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Waterproof Gloves????

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I generally wear leather gloves when skiing. Just a long-established preference. But when it's wet, I've been trying the so-called waterproof fabric gloves. Not happily.

Today, my ski school activities involved three hours in the rain. I stayed mostly dry with a poncho that comes to my knees, but my Kombi "waterproof" "Gore-Tex" gloves got soaked in the first hour, leaving my hands wet and cold even though it was warm enough to rain.

I've had the same experience with a couple other pairs of fabric "waterproof" gloves.

Anybody got some that really work? Got sources for them currently?
post #2 of 26
I recently bought OR gloves,which have proven to be very waterproof. Expensive, though.

Here's my write-up, FWIW:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=35830
post #3 of 26
I'd be rubbing waterproof into those leather gloves myself.
post #4 of 26
I just got Marmot Randonee gloves, and they are working surprisingly well. I'd buy them again--warm and dry inside even when the outside is soaked.


Ken
post #5 of 26
They are probabely waterproof but let less moisture out plus maybe more swetting because lots of insulation.
Most Gore-Tex Gloves are waterproof - but one swetts so much one thinks they are not.
post #6 of 26
I got a pair of gloves at REI called something like "Seal Skin". The picture on the tag has a hand in one of the gloves dipped in a fish tank up to the rest. These things are supposed to be 100% waterproof yet breathable (although I'd guess they are not very breathable). I found these to keep hands 100% in rain although they aren't very warm. They are very thin. I wear mine with liners.

I think the thing about pouring rain is that all that Gortex/breathable stuff kinda goes out the window. I've had Gortex gloves well-treated with repellant and still eventually had them saturate in pouring rain. You may be better off with something that is 100% water proof. You might even try something akin to dishwashing rubber gloves with something underneath to insulate.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by extremecarver
They are probabely waterproof but let less moisture out plus maybe more swetting because lots of insulation.
Most Gore-Tex Gloves are waterproof - but one swetts so much one thinks they are not.
No, not really the case. I've had Kombi Gore tex gloves and they were like sponges. I know the difference when I can wring water out of them. They feel like a lake. When it's not wet out they get moist inside, but not like when it is raining. I don't sweat that much over my entire body. I bought them cheap at Costco and got what I paid for.
post #8 of 26
Many goretex gloves do not have sealed seams. So the fabric may be waterproof but the seals leak!
post #9 of 26
I've used the black diamond Patrol glove (goatskin and waterproof liner)--pretty good but in really wet conditions they don't make the whole day--that said, nothing ever has.

Those Kombis you have stink (i've used them too) but the basic design-soft outer flexi shell, primaloft insulation and goretex innards is great--best execution of that design is the EMS version (which right now can be had for around 25-30 bucks in pre-spring sales!). Still, for wet spring conditions get into the habit of bringing to sets of gloves to the hill (the ems ones are also really compressible). I used my ems gloves for winter mountain biking as well as skiing.

Liam
post #10 of 26
Kneale,

Rio has been touting the Head ski gloves that come on sale in Costco stores starting in the fall. Costco sells them for something like $17 a pair.

This year I got some. I wear them alternating with some Black Diamond fabric gloves, which cost $65.

The Head Costco Specials work very very well. almost too warm if you snug up all the straps and gaiter cuff elastic. but there's a "dry pouch/heat pack" waterproof zipped packet on the back side of each that can function as a pretty nice vent for overheating.

if you have access to a Costco store, I'd suggest checking them out. I really like them. Rio has said that below about 15 deg they might feel a bit inadequate, but I've found them to be good at low teens temps including lower with wind chill. YMMV.

for soaking wet days, just have 2 or 3 pair available. this is where the Head gloves are really good.
post #11 of 26
Good call on the Head gloves. We've gone to them almost exclusively, except on warm days.
post #12 of 26
I bought a pair of cheap gore-tex gloves from a discount store. Very warm, but a big problem! I sweated a lot. It's been 4 days, and the inside of the gloves are soaking wet. The outside are dry. I could just chuck them away, start again... but has anyone got any ideas as to how to dry these gloves?
post #13 of 26
I like the Head gloves too but they are not very durable. I buy a pair per year and use the older pairs for back-up wet day spares.

Mark
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Maddog
I like the Head gloves too but they are not very durable. I buy a pair per year and use the older pairs for back-up wet day spares.

Mark
yeah but you're a hulking he-wuss of a guy!:
post #15 of 26
Picked up some Northface gloves this winter. Had a day of rain in Jan and they stayed nice and water tight. I like em a lot but they aren't super warm. Perfect middle of the road glove and not too expensive.

<M
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Maddog
I like the Head gloves too but they are not very durable
Knock on wood, all of mine have held up well.

My youngest son (11) did have a pair rip at a finger seam, but he could tear up an anvil with a rubber hammer, so I didn't give it much thought.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Knock on wood, all of mine have held up well.

My youngest son (11) did have a pair rip at a finger seam, but he could tear up an anvil with a rubber hammer, so I didn't give it much thought.
Sounds like my wife. That women is hell on equipment.: :

I've got the best gloves for skiing. Cheap and durable. Never get wet or cold. I've bought a number of pairs for my ski friends and they all swear by them. http://www.revcoindustries.com/catal...ves-p-339.html

post #18 of 26
In general, my observations have been that gloves labeled for "skiing" are generally not as durable or waterproof/breathable as gloves from manufacturers that specialize in gear for mountaineering/backpacking expeditions. Granted, most of the time the ski stuff is cheaper, but you get what you pay for.
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
Kneale,

Rio has been touting the Head ski gloves that come on sale in Costco stores starting in the fall. Costco sells them for something like $17 a pair.

This year I got some. I wear them alternating with some Black Diamond fabric gloves, which cost $65.

The Head Costco Specials work very very well. almost too warm if you snug up all the straps and gaiter cuff elastic. but there's a "dry pouch/heat pack" waterproof zipped packet on the back side of each that can function as a pretty nice vent for overheating.

if you have access to a Costco store, I'd suggest checking them out. I really like them. Rio has said that below about 15 deg they might feel a bit inadequate, but I've found them to be good at low teens temps including lower with wind chill. YMMV.

for soaking wet days, just have 2 or 3 pair available. this is where the Head gloves are really good.
Thanks, Unk. No Costco in my neighborhood. If I wanted to change gloves three or four times a day, I could just stick with my leather ones.

I've ordered a pair of the Marmots and will give those a try.
post #20 of 26
The worst thing you could do is use a good pair of gloves on a wet day. Each time a glove gets soaked it loses insolation value. Over time you will really notice a difference. Get a couple pair of inexpensive gloves and switch at lunch.

As for the Head gloves durability, I've only had one pair rip out of the batch my kids & I use and Costco replaced them no questions asked.
post #21 of 26
Follow the Hestra link on the PSIA site. Seems to be a lot of them with goretex liners.
I use Ocean and Earth snowboarder mitts, have used them for 3 seasons now and never a drop gets through. Aussie surf and snow brand.
post #22 of 26
Actually, in Australia, many resort workers just get some chemical gloves, and wear ordinary fleece gloves underneath. We get tropical-type rain in the mountains during winter, and few other things work (although my boarder mitts do work, being made precisly for that).
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
If I wanted to change gloves three or four times a day, I could just stick with my leather ones.
d'oh! why didn't I see that. :
post #24 of 26
The instructors do the same in New Zealand, pretty wet there Either Chemical gloves, or playtex gloves. One time i saw a guy with chemical gloves held closed at the top with duct tape around the jacket. . Also saw lots of instructors with latex gloves on like liners under their regular gloves. Not breathable, but will keep your hands dry.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by slider
Sounds like my wife. That women is hell on equipment.: :

I've got the best gloves for skiing. Cheap and durable. Never get wet or cold. I've bought a number of pairs for my ski friends and they all swear by them. http://www.revcoindustries.com/catal...ves-p-339.html

What's the temperature range on these? Do they have a layer of neoprene in them? How are they waterproof? Are they also windproof? How much $$ were they?
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
yeah but you're a hulking he-wuss of a guy!:
I do tend to go through gear like corn through a goose. I seldom do much damage to pants or jackets, although I did once put a ski through a pair of ski pants.


wait for it . . .


with me in them. Embarrassment is standing under the lift impaled through the butt of your ski pants by your own ski. I had to peel the pants down to get the binding through the hole so I could pull the ski out of the snow, so I could get the ski out of my pants, so I could fall to the snow in agony, with my pants around my knees. Sheeesh! I got a sitting O from the chair on that one. Still have the pants too. Luckily the mid back to below the knee bruise healed.

Mark
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