. . . Shells + removable liners = FTW baby!
    * Hydrophobic treat everything.
    * Wool is best. . . dries quickly and still keeps warm when wet.

    I bring a thin, synthetic, sweat-wicking liner for touring ($20). I usually replace these each season.
    I also bring a thicker, fleece liner for when it gets cold.
    I bring my big shell for snow pits and riding (with a thick, wool liner)
    And, finally, a backup pair of fleece + leather gloves.
    All liners are interchangeable for different conditions (and when the others get wet)

    This season I got some thin merino-blend liners which are much more versatile than my synthetics. I have been very pleased with them (warm and dry quickly). We’ll see if they hold up for the long haul and are worth the price (more than double my thin, synthetic liner price)

    My patrol buddies swear by fleece-lined work gloves from Harbor Freight (and probably some SnoSeal).

    Good luck.

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    I have went through a decent number of gloves and I am happiest so far with my current Black Dimond Legend gloves.
    I learned that I hate mittens – warm, but zero dexterity and constant putting on and off.

    The BD are PrimaLoft insulated and are very warm. Being synthetic, the insulation looses some warmth when wet.
    Seem decently durable so far. I like the impact protection padding on top – helps in tight trees.
    Fingers are thick, but have decent dexterity.
    They are slightly on the larger side, which is nice, because there is enough place in the M size for my otherwise average hands to fit comfortably with a thin fleece.
    Breathability is good – once or twice I managed to get snow in them and make them wet, dried on my hands within an hour or so.

    Huge con – they don’t have an elastic loop to put on your wrists, so that you can just hang them from your hands when not wearing them. Every glove should have this!

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    I like dakine omega gloves usually around $30 this time of year. They aren’t last forever gloves but with a rubber like finger and Palmyra side they stay dry during wet split chageovers and snow pit work. They are way lighter than leather gloves and quite warm the first season or two when the insulation hasn’t been all smashed down.

    I use the dakines as my warm gloves in not so frigid weather with a schoeller type quick drying glove for ascent. I use them for ascent gloves when temps are in the teens or lower and carry mittens in case I get them too sweaty to be warm towards the days end. I just stick em on my pole handles before I start to sweat in them when it’s real cold out 15F or less.

    Leather work gloves are good for resort riding, working in the snow, or maybe climbing with tools, just overkill, too expensive and/or too heavy for playing in bc snow IMO.

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    Candygrind handbag mittens. I love ’em. All the benefits of mittens. Super warm. Zipper opening on the side that you can get your entire hand through if necessary, and quick. Or just your index finger. Vent while skinning or have your hand all the way out. Quick unzip if and when you need fingers / dexterity. I put ’em on at the beginning of the day, resort or touring, and don’t take ’em off till I’m done for the day. Nice leather outers. I have a ‘touring pair’ and a new pair I use for the resort(s). New will be used for touring in the years to come. Cheers.

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    I’m on two pairs currently:
    Uphill – OR Storm trackers. Lightweight softshell back of hand, leather palm. I use them pretty much all day on the uphill. If it is 20 degrees or less tho, I normally swap out for the heavier gloves on the way down. For the up, only at like 10 degrees or less I use heavier gloves because these can get a bit cold. My hands don’t run hot or cold really. If yours run cold, probably a bit thin for some people. They have great articulation, breath great, hold out water decently well, and block wind very well. I find in spring they can get a bit wet when its a warm day, which is one knock, but they aren’t listed as waterproof. That would be a cool addition if they could keep breath ability. I normally get 50 days out of them, then normally they are shot, and have ripped a bit. They could probably last a bit longer, but I find with ice axes, rock climbing they just shred easier. I used snowseal on the hands this year, so we’ll see how that helps with water and durability, verdict is still out. I’m on my 3rd pair, and I will likely get a 4th when these wear out. I recommend them overall, they work for me.

    Downhill, heavier gloves – Just tried seconds of Free The Powder out of SLC. Were only $40 and have been awesome. I snow sealed them as well. Been rugged (they are leather), warm, and like them. And the price was pretty right. I see no reason they are seconds. Only have been using them about a month, so can’t give a full review, but I feel like I’ve got my money’s worth.

    What I didn’t like: Hestra Alpine Pro – I only used these for downhill, and for 2 seasons. That amounts to like 40 tours (only downhill), and a couple resort days. They ripped all through the fingers, and packed out and got pretty cold pretty fast. I wasn’t stoked for how much they cost, and won’t buy them again. They were like $150 or something and completely not worth it.

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    Hey Will,

    I myself are standard. Black Diamond WelterWeight Liner Gloves for the up and some Black Diamond Leather/Nylon type (forgot the name) glove for riding. Depending on the day plan and weather, I might pack an extra set of liner gloves, if it’s really cold I would bring a thicker snowboard glove for riding.

    But thinking about your problem of cold hands ( I assume while skinning?) you could maybe do a really thin Liner glove and then use one of those mittens that flip like these:

    I love those for cold camping activity, because you can still do all the stuff without taking your gloves off. And if they get too hot, you can still wear the thin liners.

    Or where you looking for a one glove solution for riding and skinning?

    Side note: @Hans, holy cow Dude! So you bring like 4 liners and 2 Outergloves? Snow studies kit huh? 🙂

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    Yea @Schwalbster. I suppose. I don’t think of it like that.
    Since the gloves have liners in them, it feels like two liners and a pair of gloves… and an emergency pair which lives next to my space blanket at the bottom of my pack.
    Or gloves for warm, medium, and cold times in the day + a backup.

    Didn’t I joke about “crying like a little girl when my hands get cold” during my pit demonstration for Avy1 (or2).

    The liners stay in a cargo pocket for quick access and the gloves in either my pack or parka.
    All liners are interchangeable.

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    @Hans, sounds better when you put it that way 😉 And some back-up gloves is probably a good idea.

    Didn’t I joke about “crying like a little girl when my hands get cold” during my pit demonstration for Avy1 (or2).

    I wouldn’t know, I was at Allen’s pit, but good to know, haha! 😉

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