If you don’t want to suffer with cold hands, then you should consider the Outdoor Research Alti Glove, as it is designed for high-altitude adventures and comes packed with numerous features. You are getting a Primaloft insulated separate liner glove, which on its own is warmer than many gloves and provides good dexterity. Over the top of this liner you have the shell glove, which is waterproof and also provides a small amount of insulation. Together they form a formidable barrier to the elements. The gauntlet cuff extended halfway up my forearm and fits superbly outside a waterproof jacket sleeve. But getting a sleeve over this is difficult as the cuff is so big. There is a very clever SuperCinch cuff drawcord design where the grey tab tightens the cuff and the black tab loosens it. You also get a more conventional ladder lock webbing cinch strap across the back of the hand. The main problem is that dexterity is not as good as with thinner, less well-insulated gloves so if you don’t need all that insulation then other gloves are better, and they cost less too.
Outer nylon; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; leather palm
Insulation Primaloft One
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes no
Removable liner yes
Nose wipe no
Wrist leash yes
Weight 336g (pair, men’s size L)
The Outdoor Research Alti Glove is the best glove here in terms of insulation and weather protection, but many walkers may prefer a lower-priced option with more dexterity.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2012