Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves
Price Paid: $35
these may be the most versatile gloves i own, and certainly the gloves i use and abuse the most. I am on my second pair.
the gripper gloves are made from windstopper fleece. the first two fingers and palm are made of windstopper fleece with the outer surface coated or impregnated with some kind of rubberized compound that makes that area of the gloves much more grippy than ordinary fleece. hence the name.
i wear these gloves alone in cooler weather, for driving in the winter, or if i'm shoveling snow or working hard outside in cold weather; with a thin wicking liner to add some warmth, for cross-country skiing for example; and with expedition-weight liners in weather down into the teens or if i expect to be a little more stationary.
a key advantage of these gloves, compared with more heavily insulated primaloft gloves like the marmot randonee, is that they provide a much better ability to use your hands for finer work - especially like the grippy palm and fingers.
it's the best glove for dealing with snowshoes, crampon hardware, and tying knots that i have ever used in cold weather. i used to do that kind of work in glove liners, which left my hands pretty cold sometimes. i like that the gloves have a good-sized hang loop at the wrist because it helps for drying them out.
the windstopper fleece wears like iron. after some years of steady use and washing, my first pair had shed most of the sticky material in the palm and fingers. the new pair, purchased the beginning of this winter, has a little more 'stretch' to the fleece, which is a suble and welcome revision. i highly recommend not drying these gloves in a clothes dryer or near direct heat, as i think the heat contributed to degrading the grippy coating.
i can't think of anything i would do to improve these gloves. they would not be very suitable for sitting still in sub-20's weather, but i wouldn't expect any glove of this weight and lack of insulation to serve that purpose.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves are multipurpose outdoor work gloves that have a secure, comfortable fit. These weather-resistant fleece stops wind and provides warmth, and the synthetic palms and curved design give them the ability to handle difficult tasks in cold conditions.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves are multi-purpose liner glove able to comfortably fight the elements. The weather-resistant fleece not only stops wind but sheds light snow and moisture and dries quickly. Pair with a shell glove and you'll be all set for whatever Mother Nature sends your way. WINDSTOPPER(R) Technical Fleece keeps chill out SureGrip palm offers no-slip durability Anatomical curve; boxed construction Snug, tapered wrist keeps wind and snow out
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
These multi-purpose outdoor work gloves have a secure, comfortable fit The weather-resistant fleece stops wind and provides warmth Synthetic palms and a curved design give them the ability to handle difficult tasks in cold conditions
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Save your bulky ski gloves for the hill and pull on the Outdoor Research Men's Gripper Glove for winter runs, short snowshoe tours, and errands around town. The Gripper's Gore WindStopper fleece provides warmth and full wind protection without compromising dexterity, and the Suregrip palm lives up to its namesake when you're hefting poles or a beer in the parking lot.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version