Outfitter: Trial Run, Black Diamond Glissade


At first sight, these gloves appear unremarkable, but their thoughtful details and bomber build eventually impressed me. The guts of the gloves, four ounces of downy but water-resistant Primaloft, made them quite warm yet lightweight and supple. A waterproof-breathable shell kept out the wet stuff, waterproof leather palms provided solid pole grip, and an elasticized wrist gaiter sealed in warmth. I found the Glissades comfortable and warm enough for all but Annapurna-level cold.

$70/Black Diamond/801-278-5533/