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Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 08:18:20 MST Print View

This is an area that I seem to have a hard time with. I've researched the archived threads on this but still need some advise.
I like to use a liner glove (for dexterity) with a mitt over that (for warmth) and I have MLD e vent mitts for rain if necessary. Smartwool liners are too fragile (due to the open weave, they catch badly,run, and develop holes)thermasilk liners are more durable but offer no warmth when wet. Possum down seems too fragile as well...I'm looking at Patagonia Merino 3 MW Glove liners with an OR PL 400 mitt. Does anyone have experience with the Patagonia? Any suggestions would be appreciated :)


Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 08:39:30 MST Print View

Take a look at the Defeet Wool Duragloove. These are tough and very warm. The Defeet Handskins are a nice cool weather option.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 08:55:29 MST Print View

I've tried A LOT of options and have yet to find anything that works for me.

Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch
OR PL150
Defeet Duraglove
OR PL400 mitt
OR Stormtracker
several others...

I just ordered a pair of the new Rab VR Tour gloves and hope those will work for me. If not, I'll likely try RBH Designs VB mitts next. I don't have Reynaud's, just very cold hands.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 09:06:47 MST Print View

The RBH-made BPL VB mitts with a liner work very well for me (I use a buffalo fiber liner glove - very tough []).

For cooler but not frigid temps I really like the Extremities windblock gloves.

I also just discovered Specialized Sub Zero winter glove system for cycling and really like that, might try it out for backpacking as well. []

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 09:13:30 MST Print View

Shug did a video on winter gloves recently with some nice over and under mitts from Black Rock Gear. Wrist warmers were also a good idea.

Renais A
OR professional modular mitt shells on 01/03/2012 09:15:22 MST Print View

The Outdoor Reearch professional modular mitt shells are really strong, quite comfortable on their own, and have plenty of volume to use with any glove liner I want. They are certainly not the lightest choice, but I am much more confident that they are not going to fail at difficult point in a hike. For really cold environments, I also use OR modular mitt double liner, or the gore-tex liner. My hands never feel cold with this combo. I find that the liners are comfortable enough for me to sleep with, and make a real difference in my night time comfort.

Mark Primack
(Bufa) - MLife

Locale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
Discovered Windstopper liners on 01/03/2012 09:31:26 MST Print View

I recently discovered Manzella Silk-weight Windstopper gloves. These have all the function of liners with the added benefit of being windproof. I wear them in my several pairs of gloves and in my OR shell/w double liner mitts. What I really like about them is that in really cold windy conditions I can take my hands out to use my camera without freezing my fingers.

I also spent time searching for really really warm general use mitts--I spend months at a time each winter in Northern Canada--and ended up with the Gordini Ultimate Mitts, which have down insulation and a heavy wool liner. These are much warmer than my OR shells with their double liners, but a bit on the heavy side. I got 'em for $35 from Sierra Trading.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 10:10:16 MST Print View

These weren't very breathable or stylish and the color choices aren't the greatest for stealth camping/hiking.

Neoprene dishwashing gloves

They did however serve me well for the purpose for which they were purchased. They kept my hands quite warm and dry while I was collecting water in that cold mountain water source.

The interior of the gloves have a soft absorbent lining that aids with getting the gloves on and off.

I can see them being used as VBL gloves but I'm afraid that as temperatures rise and exertion levels climb persperation inside of the gloves could become and issue. They are however available in varying sizes at hiker resupply heaven, a.k.a. The Dollar Store, and are quite inexpensive.

The extra long cuffs can be trimmed in the interest of weight savings. ;-)

Party On,


Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
digitalis paralysis on 01/03/2012 10:51:02 MST Print View


I will second Thom's suggestion for the Defeet Duraglove, he turned me onto these over a year ago and I've been very pleased. Like you I was looking for something more resilient than merino liners of the smartwool and ibex variety and the Duraglove is considerably warmer and handles wood fire tasks and scrambling around on rock well.

My system is similar to yours in warmth and flexibility, minus the mitts, other than extreme cold (*which I avoid like the plague) this setup has worked well and doesn't have any gaps for me, is relatively inexpensive, warm, and durable for tinkering with wood stoves and such:

Defeet Duraglove + MLD eVent mitt (seam sealed!) (Good down to 32F)


Lighter merino liners + OR Omni glove + MLD eVent mitt (everything else south of freezing)

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
depends on 01/03/2012 12:19:39 MST Print View

what temps will you be using it at ...

and what for (ex. will you be pulling on trees and rocks, durability, rainy winter conditions, etc ...)

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
winter glove system on 01/03/2012 13:28:52 MST Print View

I recently bought a pair of Rab Latok event gloves. they're well reviewed elsewhere on this site. I haven't had a chance yet to try them in the snow. I'm hoping that they'll replace my liner/outer system. They seem quite warm. They're also very dexterous.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
latoks on 01/03/2012 13:36:51 MST Print View

i own and use the latoks ...

like most other gloves theyll wet out eventually with heavy snow work ... they arent fully WP

i use a light merino liner inside the glove, it adds to the warmth and wicks away moisture ... also use subway food gloves for a cheap vbl, bring a whole bunch as they eventually tear

to help dry the latoks or keep em warm ... simply put em under yr armpits when not using em ..

and hand wash em (or any primaloft glove) as machine washing will flatten the loft, putting em in the dryer at low helps fluff em up

Edited by bearbreeder on 01/03/2012 13:38:28 MST.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
winter glove system-Latoks on 01/03/2012 13:46:49 MST Print View

Thanks Eric: I'm hoping to not need my smartwool liners with these because of the Latoks' nice fleecy interior but I'll carry them while I learn their limits. Gloves are impossible; warm but too bulky; modular but liners catch on velcro; etc. The Latoks seem to come close to being dextrous, simple and waterproofish-warm.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re Latoks on 01/03/2012 14:00:06 MST Print View

The Latoks have a fully waterproof eVent membrane.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
dexterity on 01/03/2012 14:01:45 MST Print View

they are the "best" gloves ive tried on for climbing

i basically went into every outdoor store with my climbing gear ... and tried putting on my harness, using zippers, tying knots in cord/webbing ... etc ... while wearing gloves

other than lighter gloves such as the stormtracker or other such ... only the latoks were "warm" enough and dexterous enough to do all the required tasks

i think youll like em ... as a bonus they arent that expensive at $65 either

edit ... mike i do not believe the latoks are seam sealed inside ...

Edited by bearbreeder on 01/03/2012 14:03:06 MST.

Don Selesky
(backslacker) - M
Re: winter gloves system on 01/03/2012 14:06:15 MST Print View

I've had excellent luck with the lighter weight mitts from RBH Designs, with the built-in VBL, combined with either a light-weight liner (EMS or OR) or a mid-weight liner inside. Never needed anything more, down to at least 0F.

Hamish McHamish
(El_Canyon) - M

Locale: USA
RAB latok on 01/03/2012 14:08:59 MST Print View

I just did a search and the RAB Latok glove in size Large is on sale at ProLiteGear for $49.98: . Buy 2 cents more and you get free shipping.

No affiliation with ProLite, of course.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re Latoks on 01/03/2012 14:10:37 MST Print View

If they aren't seam sealed, then i doubt Rab would legally be able to call them waterproof on their website under UK law. What makes you believe they aren't seam sealed?

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
use on 01/03/2012 14:16:58 MST Print View

having used them id be surpised if they were ... theres 2 simple solutions

ill take one of my newer latoks and submerge it in water right now ...

and lets ask rab on their fbook page

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re use on 01/03/2012 14:20:12 MST Print View

Remember they have a big hole in the ends. ;)