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Good pair of gloves and base layer for skiing?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi all.

I am looking to get a new pair of ski gloves and a base layer. Does anyone have any recommendations?
I want something that will be able to keep my hands warm the most in -20 to -40 degrees Celsius with the wind chill (gets cold here in Canada and my current new $100 gloves cant even keep me warm at -10 Celsius).

I was considering the following gloves but cant find any reviews (http://www.levelninesports.com/Scott-Sesi-Leather-Men-S-Gloves)

 

 

Thanks! :)

post #2 of 15

For gloves I am sold on Swany.  My wife had always struggled with cold hands - she went with mittens.  

 

She raved so much about them that the next year I bought some - very warm.

 

Jonathan

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by n3xtgen View Post
 

Hi all.

I am looking to get a new pair of ski gloves and a base layer. Does anyone have any recommendations?
I want something that will be able to keep my hands warm the most in -20 to -40 degrees Celsius with the wind chill (gets cold here in Canada and my current new $100 gloves cant even keep me warm at -10 Celsius).

I was considering the following gloves but cant find any reviews (http://www.levelninesports.com/Scott-Sesi-Leather-Men-S-Gloves)

 

 

Thanks! :)


HESTRA gloves and mittens are as good as they get (the warmer models, not the Cross gloves). The sizing is a little small.  If you are in between, get the larger size.

 

I recently received a pair of Free The Powder--a new direct seller out of Utah-- gloves in the mail based upon the reviews found on another post here and at TGR.  For the price, I am truly amazed at the value because the gloves seem similar in quality to HESTRA.  These gloves are selling for 50% - 70% less off the retail value that a retail store would price something of this quality.  They do not come with balm* or wrist cuffs (those things that attach to your wrist so the gloves don't fall to the ground when you take them off). Haven't worn them on the slopes yet..

http://www.freethepowder.com/

 

Baselayer?  Too many good options and they all fit differently.  It is hard to beat the pricing at Sierra Trading Post when they have the sales.

 

* There are lots of leather balm for sale, and they all consist primarily of beeswax with a little lanolin and a little oil.  In fact, using pure beeswax is almost as good and a whole lot cheaper.


Edited by quant2325 - 11/18/14 at 10:30am
post #4 of 15

I really like merino wool as a base layer.  Minus 33 (via Amazon) have good prices.  Being wool, they don't stink up so you can wear them all week-end.

post #5 of 15
Big fan of sierratradingpost.com "wickers brand" base layers and zip T necks. been wearing them for over 20 years now. Cheap and good, you can buy lot's of pairs and not worry about wearing the same thing todays in a row. I can ski almost 2 weeks and never wear the same base or T neck. Istill have underwear in the package I bought 6 or 7 years ago. Stock up.

The Grandoe mittens seem to be what the girls wear when it get real cold.
post #6 of 15

For baselayers, I like Patagonia's Capilene series.  I've usually "doubled up" in that I've had a Capieline-1 under a Capilene-2 layer (or a 2 under a 3 on stupid cold days).  And then fleece / down / heavier insulation of your choice over that.

 

As for gloves.  When you're talking temps of the 20, 30, 40 below variety -- that is freaking COLD.  I like Hestra's Three Finger Heli Glove.  It's sort of a combination of mittens and gloves.  It gives you some of the dexterity of gloves with the warmth of mittens.

 

You basically need mittens or over-sized gloves with liners and chemical hand warmers at the temperatures you're talking about.

post #7 of 15

+1 on the Capilene - and if you don't want to splurge on Patagonia, , Polartec Power Dry is the name of a material has a very similar feel and weight - it is a fabric used by several manufacturers.

 

In a 4-layer system you can layer Power Dry under Power Stretch, and then do a thick pile fleece on top of that.

 

In a 3 layer system you really need a wind-proof internal layer somewhere, and then you'd better have a well-insulated coat because wind proof means low loft.

post #8 of 15

A comment on base layers: I bought a Stoic Breath Composite top off Steep and Cheap the other day and am pleasantly surprised.  It is a very warm and thick base layer that is almost a cross between neoprene and merino wool.  It's like nothing else I've come across.  I was very skeptical with the material at first, but after wearing it a few times, I'm sold.  Like I said, it's super-duper warm and the large fits my 6'2" / 185 (long arms) perfectly.  It's very stretchy and moves well with your body.  I haven't exerted myself in it, so I can't speak to breathabilty. If you're looking for something that will help keep you cozy in sub-zero temps, I'd give the Stoic a try when you see it pop up for cheap on SAC.  

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by AlbuquerqueDan View Post
 

A comment on base layers: I bought a Stoic Breath Composite top off Steep and Cheap the other day and am pleasantly surprised.  It is a very warm and thick base layer that is almost a cross between neoprene and merino wool.  It's like nothing else I've come across.  I was very skeptical with the material at first, but after wearing it a few times, I'm sold.  Like I said, it's super-duper warm and the large fits my 6'2" / 185 (long arms) perfectly.  It's very stretchy and moves well with your body.  I haven't exerted myself in it, so I can't speak to breathabilty. If you're looking for something that will help keep you cozy in sub-zero temps, I'd give the Stoic a try when you see it pop up for cheap on SAC.  

 

Yeah, I'm 6'1" in socks with +1 ape index and Stoic M fits well.  Ice breaker is a good 4 inches shorter in the arms in the same size.

post #10 of 15
Just got my new Free The Powder gloves in the mail. I also have Hestra Fall Lines on the way and suspect I'll feel like they're a waste of money compared to the FTP-s given they're twice the price.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for the feedback! :)

post #12 of 15

Out of curiosity, what coat are you using?

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Out of curiosity, what coat are you using?

I dont remember the exact model, but is a Salomon jacket (windproof, waterproof, excreta... ) It is super warm :)

Here is a picture of what I have, it is very similar but not the exact same (i for one do not have the zipper on the right side)

 

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post #14 of 15
I love my Outdoor Research Alti mitts, but at those temperatures I'd still be adding a thick fleece liner and a heat pack.
post #15 of 15

Sure, I know the type, I skied in its Advanced Skin predecessors from around 2004 to 2010 or thereabouts.

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