GORDINI MTN CREW

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OUR TAKE No amount of snow, rain, or cold could over­power th­ese burly gloves, which shone in truly heinous con­di­tions. Stuffed with wa­ter-re­pel­lent, 600-fill goose down on the back of the hand and non-com­press­ing Me­galoft in­su­la­tion on the palm for bet­ter dex­ter­ity, the MTN Crews kept our fingers camp­fire-toasty when temps hov­ered around 0¡F. The snug neo­prene cuff and a waterproof-breath­able mem­brane kept out sloppy snow and runoff dur­ing an ice climb up Colorado’s Sil­ver­plume Falls when tem­per­a­tures rose from the low 20s to the mid 30s. A cowhide palm (less durable than goat leather, but cheaper) and fully capped fin­ger­tips warded off wear through a sea­son of be­lay­ing and car­ry­ing skis. Draw­backs: In­ter­nal slip­page be­tween the palm in­su­la­tion and the shell fab­ric made truly dex­ter­ous tasks like plac­ing ice screws dif­fi­cult, and our hands be­came sweaty in temps above freez­ing.

TRAIL CRED “The weather was cold enough to freeze my Clif Bar, but my fingers stayed cozy and warm,” said our ice-climb­ing tester after top­ping out on 80-foot Sil­ver­plume Falls. $75; 8.8 oz. (L); S-XL; gordini.com

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