A top-of-the-line glove for backcountry pros and serious enthusiasts alike.
It's hard to imagine how Arc'teryx could have improved on the category-leading Alpha SV Glove, but it found a way. The new, proprietary N80p-X fabric offers the same Gore-Tex Pro waterproof breathable protection, but with an outer face fabric that manages to be more durable and waterproof, and yet softer, at the same time. As before, the fully-articulated outer glove is complemented with a removable Polartec Wind Pro high-pile fleece liner; Arc'teryx has just added several convenient features around the cuff like a removable wrist leash, a wider opening, and external wrist cinch. It all adds up to a must-have glove for going big in the backcountry.
- Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Pro membrane, DWR finish, and fully taped seams work together to keep your hands bone-dry
- Waterproof capabilities further boosted by the super-tight weave of the proprietary N80p-X shell fabric
- Supple Lezanova goat leather overlay on the fingers and palm is highly breathable, washable, and doesn't require special leather treatment
- Tri-Dex construction patterns each finger individually for exceptional dexterity and precision touch
- Smooth, seam-free fingertips let you pick things up without seams getting in the way
- Tiny Gore seam tape in the shell and micro seam allowances on both the shell and liner minimize bulk and weight and enhance the smooth, close fit
- Pull-out liner glove made with premium Polartec Wind Pro that deflects the wind completely, breathes perspiration away, and insulates with a soft, high-loft inner fleece face
- Use Wind Pro liner on its own for spring skiing and touring
- Wide gauntlet cuff fits over all you gear, and cinches down with ladderlock buckle
- Removable wrist leash lets you pull off a glove without worrying about dropping it
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Do these gloves work well? I mean as far as staying together while working with tools and hoses. I got frostbite over the winter and need some gloves that can handle work conditions. I have gore-tex boots which kept my feet nice and toasty but now i will really need a good pair of gloves for next winter. Any suggestions??
There is no glove that will not get beat to crap quickly working with it like that. I would feel pretty bad if my $178 gloves got destroyed in a week or two. Answer: Build your own 2 or 3-part layer system (most gloves use a liner anyhow). Thin, warm synthetic liner, some sort of gore-tex on top of or as part of that, then big heavy duty rubber or treated leather on the outside to take the abuse and that isn't too expensive to replace often. Hell, that's what the fisherman on the crab show do. My thoughts...hope they help.
These gloves are made with the upmost in dexterity in mind with a lightly insulated liner. The gore tex just protects your hands from getting wet and allowing the gloves to breathe. You should look to a glove with some insulation (primaloft/coreloft) like the Zenta AR glove or possibly even the mitt version.
These gloves are really great. Excellent dexterity and durability (so far). They definitely keep your hands dry and have good breathability. I've used them on some Spring skiing outings with temps into the upper 40s, with the liners removed--worked like a dream. However, on some of my colder outings, I found the gloves to be a little colder than my OR Alti gloves. It's tough to review gloves because everyone has different temperature preferences for their hands, but I can be reasonable confident in saying these gloves work for your typical ski day or early summer mountaineering, but I would not take these gloves in temps below about 10 degrees without some back up.
leather palm and liner glove
Gore Tex laminated to leather
11mm tape- lots of intricate taping
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have last year's version (sans tether and better wrist buckle), and have done a lot of climbing and backcountry traveling with them. I am back to buy this year's model for my wife. While not the warmest glove out there, they are very well-made and allow for quite a bit of dexterity in the fingers. This is a real plus when fiddling around with climbing harnesses and ropes, or ski and splitboard transitions.
On a summer climb of Rainier, last year, my hands got pretty cold for a while, but since then, I have been on much colder climbs, and have not experienced that again ... hard to tell if it was me or the gloves on that one.
I hit them with Nikwax leather conditioner, and while that may not be recommended by Arcteryx, it has made them even softer and more waterproof.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
There is no reason to mention cost and quality with Arc'teryx... As always both are high. These gloves are basically the same as last year's model but with an improved cinch and wrist leashes were added. These two features were what sold me, in addition to the other salient features. Firstly, the gore tex construction of these gloves makes them very simple and bombproof. I looked at all brands and could not find a comparable gore tex gauntlet, with wrist leashes... With skiing these are a must. The cuff cinch is great, large coverage gauntlet style. The general cinch is really just OK, I prefer Hestra's Velcro. These gloves beat out Hestra by being completely waterproof, where hestra was just a coating and not even under the palm. I also look forward to being able to swap liners in, but have not had a chance. So far I like them, and and the fact you can set your hand cinch and since its elastic you can pull the gloves on and off. I measured to a large as usual, and they fit perfectly fine. I suppose dexterity is good, but honestly they are severe weather gloves... It can only be but so good.