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The perfect ski glove (for the gadget lover)
Ski gloves and small electronics do not go, ahem, hand in hand. The gloves need to be sufficiently thick to insulate in a wide range of conditions, and normally need to be slightly bigger than ones hands so that they are not too tight when one flexes one's fingers. This makes it hard to push small buttons, especially without also pushing adjacent buttons, and normal construction methods also put bulky seams into the mix.

Since I need to be able to manipulate various devices on-mountain, operating them and getting them in and out of pockets without dropping them, and since I also tend to suffer from cold hands, finding a good gloveshas become a personal quest, nearly an obsession. Last year I was fairly happy with a Seirus glove, on the thin side but just about warm enough and not too bad on dexterity.

This year, two gloves, or rather one glove and one concept, came to my attention.

The concept is the Gore concept, which divides the inside of the glove into two compartments or layers, letting you put your fingers inside or outside an insulating layer to trade between warmth and dexterity. Gloves available using this include the Scott Softshell 2-in-1 and the Marmot Twofer, and I look forward to trying these on at some point.

The glove I have bought this year though is the . The standout features of these are that they are both seamless and stretchy. This lets you buy a relatively small size, and get a close fit without any extra folds of fabric or the bulky seams. They are also waterproof/breathable, and a decent midweight thickness.

So far, so good. Dexterity is great with GPSes, though not quite there for pressing the tiny keypad buttons on my Samsung Blackjack. Warmth is decent, and I was able to slide in heatpacks for a cold day in Colorado last week. The only real problem is that they have become somewhat damp by the afternoon. I am not sure if this is snowmelt getting in from the outside or sweat building up on the inside, but it does affect their ability to keep my hands warm. The outside fabric is showing some pilling too, so I am not sure how durable they will be.

Regardless though, these are overall the best glove yet for my testing and survey work on the mountains.
12/22/07Montjoux
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