Mother's Day Gift Guide: Smartwool Spring Glove

Breathable merino wool and rugged leather make for happy hands

Cold hands have a way of ruining a day. And on windy ascents it’s critical to keep those fingers warm or else you can’t work the camera for the all-important summit shot. With a full-leather palm and leather fingers, the Spring Glove easily blocks even the harshest wind. A breathable synthetic back lets moisture escape to keep your hands from getting clammy.

Smart features abound, like a reinforced palm and pointer finger, a soft leather thumb for inevitable runny noses, and an underside closure, which seals out cold drafts. The lining is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon, but it’s so finely woven that these are a new favorite glove of one tester who can’t wear other wool garments because it makes her itch.

For cool mountain mornings and high alpine days, the Spring Gloves are perfect for three-season use. The gloves are unisex so read the sizing instructions carefully. $70; 5 oz.; smartwool.com; XS-XL