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Following in the footsteps of hardgoods manufacturers, glove makers are now using their contract athletes to field test gloves under extreme conditions-and using that information to improve their products. While style will always play a key role in marketing to skiers, today’s glove designers are mostly interested in performance and durability. Here’s a look at what’s out there in handwear for 2001–2002.