Lowe Alpine Hot Grip

This winter glove offers everything most hill-walkers will want if they prefer a built-in liner rather than a removable liner. The Hot Grip benefits from a very durable palm made from leather that looks ideal for withstanding the rigours of scrambling and roped climbing. The back of the hand and fingers is protected with cushioning to resist knocks when ice climbing. The fingers are designed with seamless tips to allow good dexterity, but you will still have to remove the gloves for operating the buttons of a GPS receiver for example as you have to with most winter gloves. The design has wrist elastication and a deep gauntlet with a drawcord adjuster. You also get a wrist leash, so you won’t lose your gloves if you have to take them off. There is a soft nose wipe for catching dewdrops too. The best feature of these gloves is probably the price as they are a bargain at just £40. If you prefer a built-in liner, then these are the perfect gloves for mountain action.  But some may prefer a removable liner for better temperature control and certainly in the mixed weather of recent winters I would say that a removable liner has great advantages. There are some gloves that offer a slightly closer fit, but they are not as warm due to less insulation. Some reflective piping would be a useful addition perhaps. But there is very little wrong here and so even with these drawbacks this is an excellent option.

 

Material: Hipora waterproof shell; leather palm; Loweloft synthetic lining
Sizes: S-XL
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 25; Scotland 20; Ireland 10

Verdict: Buy it if you want a good, all-round winter glove that’s suitable for most mountain situations and you prefer a built-in liner to a removable liner.