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A exclusive glove with Wasatch-grade protection.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of Utah's legendary Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. The Backcountry Cottonwood Glove pays homage to the homes of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and always-famous spots like Chad's Gap, Mount Superior, and God's Lawnmower. A combination of softshell and goat leather make this glove durable, an external DWR coating keeps your hand dry, and Superloft insulation adds warmth. We run this glove on sunny days, storm days, and the down days around town—it's just that good.

  • Durable water resistant external coating
  • Softshell and goat leather shell
  • Superloft insulation and merino and fleece lining
  • Hook-and-loop wrist closure

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5 5

Surprisingly Fantastic Gloves

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got raynauds, which is a circulatory disease that affects blood flow to extremities, like fingers and toes. In other words, I'm always looking for good, warm, waterproof gloves. When my hands get cold or wet once, it's game over. I lose circulation in my fingers and they turn into big, cold, painful blocks.

I checked out the Cottonwoods (actually, a gift from my wife), and had low expectations. I'd used Stoic gear before, but never Backcountry. My best performing gloves are all technical fabrics--goretex this and that. So I didn't have the highest of hopes.

I've been incredibly pleasantly surprised by how versatile these are. Between the leather and the DWR, they're great in just about any reasonable conditions. They're not 'dunk in a bucket of ice water' waterproof, but they're functionally waterproof for outdoor activities ranging from skiing to snowball fights.

On the range of warmth, these are mid-high warm gloves--think of them as a 7 on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being super thin and 10 being the warmest 5 finger gloves available on the market. They're surprisingly warm, keeping my hands comfortable in temps down to the mid 20s when engaged in active pursuits like skiing.

They come cut to allow for curled fingers, such as when you're gripping ski poles, and they have surprising dexterity. Manipulating zippers, buckles and bindings is very easy.

The tensioning system at the wrist is the BEST SYSTEM I'VE SEEN ON ANY GLOVES, EVER. I have gloves that cost $350. The Backcountry gloves have a better tensioning system at the wrist than even those super pricey ones. When you pull them on, pull the velcro away from the glove and it tightens up the nylon strap; then slap the velcro down and they stay taut. To take them off, release the velcro, and slide the tensioning cam down the nylon strap. Super easy to do (even with gloves on), super reliable, bulletproof, and it just plain works. I'll repeat--it is the best system I've ever seen in a glove.

4 5

Great Glove, needs more durability

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this glove for xmas last year, and proceeded to use it almost every weekend after that for the rest of the winter. id use it primarily winter camping and ice climbing. they are awesome gloves, the perfect combo of dexterity and warmth, and durable leather. I say they need more durability in the title, and only give it 4 stars, because the stitching between the thumb and index finger came undone on both hands. That being said, its probably because these are more for skiing than ice climbing. I dont think the ice tools were too kind to them. And Im still ordering another pair, because they are all around great gloves

Unanswered Question

i have a couple of questions? Is it warm enough for Montana skiing?
Also my husband is 6 2 and weights 230 pounds should I get large or extra large? Not so sure about the hand size

4 5

This glove is a work horse

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The cottonwood glove is on the level of any of the big name gloves for half the price love the leather and fits great I got a medium and it fits perfect for my hands, super warm have tested them on a few colds days and no issues!

5 5

Please make these for women too!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These are great gloves and exactly what I was looking for. I have small hands. Some of the reviews mentioned they ran small, so I ordered a size small on the off chance they might fit me. Well they didn't. They were too big. I would love to have these gloves. I hope they consider offering sizes for women.

5 5

High Quality and Good Functionality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times did a great job with this glove. I've used mostly for resort skiing and is plenty warm. My favorite feature on this glove is the wrist strap which that enables easy one hand tightening/loosening.

5 5

Great Gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really enjoy these gloves. I wanted something simple and warm and I like the softshell / leather combination. Not a huge fan of the "honey" colored leather but the black has a clean classic look. We'll have to see how they do when I get them out skiing. Plan to use them with a Helly Hansen HHDry liner glove.

Does the sleeve of the glove stretch so that the glove can be put on without undoing the velcro tab?

Best Answer Responded on

Depending on your wrist size you may be able to get it on without undoing the velcro. Most likely though you will have to undo the velcro or leave it really loose.

Giving Them A Break

Giving Them A Break

I've had the Cottonwood gloves for a few weeks and been hammering them hard. Today was an opportunity to give one a break on one of the Utah's Cottonwood canyon's peaks.

4 5

Warmth, Great Price, Sharp Looking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far I'm impressed with these gloves and the price is right. I've used them from hiking the Backcountry, cycling and hanging out at camp. My biggest complaint is the wrist cinch which is totally a pain. I'd like to see them just use the old velcro, hook and loop system and bag the cinch strap that is incorporated with the current velcro strap. It's just plain difficult to work with in cold weather. Using Nikwax is highly suggested as with all leather gloves and you can pick that up here at

3 5

Decent gloves, not for real cold weather

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I went for a hike when the temperature was 16F and had to keep my fingers balled up in the palm of the glove to keep them warm. But when I went snowboarding at 25F and they were fine. I agree with other comments that the wrist fit and Velcro is a little tight and short. The sizing also seems to run small as I measured my hand according to the sizing chart and the recommended size just barely fits. A snug fit doesn't help with warmth. I would have benefitted from next size up but I don't feel like going through the hassle of returning them.

5 5

Warm, breathable, durable and feel good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Stoic Paragon but will add a review here anyway (as I believe they are the same glove). These a really great gloves. They are warm enough (down to 15 or so) don't absorb water much (I do treat them to snow seal every so often) breath well enough for warm days and fit like a, wait for it,,,,,, a glove. I use these for snowboarding, driving, dog walking (and dog crap picking up) and all the other things you can do outside. They have a nice low profile, fit under a cuff and close up nicely. I alternate between these and the Stoic Duke (looks like the bc wasatch glove) The only drawback, pun intended, is that when I pull on the glove it engages the strap that seals the cuff around the wrist. This is not really a problem and I appreciate the good cuff closure, just a bit of an inconvenience when you are in a hurry to put on the glove. If you like leather gloves, and like BC (and we all do)then get these. Other gloves I have used like this are the Stoic Dukes, Flylow tough guys and the Black Diamond Dirt Bag. I really like the Dirt Bags but the BC ones are a bit warmer. Either way you can not go wrong!

4 5

Nice Gloves

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Bought these for a friend and this is their feedback:

"great for the price point. they keep me warm from 6 A.M till 5 pm. then only time i have had them get soggy was spending all day building jumps.(but that's expected)"

4 5

My digits love me for getting these!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Warm, waterproof, tactile, and just really well made. What else would you want from a glove. The only thing that kept them from 5 stars is the wrist cinch. While it is a very cool design, if you happen to take your gloves on and off frequently, it can be a bit cumbersome. But that is just a personal preference and the fact that I have to work in them. GREAT glove!

How well would these perform if applied...

How well would these perform if applied to ice climbing and moutaineering? I've looked at the OR Contact and Warrant and quite frankly, the Warrant is too expensive, and feel like leather is the way to go for durability (i'm rough on my stuff).

Thanks for the input!

Responded on

I know you've probably moved on from this question, but ive used these primarily for ice climbing, and they worked well. They are a little bulkier than your typical ice climbing glove, but are warmer, which i enjoyed. the one downside, is the stitching between the thumb and index finger came undone on both hands, and i presume its from using ice tools

5 5

Worth the money, plus some.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far, I have worn these gloves as a ticket checker at Snowbird for 40 hours a week for the past 4 weeks, then snowboarded in them on my weekends off. In that time I have stood outside in 0 degrees to 40 degrees Fahrenheit weather. In 0 degrees the Superloft insulation kept my hands nice and warm, even though I wasn't moving around a ton. When it was 40 degrees and snowing/freezing rain, the merino/fleece and leather combination wicked sweat away keeping my hands from being sopping wet, then dried over night for the next cold day on the slopes. If you're looking for a great priced glove that will get you comfortably through those colder and warmer days, then you've found it.

5 5

Nice gloves for the price

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

These gloves are a great purchase for the price. I wouldn't necessarily call them waterproof. I am going to buy some Nikwax ( ) to try to make them more water resistant. I bought them as a gift and the first time they were wore while snowboarding they got fairly wet. (This won't be an issue if you don't spend too much time falling ;) ) but I expect the Nikwax to fix that problem. I borrowed them for a day while at Steamboat riding and they were perfectly warm enough for the day. Definitely a good buy for the price, although I prefer to go with Gore-tex gloves myself for the slopes.

5 5

Great Glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually get cold hands and bought these gloves to use on days ranging from -15 to 0+ celcius. I wore these in -20c one day while skiing and my hands where not warm at all. All the other features are awesome. The closure system is tidy and works great, they are very waterproof and the leather is durable and looks great. In all, an awesome glove for an awesome price!

5 5

Great quality gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mainly use these gloves on colder riding days. They work great and keep my hands warm, cozy and dry. They have a great waterproof rating - I haven't had any problems with them wearing out or seams coming out.

Does anyone know if this works for...

Does anyone know if this works for waterproofing these gloves?
I bought them as a gift for my boyfriend and his hands were soaked after a fairly wet day today. He's a beginner so probably spends more time falling and putting his hands in the snow than normal but I read these can work for skiing.

Best Answer Responded on

I used to use the nikwax leather care stuff for my flylow gloves and leather boots. It works great for a while before you have to reapply. I've since been using sno seal. I doesn't work as well (water doesn't bead) but it seems to last longer.