Trekmates is well-known for making kit that packs in more performance than its price might suggest. The Dry Classic Glove is an excellent example of what the brand can do, and when compared with other gloves in its price range it is a winner. It benefits from a waterproof lining and a very close fit, which gives it good dexterity. The palm is also a little grippier than an average glove, making it ideal for handling trekking poles or ice axes. The elastication around the wrist helps it stay in place, while the short cuff is neat enough to fit inside the sleeve of a waterproof or down jacket. There is a drawcord at the cuff to lock out rain, wind and snow. As you’d expect at this price you cannot have everything, and the Trekmates Dry Classic Glove is not as warm as others, plus you don’t get a nose wipe, wrist leash or more durable leather palm. So this is not the ideal choice for the coldest of winter mountain conditions, but it is fine for general winter walking and year-round use in wet and windy weather when temperatures are relatively mild.
Materials nylon outer, textured palm, Trekmates Dry waterproof and breathable lining
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-L (women’s)
Weight 99g (pair, size men’s L)
The Trekmates Dry Classic Gloves were the best value general walking gloves in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013