Outdoor Research ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves

Reviews

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Straightforward sun and friction protection. These…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

Summary

Straightforward sun and friction protection. These OR gloves are more durable and (slightly) less expensive than the competition. They do fall apart after heavy/use and abuse (2 months of hiking everyday, with trekking poles), but that is expected from a lightweight material.

10/10 Would recommend (over other brands) for someone looking for sun protection for their hands—though I do not consider these "essential."

Pros

  • UV protection/more coverage
  • Comfortable
  • Quick drying
  • Lightweight
  • Durability
  • Good price

Cons

  • Hard to clean

I used these sun gloves for two months while hiking through the 700-mile desert portion of the PCT—and they held up. If you use trekking poles/self arrest gear regularly, you will definitely get holes in the palms or fingers after heavy use. These are the third brand of sun gloves I have tried, and the other brands have deteriorated in about 1/3 the time. If you burn easily, I highly recommend them, if you don't—who needs 'um! 


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Comfort: These gloves are comfortable and breathable. They also ease you into trekking pole callouses. 

UV Protection: They do the trick. The cloth goes higher up your wrist than other gloves, so when worn with long-sleeves the likelihood of a lovely bracelet sunburn/tan line goes down. However, as seen in the pic above—once you throw up a gratuitous peace sign for a selfie, all bets are off.   

Moisture: They wick sweat and dry fast. If you rinse them in a stream at camp they are dry/dry enough to use in the early morning. 

Cleaning/Hygiene: This may not need to be said (hopefully), but take them off for snack and bathroom breaks. After heavy use, a layer of dirt/hand-scum will appear, and then never go away. As they are used more and become dirty, the dirt helps the deterioration process along, so cleaning them can extend longevity.

Abrasion/Durability: These gloves hold up really well compared to alternatives (the stitching and seams never failed!), holes from friction will develop eventually—likely two months for a thru-hiker and maybe a year or so for a weekend warrior. 

Aesthetics: They are sun gloves. So don't push your luck with trying to look cool. I had the "Alloy" color and they quickly turned dark brown. If you don't want to see how dirty they are, go for a darker color. 

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great review, Christine! I am a big fan of similar UV/cooling arm sleeves for running. If I didn't already have some from other brands I would definitely check out the OR options. There are so many more configurations of these than ever: sleeves, gloves, shrugs, etc... Maybe I need to try the gloves too...


14 days ago
JRinGeorgia

Hey Christine, what were the other brands you've tried? Thx.


13 days ago
_Christine

Hi JRinGeorgia - sure thing, I've also tried Coolibar & Glacier Glove.


12 days ago
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Good solution to intense sun on hands. These gloves…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 18 sale

Summary

Good solution to intense sun on hands.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Effective
  • Textured palm
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Potentially durability

These gloves are a great idea for sun protection on an area of the body (hands) that I find gets relatively little attention. Due to persistent activity/use, I find sunscreen on hands (especially on the back) is short-lived. These fingerless gloves provide functional sun screening, while allowing dexterity.

Very comfortable...breathable.

Used during snow climbs where sun is intense. Expect they'd be good on the water too.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, alpine1. I use UV arm sleeves, so was interested to see your thoughts on gloves. Do you have any pictures of these you could show others in your review?


1 year ago

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