The North Face Etip Pamir Windstopper Glove
$62, 3 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-L
As someone who gets cold fingers easily but loves ski touring, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and fast activities like skate-skiing—where you don’t always want thick, bulky handwear—I find that many lightweight gloves designed for those activities don’t deliver enough warmth. But on numerous outings this winter, many of them skate-skiing, I found the Etip Pamir gloves kept my fingers comfortable in temps down to the low 20° F. The explanation is the Gore Windstopper, which shuts out cold wind so effectively it makes a relatively lightweight glove deliver the warmth of a thicker mitt; it also sheds snow nicely, to prevent the gloves getting wet. Helping matters is the stretchy gauntlet that extends a couple of inches behind your wrist, warming the veins that carry blood to keep fingertips thawed. The Etip Pamir also has a soft lining that doesn’t stick to sweaty hands, index finger and thumb pads that work with a touch screen on an ipod or smart phone, and a grippy palm.