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J W
(jhaura) - F

Locale: www.Trailability.com
PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/28/2012 19:22:03 MST Print View

EDIT March 28, 2012:
NOW IN STOCK: Original PossumDown Gloves

$29.95 / pair + $2.45 Shipping (3.95 for 2 pairs). Total = $32.40. Tax only for California residents.

(For price comparison BPL sold theirs to Members for $30.80 + 5.95 Shipping. Nearest current price for this item is $28 + 8 Shipping + Tax from Cameleer.)

Beginning stock is: S -- 5, M -- 10, L -- 10, XL -- 5

Ultralight backpacking gloves for sale.

ORIGINAL POST:
For our ultralight gear web shop, we're considering importing a batch of the black PossumDown gloves from New Zealand that used to be avail here on BPL, but are no longer.

These gloves, made with 40% Possum fur have the highest loft and warmth to weight ratio of any known glove liners. My pair is dying and the one US source that sells them has a $38 price tag shipped + tax.

Ours would go for $29.95 + approx $2.45 in shipping (+ tax only for CA residents).

To get an idea of interest, how many of you would want a pair or pairs (good to keep a spare on hand)?

So leave your comment below and your size. They can be shrunk as desired, so I order mine one size too big, shrink 'em and they end up a bit thicker.

Cheers,
Jhaura
LiteTrail.com

Edited by jhaura on 04/23/2012 18:29:34 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Synthetic fleece on 02/28/2012 19:30:44 MST Print View

Personally I'd go for light synthetic fleece gloves. Possum Down gloves are notoriously easy to wear out - say while XC skiing or walking with hiking poles. Fleece, on the other hand is relatively durable.

AND... synthetic fleece will dry much faster than the wool in Possum Dowm gloves.

Edited by Danepacker on 02/28/2012 19:31:44 MST.

wander lust
(sol)
possum down on 02/28/2012 20:27:09 MST Print View

fleece might dry faster, but the possum stuff is quite amazing. I even wear my gloces in rain and they keep me warm. and the possum down doesn't need that long to dry out either.

I haven't needed my gloves that often, so my 2 year old pair is still looking good.

But they won't last as long as any fleece ones.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
PossumDown Gloves <b>the warmest wool liners)</b> on 02/28/2012 20:46:49 MST Print View

Eric and WL
I agree with both of you...
They are not all that abrasion resistant however for the weight they are indeed very warm and in my experience also work well when wet (so does the hat BTW...)
I almost always have them with me and yes they are a liner under my Gore-Tex (!) mitts in winter.
Only problem for me is that I try to avoid using them by themselves when walking because I use trekking poles.
Love them to death...
Franco
Trivia
When I purchased mine (from BPL) ,possum down stuff was not available in Australia.
Here, possums are protected but in NZ they are a pest.
Just like Australians, come to think of it...

Edited by Franco on 02/28/2012 20:52:34 MST.

Bruce Tolley
(btolley) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Possum Down on 02/28/2012 20:51:08 MST Print View

Yes. I have been looking for a backup pair.

Cody Lebow
(CLebow) - F

Locale: Orange County
Possum down on 02/28/2012 22:39:50 MST Print View

I would also pick up a pair as backups. Would also be able to convince a few friends to buy as well most likely.

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
Gloves on 02/28/2012 22:55:55 MST Print View

These might be a little heavy for most UL'ers but these are the gloves I am no using. The flap that goes over the fingers is water/wind resistant and stores in the top of the glove when not needed. And the thumb folds back also.

http://www.brooksrunning.com/Adapt-Glove/280156977%2e025,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=access-gloves

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)..." on 02/28/2012 22:58:32 MST Print View

I might be interested in another pair of gloves but I would definitely be interested in a pair f possum down socks.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/28/2012 23:24:49 MST Print View

The Possum Down ones won't melt like fleece when picking up hot objects, either.

M

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 01:30:48 MST Print View

I'd be interested if they made mittens...
After years of wearing gloves, I'm done with them.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
NZ direct on 02/29/2012 02:39:15 MST Print View

Why not order direct from the source? Cheaper, more choices.

http://www.ecowool.com/possum-fur-products/possum-fur-clothing.html

wander lust
(sol)
possumdown socks on 02/29/2012 03:25:54 MST Print View

the socks are brilliant, only use them for sleeping though

Michael Richey
(beaverboymike) - M

Locale: Southern Utah
Gloves on 02/29/2012 08:22:17 MST Print View

Size medium

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
PossumDown Gloves on 02/29/2012 10:33:22 MST Print View

Rick,

I am not seeing a pair comparable to the old BPL version on that site. Maybe I am missing something?

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 18:10:06 MST Print View

Jace,
Look here:
http://www.shopnewzealand.co.nz/en/cp/Gloves_Merinomink

I just picked up a pair for $20.00 shipped. Great deal!

M

J W
(jhaura) - F

Locale: www.Trailability.com
Re: PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 19:28:23 MST Print View

From what I can tell, the ones from EcoWool and ShopNewZealand ARE NOT the same as the ones I am sourcing (the furrier ones once sold here on BPL).

For those who ordered from the two sources above, please confirm upon receipt if they are indeed the same ones with a close up picture.

There are a couple of manufacturers of the gloves, but only one, that I know of, actually makes them in a high loft style. This is the only style that is of any interest to myself because if it is normal loft style wool construction, there are better cheaper gloves state side.

Cheers.

After thought...

Further evidence that the two sources listed above are NOT the original BPL source: The source of the BPL ones does not even manufacture a mitten and the EcoWool site lists a mitten for sale. To me, this indicates that they are from a different manufacturer and not the same. Doesn't mean they aren't equivalent or as good, we'll just have to see a close up picture of construction to determine that.

EcoWool Mittens:
http://www.ecowool.com/possum-fur-products/possum-fur-clothing/possum-fur-hats-socks-gloves-and-scarves/possum-merino-mittens-2634.html

Edited by jhaura on 02/29/2012 19:35:37 MST.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
PossumDown Gloves on 02/29/2012 19:38:20 MST Print View

I know for me personally, for $20.00 shipped i can't go wrong on possum and merino wool gloves, even though they might not be as "lofty" as the old BPL ones. I'm positive they will work as liner gloves in my BPL Vapor mitts at a fraction of the price of my old ones. YMMV.

M

Edited by bigfoot2 on 02/29/2012 19:39:18 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 21:23:55 MST Print View

I have ordered a pair from the Matthew Perry link , so I will compare them with the original BPL type when I get them.
Note that they are a close-out with limited sizes available.
The sizes also look a bit odd to me...
( I just wanted a red pair...)
Franco

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 23:15:54 MST Print View

This link looks to be the same as the BPL gloves. It at least has the same 50/40/10 blend.

http://www.thecameleer.com/possumdown/possumdown-gloves-c-66.html

They also have what appears to be the same beanie and a multitude of socks (though not the same as BPL's, some seem to have better blends for actual hiking use instead of just sleepwear).

J W
(jhaura) - F

Locale: www.Trailability.com
Re: PossumDown Gloves (the warmest wool liners)... on 02/29/2012 23:20:49 MST Print View

Yes Dustin, the thecameleer.com are the same. However it's $28 + $8 shipping = $36 (plus tax for VA). As opposed to $32.40 that I can get them for...I think $8 shipping is a little high for a 2oz glove.