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chris54

Gloves for back country

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So I'm in the market for a new pair of gloves for back country skiing. I saw the glove thread below but he's thinking more ice climbing. Looking to spend 100 to 150. So many options on the net just wondering what the pros like.

Thanks Chris

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Admittedly no pro here, but I've had great success with the OR Arete's both for backcountry sking and alpine climbing.

They've been plenty durable, and warm and dry. This will be going into their third winter.

 

You've an almost unfathomable number of choices. Best of luck!

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Dan your a pro compared to me. Thanks for the tips, those stoic glove got a crazy color selection. There's just so MANY gloves out there.

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After checking out the Stoic Gauntlet's something more came to mind that might be an important consideration. Namely, I find it critical to have a removeable liner in a glove. It's far easier to dry out a potentially wet liner (and for that matter the outer glove) if one can remove it and dry it in the sleeping bag or elswhere for that matter.

Not having a removeable liner would likely be a deal breaker for me even with a waterproof/breathable outer glove shell such as my Arete's.

 

And as Dr. Layton said, the Arete's can't hold a candle to the Gauntlets on the pimp'in scale.

 

Something more to think about.

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buy cheap and buy often. $100 for a ski glove is way overboard.

 

here is one possible glove setup for condtions from spring time to deep winter cold

1 pr thin liner glove ($10)

1pr windstopper gloves ($30)

1 pr fleece liner with shell glove (cheap, goretex not needed really as it should be cold anyway..you skiing in the rain?)

1 pr cheapo OR mittens ($50) for the foulest conditions.

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I'm with Gene, there isn't really a single glove that covers the range of conditions for AT skiing. I typically skin up in windstopper or thin softshell glove and put on something heavier (like my resort ski glove) for the ride down. Personally, I don't care for gauntlet gloves, they're cumbersome and expensive.

 

My favorite insulated glove is the BD Kingpin and also have an older version of the Legend Glove. I don't think I've ever paid more than $50 for a pair of gloves except once, a pair of BD Guide gloves (I think that's the model) and despite doing a lot of cold weather touring when we lived in MT (sub zero), hardly have ever worn them.

 

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/snow-gloves

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OR Vert Glove for the way up and OR ExtraVert Glove for the way down. If we are talking ski touring, that works great for me. I sometimes carry my BD Guide Glove shells in the bottom of the pack if for some reason it is a particularly wet/cold day, and the shell can be used in combination with either of the above mentioned gloves.

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100$ is too much to pay for a Bc glove. That's why steep and cheap (gauntlet was on there yesterday) and prodeals (for us lucky enough to have them) are one's best friend.

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Big fan of the OR Vert as well. Full retail is $50 and the newest resign is even better this year than last. The ExtroVert is another great option. I use both, climbing and skiing.

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Tour/skin with a powerstretch glove (OR, etc.), warm glove is Black Diamond Guide. Between these one has various options with shell/liners. Ability to swap out/dry. Combo has served me well from AK to Argentina...

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Jason and Bigtree-

Mebbe I am operating under a false premise, but I was of the understanding that we folks in the USA could't get stuff shipped from MEC to places below the 49th Parallel. Am I wrong, or is this just outdated info?

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Sobo,

 

MEC does ship some brands to the US, but not all brands due to some kind of non compete agreeement. (E.g. Black Diamond). At least that used to be the case.

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Yeah, I thought it was something like that. So I'm not so mentally feeble as I first surmised...

Thanks, Dan, you've made an old man feel less demented for a day. :)

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The last thing I ordered from MEC was a fat Evazotte sleeping pad. The shipping cost more than the damn pad.

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All MEC brand stuff will ship to the US (Other brands are hit or miss) and unlike REI, their stuff is usually quite comparable to name brand gear. Shipping does cost a bit on some items, but you save on some Canadian taxes. One of my ski partners lived across the street from MEC so I usually would just have him pick stuff up for me....

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Best thing to do is call the 1-800 number for MEC and ask them about shipping. I order stuff stateside and get it shipped north across border regularly with no problem although I sometimes have to pay extra duty. I always just presumed folks could do the same shipping the other way, but as per above, that might not be the case.

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