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post #61 of 97
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post


See what you've done to yourself with technology? No music, no phone, no answer.


No, no, no. This isn't about technology; it's about preserving my marriage, and avoiding frostbitten digits.

 

The real question is: "See what you've done to yourself by complying with your significant other's wishes?" (more sounds of whips cracking...) 

post #62 of 97

FYI, There are factory seconds ("minor discoloration") gloves and mittens for sale on the website for $39.99. That is a lot of glove for $40.

post #63 of 97
Thread Starter 

The great folks at Free the Powder donated 30 pairs of FTP gloves for the Ullr-fest at Magic last weekend.  I didn't grab a second pair so that others could get them.  Nice people.

post #64 of 97

Great gloves. I have been wearing mine now for well over a year and they are great and holding up well. My wife and most of our ski friends have also bought them. keep up the great work and hopefully they come out with a kids line soon.

post #65 of 97

Just got mine, heres the initial review:

 

Leather is softer than i would have expected and the gloves actually move mush easier that I anticipated.

My chubby paw measured 9.25 inches - The large size(9) fits perfectly.

Workmanship seems to be excellent, I searched and could not find even the smallest or slightest hint of a loose thread or mis-stitch.

Short cuffs aren't exactly short, I couldn't decide on the short cuff or gauntlet.  The large cuff is nice in my opinion is it extends up your wrist. 

The stretch backing seems durable and moves very well.

I had several questions before ordering; Shannon answered every question promptly and thoroughly.

Gloves shipped the same day I ordered them.

Leather conditioner smells like cocoa.

Ill give a review next week when i return  from 4 days in Winterpark.

post #66 of 97
The short cuff glove just doesn't fit well with a couple of my jackets. Too small to go over, too big to get the jacket over. I'd get the long cuff which isn't that long.

The velcro on the cuff is also too short on the short cuff. Always comes undone so it's flapping when skiing.

But I'd recommend them. Warm, well made. A nice glove.
post #67 of 97

Just returned from 4 days at Winter Park, here is my take on FTP short cuff gloves:

 

Pros::

 

I purchased the optional wrist straps which came in very handy skiing with my 12y/o son. I was in and out of the gloves several times per day to take video of him and the straps were very helpful for this purpose.  The leashes/straps could have been a bit beefier but other than that they worked as intended.

 

My hand measured 9 ¼", the large fit well but if your hand is any bigger than 9 ¼", go for the XL.

 

Under sunny skies temps ranged from -9f to 40f at the base.  My hands were never too cold or too hot.  On top of Panoramic with winds near 30MPH and temps in the teens, the gloves performed very well.

 

The leather is very nice and very supple, easy to make a fist and grip poles.

 

As stated above the stretch material on the back seems very durable.

 

After 4 days I didn't really notice the insulation packing out. 

 

The cuff is a good length and covers the veins on the underside of wrist well, which i believe aided in the performance of the gloves.

 

 

Cons:

 

The cuff is cumbersome; it's a bit tough to grab the leather/velcro strap with both gloves on.  Once you have one hand free, the cuff strap is easier to manage with the bare hand.

 

I wore the cuffs over my shell jacket cuffs but had to tighten them very meticulously to get the glove's cuff over the the jacket.  It took more fuss that i would lave liked to manage the operation of the cuffs.

 

Overall:

 

I really liked these gloves, the fit, warmth and quality are all 5/5.  the cuff design gets 2.5/5 but will not prevent me from buying these gloves for my wife and son.  These gloves are an excellent value and the customer service was excellent as well.  As soon as FTP launches their cycling gloves I will buy a pair.  Buy and use these gloves with confidence knowing you got great value and supported a great little business right here in the U.S. 

post #68 of 97

picked up some long cuffs this week, FTP has their summer sale going on . Great gloves for 40 bucks! really surprised how warm they are -quality seems excellent . worth a look

post #69 of 97

I bought some mtb gloves, they are awesome just like the ski gloves.  Ive used then biking, hiking and use them when working out on the rowing machine...great gloves!!

post #70 of 97

I bought a second pair of FTP gloves this off-season, since my gloves (no matter the brand/model) tend to be wet at the end of the day, and don't always dry completely overnight. Now I can always have my favorite dry gloves.

post #71 of 97
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Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 

I bought a second pair of FTP gloves this off-season, since my gloves (no matter the brand/model) tend to be wet at the end of the day, and don't always dry completely overnight. Now I can always have my favorite dry gloves.

 

If you gloves are wet from the inside, try something from Mountain Hardware.Their gloves are not the most waterproof but they are very breathable. 

post #72 of 97
If you have wet hands buy gloves or mittens with easily removable liners. Take the liners out overnight and they will dry completely. If it's really humid pull out the liners at lunch. If you have gloves without remove able liners buy two pair of thin glove liners and swap them at lunch.
post #73 of 97
I am sure for some people they are a great product. I ordered them, they didn't do anything for me last year but I have very cold fingers.
post #74 of 97
For myself (diabetic with chronic cold hands) they didn't work for me, either. Then again, even heated gloves didn't do the trick in cold weather. Heated mittens work great (Outdoor Research Lucent Mitts).

That said, for spring skiing, my Free The Powder gloves work great.
post #75 of 97

I'm surprised by the last 2 posts. these gloves feel twice as warm as any of my other 4 pairs but i haven't skied with them yet - i labeled them my cold day gloves. but it never seems to get really too cold in Utah so its all relative.

post #76 of 97

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. - Nietzsche

post #77 of 97

If anyone wants a pair of very lightly used medium gloves with gauntlets, PM me. I'll part for cheap. The mittens worked much better for me.

post #78 of 97
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

If anyone wants a pair of very lightly used medium gloves with gauntlets, PM me. I'll part for cheap. The mittens worked much better for me.
Same here size L used 1 time
post #79 of 97

Seems they have new gloves now since this thread started?  SX and RX in addition to the originals.  It looks like the SX/RX have removable liners and include leashes.  Not sure if there is anything more to the newer ones.

 

Anyone have experience with the new line and/or the old line?  Is the removable liner a bonus?  I have had gloves with removable liners in the past, but found them annoying.  Fishing the fingers back into the right holes is hard when your hands are numb!  I sometimes takes gloves off on the lift.

 

Link to Free the Powder site


Edited by TexSkier - 1/18/17 at 2:52pm
post #80 of 97
I think these liners are more so you can wash or replace the insulation so they don't stink or get packed out or easier to dry. I wouldn't use them as removable on the lift, as they'd still be bulky.
if you like to use a liner on a skiday, i think you should still use a baselayer glove that's very thin and leave the glove liner alone.


it's also cool that they sell the leashes at a good price so you can add it if you don't want to.

I suspect they won't make any more of the old model so if you want to get a discount you better just pick up the old model.
post #81 of 97
Just finishing 14 days of mitten use in Hokkaido. Very happy with them.
post #82 of 97


^^^^ What raytseng says.

 

I have both the newer gloves and newer mittens with the removable liners. The removable liners provide most of the bulk/warmth and I don't believe are intended to be kept on when removing the gloves on the lift. And as he further says, when I'm wearing the mittens on really cold days, I have a thin pair of glove liners on, for the occasions when I pull my mittens off. Also, after a long day of skiing in snowy wet conditions, it's great to pull out the removable liners to dry. Super easy to slide them back in.

 

I carry the extra thin liners in my pocket/pack on warmer days when using the gloves in case the weather turns and I need a bit more warmth, but the extra liners must be thin..., the fit of the gloves doesn't allow for a bulky extra liner. If it's that cold - I wear the mittens.

 

My take on these? I like them. They are a bit warmer than my past gloves and mittens, they fit well and serve their purpose well.

post #83 of 97

been skiing with the old version of the long cuff this season. after i got some mink oil on the leather i love them! been a bit colder this winter in Utah and the added warm of these gloves have come in handy.  need to add some of those leashes, was wondering how to put them on the glove but i see on their site you put them through the size tag! nice.

post #84 of 97


I put the leashes through the size tags and they sure are handy.  FTP gloves are awesome.  We have the old style short cuff(no removable liner), for some reason my son gets his gloves super wet but they dry out nicely indoors overnight.  Definitely need to use glove conditioner they sell at FTP.  I recommend 2 light coats before use then, re-coat after 5 - 7 days on the slope depending on weather.  They get better with age as they break in too. Just skiid 5 days in teens and 20's temps, never got cold fingers, cool yes but not really cold or uncomfortable..

post #85 of 97

Thanks for all the updates.  I got excited and bought the newer long cuff gloves yesterday.  They shipped them today, so I should get my mitts on them early next week.  I had some serious durability issues with prior gloves where I grasp poles.  I expected more than 15 days from my pair of ~$75 Gordini gloves!  Garbage.

post #86 of 97

As others have said, be sure to put the glove conditioner on before you use them, then periodically thereafter.

post #87 of 97
the ftp folks told me they come pretreated, but perhaps this is the same advice as new skis come prewaxed.

that being said even if you condition, they may wet-out and look damp on the outside but it should remain waterproof for the most part. Same as the difference between waterproof and dwr
post #88 of 97
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

the ftp folks told me they come pretreated, but perhaps this is the same advice as new skis come prewaxed.

that being said even if you condition, they may wet-out and look damp on the outside but it should remain waterproof for the most part. Same as the difference between waterproof and dwr

 

Yeah, I used mine a few times (both pair) without treating them. Seems fine to me.

post #89 of 97

These gloves are alright but nothing special in my opinion. Very bulky but not appreciably warmer for me than much thinner and more flexible gloves.

 

I also didn't see this mentioned here so I'll throw it out - these gloves are manufactured in Pakistan. Nowhere on their website or in their literature do they mention this. This matters to me. It may not matter to you but I think they could be a bit more clear about where there gloves are made and not give the impression that these are somehow "American" gloves. I have sent a couple questions about this to them with out ever getting a reply so I think their customer service stinks too.

post #90 of 97

^^^ Interesting, and good to know. 

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