Mountain Equipment Guide Glove (2012)

This glove is a well-established and decent all-rounder. It benefits from Mountain Equipment’s own DriLite Extreme waterproof insert, which helps keeps the price down. Inside, the fleece and pile lining does not snag when you slip your wet hand inside, which makes it really easy to put on. As the glove is precurved and the lining is not too thick, you do get a good level of dexterity, which makes it reasonably easy to operate a compass or adjust zip pullers on jackets or rucksacks. There is a good leather palm for durability and you get a nose wipe and karabiner loop on the forefingers. The cuff is shorter and closer-fitting than most, so it tucks more easily inside the sleeve of a jacket, but does not provide such good protection when fitted outside the sleeve. There is an elasticated wrist leash and a wrist drawcord that can be adjusted with the gloves on. Most models have clips that ensure the gloves stay linked together as a pair in your rucksack but the Mountain Equipment Guide Gloves don’t have that, although you can achieve a similar result by twisting the wrist cords together.

 

Outer nylon; DriLite Extreme waterproof lining; leather palm

Insulation fibre pile  and fleece

Men’s sizes S-XL

Women’s sizes XS-L

Removable liner no

Nose wipe yes

Wrist leash yes

Weight 192g (pair, men’s size L)

Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Guide Gloves are good for general winter walking, but others are warmer for the worst of conditions; and that shorter wrist cuff may not be to everyone’s liking. It won the ‘Best Value’ award in our test.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine February 2012