MONTANE VORTEX GLOVE £60
USED BY Graham Thompson, ‘handy’ gear tester extraordinaire USED FOR 9 months
These ultra-lightweight gloves tip the scales at just 56g for a large pair, and they pack down to the size of a small fist. I first wore them last spring and brought them back into service this autumn for those chilly and/or wet days when you need some hand protection but not a full winter glove, which would be too hot.
I used the Vortex gloves on Spain’s Camino de Santiago each morning for an hour, when the light rain and cold temperatures were more than my bare hands wanted to tolerate. I’ve also worn them in the Lakes when there’s been just a hint of a nip in the air.
Waterproofing and breathability is provided by a slimline Gore-Tex insert, while warmth is afforded by a thin layer of brushed microfleece. Being so thin, the Vortex are great for folding trekking poles, and you can even operate phone or GPS buttons while wearing them. The drawback is, of course, that they are not very warm and won’t be as durable as a glove with a tougher shell, but for hillwalking in low spring and autumn temperatures at home or abroad, they are spot-on. Another plus point is that, being light and compact, they are handy to stow in a pocket ready to pop on as needed when the mercury starts to drop.
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