My hands stay warm. Mittens are to me as useful as ski boots on a golden retriever. Thick gloves? They live in my pack, only seeing light during cold events. Thus, 99.99% of my winter fun is enjoyed in thin gloves. That doesn’t mean junkers. Gloves I like need a friction palm, reasonable durability, and a modicum of warmth. Most importantly, without something like a Gore-Tex layer they get too wet while working with climbing skins or digging snow pits. My latest favorite has been the Mountain Equipment Cascade Xtrafit Glove. I’ve got some days on these now. Pittards leather palm is holding up, and they do keep my hands dryer than without Gore, though I’d be happier if they breathed slightly better (perhaps by limiting the area covered by the Gore-Tex). The gloves do have one odd feature: A stretch neoprene panel up by your wrist that can’t stretch much due to the way it is hemmed and shaped. This doesn’t cause any problems, it’s just kind of strange. So I just ignore and enjoy. They work well.
Sadly, I can’t find any etailers for the ME Cascade Extrafit. Readers, suggestions for these types of gloves? Feel free to leave shopping links, we’ll curate.
I’m thinking these BD gloves might be of similar utility.
Readers also suggest Outdoor Research Warrant, which look good. I’ll get some for testing.
I just tested a North Face Etip Apex glove: fail. It wet through to my fingers quickly in the faucet test, and the liner pulled up out of the fingers enough to make it tough putting the gloves back on. I bought these for the test, back to Sports Authority they go. Shucks, they looked promising.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.