REI Elements waterproof, breathable polyurethane insert
Polyester fleece liner gloves
87% polyester/13% nylon
Type of waterproofing
REI Switchback Gloves
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REI Switchback Glovesis rated2.8333out of5by6.
Rated4out of5byKenJHfromGood gloveI received one pair of these for Christmas from my wife who bought them at the local REI store.
That pair did not come with a liner. I just figured they didn't come that way.
I added my own liner and they worked fine so I decided to buy another pair since they were at a good price.
I tried going thru the REI 800 number to purchase them and was told I would have to deal with 2 stores (one in GA and another in Minn) since the main store/warehouse did not have any. I called the Minn store and the guy was pretty lost. It took about 40 mins to make the purchase. I was shocked that I actually received them. And this pair came with a liner.
Great glove for the price. Quite the runaround to make the purchase, but I now have 2 pair of these and I am happy.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated3out of5byKenJHfromGood gloveI wore this pair of gloves with a liner from the glove system this was replacing. I skied Mary Jane in below zero conditions and my hands and fingers stayed warm.
Great glove for the price.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated5out of5byMRPWBfromAwesomeThis glove fits great and the removable liners make them super comfortable. The bungee on the wrist makes this the best fitting glove I have ever owned.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated2out of5byKaibabfromNot WarmI gave these gloves a trial run on an hour-long walk. The temp was 25, windchill 17, bright sun. After 20 minutes, my fingers were cold. I wore one of these gloves on one hand, a much less expensive, older, lower tech glove on the other to see if what I was buying was better than what I already had. It wasn't.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated2out of5byAngryAsianManfromNot warmest out there for the premium $$I'll have to say this first: my hands and toes get cold fairly easily, so knowing this, it skews my comments appropriately.
It works fine for snowboarding. Gloves look overkill, but do work at sealing out the snow, easy to tighten & loosen.
Without the liner, there is very little insulation, so my hands got cold very quick. Liners are definitely needed. The liners do work with my iPhone. Not the warmest liners, but if I need a better liner, I can go buy another liner to use with it.
Since I paid full price... it's not the best value out there, hence the 3-stars. Throw in some Thinsulate for the same price, and you'll probably end up with a great glove.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated1out of5byflafflefromKeep TryingI was, well now still am, in the market for a waterproof, windproof gloves that will hold up to the elements since I work outside and then play outside. Essentially I'm out there all year and sick of getting cold hands during the more docile periods. It's easy to make gloves that will keep you warm when you are moving and sweating. What about gloves when I've been sitting on my rear for an hour?
I actually did go into the store and tried on these and a whole lot of others. One pro for these, they were the best fit and for their bulk, they still allowed very good dexterity and that's what sold me on the purchase plus they were 20 bucks cheaper than the next runner up which was a pair of North Face.
First day out in the field, not too cold at the upper 30's but just a wicked amount of wind. Sustained at 30 mph with gusts that will knock you down. My hands were coooooooooooooooooooold. I mean freezing cold. Not like I wasn't wearing anything cold but the wind just ate right through them.
Second day, colder but not as windy. Figured I'd give them another shot in those conditions. Still, I froze. Finally I put on my Seirus gloves on underneath the outer which didn't really fit well but that did the trick. But when I took the outer part of the glove off, realized they were only providing modest protection at best and the Seirus was doing most of the work.
No way are these gloves going to work in truly cold or extreme conditions given that neither of these test days were close to extreme. For the bulk and the price, I expect much more. Also, while I didn't really test them in the regard of quality as I want to return them, the stitching and overall design I felt was questionable for long term durability. They are single stitched without any areas of reinforcement. Worse part is that there's an awful lot of seams which to me just means they are asking to fall apart. It looked as if just one of the seams were to rip, the glove would be absolutely useless. A good glove to me can take a few tears, burns, and snags before giving up the ghost and I don't think these have it in them.
The liners are nothing special at all. They provide little warmth, no grips, not fitted, they are just kind of there.
I can't really think of anyone these gloves would be good for that there isn't a better alternative. They provide no more warmth or wind resistance than a good pair of regular gloves plus twice the bulk and don't measure up in quality with the class with the gloves they are trying to fit in with.
Date published: 2012-12-22
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