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Looking to get new ski gloves and goggles......advice requested

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

I've been reading tons of threads here about ski gloves.

I sometimes feel like you guys are way more dialed into this sport and way better funded than I am.

 

Gloves

I actually lost an average pair of ski gloves that came from Sierra TP a few years ago. They worked ok, but when it got below 20F my fingers would get cold.

 

I'm in the market for a new pair now as we are going to Breck April 1st.

I've been reading tons of threads here.  To me $100-$150 is a LOT for gloves.

 

I only ski about 4-7 days a season usually, and its usually between 10F and 40F. I'd like to ski more, but living in South Carolina its just a bit challenging.

 

I'm considering a pair of those FTP gloves as for $45 dollars people seem to think they are awesome.  

Would those be too warm?   Will I have to a lot of maintenance and leather treating?  We pretty much do NOT ski when its raining, so will there be an issue of them getting wet otherwise?

 

I have a thinner pair of gloves that I can wear on the warmer days, and have thought of grabbing a pair of liners with text tips to wear underneath.

 

I've read those Ranadoos or whatever from Marmot are good, but $100 is a lot, and heard the Hestra heli are good but also $135 is a LOT.

 

Goggles

I actually have a paid of Scott that I bought once at a resort because I lost a pair about 8 years ago.  They would ok. I don't even know what they exactly are.  I paid about $60 for them.  I wear them in all conditions. I think they have an amber-ish tint.

 

I am looking at more because I feel the strap isn't long enough and when its around my helmet, it causes my glasses to dig into my nose bridge.

Can anyone recommend a decent pair, or "semi universal lens color" that has a long enough strap to allow them to sit confortably over my helmet?

I would go $100-$150 if it was the perfect thing for me.  I've considered the fan powered goggles because I do have an issue when my gator blows heat up and fogs my glasses.  The fan would be nice.  I've seem some of those on google for a little over $100.

 

Thoughts are appreciated.

post #2 of 14

For goggles, fit over the nose is critical to get a decent seal around the eyes.  If you get a chance prior to your trip, get to a shop and try on a few different pairs (or delay your purchase until you get out to Colorado). And get a tint consistent for the conditions you most encounter and that fit your preference -- for my own eyes, I'm happy to sacrifice a bit of performance on the brightest days in order to see better in flat light/stormy days.

 

I'll defer to others on the gloves (I have a nice pair of Black Diamonds that I got on sale from STP this fall for $65 that have worked well in the cold winter in New England this year).  The FTP glove does seem like a great value -- throw a little leather balm on the palms once a year and they should last you a long time at the rate you ski.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

As for the gloves, I am reading that the wrist area on the long FTP gloves is bulky to put under my coat cuff.  I also don't like it when the wrist is so short it pulls out from under my coat cuff.  Longer might keep it tucked inside.

 

Would you guys suggest the long or short cuff?

post #4 of 14

I always put the glove gauntlet over the top of my jacket cuff.  Never had problems with it but I've never used FTPs.  From the look of the photos on their web site the long cuff would go over the jacket.  It would be my choice.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

I always put the glove gauntlet over the top of my jacket cuff.  Never had problems with it but I've never used FTPs.  From the look of the photos on their web site the long cuff would go over the jacket.  It would be my choice.


I can't imagine any other way as much as I take a glove off here or there to take a photo, mess with my plattypuss, etc..  If the glove went under the jacket cuff I'd have to take the jacket off and put it on again to get it under there just right most likley.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Seems like in the threads about the FTP gloves, folks wanted the glove under their jacket for when it was raining or snowing and it could get inside the glove.  I don't usually ski when its raining honestly.

 

They said the long gauntlet was very thick and insulated and they couldn't get it underneath.

 

I tent to agree, i often pop my gloves off here and there and don't put them under my cuff.

 

Would like some a bit warmer than I had, and I'm reading that these are very warm and tough.  Don't love the work glove leather color, but if they work they work.

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 


I can't imagine any other way as much as I take a glove off here or there to ..............., mess with my plattypuss, etc.. 

 

HEY! - This is a family site.....................

 

 

To the OP, After decades of searching I now have Marmot Randonees in all my different locations. NEVER been cold even on extreme days. They're $100 at full list, and should be hitting the sale racks like everything else shortly.

post #8 of 14

I have the FTP's with the gauntlet and they are great, especially for the $$$. I was riding the lift yesterday and the guy next to me says he just bought the same gloves for his son. Couldn't believe his son wanted $135 gloves. I told him these aren't the Hestras he just  bought, they're almost $100 less. He wasn't thrilled.

 

I have an older pair of hestra helis too. They have removable liners which is nice for drying them out faster. But the reality is that you could have 3 pair of the FTP gloves for that price right now and just swap them after lunch or the next day.

post #9 of 14
I have the short cuff free the powder gloves. You'll need a jacket with good expansion to fit over the insulated cuff. At Jackson i gad a jacket that didn't fit over and the glovebarely fit over jacket. They are warm, at temps over 25 maybe too warm but you could take off on lift. You will need a way to dry out at night.

Be aware that they require break in or you will not like them at all. Even approx 2 hours snow shoveling didn't fully do it but got close.
So get them before you go.

Also, the sizes can be off as they are hand sewn. I know one person who got both med and large and large wasn't bigger so they went back on exchange. They are good about service.

If you only ski 4-7 days and are concerned about warmth, maybe get some mittens of whatever type and a liner for the hand with touch screen dots.
post #10 of 14

Late season sales have started.  Lots of options for gloves and goggles from e-stores if you don't have ski shops locally, can find stuff 30-50% off.  Good retailers allow you to return something that doesn't fit.

 

Goggles vary in shape, as do helmets.  So good to have not only a goggle that fits your face but also matches up shape-wise with your helmet.

post #11 of 14

Has anyone found a US importer of Kombi gloves? My googlefu is not strong enough. I had a set years ago and when I wore them out I got a set of Grandoes. The grandoes are good gloves, but their XL is not the XL a Kombi is and the Kombis IMHO were a better glove. They still live in my work truck. As long as I dont get them wet, they are still really warm.

 

edit, there are SOME Kombis available through Amazon, not all and I was looking at the manitou

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Varmintmist View Post
 

Has anyone found a US importer of Kombi gloves? My googlefu is not strong enough. I had a set years ago and when I wore them out I got a set of Grandoes. The grandoes are good gloves, but their XL is not the XL a Kombi is and the Kombis IMHO were a better glove. They still live in my work truck. As long as I dont get them wet, they are still really warm.

 

edit, there are SOME Kombis available through Amazon, not all and I was looking at the manitou

 It looks like Kombi has revamped its line, Varmintmist. They may have discontinued the Grand Manitou glove. Kombi does have wide distribution in the U.S., although specific dealers don't appear to be available on its U.S. site. You might want to call its U.S. base in Vermont and ask your question directly.

post #13 of 14
Thanks, that may be the way to go.
post #14 of 14

I have Grandoe leather gloves that work well when temps are in the teens. My Grandoe Hurricanes keep my hands warm in the single digits and to -20F's. I have other Grandoe gloves that I wear when temps are on the 20's and above, until its time for Marker Spring gloves. 

 

Another thing I've learned. Grab the fabric of your clothing by your elbow when your on the chair lift, shake that area of clothing that is putting pressure on the blood vessels in the top of your arm. Also make sure your gloves are not to tight around your wrist. Any pressure will cut down the blood flow. 


Edited by Max Capacity - 3/11/15 at 4:03pm
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