Outdoor Research HighCamp Gloves

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The Outdoor Research Highcamp Gloves are comfortable…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
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.

IMG_2475.jpg   McNett's ReviveX Leather Gel

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.

Liners.jpg   Included Liner Gloves

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.


Midwrist Tightening Strap                                   Two Part Gauntlet Cinch System.

Pull Loop                                                         Hang Strap

All in all, these gloves are a respectable addition to the Outdoor Research product line, but there is definitely room for improvement.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

On Sale. 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

For versatility on snow and ice, the HighCamp Gloves from Outdoor Research do it all with a waterproof, breathable nylon shell, PrimaLoft Gold insulation, durable goat skin palms, and removable touchscreen-compatible liners.

- EMS refers to the men's version

When fast-moving, wet - and cold-weather belays or ski descents call for a lightweight, insulated, multi-functional shield against the elements, look no further than the Havoc Jacket. A favorite of Outdoor Research Ambassadors and employees, the updated Havoc is the ideal layer for cold, wet, windy and frequently changing conditions. Lightweight and highly technical, the Havoc features warm PrimaLoft Eco 60g insulation behind a durable, weather-resistant and breathable WINDSTOPPER shell.

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Spend the weekend on a backcountry ski trip but don't worry about getting cold, wet hands in the HighCamp Gloves from Outdoor Research. The waterproof/breathable Ventia Dry inserts keep you dry while the PrimaLoft One insulation on the back of the hands and thumb provide instant warmth. Removable 100-weight fleece liners supply additional warmth.

- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version