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Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 20:20:33 MDT Print View

I like the weight and relative warmth of my Smartwool liners, but they tend to get frazzled pretty easy (snagging on brush/trees/etc)

I'm looking for something of a similar weight, just better snag resistance, maybe a little more wet resistant as well- I've tried some of the very, very lightweight syn liners and they won't do- weight is great, but they are paper thin and provide little to no warmth and easily get holes in them

I have a pair of OR Omni gloves that I like for shoulder season use, they are plenty durable but weigh double what the Smartwool liners do


thanks in advance

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 20:31:32 MDT Print View

You might try these:

They are extremely thin but surprisingly warm. I haven't worn them extensively where they would be abraded but see no evidence of pilling. Size large weigh 1 oz. Medium weigh .08. If you normally wear large gloves I recommend large in these. I initially bought medium since they only have three sizes and I assumed the large would be too baggy. I was mistaken and bought a second pari in large since I had negligently abused my mediums beyond return.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 20:52:48 MDT Print View

DeFeet Handskins for warm weather and DeFeet DuraGlove for colder temps!

Thank me later.

Edited by thomdarrah on 06/15/2012 21:57:00 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 20:57:29 MDT Print View


You might take a look at REI's Windpro gloves. They weigh about 1.5-1.75 oz/pair, IIRC, and are wind resistant and reasonably warm. OR makes them, too, but out of Powerstretch.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 21:13:42 MDT Print View

+1 to Thom's suggestion.

I'm still thanking Thom for turning me on to Defeet Duragloves, the Handskins are the synthetic equivalent and well worth the low cost.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 21:56:15 MDT Print View

The heavier/warmer DeFeet DuraGlove is available in wool and synthetic. I like the synthetic for cold weather running and the wool for hiking and snowshoeing.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/15/2012 22:14:13 MDT Print View

I haven't been able to find duragloves in person yet to try on for size (and I'm one of those that if I buy two sizes I'll end up keeping both instead of returning one haha)...but I've heard nothing but great things about them. Enough so that I can't endorse them but strongly recommend you research them ;)

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
defeet on 06/16/2012 10:38:24 MDT Print View

they are reasonably priced, so probably worth it to give them a try :)

question- I'm right in between M and L (8.5") according to their sizing, should I go M or L do you think?


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: defeet on 06/16/2012 10:52:51 MDT Print View

Mike, did you get my PM?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: defeet on 06/16/2012 10:59:06 MDT Print View

Doug- sent a reply a couple of minutes ago- lmk if I need to send it again

thanks :)


Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: defeet on 06/21/2012 17:36:31 MDT Print View

quick update: Doug was kind enough to send me a pair of dura gloves, he wasn't sure if they were M or L, but they fit me :)- thanks Doug! I believe these are the wool ones and have rubber grippers on the palm- should be handy with trekking poles. They are a medium-ish weight glove (2.3 oz not sure of the size)

I also scored (1/2 price) a pair of Black Diamond lightweight gloves- they are thin fleece (150-ish), weight in size M 1.2 oz. The weave is pretty tight so should resist snagging well and block some wind as well.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
fleece on 06/25/2012 21:25:14 MDT Print View

I get the $1 gloves at the 99 cent store and they are 1.5 oz. They work great. They can be sewn up easily if needed. They are cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Good for hiking with trekking poles or without. They usually have them in October or so. You can also get a nice beenie too for 1 oz. They are warm enough here for me in SoCal but may not be warm enough for you. Been plenty happy with them and never felt a need to spend more; but you know how that goes!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/25/2012 23:10:56 MDT Print View

I went down this path a few months back and some helpful folk here recommended the Seirus Hyperlite All-Weather gloves. I like 'em! They have synthetic leather on the palm, thumb and index finger tip to give them some wear resistance. 1.8oz/pair and only $9 and change on Amazon for size large.

I wear fingerless non-padded bike gloves when it isn't raining or really cold. I have vitiligo on the backs of my hands, so there is no melanin in my skin and zero sunburn protection. The bike gloves work very well with trekking poles and protect my hands from sunburn as well as friction. They have sweat wiper sections too, which is handy. I should try a pair of full-coverage bike gloves. As I write this I realize that they would be much like the Serirus gloves above.

Where I really appreciate gloves is in cold rain. I have some Mountain Hardwear Tempest gloves that are built like a rain shell with a microfleece liner. They keep the cold water off and provide just enough insulation. If it gets colder, the cut is more like a ski glove and the Seirus gloves above will fit.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: non-wool lightweight gloves on 06/25/2012 23:27:52 MDT Print View

I get cold easily, so gloves are a requirement on most trips. I have tried just about everything and have a drawer full of all sorts of synthetic gloves.

But I always go back to wool. So I have just resigned my self to the fact that I am going to rip up at least a pair each year.