Outdoor Research VersaLiner
Comprised of an insulating liner made of Polartec…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $47
Comprised of an insulating liner made of Polartec fleece and a removable waterproof breathable shell made of ripstop fabric, this is a good lightweight modular glove system for use in cold conditions, especially when rain or snow is in your hiking forecast.
- Lightweight (3 oz)
- Zipper pocket
- No cinching capability at wrist cuff
- Need to periodically re-apply water repellant on shells
For me, these gloves fill that need during late Fall/early Spring, when temps are in that range of 20 to 40 degrees. I find these gloves particularly useful this time year when the weather turns colder and precipitation is likely.
The inner fleece liner keeps my hands warm. The fit is great (I wear a size XL). They’re breathable and moisture resistant. The zipper pocket conveniently stores the outer shell. As an added bonus, a chemical hand warmer packet can be inserted into the zipper compartment as a way to keep your hands warm in very cold weather – the zipper pocket is the perfect size. The silicone dots across the palm and fingers of the glove provide a great gripping surface (holding on to your trekking poles, for example) and are nimble enough to use on electronic touch screens (GPS, cell phone, etc,). The outer shell protects the inner liner from moisture, and also functions fairly well as a wind block.
The liner and the shell are long enough to cover below my wrist, well beyond where my watchband ends. They fit snug, but it would be an improvement if there was a cinching strap to get the snug fit to your personal liking. I’m usually wearing an intermediate layer like my Patagonia R1 Hoodie and fit the thumb loop over the glove liner. Between the gloves and the Hoodie, there is no gap where cold air/moisture can get in.
I’ve used these gloves for two full years now, in cool-to-cold weather in the Midwest. I admit that I was disappointed when the outer shells wet through during one particularly heavy downpour shortly after I received them. The shells, while technically waterproof, can wet out in heavy downpours, and are especially prone to leaking at the seams. The first time this happened, I sprayed them with a commercial water repellant treatment (Nikwax Spray-on Waterproofing). It worked, so now I do it every so often, to keep the water beading up on the shell. No problems since that first time.
In summary, a very good, functional glove system for this time of year – but make sure to periodically re-apply spray-on waterproofing to keep the shells from wetting out.
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The Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves for MenThe Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves for Men are the right items to keep your hands protected, when out camping or a night on the town. These gloves have a silicone grip palm to give greater hold, while hiking and climbing. Thanks to the quick drying properties, this item can be dampened and rapidly dried. The water resistance ability allows for high durability. The stretch ripstop shell permits enhanced movement and motion while wearing them. This product includes a clip to adjust easily the gloves, in a way that suits you best. This item is really lightweight and extremely breathable for a fresh sensation. The gloves have a pocket on the black liner, so you can store small valuables. The Outdoor Research Versaliner Gloves for Men are a must wear accessory for the cold of the winter.
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
The Outdoor Research Men's Versaliner Gloves utilize a highly durable, waterproof/breathable shell fabric and super warm, removable Radiant Fleece inner liners to prevent the dreaded cold and wet hand ordeal you've faced before.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Outdoor Research Men's VersaLiner FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's VersaLiner Durable Waterproof Breathable Lightweight Wicking Quick Drying Silicone Grip Palm Heat Pack Pocket/Shell Pocket on Back of Liner Reflective Logos Pull Loop Glove Clip SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's VersaLiner Weight: per pair: (L): 2.8 oz / 79 g Radiant Fleece 95% polyester, 5% spandex, 100-weight Pertex Shield+ 2.5L, 100% nylon 40D stretch ripstop shell This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Reverse modular gloves offer breathable insulating warmth of a liner for high-energy adventures with a removable, waterproof outer-layer for sudden storm protection
- RockCreek refers to the men's version