Written by The Editors
Sure, that pair of Primaloft-filled, fleece-lined, Gore-Tex-waterproofed, goat-skin palmed leather gloves ran you $150. But what's the most important pair of gloves in your kit? Your touring gloves. Here are a few of the best we've found.
SMARTWOOL SPRING GLOVE
Itís early season, which means that itís time to break out the lightweight gloves for morning laps on the hill. Enter the Smartwool Spring Glove, a lightweight option thatís versatile enough for a myriad of outdoor activities. Leather-reinforced fingers and palms make these gloves sturdy enough to handle both shoulder seasons, and theyíre warm enough for all-day wear when itís not freezing.
BLACK DIAMOND SPY
Occupying the niche between midweight and lightweight gloves, the Black Diamond Spy is perhaps best optimized for early- and late-season riding. The Spy features Black Diamondís proprietary BDry waterproof insert, and the light fleece lining warms hands when skinning on the coldest days. Goatskin palms keep your hands stuck to your poles while trudging up the skintrack.
At an unbeatable price point, the Dakine Viper is a super-lightweight touring glove suitable for warm days and sweaty tours. Ultra-grippy silicone palms, a low-profile fit and neoprene cuffs all improve the Viperís comfort and dexterity. But theyíre not warmóbest bring another pair for the ski down.
Kombiís super affordable skinning glove combines a neoprene cuff with a stretchy poly blend for flexibility and dexterity. Silicone-covered fingertips and palms improve grip, and the thumb and index finger are partially reinforced for durability. The Impel has a fleecey Thinsulate lining, but thanks to their minimal weight and breathability, they donít get too hot in the skintrack.