Ski and Mountaineering Glove Review - Teton Gravity Research Forums
Glove preference, from most to least:
Hestra
Black Diamond
Marmot
Mountain Hardwear

The stitching on the Hestra and BD gloves made the thumb much more moveable.
The connection between the Marmot liner and the glove was awkward one resulting in my having to spend a lot of time wiggling my fingers to get them in.
The Hestra was simply more comfortable and more usable.
I haven't taken them skiing or climbing yet, so don't know about the warmth.


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?

Top three were:
Spyder Whistler, $85 (most links were to kids gloves)
Marmot Randonnee, $100 (My finger tips got cold even at 18°)
DAKINE Cobra GT, $70

He did not test the Black Diamond Glove which some feel are the best.


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.
One for good grip the other for warmth.

Comments at BackCountry.com:
Which gloves are best for 20 below temps the marmot ultimate or black diamon guide or grondoe logan mountaineering.

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. ___________________________ Speciality Gloves:
Outdoor Research Primovolta $259 heated.
Zanier Heat-GX $350 Lithium-ion batteries
Kombi iRip $150 wireless control of iPod
Swany G-Cell $495 bluetooth control of phone with speaker and mike.


Manufacturers:
Black Diamond
Hestra
marmot.com
www.swanyamerica.com
grandoe.mwrc.net
www.kombisports.com

Stores:
Backcountry.com

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last updated 12 Jan 2009