Outdoor Research HighCamp Gloves
The Outdoor Research Highcamp Gloves are comfortable…
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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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
Versatile for both indoor/outdoor wear, this ultra-comfortable lightweight Polartec pullover offers him warmth without bulk.The durable, pill resistant fleece contains at least 90% bluesign approved fabric -- a standard for environmentally responsible production.
- 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
With incredible versatility for extended backcountry adventures, the Outdoor Research Men's 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. A waterproof/breathable Ventia Dry nylon shell keeps hands dry on the ice, and a wrap-around water-resistant leather palm ensures a confident gip on even the wettest routes. The included 100-weight fleece insulated liner gloves, combined integated heat packet pockets, provide warmth in freezing winter conditions.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version