OUT­DOOR RE­SEARCH OVER­DRIVE CON­VERT­IBLE GLOVES

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OUR TAKE It’s ev­ery moun­tain run­ner’s dilemma: Risk freez­ing your dig­its off up high, or carry gloves you might not need? The feath­er­weight Over­drives ren­der that ques­tion moot, with a thin soft­shell mitt that in­su­lates your fingers when you need it, and stows away in the wrist when you don’t. The over­mitt, which has four-way stretch, kept out light snow and win­try mix with­out mak­ing our hands clammy, and also features rub­ber­ized ac­cents on the palm for grip­ping phones and wa­ter bot­tles. “I have the sweati­est hands of any­one I know,” says our trail-run­ning tester. “But no mat­ter how hard I worked on the up­hill, the light soft­shell knit never got more than slightly moist.” The en­tire glove packs down to just larger than a golf ball, small enough to stow in the pocket of a run­ning vest.

TRAIL CRED “Dex­ter­ity is great. I was able to tie my shoes and open gel pack­ets with­out tak­ing the gloves off on a 10-mile, late-spring trail run in Colorado’s Elk Meadow Park,” one tester says. $45; 2 oz. (M); XS-XL; out­door­re­search.com

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