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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

What kind of ski gloves are good quality and cheap, I can't believe the prices online for a good pair, just looking for a pair of black ski gloves that will get the job done, and not go over $20.00?

post #2 of 33

You won't find a good pair of gloves under 20 dollars.  Maybe a ski swap but they will be packed out which keeps them from being very warm.

 

Just bought Black diamond Fever gloves for $59 from mountaingear.com.  Leather palms, goretex and thinsulate interior, really warm which I need up here sometimes.

 

If you don't need good warm gloves then COSTCO this time of year has some good prices. Don't know where you are from or where you ski but quality is very important to me as it really gets cold here in Dec and Jan

post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 

No No i def. agree, just im a college student in PA I mainly ski Seven Springs, and Peak'n Peak, but I know I will have to spend the money because I do care about staying warm.
 

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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

You won't find a good pair of gloves under 20 dollars.  Maybe a ski swap but they will be packed out which keeps them from being very warm.

 

Just bought Black diamond Fever gloves for $59 from mountaingear.com.  Leather palms, goretex and thinsulate interior, really warm which I need up here sometimes.

 

If you don't need good warm gloves then COSTCO this time of year has some good prices. Don't know where you are from or where you ski but quality is very important to me as it really gets cold here in Dec and Jan

post #4 of 33

Check Sports Authority, this time of year they often have closeouts on gloves, and I have seen Goretex gloves on the cheap there before. If that doesn't pan out, and you have a credit card, http://www.sierratradingpost.com is the place. Go there and sign up for the Deal Flyer, which will come to your email daily. Scope the gloves you like, and wait, and watch, until the right combination of sales and daily coupons come together to give you a screaming deal on high end gloves (or other gear). Usually once a week or so the combination of the various deals combine into a perfect storm of discount bliss.

 

Most recently I bought a pair of Gordini soft shell Goretex gloves, with all leather palms and fingers, for under $39 shipped, which is about 60% below retail.

 

post #5 of 33
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http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/225,2957T_Outdoor-Research-PL-400-Gloves-Fleece-For-Men.html

 

Prob. a no, but not sure what the best ski gloves are, but these say they are for skiing and are very much in my price range?

post #6 of 33

Yeah I would say never skimp on quality, especially when it comes to something that is supposed to keep your hands warm. I understand that you are on a budget, so I would suggest Sports Authority or Dicks or some big sports outlet because usually you can find a pair of decent quality gloves at a relatively low price.

post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by KingDakota12 View Post

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/225,2957T_Outdoor-Research-PL-400-Gloves-Fleece-For-Men.html

 

Prob. a no, but not sure what the best ski gloves are, but these say they are for skiing and are very much in my price range?


Those gloves will absolutely not be warm enough for 7 springs, especially if you do any night skiing.  Those are more of a light-weight spring glove.  They also aren't going to be waterproof which is important if you either spend a lot of time on the ground (and getting back up again) or if you manage to ski when it's actually snowing (I know, you gotta get lucky to get that at 7 springs)  $20 is gonna be really really tough to do for a decent pair of gloves that will keep you warm and dry.  The only thing I can think of that might work is to keep an eye on steepandcheap.com and tramdock.com and see if anything pops up.  Even then, I think most of the gloves I've seen under that price have been lightweight spring or pipe gloves.

post #8 of 33

Although there are some negative reviews, it seems like most people on this forum who've tried the Head gloves from Costco like them. There are certainly better gloves out there, but at $14.99, they're a good deal. I bought some last year as a backup pair for my son, but he lost his good gloves and ended up wearing them about 15 days. No complaints; in fact, he liked them better than his "A" pair.

 

You should also check TJ Maxx and Marshalls - they start getting in ski clothing this time of year. You never know what they will have, but you can often find  top of the line stuff at bargain prices.

post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice guys, these look to be my price range, waterproof, and have hot pockets for the handwarmers?

 

http://thesocksite.com/head-waterproof-winter-gloves-with-heat-pack-pocket-p-581.html

post #10 of 33

I use the Head gloves from Costco and they are the first gloves I've owned that have kept me warm.  I used to always use mittens because I get cold hands. I always carry two pair just in case one craps out or I lose a glove.  They have pockets for warmers.

 

I ski in the Cascades where, according to reports, it doesn't get quite as cold as it does out East, but I've used them in fairly cold temps and they have kept me toasty. 

post #11 of 33

I have a friend who wears the Head gloves from Costco. He likewise reports they keep his hands warm (and this tends to be a problem for him due to some circulatory condition). However, they do tend to fall apart after a season or so I've noticed, which gives me the opportunity to rib him about his cheap gloves. He in turn ribs me about my "expensive gloves", when you ride the lift with someone a few hundred times a year, you need banter to pass the time.

post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by KingDakota12 View Post

Thanks for all the advice guys, these look to be my price range, waterproof, and have hot pockets for the handwarmers?

 

http://thesocksite.com/head-waterproof-winter-gloves-with-heat-pack-pocket-p-581.html


These look exactly the same as the Head gloves from Costco, just twice the price.

post #13 of 33

I'm going to dissent from the majority here.  High quality gloves aren't an absolute necessity for someone that doesn't ski more than 10 days a year.  Ive logged several days using plain old Walmart Goretex gloves with Thinsulate.  As long as it isn't below zero F they are warm enough.  You can get them for about $15.00 these days.  However, they will get torn up pretty quick from carrying your skis around as the edges cut the vinyl and faux leather used on the palms.  Also, the waterproofing doesn't last very long at all.  But you will usually get 10 ski days out of a pair.  If you want something that will last, then the price goes up.  You do get what you pay for.

post #14 of 33
Thread Starter 

I picked up those one's for $29.99 from The SockSite. Excited to have a nice warm pair of gloves now, sorry I have no Costco's around here so I payed the extra $10.

post #15 of 33

I vote for the second hand sports store. Last time I stopped by they had over a hundred pairs of winter gloves - some were serious ski gloves, and less than $20.

Also coats and pants, most at a very good price.

 

 

post #16 of 33

I have a pair of black Columbia ski gloves I bought over 10 years ago. They're a simple design - nylon outer shell augmented with leather on the palm and inner finger areas, medium weight synthetic insulation. They've served me well, until I got to Colorado this season. Below about 15 degrees (and whatever wind chill might be happening, which can be considerable) they no longer cut it. I have a pair of thin Manzella gloves I've tried using as a liner, but that still didn't keep my fingers from freezing.

 

I picked up a pair of Scott Locket Gloves on sale at a local outlet. Even though they're advertised as breathable every time I use them they get really damp/wet inside, with or without the Manzella liners. They're a tad warmer, and have a thicker insulating layer than the Columbia's, which is kind of like a liner, although it's not removable (sewn in at wrist). But the "liner" isn't otherwise connected to the shell, so it's possible to pull the entire inner glove layer completely out, and then it's really difficult to get everything worked back in properly. (Thankfully my girlfriend has smaller hands and is willing to do this for me.) In short it's a pretty bad design IMHO, and overall I'm really disappointed in these gloves.

 

I'm on the lean side, and my fingers and toes are inclined to "freeze up" when it's really cold out. I keep my core warm with a wool or synthetic underlayer, synthetic or fleece midlayer, and windproof shell, wear a helmet, and use a facemask when it's really cold/windy. Don't sweat excessively, and generally keep warm except for the extremities. The toes I can live with, but when the fingers go I usually end up inside.

 

I'd be really interested to know what kind of gloves/mittens ski patrollers and instructors who are out daily in extremely cold conditions recommend. Individuals who tend to have cold extremities and have found solutions that really work. ( Ectomorphs preferred. I'm not sure mesomorphs/endomorphs can really relate.  ;-)

post #17 of 33

 

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the Head gloves from Costco like them. There are certainly better gloves out there, but at $14.99, they're a good deal.

Buy them a size too large and wear fleece glove liners inside.  Do these have pockets for the chemical heat packs?  If so, good.  If not, buy them large enough for the liners plus the heat packs placed on the backs of your hands over the blood vessels that carry the heat to your fingers.

post #18 of 33

Pickup a pair of glove liners in any event

post #19 of 33

I have full leather Kombi gloves I got in canada on sale for $70. They are so worth it make the investment!

post #20 of 33

I'm a skiing beginner, but I've hunted and been outdoors in the winter a lot. I have to admit I'm a little surprised at how much some are spending on gloves. Not that's there's anything wrong with that if you want. I've always used cheap off the rack gloves, often just the cheap cotton brown ones. Not waterproof of course, i can see how that would be paramount in skiing. I haven't seen anyone mention army surplus stores, I'm going to check that out first. Edited to say I just found a pair of ski pants at the Goodwill, $9.99, nice ones too. Now if I could just find everything else.


Edited by PhilP - 10/13/11 at 5:59am
post #21 of 33

Gloves are very much like ski boots; what works for you will not always work for anyone else.  I have two pair of ski gloves, one pair of three-finger gloves/mittens and one pair of serious cold weather mittens.  I ski a lot and I change socks and gloves at midday.  Both my feet and hands stay warmer as a result.  The last thing you want on your feet or hands when you're skiing is cotton, in fact you shouldn't wear any cotton at all for skiing, synthetics or wool only since cotton has no insulating properties at all once it even gets damp.  Costco is selling Head ski gloves which quite a few people say are pretty good.

post #22 of 33

ya they are decent for the price. When its real cold they are pretty dang good. I like their midlayers as well.

 

post #23 of 33

http://www.kincoworkgloves.com/leather-mitt-ski/kinco-901-ski-gloves/

 

Apply SnowSeal(tm) and enjoy.

 

Edit: I notice that they aren't black.  th_dunno-1[1].gif


Edited by Bob Lee - 10/15/11 at 12:03pm
post #24 of 33

I used Costco Head glove for a few years. They kept me warm for about two winters (night skiing), then packed down and fell apart. Still for $10 (when I bought them) I can't complain. 

 

Bought some expensive gloves from local MEC end of last season (blast and howler for those of you familiar with them), I'll see how they work, they do feel nice.

post #25 of 33

It can't hurt to visit the big sport shops in your area and look for clearance bins. They can be a good source of quality gloves, socks and hats left over from last season. For example, I got a pair of Kombi gloves -- with a Gore-Tex and nylon shell and premium synthetic insulation -- for $24. Regular price was over $60, as I recall.

It gets damn cold around here, so I also own a good pair of mitts, which are even warmer.

post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by KingDakota12 View Post

What kind of ski gloves are good quality and cheap, I can't believe the prices online for a good pair, just looking for a pair of black ski gloves that will get the job done, and not go over $20.00?



You are forgetting Promotive, an Epic Ski supporter benefit.  Become an EpicSKi "Supporter" and you might find a great closeout or final markdown from HESTRA for 80% or more off.  In fact, a whole bunch of new "Closeouts" and "Final Markdowns" are being sold now. 

 

I live near a The North Face factory outlet and used to get killer deals during their salesmen sample sales (75% or more off Steep Tech Agency jackets, sleeping bags, etc.).  Note: This year the deals are no better than the factory outlet prices.  Anyhow, I love TNF but never found their gloves to be particularly warm.  HESTRA and the better gloves and mittens from OR are generally excellent.

post #27 of 33

I find that deerskin work gloves work as good as any. They're like 30 bucks. Snowseal them, you have a $100 glove.

Works for me.

post #28 of 33

You can often get pairs for over 60% off. I buy whatever's on sale, and always carry two pairs with me to swap out midday once they get soggy. Even my expensive ($100+) leather/goretex gloves get soggy on wet days, so I make it a habit to carry two pairs.

 

Edit: Quant's idea is great! Hestra makes some nice stuff.

 

Edit2: For snowboarders reading this, I'd say there's no point in buying expensive gloves. Mine get cut up to hell from carrying my board (think edges). 

post #29 of 33

The Head gloves from Costco aren't bad. Not great, bot not bad.

 

Or you can do what over half of ski patrollers do. Buy a pair of Kinco 901 gloves, coat them in snoseal or other beeswax waterproofing, run them through the dryer briefly before and after beeswaxing, and you've got cheap, tough, waterproof gloves that will last. Buy two pair and you're guaranteed to have dry warm gloves all day long.

 

They aren't dextrous as F like Hestras, but they get the job done and are tough.

post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

http://www.kincoworkgloves.com/kinco-ski-gloves/kinco-901-gloves/

 

Apply SnowSeal(tm) and enjoy.

 

Edit: I notice that they aren't black.  th_dunno-1[1].gif



 



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Originally Posted by bowlhiker View Post

I find that deerskin work gloves work as good as any. They're like 30 bucks. Snowseal them, you have a $100 glove.

Works for me.


 

+1 on both of these options.  All the "patrol gloves" that the big outerwear labels make don't hold a candle to the ones you can find at your local truck stop or Tractor Supply.  Deerskin and pigskin, I have found, tend not to stiffen up like cowhide after repeated wetting and drying cycles; YMMV. 

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