You may only have two hands, but in winter you can never have too many gloves. This collection spans a range of makes, models and prices. We've concentrated on waterproof gauntlet style gloves - good all rounders - and covered a few non-waterproof gloves too. Something for everyone then.
Well done Dan - an epic review to cover so much ground!
Two questions - 1) could the Mtn Hardwear glove you had just be the wrong size for you? And 2) what route are you doing in the photo for ME Assault glove?
I find glove sizes are about the most randomly sized thing out there and it's hopeless trying to guess what size you might be. I've had two different models from the same firm, same season, and one pair was just great in medium, second pair way too small for me but still supposedly medium.
Thanks Toby, epic is right. Glad it's out of my hands now (sorry).
1. Yes it's ever so slightly too small for my hand. That's not a criticism of course, just a fact of the fit. Sizing aside, the elastication around the wrist is more aggressive than on the other gloves tested. Will suit some people I'm sure.
2. Aladdin's Buttress Original (summer?) Route. Photos are pitch 1
Anyone got any experience of the Simond Alpinism 700 glove from Decathlon? It looks similar-ish to the OR Arete with the separate inner glove and a fairly basic design for the outer, but less than half the price.
I think Dan tried to be very fair about fit, but it's inevitable that a glove that doesn't fit is unlikely to review well.
For me, most gloves have fingers that are too long, if the body fits. So dexterity is a problem. So it's nice to read that some gloves have fingers that are 'too short'; I may go and look at them...
I'd also agree that glove sizing is utterly random, and the only way to get a pair that fits is to try them on.
I don't think it's that I have short fingers, more that the webs between them are large, so my fingers can't reach into the gloves... Having Raynaud's, I'm a bit of a glove obsessive, and have dozens of pairs, always looking for 'perfection'. Oddly enough, the best fitting pair I ever had was a pair of Polaris 'Wind Grip' gloves. Sadly, I finished off the Amara fingers trying to follow Haggis up an easy route on Stanage when I was utterly freezing. I know, climbing on grit in gloves... Marginally better than trying to climb with white, waxy, numb fingers...
I have a pair of ACG gloves picked up stupidly cheap in TKM; Schoeller, Gore-tex, Primaloft, Pittards, you name it, they've got it. Sadly, designed for a small elf with long, slender hands. Any elves reading; feel free to make me an offer..
I notice most of the gloves seem to have a bit of tape (usually red) across one of the fingers as do my ME gloves. Last week whilst skiing a woman in a cable car said to me "oh, your gloves have one of those things across the finger like mine (she had some Rab gloves on), what's it for?".
I have no idea what its for. Does it serve any useful purpose or is it just somewhere else to stich a logo to?
> Any elves reading; feel free to make me an offer..
Not elves but hobbits: http://www.cactusequipment.co.nz/online-shop/hats,-gloves-etc/spg-gloves/77-35
Not that long in the finger, but a lot of money for the wrong size... However if you ask them they are pretty amenable to making up bespoke stuff. Could be worth an email conversation with your palm circumference and finger lengths. Once treated they are very good indeed, and last seemingly forever (I have finally worn through one finger on my 2002 vintage pair!)
> I notice most of the gloves seem to have a bit of tape (usually red) across one of the fingers as do my ME gloves...
> I have no idea what its for. Does it serve any useful purpose or is it just somewhere else to stich a logo to?
Sometimes gloves get a bit warm and soft, the carabiner loop is there so you can hang them off your harness and they'll freeze back up nicely.
not sure i've held a fall but i used them to descend the italian side of the grande jorasse. they were noticeable worn after a long afternoon but for the weight i was impressed. unbeatable as a lightweight spare.