Great Versatile Gloves
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M
These gloves work perfectly for me. I've put in at least 20-30 days skiing with them, split about 50/50 resort and backcountry. They are heavy duty and feel very durable, but still give me enough dexterity to adjust my boots or operate a zipper without having to remove them. They keep my hands very warm and feel really nice on the inside while letting me shovel snow, hold my ski poles, grip an ice axe, or throw snowballs!
Because they are not leather, like Black Diamond's iconic Guide Gloves and similar options, I was worried they wouldn't hold up to near-daily use, but so far they haven't shown any signs of wear and tear. I subject them to ski edges, ice, rocks, and shoveling, and they have held up perfectly with no ripping, loose threads, or failing seams. On the flip side, because they're not leather, they are lighter, more flexible, and easier to stuff into a backpack.
I have two minor gripes: 1) They are just a little bit big. This is probably my fault for buying a medium instead of a small, but I hate gloves that are too tight and restrict finger movement, so I opted for the larger size. 2) The fingers don't work with touch screens. This is an issue if I want to hold my phone and take photos or videos while keeping my hands toasty.
I've solved both of the above issues by wearing them with some thin, touch screen-compatible liner gloves, which help fill out the inside of the glove for a snugger fit and allow me to operate a touch screen without exposing my bare skin to the elements.
Overall great glove and I'm happy I went with these.