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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2013: Outdoor Research Lodestar Gloves

Keep your hands warm and dry while working in any weather.

by: Rachel Zurer

Outdoor Research Lodestar (Andrew Bydlon)
Outdoor Research Lodestar (Andrew Bydlon)

Versatile Gloves

The test: Can you flick a mini Bic while wearing insulated, leather-palmed gloves? You can if you’re wearing this pair. A precise ergonomic design results in crazy dexterity and off-the-charts comfort, making the Lodestars the most versatile gloves we’ve seen in years. We put them through blizzard conditions, windy high-altitude hikes, icy bike rides, and four summit climbs of 14,505-foot Mt. Whitney. “They’re frankly kind of amazing in their fit. The slightly elongated, fleece-lined cuff is just the right length to tuck neatly under a jacket’s wrist closure. All seams are out of the way, there’s no gapping in the well of the palm, and the knuckles are perfectly articulated,” one editor says.

Durability also impressed. After days of climbing and scrambling up class 4 granite slabs, the supple, sure-grip leather palm and fingers still look new. Warmth and wind resistance are solid when you’re on the move in all but the most extreme conditions (we wore them down to 0°F). Credit the softshell Polartec Power Shield High Loft outer fabric and high-loft microfleece shag inside (everywhere but the palms and fronts of the fingers, where it’s gridded microfleece). Limitation: They lack a waterproof membrane, so they’re not for wet conditions. $89; 4.9 oz. (L); unisex XS-XL;

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