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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I know this is a personal preference thing but I would like some guidance.

I have used Hot Fingers, Grandoe, and Level gloves.

I love my Level gloves but they are more a 20+ degrees glove.

I am looking for a nice waterproof, breathable glove for my wife and I for the colder days.

I don't care about cost but just need them to not get soaked at the baselodge while carrying my skis and then freeze my fingers on the lift and summit.

I know that some people use two sets of gloves which I could do but I wanted to see what everyone uses.

I ski in the NE area at places like Cannon, Bretton Woods(I learned how to carve there [img]smile.gif[/img] ), Sunday River, and Sugaloaf.

I don't like bulky gloves but if that's what it takes I will look at some.
post #2 of 22
Marmot makes the Randonee($99) and Ultimate($149) ski gloves. I have the Randonees and they are awesome. I recommend either.

Eric

[ October 22, 2003, 07:35 PM: Message edited by: eb ]
post #3 of 22
I think Hestra make the best gloves. They make gloves for the Swedish army so you would figure they know what they are doing. I have a pair that have been through 9 seasons and throughly taken through their paces and they are still fantastic. Removable inners, long cuff with draw elastic, good flexibility. But they're not cheap, mine cost $180 AUD in 1996. Still it doesn't look like I'll be buying another pair anytime soon.
post #4 of 22
My lovely bride bought a pair of Swany SX-1 X-Over gloves for me for Christmas last year (at Galyan's!). I think they are the best things in the world (at least for me!):

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  • They have a nice, long gaiter with a pull cinch elastic</font>
  • They have a removable fleece liner</font>
  • They have a back pocket for a warmer or for letting the hot air out (my need!)</font>
  • They have a rubberized grip</font>
  • They have a nose wipe!</font>
  • They have a loop that goes around your wrist to keep the gloves hanging even when you take them off (someone had to tell me what these were for, but ooo-la-la!)</font>
I love 'em.
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post #5 of 22
I got a pair of Black Diamond Stratos last year, really nice glove. It's rated to -10F, not sure I would wear them when it's that cold, but they'll easily take you down to single digits. I like a glove with a removable liner, sometimes I'll pull the liner out and just wear the shell on warm days.

The new Skiing mag has some reviews of gloves in the back, including Black Diamond, Marmot, Swany etc.
post #6 of 22
Cloudveil Vision Quest.
I got a pair last year, found they didn't saturate in wet weather as much as my previous pair of Marmot's did. (Although almost anything will eventually soak through). They use a pull out fleece liner which I also like.

As warm as anything I've used (except mitts). I use them at Tremblant (my cold weather test ground) and whistler. Probably about 55 days with them last year and they've held up well.

Marmot Randonee.
I had been using the Marmot Randonee glove for about 5 years. Marmot was great in replacing my first pair gratis after they started to come apart at the seams. I can only say good things about Marmot's customer service.
post #7 of 22
If you are interested in a mitt, I have a like new pair of TNF Himalayan mitts for sale. Bought them last season and wore them several times. They are very warm.

Please PM me if interested.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your input.

I had a few people tell me they really liked Swany but it's hard to find a large selection of them in a store to see which ones I like.

I just can't buy gloves online if I haven't seen them in person and tried them on.
post #9 of 22
Scalce,
I'm sure that you are prety close to REI in either Boston or Framingham. Check out the Black Diamond Ice Glove. I purchased a pair last year and as you know it was pretty damm cold. There were many sub 40 below wind chill days and my hands never got cold. I like the padding too and they break in for great comfort. I also like the big gaunlet on them.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=47540809&storeId=8000&cat alogId=40000008000&langId=-1
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Those look sweet

Thanks

The REI isn't that far from me.

[ October 23, 2003, 08:12 AM: Message edited by: Scalce ]
post #11 of 22
Grandoe Hurricains, they were the warmest glove in Ski Mag's test a couple of years ago. I can only wear mine when it's below 15 degrees F out, or else my hands are to warm. I have a buddy with bad circluration and he wears them all the time.
The rest of the time I wear Grandoe GCS I have two pairs and change at lunch on the colder day's.
I ski 70+ days a season, so gloves are important.
post #12 of 22
I just went through a glove research project and have concluded that the Burton AK Glove is the best glove on the market...
http://www.backcountrystore.com/stor...ml?id=UI9ERseX

Full XCR shell. Most of the other high end gloves have a gore insert, which means the outer layers are going to get wet and freeze.
post #13 of 22
I bought a pair of Black Diamond Mercury Mittens (rated -20F) - haven't yet tried it. But feels really warm.

I bought them from Backcountrystore.com. They have free shipping on these gloves. You can try them
on and return it - no questions asked. I had to go thru
a few iterations before I settled on the size. you would have
to pay for the shipping for the return.

You could also buy from REI.com - and have it shipped
to an REI near you - which is free. you can go to
the REI store, pick it up and return it if it doesn't fit you
etc.
post #14 of 22
i've noticed mittens tend to be warmer than gloves...
i was using a pair of bonfire mittens last season...my gf got to them and she wouldn't give them back as they were warm [img]smile.gif[/img] and that's coming from a person who's constantly cold even during summer evenings at times [img]smile.gif[/img] hehehe

melloboy
post #15 of 22
Is it just me? I have a pair of "Stick-It" gloves and a pair of mittens from the same maker. About $50 - $60. They are a shell/liner system. They didn't cost $200. I've skied in Vermont when it was 15F and Colorado when it was -5F. My hands stayed warm. The week I skied in CO, the lift line attendants were warning people about frostbite. My hands stayed warm. YMMV.
post #16 of 22
Hey Whitney- the Mercury Mitts are really warm. I use them on really cold days, when my Marmot Alpinist gloves aren't warm enough (I have cold hands). mgear.com has them for only $49 (reg. $80), and they also have the BD Thermostat gloves (great for spring skiing and climbing) for only $30.
post #17 of 22
By Bec
Quote:
I think Hestra make the best gloves. They make gloves for the Swedish army so you would figure they know what they are doing. I have a pair that have been through 9 seasons and throughly taken through their paces and they are still fantastic. Removable inners, long cuff with draw elastic, good flexibility. But they're not cheap, mine cost $180 AUD in 1996. Still it doesn't look like I'll be buying another pair anytime soon.
HESTRA is certainly at the very top of the list in terms of quality, durability and functionality. They are sold in the USA but can be hard to find. There is now a Swedish outdoor apparel marketing group in the US named SOG that you can order both the HESTRA catalogue and gloves through. If you are interested check out http://www.scandinavianoutdoors.com/

The site also markets HAGLOFS which makes bombproof shells midlayers etc., as well as other Swedish outdoor products including Peak Performance and Fjallraven who also make top quality skiwear. And, if you are shopping for an outdoor camping stove, SOG also markets Primus stoves. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #18 of 22
Thanks for the link to SOG. I have ordered there catalog.
post #19 of 22
Black Diamond Guide Glove. Not as warm as the others, but almost impossible to get wet. I think it's good to about 5 or 10 degrees, and they'll keep you dry alllll day. Expensive, but well worth it. The guys at backcountrystore.com recommended it to me over the Ultimate Ski Glove.
post #20 of 22
Granite Gear makes some nice gloves, I use them for the real cold. Cloudveil is making some good stuff, different temperature ranges. For the balmy, just some fleece Windstopper type works for me. My engine runs hot.
There is a pretty good sale going on for many different gloves
on www.bentgate.com
post #21 of 22
I prefer all leather gloves. I use Reusch and dubbin them to give them waterproofing.
post #22 of 22
I have to agree Hestra makes a great glove. I own a pair. They are very warm and very expensive.
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