The North Face Patrol Glove on first appearances looks like many other gloves in this test. But slip it on and it has a noticeably closer fit than the others, even though it is packed with Primaloft insulation and boasts a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The closer fit helps with the dexterity, but as with most gloves that are well-insulated the fact is you will get better dexterity with thinner gloves. The elastication around the wrist was particularly good here, as it allowed the glove to be fitted easily but also gave a secure feel. The lining is well-fitted and does not snag or come out when you put the glove on or take it off with wet hands. The cuff is quite large but as there is good drawcord adjustment it can be worn inside or over a jacket sleeve, which makes this model suitable forwalking as well as climbing. Plenty of extras are provided too, so you get nose wipe, a wrist leash and a karabiner loop on the forefingers. If I was going to
buy just one glove this would be The North Face’s Patrol Glove, but lower-priced options do provide almost as good a performance if money is tight.
Outer HyVent; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; leather palm
Men’s sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes none
Removable liner no
Nose wipe yes
Wrist leash yes
Weight 246g (pair, men’s size L)
The North Face’s Patrol Glove is a great all-rounder that is ideal for a wide variety of hill and mountain walking and climbing if you can stretch to this price. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2012