Customize your level of protection in varying conditions.
The Outdoor Research Men's Arete Glove uses a versatile layering concept to provide the appropriate level of hand protection in varying conditions. When conditions are frigid or foul, the nylon shell with a waterproof and windproof Gore-Tex membrane protects against moisture and windchill, and the polyester fleece liner provides insulating warmth and moisture-wicking comfort. If conditions are less extreme or you're working up a sweat while engaging in higher-intensity activities, you can wear the removable fleece liner by itself—its silicone palm provides plenty of grip to use effectively with poles and tools. You can also wear the shell glove by itself if you don't need the added fleece insulation, but could benefit from waterproof, windproof protection. The shell features a pre-curved construction which facilitates a more ergonomic fit and freer movement, and the gauntlet closure system makes it quick and easy to cinch down or pull open the cuff. It's no fun to have overly clammy hands or frozen fingers, and this versatile glove makes it easy to customize your level of protection for optimal comfort.
- Nylon shell with Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane and grip palm
- Removable polyester fleece liner with silicone grip palm
- Pre-curved construction for ergonomic, movement-enhancing fit
- SuperCinch quick and easy gauntlet closure system
- Heat pack pocket on back of liner glove
- Pull loop and carabiner loop
- Nose wipe patch on thumb
- Item #ODR1157
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I wear a large glove and have never had one fit too small until now. I have a "normal" large sized hand; I'm not a rock climber and I sit at a desk at work.
The liners on these fit perfectly when removed from the shell. But when the liner is put into the shell, they're too small on my hand (not my fingers)- meaning the shell is too small. In addition, several fingers on the shell, including the pinkie, are a half inch longer than the liner, while other fingertips touch the liner. This is not an issue of my being able to size up as then the liner would be too big.
I also purchased the OR Mt Baker modular mitt in large and the liners fit perfect and the shell mitt fits slightly big, but ok.
OR needs to get some sizing standards for their products; this is very disappointing from a company that supposedly specializes in gloves. I read reviews on BC for another OR glove and found similar reports of perfectly fitting liners and too small shells.
Great gloves, value
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've tried quite a few comparable gloves the past couple months trying to find the right fit and these were the winners. They are extremely warm, gore-tex keeps the wet out, and they fit great, providing fingers with dexterity to perform tasks without removing the gloves. The "idiot straps" are a great feature so you can take the gloves off on the lift without worrying about dropping one. OR has a great lifetime warranty giving me confidence in case something were to go wrong with them.
I wear an XL and these actually fit my hands. Most comparable XL's were a tad too small for my large hands.
UPDATE 2015: These gloves continue to be awesome for use in all conditions, don't hesitate, buy they now. The price is even lower now, I am considering buying a backup pair.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are great. Have thin liner gloves where you can store a heat packet. They are really good at keeping snow out of them with securing straps. Love these gloves.