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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Rab Alliance Gloves

Double layered warmth and protection

by: Rachel Zurer

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This two-piece system pairs an insulating inner glove (with 60 grams of PrimaLoft) and a waterproof/breathable eVent outer—like a cozy puffy inside a burly hardshell—to provide warmth and protection in a range of conditions. The Alliance helped a Colorado snowshoer brave 4°F temps with flurries and 30-mph winds in Rocky Mountain National Park. And they kept moisture out well: “I never needed a prime spot near a hut’s wood-fired stove to dry them,” she adds. The eVent shell got high marks for the softness of its rayon lining and for breathability: “On an 8-mile skin into a hut near Aspen, the outer gloves (worn alone) never got sticky as I sweated up a seemingly endless hill,” a tester says. Ding: Though dexterous, the inner glove isn’t touchscreen compatible. $165; 8.4 oz. (L); S-XL; rab.uk.com



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