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Super WARM Ski Gloves

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
just thought I'd share some consumer research on a warm pair of gloves to ski with

tried Marmot Randonee, Mountain Hardware Exposure II, Patagonia Primo, Patagonia Stretch Element, Patagonia White Smoke, Reusch race gloves, Scott, Grandoe GCS

by far the hands down winner was (a surprise) the Grandoe GCS

it's a 2-layered glove, with a merino wool liner that can be taken out, Primaloft insulated shell with Gore-Tex

just like with layered clothing in the cold, the layered glove approach makes a *HUGE* difference

the price is steep, $100, but it was by far the warmest glove I've tried

it's probably too warm for some people, but if it is, you can buy a cheap pair of medium weight fleece liners and replace the wool with them

in case anyone else is out there looking for a new pair, seek them out and try them for yourself, they *rock*
post #2 of 24
I have been using Grandoe GCS for years and love them. They even have a warmer glove called the Hurricane that I can only wear when the temp is in the single digits or colder.

Grandoe has changed styles over the years, I like the big gonulet models the best, but I haven't been able to find them in about three years.
I have one pair that I keep for powder day's or as a afternoon back up glove in my back pack. Me everyday GCS's must be more then 4 years old and are duct taped on both thumbs, but I still love them.
post #3 of 24
I'm using a pair of Dakine (bragh) gloves. Not sure the model,
I think they're "snowboard" gloves (got them in the tray section of REI), removable fleece liner, nylon palms/shell, little rubber squeegee on the left thumb.

They were cheap (on sale), figured they'd be good for most days - as it turns out, they're shockingly good; the ONLY time I use the liners is when it is below zero F, or maybe single digits.

Surprised me. I thought they'd be adequate for 15-30F, too skimpy for anything else.

Worth a look - if I see another pair, I'm going to snag them, they're really quite good. I have what I'd consider "moderate" cold tolerance, I'm not too picky about cold, don't get cold too easily, but I don't run around in shorts in the winter, either.

Iain
post #4 of 24
I also have a pair of Grandoe. Not sure of the model. I got them as a closeout about 3 years ago for about $25. Sometimes they're too warm. Especially when the temps are in the high 20's. I finally got a pair of spring gloves and use them when it's not so cold out. (Dakine)
post #5 of 24
I've found that ski glove warmth is very similar to boot warmth. If the gloves I wear are too tight, my hands get cold. If the gloves I wear are too loose, my hands get cold. I've also found that thicker is not necessarily better. In thicker gloves my hands tend to sweat, which makes the glove wet and then the hands start to freeze.

Right now I am skiing in a pair of Columbia gloves that I got at EMS on clearance for $10, they are warmer than the gloves I paid $60 on sale for last season. Actually, the WAL-MART Thinsulate gloves I got to shovel my driveway in are warmer too.
post #6 of 24
Thanks for the heads up on those gloves. I just picked up 2 pair for $25 a piece on ebay. One pair for me and one pair for my fiancee!
post #7 of 24
I have the Grandoe GCS too, and I haven't had cold hands since I started wearing them, even when it was -26F at Okemo a few weeks ago.
post #8 of 24
haven't tried Grandoe. Bought a pair of Black Diamond Mitts this year. they are rated for -20f. have so far tried it in tahoe and utah. my hands were on fire. had to scale back to Marmot Randonee - with an extra liner!!!!!
post #9 of 24
haven't tried Grandoe. Bought a pair of Black Diamond Mitts this year. they are rated for -20f. have so far tried it in tahoe and utah. my hands were on fire. had to scale back to Marmot Randonee - with an extra liner!!!!!
post #10 of 24
haven't tried Grandoe. Bought a pair of Black Diamond Mitts this year. they are rated for -20f. have so far tried it in tahoe and utah. my hands were on fire. had to scale back to Marmot Randonee - with an extra liner!!!!!
post #11 of 24
Granite Gear Mitts.

I've had mine for ten years now, and my hands have never been cold that I can remember, so long as they have stayed in the mitts. Purchased them right at the factory the night before doing an overnight outside at -25f on the northshore of superior. So cold our beer froze and each one had to be lovingly warmed in a camp stove before consumption - both so that it was a liquid, and so that it was warm. It is nearly impossible to drink cold beer at -25f without inflicting a self induced drunken state of hypothermia softened only by tasteful hops as you slowly shiver to death on your snowbench while discussing whether AWD or 4wd is preferable.

http://www.granitegear.com/products/...ts/index.shtml

Without these mits, it would be impossible.

nate
post #12 of 24
I have some Kombi Lobster Gloves I bought a few years back that are WARM WARM....really too warm for most conditions. I later bought some Burton gloves that work fine for temps in the upper 20s and higher. For colder conditions I picked up a box of the hand warmers at Costco for $17 for 40. I just pop one in each glove and my hands will stay as warm as I need and lasts 8hrs +..... If they get too warm I can just put the warm bag in my pocket, but these hand warmers work great. They also make great hand warmers while riding my motorcycle in sub-freezing temps.

FWIW...
post #13 of 24
Where did you guys get your Grandoes? I can't find them in my area.
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by snowflier:
Where did you guys get your Grandoes? I can't find them in my area.
try their web site to locate a dealer near you

http://www.grandoe.com
post #15 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by SquawMan:
just thought I'd share some consumer research on a warm pair of gloves to ski with
For me, the Reusch is good. But for skiing in the Sierras, there is no need of heavily insulated gloves. You aren't using these in the Sierras, are you? Um...-20F in New England, wear mittens. Here? Hands can get too warm with anything designed for cold weather. The Reusch -30 seems to wick well and have a really comfortable lining and work well in the climate. Also are plyable and conform to pole handles well. I like the Spyders too, the one's I lost in the top Grandview Lodge at Sierra on Saturday. Just email them to me if you find them : Thanks to the manager for the glove loan to get down the hill. It's not that cold, but not that warm for no gloves, either :
post #16 of 24
I just found a great pair of ski gloves by Head at Costco for $15.00 I have spent a lot more for gloves that were not near as warm and comphy as these $15.00 Gloves with outlast lining.
post #17 of 24
I too purchased a pair of the $15 Head gloves at Costco. (There was an earlier thread that tipped me off to them). I have been very satisfied. They have kept my hands warm and dry. My only complaint is that they were all out when I went back to get another pair for my son.
post #18 of 24
Due to the crazy cold here in northern NE, I finally broke down and got some mittens. They are men's Duofold ones, with an inner glove with velcro. Damn things are too hot!!! They were marked down to $14 at Values Downunder in Stowe (great little shop).
post #19 of 24
KevGlove at www.pmgearusa.com has been totally the best buy of the year for $39.00. The last forever, dry themselves out on cold, wet days, and simply do the job fantastically!
post #20 of 24

Hestra Guide gloves.  From -32C + wind chill in Tremblant to spring skiing in Collingwood at +15C they are great.  Pricy but I love them.

post #21 of 24

For me, its a pair of Kinco winter work gloves sprayed with some Nikwax for waterproofness. On really cold days, a pair of wool glove liners to add to the insulation. The gloves are tough as nails, waterproof until they need a new Nikwax application, and cheap as all get out. I get mine at Ace for $12, I currently have 3 pairs. The current liners I'm using are Burton liners I got at the Burton summer sale for under $10.

 

It's all I wear unless it's very warm and I need spring gloves. On days where the temps are -15 or lower, my hands are still toasty warm. My students can't believe how warm my hands are when we come inside.

post #22 of 24

So something I've found is that really the best way to keep warm is to KEEP. ON. MOVING. I'll be cold in the warmest pair of hestra mitts I have if waiting around forever at the -20 summit and feel almost too hot in the hands with the crappiest pair of gloves I own if I'm going at it hard.

post #23 of 24
When it is real cold I put on mitts with liners.
post #24 of 24

Wow!  Now this is an old thread to be revived.  Jan 2004 to this week?  I started reading because I'm still searching right answer for the wife who has Raynaud's and then looked at date after the fact.

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