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Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove SPOTLITE REVIEW

Stretchy, grippy, warm gloves that weigh only 1.6 ounces per pair.

Overall Rating: Above Average

These gloves are surprisingly warm for their weight, and we found we use them the year around. We also like their fit, breathability, and grip. However, the tips of the fingers are not durable enough for outdoor use, and wear through long before the rest of the glove wears out. A re-design is needed to make the finger tips more durable.

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by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl |

Overview

Looking for a pair of lightweight warm grippy gloves for backpacking? The Manzella Silkweight Windstopper glove packs a lot of performance into 1.6 ounces (size L). For outdoor aerobic activities down to about freezing, we found these gloves surprisingly warm and comfortable. Their dexterity is wonderful and their grippy palms hold a hiking pole so well our hands feel naked without them.

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The Manzella Silkweight Windstopper glove topside and palm side.

The gloves are made of Gore Windstopper N2S fabric which is a three-layer construction that stretches to fit and breathes well. We found the gloves comfortable to wear while actively hiking in temperatures down to about freezing, and wear them the year-around in those conditions. As claimed, they are windproof and quite breathable, we rarely had sweaty hands while wearing them. However, their claim to be water-resistant is a bit optimistic. We found the water resistance to be minimal, and learned to avoid contact with water or snow so the gloves stay dry and warm.

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The glove’s horizontal stretch provides a good fit, and its Control Trax laminate on the palm (visible in the first photo) reduces wear and grips a hiking pole very well.

These gloves have amazing dexterity. We could easily leave the gloves on while reaching in a pocket, or in a pack, or picking up something small.

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The gloves’ nemesis is fingertip wear. We made it a point to avoid really abrasive surfaces like Utah sandstone, but the finger tips still wore from normal use. A durable cap of some type on the finger tips would really help to prolong the gloves’ lifespan.

Overall, we are very pleased with the design, materials, and performance of the Manzella Silkweight Windstopper glove. We just wish the finger tips were more durable so that part will last as long as the rest of the glove.

Features and Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Manzella Productions, Inc. (http://manzella.com/)
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Fabric: Gore Windstopper N2S
  • Features: Windproof, breathable, Control Trax Grip on palm side, elastic wrist band
  • Weight: Measured weight size Small 1.4 oz/pair (40 g), size L 1.6 oz/pair (45 g); manufacturer specification n/a.
  • MSRP: $30 US

Citation

"Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/manzella_silkweight_windstopper_glove_spotlite_review.html, 2007-02-25 03:00:00-07.

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