The North Face Montana Pro GTX
Best for: Ski touring
Key attributes: Warm, waterproof, quality materials
These gloves are a top of the range offering from The North Face and are specifically designed for activities in harsh mountain conditions – things like ski touring and freeride skiing.
During our tests ski touring in the snow-coated mountains of Italy they proved to be warm and cosy and we liked the fact that you could easily cinch in around the wrist with the webbing strap and then seal off over your waterproof jacket sleeve using the bungee cord.
The waterproof Gore-tex membrane does what it says on the tin and the inner lining wicks away sweated moisture well. During our tests, these never felt clammy to wear.
The materials throughout them are excellent quality, with goat leather palms, microfleece thumbs (perfect for wiping your nose on!) and tough ripstop synthetics on the back of the hand and on the gauntlet. Credit to The North Face for using recycled materials throughout the Montane Pro too.
Sizes XXS – XXL / Gore-tex waterproof membrane / goat leather palms / recycled polyester shell and fleece lining / recycled polyester Heatseeker Eco insulation.
Rab Ridge Glove
Best for: All-rounder
Sizing: Men’s and Women’s versions
The Rab Ridge Gloves are a mid-weight, sturdy glove for multiple outdoor activities. The outer is a knitted construction, made of a polyester-wool mix, with a fleece lining and reinforced leather palm. Although they are not waterproof, they make a good all-round winter glove that can be used for hiking through to single axe winter routes on drier days. The stretchy ribbing gives a flexible fit – and you could probably err on the side of smaller if you are near the boundary of two sizes. Knitted cuffs also enable a snug and warm fit around the wrist.
Little extras, like the tiny popper to keep the gloves together as a pair when storing and the touch screen finger points, are a nice touch. Overall, the Rab Ridge Gloves are a practical and functional glove that looks good and could suit a wide range of winter activities.
Sizes S – XL in Men’s and Women’s / 432g/m2 63% polyester, 23% wool outer fabric / wind and water resistant outer / fleece lined inner / leather quilted palm / touch screen compatible / boxwall finger construction / stretch insulated low bulk cuff.
Haglöfs Bow Glove
Best for: Running or all-round liner
Key attributes: Snug fit
The Haglöfs Bow Gloves are a lightweight pair of gloves, providing less warmth than thicker counterparts that have appeared in this round up. The simplest and most minimal gloves in this guide, they are made of a GoreTex Infinium brushed-fleece fabric. The palm has been printed with a silicone ridge patter for extra grip. These are lines are surprisingly sticky and add a lot of gripping power to the glove. The bonded inner and outer feels like a single skin glove, with good windproofing capability – the fabric is robust although not particularly soft.
The forefinger and thumb have conductive tips giving touch screen capability. Although the material here is very slippery and makes a crinkling noise when moved, so there is some compromise for being able to your gadgets. Despite being unisex, the gloves have a very snug fit – you really do need the cuff loops to help pull them on. But once they are on, you have great dexterity – its designed to be like a second skin and that really does deliver. You won’t risk pulling these off under another glove or let any cold air get in while you’re wearing them.
These gloves would be great for people moving fast in the winter mountains or as a liner glove under some thicker gloves or mitts.
Sizes 6 – 11 / GORE-TEX Infinium 100% Polyester, two thin warming Micro-Fleece layers laminated to a Windstopper ePTFE membrane 319 g/m2 / anatomical fit / touch screen compatible / grip enhancing silicone print.