/ Can anyone recommend winter gloves
I have some ME Guide gloves, picked them up for 30 squids on sale a couple years ago. I've not done any summer alpine, but the gloves are consistently warm enough for Scottish winter, and I used them as ski gloves on the pistes in the Alps last week and they performed admirably. They seem to be pretty water resistant to me, but whenever I take them off I seem to fill them up with snow so I cant speak too much for that. They have wrist loops which is nice when you're high on a climb and need to do something fiddly, you can take them off and just let go and not worry about them falling. My only quibble is I got them too small to wear even a thin liner underneath. Super comfy with no rubbing places or anything.
Also picked some ME guides up cheaply ( for a tenner , I win :p )
Excellent warmth, the pile lining keeps you warm even when damp.
The gloves I use for ice climbing are quite different from those I used for ski touring. Ski touring is pretty easy on gloves, they won't get very wet (unless you're skiing in Scotland in the rain - been there, done that), so something you can put on, leave on and do things wearing seems best. Through the Finnish winter I live in a pair of Marmot Basic Work Gloves http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.fi/2012/10/marmot-basic-work-glove-review.html Skiing, snowshoeing, work outside, going out when it's cold, just about everything really. You can do most things with them on so you don't take them off and your fingers don't get cold, plus they breath well when you're working hard. About 20 quid and mine are on their fifth winter of being used most days. If it's -10 to -15 you might need warmer, but otherwise, not really.
For ice climbing, because your gloves normally get wet, you need something waterproof - this unfortunately means expensive Goretex or similar. I'm currently using BD Punishers and they work pretty well after a couple of season with RAB Latoks that also are a good glove but haven't lasted brilliantly. Here's a review of two different types of the Latoks that I wrote for UKC but didn't get used for some reason: http://bitsandbobsandoddsandsods.blogspot.fi/2012/01/rab-latok-ice-gauntlet-and-rab-latok.html
The good thing is though decent ice gloves like the Latok glove or Punishers, make good skiing gloves for really cold weather, or long fast descent, so two pairs will see you through most mountain sports!
ive been impressd with the BD ramblas. quite blatant knock off of the arcteryx ones but at 1/3 the price. even in weird colours.
im a bit obsessive over gloves and lovingly dose mine in snoseal before use, heating to soak the wax in, usually getting 2 loads in before hitting saturation.
within a few uses (and dryng them properly between) they form to your hands like a...well...er...glove.
the ramblas have a primaloft/softshell platform with all leather fingers.
more than 40 pounds, but still good for the money.
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