Comments about Columbia Whirlibird II Gloves - Women's - 2011 Closeout:
Bought these for my wife so she would have a backup pair of snow gloves for our winter sport outings. These looked great when we received them and were a good fit for my wife's hands. The omni heat liner really added warmth to the gloves and get her hands nice and comfortable during a few days of snowboarding in California.
Unfortunately the durability of these gloves for a snowboarder are somewhat problematic. After only 3 days of riding and brushing off bindings and boards after each lift off load the blue fabric on the finger began to fray. While I understand brushing the bolts and plastic bindings will cause this on cheaper made gloves I did not expect it from a Columbia product. My $20 Dakine mittens are 4 seasons old and have no signs of fraying in the same location. So back these went to REI.
I think these would be great for a skier since they tend not to deal with snow build up in the bindings and would keep their hands nice and warm all day long. (no brushing snow off metal or plastic parts etc.)
If Columbia had just added a more rubberized or durable fabric on the fingers these would be perfect for those of us that enjoy riding down a frozen sheet of water with our feet bolted to a plank of fancy fiberglass and wood.
Feels true to size
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend