I got my new OR Phosphors today.
My hands stayed warm and dry for several hours a day, despite me frequently immersing the gloves in snow, whether shoveling a pit to evaluate avalanche hazard, digging a quick hand pit to look at surface snow layers, or simply telemark skiing in fresh powder.
I wore the gloves over the close-fitting cuffs of an insulating jacket that has sleeve thumbholes, and under the cuffs of a shell jacket. The Blasters have the warmth of some over-the-cuff gloves , while allowing you to slip on a shell jacket without having to pull the gloves off to tuck sleeves inside a gauntlet. The stretchy, hook-and-loop cuff closure keeps out snow and cold. Waterproof, all leather, padded, very warm. Too warm for moderate temps, minimal dexterity for under-the-cuff gloves.
Shoveling out our tent after a night of wet, heavy snowfall, and taking the tent down later—with my hands repeatedly in heavy, sloppy snow—I found the Gore-Tex-lined Legend Gloves lived up to their fully waterproof claim. The soft suede nose wipe on the thumbs and a neoprene cuff with hook-and-loop closure close out a rich feature set.
Not surprisingly, I also found these gloves too warm for highly aerobic skate skiing in temps around freezing. Waterproof, warm, elasticized wristband on leash, touchscreen compatible, relatively affordable.
Backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice and alpine climbing, winter hiking and backpacking. On a full day of resort skiing in wind chills below zero, I was surprised that my hands never felt cold in these gloves—except once, when we stopped for a short break and cooled down.
I wore them on multiple days of backcountry skiing with similar results, thanks to g of insulation on the backs of the hands and g in the palms. The removable liner glove is made with a thin, light, wicking fabric for skinning uphill or touring in relatively warm temps. The proprietary, waterproof-breathable Hyvent lining and extended gauntlet with a one-hand adjustment drawcord kept my hands dry when digging and working in a snow pit to evaluate avalanche hazard.
Synthetic leather in the palms and undersides of the fingers provide good grip and durability, while nylon fabric throughout the rest of the shell repels moisture. Fit is slightly large: But the wristband, which you have to slide over your hand whenever taking the gloves off or putting them on, is overkill for most skiers and somewhat inconvenient. Warm, versatile, fully featured, excellent touchscreen compatibility.
Not the best choice for relatively mild temps or spring skiing. In temperatures ranging from the single digits and sub-zero wind chills to around freezing, and skies from bluebird to snowing, these three-in-one system gloves became my go-to hand wear for backcountry skiing. This system places its insulation in the liner rather than in the shell glove, which translates to a specific strategy for hand-temperature management: That means you still have wind and weather protection without making your hands sweaty, and it also makes this glove better for cold temps, or for people who get cold hands easily, than a system glove with a thin, removable liner which is better for milder temps, like spring skiing —although you could always supplement this system with inexpensive liner gloves for spring.
The Luminary also sports high-end features like water-resistant, tricot-bonded, goat leather palms for grip, plus leather overlays on the palm for added durability, and tricot lining in the shell glove. The touchscreen compatibility in the thumb and index finger works well even while wearing the full system inner and outer glove.
A one-hand drawcord closure on the extended gauntlet keeps out snow and it has a removable and adjustable leash. Super warm and waterproof, two-piece system, glove dexterity with mitten warmth. Deep cold and expeditions.
The warmth comes from g PrimaLoft One synthetic insulation in the glove insert, which has a soft, fleece lining. Dexterity in the gloves is good enough to fuss with pack straps, boot buckles, and the like. AlpenGrip pads on the thumb and fingertips help you hold onto things. However, because the mittens have no insulation, they can double as three-season rain shells. Baker Modular Mitts at moosejaw. Warm, absolutely waterproof, fully featured, highly dexterous.
No removable inner glove for temperature versatility. Backcountry skiing, climbing, snowshoeing when dexterity is critical. Seams are also minimized and positioned to avoid interfering with grip. Two types of waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex and taped seams make the gloves absolutely waterproof—my hands stayed dry despite repeated contact with wet snow. Three types of PrimaLoft synthetic insulation balance warmth and dexterity: The thin, removable wrist straps loosen too easily, sliding off your forearms.
I tested gear for Backpacker Magazine for 20 years. See categorized menus of all of my gear reviews at The Big Outside. Thank you very much for your review. I am looking for the warmest glove that will allow me the dexterity to operate a camera. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
The simple truth is that thicker gloves are warmer and offer less dexterity. That said, and without knowing how warm a glove you need, I suggest you look at a few options. First, two of the under-the-cuff models come to mind. Much warmer, though less dexterous, but possibly allowing you to manipulate camera controls, is the Black Diamond Legend Glove. Alternatively, you might try the OR Luminary Sensor Glove, because it would allow you to remove the shell and wear just the liner for maximum dexterity, and pull the shell on again when you need warmth while shooting.
Ideally, you would try on each model with your camera to assess dexterity. And lastly, I would also consider getting the OR PL Sensor Glove and some warm mittens to layer over them when needed, employing the same strategy as I suggested with the Luminary gloves.
I think those are your best options, and only you can figure out which is best for your specific needs. My other trick is to bring two pairs of gloves: I keep one pair in the pockets of the jacket closest to my torso ideally inside pockets , where my body heat keeps them warm.
Let us know if you find some gloves that work really well for you. Thanks for the good question. I hope you will review mittens one day. I love your site. I find I wear a light glove while climbing. At the top I throw the sweaty gloves in my pack and switch to the warmest system I own for the descent. Is there general consensus that an insulated glove under a waterproof mitten-style shell works best for warmth?
Should I give that OR Baker a try? I regularly wear the OR Luminary Sensor Gloves for backcountry skiing, taking off the shells and wearing only the inner gloves for the uphill.
They keep my cold fingers pretty warm. But I see that backcountry. I got my new OR Phosphors today. Thanks for the help. Doing any kind of work outdoors in the winter require good warm gloves. Many times you need good flexablity also. Your review on gloves will help anyone make a good choice.
Mike, you did an awesome job. Really enjoyed reading all of your reviews. Please keep up the good work. And wish you good health so you keep getting out there.
Just reading thru your reviews brought back vivid memories of Yellowstone, Montana, Idaho and Canada. I enjoy hiking, horseback riding and backcountry skiing. I own a Scottish highlander beef farm. Love winter months—so quiet, no bugs, and just downright beautiful. Thanks for those nice words, Michele. I share your love for winter and hope to be out backcountry skiing soon myself. Good health and life to you as well. As a cold hands person, I have found that ragg wool gloves, with thinsulate and fleece liner, are the warmest option for dry, cold days or light snow in the single digits and teens or anything below 25 degrees.
Make sure the fit is not tight. I use them for running, hiking, snowshoeing. Fox River, Woolrich, and Millet. I have all three you can probably tell, I have very cold hands. Fox River used to make a sherpa-lined ragg wool glove. I still have an old pair, and they are excellent even to below zero. But they discontinued that model. I like getting good suggestions from readers. Your email address will not be published.
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