Our take No amount of snow, rain, or cold could overpower these burly gloves, which shone in truly heinous conditions. Stuffed with water-repellent, 600-fill goose down on the back of the hand and non-compressing Megaloft insulation on the palm for better dexterity, the Gordini MTN Crews kept our fingers campfire-toasty when temps hovered around 0°F. The snug neoprene cuff and a waterproof-breathable membrane kept out sloppy snow and runoff during an ice climb up Colorado’s Silverplume Falls when temperatures rose from the low 20s to the mid 30s. A cowhide palm (less durable than goat leather, but cheaper) and fully capped fingertips warded off wear through a season of belaying and carrying skis. Drawbacks: Internal slippage between the palm insulation and the shell fabric made truly dexterous tasks like placing ice screws difficult, and our hands became sweaty in temps above freezing.
Trail cred “The weather was cold enough to freeze my Clif Bar, but my fingers stayed cozy and warm,” said our ice-climbing tester after topping out on 80-foot Silverplume Falls.
$75; 8.8 oz. (L); S-XL