by Hammock LoungerfromNot worth the moneyI have owned these gloves for just over one year so I thought I would give my review.
For the first season I absolutely loved these gloves. The DWR (durable water resistant coating) kept my hands very dry and they were very windproof. The combination meant my hands rarely got cold. I never needed the liners because without the wind and wetness I could easily hike in 5-10°F weather and have warm hands.
It was a good thing I never needed the liners because they are cut poorly and cause pain and fatigue in my hand. It torques my thumb slightly. When you first put on the liners they feel fine but after an hour my hands were burning. Also there is a pressure point right in the nook of thumb which cause a slow ache over time.
Last night I went out in 30mph wind and rain in 50°F weather. It was a sort of stress text of all my winter/rain gear and this was the only piece that failed. The left glove leaked extensively and the right although pretty dry inside completely wetted out. What I mean by 'wetted' is the inside is dry but the outside is soaked. When this happens the gloves don't breath so you sweat, they become much heavier and feel clammy.
Conclusion: Although they weren't terrible I wouldn't suggest them to anyone and were not worth the money.
Date published: 2010-10-03
Rated 3out of5
by boroc7fromGood, but not quite warm enoughI've been using these gloves while trekking out near James Bay, Northern Ontario, in 0-5 degree Fahrenheit weather. On walks of 15-60 minutes, I found these gloves were not quite warm enough. I purchased them because the fleece liners can fold back to expose your digits, which is a useful feature unlike many other gloves. It also lets me manage my gear and equipment well when necessary. If the outer shell were better, I think it would give me another 10 degrees. My palms were warm, but fingertips were colder, and my thumb, isolated, got cold often. At 10-15 Fahrenheit I think it's okay. If you're hiking or walking briskly, then I don't think it will be an issue. But if you're not moving around much, then it will be cold. I was surprised that there wasn't a huge difference in size when moving up. I could fit XL, L, but Medium was too small. Remember with mittens you need some room for warmth, but not too much. For the price, they're good though, as a step up may cost at least a hundred dollars or more. Didn't have a chance to test out the waterproof nature of the gloves, but doubt they're that waterproof.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 4out of5
by Hiker with muttfromGood hand coverageReceived these as a present for cold weather backpacking. Overall, they are very useful. I tend to keep the liners on all the time, pulling back the flaps when fine dexterity is needed. Once I break camp and hit the trail the shells go on, protecting my hands from moisture and snow. I like that I can pull the gauntlets up over my jacket sleeves and tighten them down. My only complaint is that the liners are a bit snug, and can get uncomfortable sometimes. Still, I like the flexibilty the system offers, and haven't found anything better.
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 4out of5
by JakeBrowfromVery warm valueOkay. I paid [$] for these, and have gotta remember that. I've been wearing these gloves for a couple months now, and I'm definitely impressed with them. The liners are very warm, and the shell is pretty windproof & snow/waterproof. Palms are very grippy, and I like the foldover idea of the liner, so you can keep your gloves on while doing work that involves your fingertips.A couple of points.-The liner feels very strange at first, like it curls your fingers over. It takes some getting used to, but I don't mind the way these gloves fit now. I can see why people complained, at first. -The gauntlet isn't very big. If your putting it over a thick insulator & shell, its going to take some doing.-No where to wipe your nose. I haven't found a pair of winter gloves with that ever, just XC ski & bike ones. It'd be nice if backcountry glove makers put a furry patch on the thumb to get the ice buildup off your 'stash.Considering it is all too easy to spend over a bill or even two on gloves, I'm very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2011-01-14
Rated 5out of5
by jwendyfromGreat mittsI just got these mitts after being on several winter camping courses with someone who has them. I LOVE them. They are great. They stayed dry while building snow shelters. I was able to switch out different liners when I needed to depending on how warm or cold it was outside.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5out of5
by robbymecfromAwesomeI've tried alot of different hand wear and this has been the best by far. The versatility of the mitt is what I like best. It's not for really cold weather but works well for energetic activities where you're generating some heat. Never had any water get through and good on wind. There's room enough to throw another liner in (such as a Mylar style) that would help with the cold issue. Great grip for skiing! Good thinking on the liner design with the magnets!
I just put a small hole in one of the shells but that was from a hard hit with a staub that might've totally ripped out something else. No complaints!
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 5out of5
by skihippiefromBest ski gloves I've ever had!Best gear item I've ever bought. I use just the liners every day and add the shell if it's cold or wet.
Date published: 2010-12-17
Rated 1out of5
by GrelvisfromNot OR's best mitten offeringI couldn't find these mittens in stock locally, and had to mail order them. This didn't give me a chance to try them on before purchasing, big mistake.
There were 2 immediately uncovered problems: 1) The liner design that allows you to flip open the finger and thumbs for added dexterity (when the liners are used separately) is clever, as is the use of small magnets to keep them open. Unfortunately the magnets in the thumbs are located just between the knuckle and fingernail, very uncomfortable feeling. 2) Right out of the packaging, before even using the mittens the first time, I found split seams. They just simply weren't sewn together correctly at the factory.
Overall I was pretty unimpressed with these - poor design and poor manufacturing. I like the OR brand and ended up going with the Mt. Baker mitts which I'm very happy with. If your'e debating between the two, let me suggest you go straight for them and skip these Meteor mitts
Date published: 2014-01-30
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