Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Foxster, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    Mid-layer is in the process of being sorted, so now need to turn to my other long-standing issue...winter gloves.

    I have a boxful of all types of gloves and all are crap in their own way. The biggest problem with a lot of them, including the new ones I wore last weekend, is that the lining bunches up and makes it near impossible to get them on when my hands are wet. I end up spending five minutes working my fingers into the finger tubes.

    Surely there are some waterproof, breathable, warmish gloves that will just glide on even when your hands are wet?
  2. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    When it’s cold and wet ... Buffalo mitts.

    A Simple and cheap silk liner glove from decathlon with a pair of Buffalo mitts cannot be beaten for the cold and wet.
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  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I hate that when they won’t go back on, drives me mad with my snowboarding gloves, some new Sealskinz I bought for biking are equally annoying when my hands are clammy

    For hiking I use some old Berghaus powerstretch gloves and a pair of Tuff Bags over the top, for long winter trips I use a pair of Icebreaker liners, a larger pair of Polartec Windbloc gloves and the TBs over the top.
  4. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Similar here....thin liner gloves, Polartec Windbloc gloves + Tuff bags.
    Though predominantly I now use Pacerpole Overmits & don't bother with gloves when walking.
  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

  6. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Another for Buffalo mitts. I've got some Showa gloves but not yet fully convinced - a mitt version would be good, makes getting on and off with cold / wet hands so much easier, and warmer overall.
  7. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    The best ones I have that a proper glove are Rab Vengeance gloves. They have a lining that feels like thick fleecey pile but crucially I can get my hand in and out when they're wet. As was proven on Monday last week up Skiddaw in some horrific conditions. I spent a lot of time with my hands in and out of gloves trying to make sure my daughter was OK. Some buffalo mitts would have been helpful but wouldn't have given me as much dexterity as i'd have liked. The Rab gloves were good, still ended up getting wet/damp inside as I kept putting wet hands inside but they did a decent job of keeping my hands going. I'd taken a few different pairs of gloves for the trip up to the Lakes but on this walk only took the Rabs and a pair of extremities hawk mitts (also excellent for faffing about with kit and stuff for the kids without getting freezing hands
  8. MyHatGandhi

    MyHatGandhi Summit Camper

    I've gone full Montane with my gloves after a slightly negative experience with unexpected snow where I only had a thin pair of base layer gloves.

    I've gone for Primino 140 glove for baselayer, Prism mitt for insulation and endurance pro for cold and wet conditions.
    The endurance pro is probably way overkill (and on price, although I had something like 70% off at the time), but after some testing it gives me confidence that I won't have frost nip the next time I meet those conditions!
  9. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Do you know find the prism mitt too grabby? I have the prism gloves and while they're fab in the right conditions, cold damp hands are most certainly not going in there! (noting mine are the gloves, not the mitts)

    EDIT -
    I tried dachstein mitts in a shop, felt OK but would prefer a dark colour so they don't look dirty too early. They had green but not really very dark
  10. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Got two pairs of Rab gloves to try, Vapour-rise gloves which are quite thin so more for the milder conditions. And a pair of velocity gloves, thicker softshell type fleece for when it's colder. Both have leather palms mainly for cross country skiing, which really wears out your gloves. Not really had a chance to try them yet.
  11. MyHatGandhi

    MyHatGandhi Summit Camper

    I'm not sure what you mean by too grabby, but I haven't experienced any downsides yet with day to day use and some winter hikes. They're more for when I'm around camp (or cold and windy conditions) just like my down jacket, with the endurance pro used when it's raining or when I need to interact with anything wet.

    Otherwise baselayer gloves are fine for me.
  12. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    My dachstein mitts live in the bottom of my pack in winter. Their forty years old and still going strong. Their not waterproof at all but their really warm. I have a cheap pair of overmitts to go with them, they were gore-tex many years ago but still waterproof.

    The grey colour is because their not dyed, that's the colour the sheep were. Didn't know there are green sheep.
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  13. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I have been looking at the Buffalo mitts. Last year on the CWT I only carried powerstretch liners and they were worthless when soaked; obviously.

    I own a pair of eVent mitts but I never really liked them.

    My biggest gripe with the Buffalo mitts is that they’ll be too warm for 3 season use... although I like warm hands :)

    I’be been looking at Showa but I’m not convinced.
  14. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    The Rab vapour rise were decent gloves, although not designed for use in the rain my hands always felt grand in them, even when sopping wet, but not as warm as the buffalo mitts that I used before them but don't remember using them in the last 3yrs apart for putting over me water & fuel bottle if needed.
    I got a pair of the new ones last week, they've changed the pertex outer for their own matrix fabric & they have a shorter cut up the wrists. Haven't tried them yet, but I did go looking for another pair of the old style with no joy.
    As well as them I have a pair of montane primino 140's, pair of montane power dry, pair of rab power stretch contact, pair of montane prism gloves & a pair of tuff bag over mitts. I mix & match with packing them as the weather decides but as i say the old style rab vapour rise tour glove got the most wear & it was only the soft bit on the thumbs for wiping your nose that got mangled.
    edit: meant to say if anyone is interested, gooutdoors have the old style vapour rise, but collection only
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2020
  15. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    I've gone for some Buffalo mitts and some fingerless merino gloves for under them. Hopefully between them I'll at least be able to get my gloves on and off in less than 10 minutes.
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  16. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Do you have link for buffalo mitts, been toying with buying some for ages.thanks
  17. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

  18. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I ordered some Buffalo Mitts from a Belgian shop. They'll probably be overkill for the spring in Skye but we'll see how that goes.
  19. Lemming

    Lemming Trekker

    I have yet to find any gloves that are easy to get on with wet, cold hands.

    My latest acquisition are the Hestra 'Ergo Grip Active' gloves, in which (so far) I can do everything that I need to without taking them off, while they are also reasonably warm. The advantage of Hestra is that they make a full range of sizes, rather than S/M/L, a properly fitting glove makes a lot of difference.

    For serious cold, I use RBH Ultralight mitts, 150g of instant warmth and as they are vapour barrier, no worries about wet hands compromising the insulation.
  20. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

    Buffalo mitts arrived today.

    In the interest of science and stuff, I stuck my hands in a sink of cold water for half a minute and then put them in and out of the mitts a few time whilst still wet. Zero problems, just slid on and off.
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