Helping Hand


Would you rather drop a few hundred clams for an ultra-specialized glove that ends up relegated to ski-slope use or pay way less for a warm workhorse glove that handles your dirty work? That’s what we thought.  ($80;, an all-around and full-leather paw-warmer, stood up to plenty of rappels and belays in the Rockies, via ferratas in the Dolomites, and easy fifth-class terrain and 50-degree snowfields in Patagonia. A water-resistant coating on the outer leather keeps them from soaking through (though they did finally wet out after a whole day of austral rain), and PrimaLoft on the back of the hand and the new FlashDry technology on the palm keeps your hands warm while wicking sweat away. Only available in men’s, but an extra-small or small size should fit most women.