Outdoor Research HighCamp Gloves
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $95
The Outdoor Research Highcamp Gloves are comfortable Primaloft lined winter gloves designed for moderately cold and wet winter weather. The outer shell is constructed using a combination of Ventia Dry nylon and goat leather in the palm area. Outdoor Research's usual top notch workmanship, great water resistance, an efficient gauntlet closure system, and included liner gloves, complete the package. As feature rich and good they are, however, improvements could be made.
- Reasonably warm
- Water resistant shell fabric
- Efficient gauntlet closure system
- Feature Rich
- Water permeable leather palm
- Wind permeable liner
The Primaloft lined Highcamp Gloves are warm, but not overly so. With the inserts, they are quite comfortable to about -10°C, but beyond this they become increasingly less so. While they may certainly be considered ‘winter’ gloves, they are not adequate for very cold conditions.
When the temps go well bellow zero, your best bet is to use the O.R. Alti Mitts, which are by far the warmest handwear I have ever owned.
The outer Ventia Dry fabric is highly water resistant though I hesitate to agree with O.R. that it is “waterproof,” until I have used them in much wetter weather. The leather palm, is another story.
O.R. uses two very different leathers in their handwear. My O.R. Alti Mitts use Pittards leather, an incredibly tough waterproof leather that needs little or no maintenance. The Highcamps use instead goat leather which is the same leather as my O.R StormTracker Gloves. This leather is water permeable and gets somewhat dry with use. Also, it is more easily damaged than Pittards.
I regularly treat this goat leather with McNett’s ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner. This product gives the leather a bit of water repellency that it otherwise lacks, and conditions and softens the leather so as to prevent cracking, which will occur if left untreated.
I would very much have preferred to have paid more for O.R. gloves with Pittards leather, but it appears that O.R. does not use Pittards with any of their glove styles, or at least none that I can determine, and that includes their Alti Gloves.
These gloves are comfortable whether used with or without the fleece liner gloves. As for the liners, it is quite difficult to remove the entire glove without the liners popping out with your hand. Keeping the liner inside the shell takes a bit of practice and finesse. Also, it would have been better had the liners been made out of a windproof fabric. Should you need to remove the outer shells to do work requiring greater tactility; the liners provide almost no wind protection. I have decided to substitute other liners that are windproof.
The two part gauntlet cinch system works very efficiently both when tightening and loosening, as does the mid-wrist tightening strap. These can be easily adjusted even with the gloves on. They also have pull loops to facilitate donning and hang straps for those with sleeve attachment loops on their jackets or elsewhere. As for sizing, be advised, that these gloves run small, so you will probably need to upsize.
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With incredible versatility for extended backcountry adventures, the Outdoor Research HighCamp Gloves are the most nimble of the HighCamp family. These modular gloves with removable liners provide warmth, waterproof protection and dexterity for tool handling in variable conditions.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Jack be nimble and Jack be quick will be an apt description of you when you wear the Outdoor Research Men's HighCamp Glove. The most agile member of the HighCamp family, this glove offers waterproof protection, breathable warmth, and digit dexterity when you're handling tools in inclement conditions. The fleece liner comes out, so you can go liner-less on warm, wet days, which, btw, is not the same as going commando, ahem. And you can wear just the liner when you go for a jog on a mild February day. Whether your playground is Mount Hood or the streets of New York, this versatile glove keeps your hands warm and functional under a variety of circumstances.Made from Ventia Dry, an exclusive Outdoor Research fabric, the shell offers waterproof, breathable protection for long-wearing warmth and comfort when you're facing an icy technical route in below-zero wind chill. The shell itself is insulated with lightweight, thermally efficiency PrimaLoft One. This synthetic insulation consists of micro fibers engineered to resist moisture penetration, as well as penetration by bitingly cold air. Even if insistent rain managed to work its way through the shell, it would still have to get through your fleece liner before reaching your hands.The liner consists of lightweight polyester fleece. Pre-curved construction on both the shell and the liner means you don't waste valuable energy trying to flex the glove and your fingers at the same time. Both the shell and the liner offer enhanced palms to give you a sure grip on tools, even when the sky pelts you with ice daggers. Batten down the hatches with the ladder-lock wrist cinch and SuperCinch gauntlet closures. And when you're in the middle of blizzard, stuck on a ledge in your bivy sack, keep your fingers going by filling the heat-pack pockets with, well, heat packs.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's HighCamp Glove FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's HighCamp Glove Durable Waterproof Breathable Wicking Removable Liner Soft and Tactile Leather Palm Silicone Grip Liner Palm Moonlite Pile Fleece Liner Palms Pre-Curved Construction SuperCinch Gauntlet Closure Ladder-Lock Wrist Cinch Heat Pack Pocket on Back of Liner Pull Loop SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's HighCamp Glove Weight: per pair: (L): 10.3 oz / 292 g Ventia Dry Insert 100% nylon shell Goat leather palm PrimaLoft 100% polyester insulation, PrimaLoft One insulation: 340g in shell 100% polyester 100 weight fleece liner This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
With the greatest versatility for extended backcountry adventures, these modular gloves provide warmth, waterproof protection and solid dexterity for tool handling in variable conditions
- RockCreek refers to the men's version