Gear Review: Rab Alliance Gloves

February 4, 2014  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments

Winter Gloves
Rab Alliance Gloves
$165, 8 oz. (medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL
rab.uk.com

In winter activities like backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and snow or ice climbing, you’re out for many hours and can face a huge range of temperatures and weather conditions—and often have your hands right in the snow. To me, gloves that fend off all precipitation and wind—and are super warm when my fingers turn white but versatile enough for moderate cold—are worth every penny. Several days of backcountry and resort skiing in Idaho’s Boise Mountains convinced me that the Rab Alliance are some of the best gloves I’ve ever used.

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2 Responses to Gear Review: Rab Alliance Gloves

  1. rangewriter   |  February 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You know, I always puzzle over why people insist on buying gloves when they want warmth. When my fingers get cold, they end up scrunching up out of the finger parts of gloves to curl up in the warmth of my palm. So, I began experimenting with mittens. With mittens my fingers are free to move independently inside the mitten (adding to circulation) and their combined warmth seems to contribute to overall warmth inside the mitten.On cold days, I wear thin glove liners inside the mittens. (splurging with the new iPhone friendly type)

    I’ve never seen a person with warm gloves, be able to effectively manipulate the fingers of the gloves, When something like a zipper, button, goggle, camera, or phone problem presents itself, gloved hands get nakedly exposed to the elements. So why bother with the fingers in those gloves?

    Mittens rock. 😉

    • michaellanza   |  February 17, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Hi Linda, yes, mittens are generally warmer than gloves, if you’re comparing mittens and gloves of similar weight. But there are gloves, like these Alliance gloves, that are warm in temps well below freezing and allow you enough dexterity for zippers, goggles, and some other tasks. Many people prefer gloves for dexterity. Thanks for writing and reading.

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