Mountain Equipment Couloir Glove (2013)

The Couloir is designed for mountaineering and skiing but it is a superb workhorse for the keen hillwalker too. It has a nylon outer with some stretch, while leather reinforcement on the palm and fingers increase its durability. A Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining is provided inside as well as fibre pile insulation on the back of the glove and fleece on the palm, and this is a great combination to keep the user warm and dry on the British winter mountains. The wrist is elasticated while the cuff is shorter than some options but it can still be worn inside or outside a jacket sleeve. I found this design to be a slightly closer fit than the Marmot Exum Guide Glove, and too tight to be perfect as they were just not quite so easy to get on with cold, wet, numb hands. As the cuff is slightly shorter you have to work a little harder to make sure there are no gaps between a jacket sleeve and the glove cuff, which is not something you want to think about in really pour conditions. The wrist leash is elasticated which I find tends to mean the glove pings around a bit too much if snagged and so I’d prefer a none-elastic wrist leash. There is no clip to keep the pair together in your pack either.

Outer nylon, leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex XCR
Insulation Fibre pile and fleece
Mens Sizes S-XL
Womens Sizes XS-L
Removable liner No
Nose wipe yes
Wrist leash yes
Weight 214g
Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

 

Verdict

In terms of insulation and many of its features this is great for winter hillgoers, and it competes directly with the Marmot Exum Guide Glove, but for me the fit is a little too close and some details are not quite perfect. Worth a closer look, but not the best option.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine January 2014