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Glove preference, from most to least:
The stitching on the Hestra and BD gloves made the thumb much more moveable.
Throw Down the Gauntlet: Ski gloves go mano a mano. at www.slate.com, 2006
Scott Elder tested 8 gloves for:
Waterproofness, Warmth/Breathability, Performance, Style, and Value:
Performance covered comfort and dexterity. Major concerns:
Did the gloves become constrictive when I squeezed the poles?
Did the palms make a firm grip? Could I zip my parka easily?
He did not test the following which also get good reviews:
Who makes the best ski gloves? at forums.epicski.com
Grandoe's higher end GCS glove is unreal....it's got GoreTex in the outer shell so it breathes well, preventing the dreaded stinky glove syndrome.
It's also insultated with Thermaloft so it's really toasty warm
It's got a soft wool liner layer underneath that can be removed and washed or taken out in the spring if conditions get warm
Layered gloves are so much warmer than just regular insulated gloves..the same principals that work layering your torso work with your hands and maybe even more so.
Layering and breathability are the keys to warm dry hands just as it is with other parts of your bod.
My favorites have been Marmot. The "Ultimate Ski Glove" is a fantastic glove.
It was easy to grip my ski poles with the Burton mitt and my hands didn't get cold or wet. The grip issue is an important consideration since some mitts are so pillowy it's hard to hold on to a ski pole or anything else.
No gloves are warm much below 10-15 deg. Below this you def. need Charcoal packs or mittens or both depending on your tolerance.
I agree that Grandoe, Swany Marmot and Black Diamond all seem to have some of the best gloves. I would say there is no one "best", but the first paragraph applies no matter which brand you choose.
Patagonia also has gloves that you can layer with different liners that work well, too
Also recommended in forums: The Black Diamond Guide Glove ($155) is perhaps the ultimate ski glove.
Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove $125 Primaloft® Insulation and wool lining.
Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove $150 (unless you have really thin fingers they fit awfully tight.)
Marmot Ultimate Guide Glove $160
Kombi Freeform Glove (MSRP: $100) Has 2 chambers for your hands.
Comments at BackCountry.com:
I have used both the Black Diamond Untimate and Marmot-Ultimate-Guide in very cold weather. The Marmots are better then the BD, much better movement just as warm with a one hand cinch.
I've owned several Black Diamond gloves and they they hit the mark on dexterity better than Marmots, but I think the leather is a bit more durable with the Marmots.
After several days skiing in frigid cold temps in VT & UT my fingers froze all times. I finally went to a local ski shop & purchased a pair of Gordini soft shell gloves which were/are much warmer then these gloves.
I should of gone with the Black Diamond Guide I think.