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skipper wrote a review of on November 30, 2010

5 5

best of the best. you get what you pay for. very warm, dry, durable yet remarkably good dexterity. the natural color makes you look like a pro. easy to disassemble and assemble for drying. liners stay put when you yank 'em off. i have used these everywhere from lifts of vt to heli in alaska and bc. best used below 20 degrees and by folks who can't tolerate mittens.

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skipper wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

5 5

the best gloves i have ever owned in 40 years of downhill skiing.....warm, bulletproof, easy on and off, easy to pull liner and dry. the liners alone are an amazing piece of craftsmanship.....fluffy, fleecy, sheepskinny kinda synthetic stuff on the backside of your paw and thinner stuff on palm side are very luxurious. the nylon slides easily into the outer shell and more importantly stays put when you yank the gloves off. they are held in place by velcro which runs all the way around the cuff. very nice piece of work.

i am not sure where the reviewers are coming from who say these are cold as i have worn these all day in sub zero temps (including 10 days of heli in alaska) with no problem although i did buy them one size large as i do for all gloves for better circulation. some folks just need mittens i guess. i ski 40+ days/season and my fingers can get cold in other ski gloves. i do not wear these gloves in 25 degrees plus weather as they are too warm.

as for the dexterity issues, this has never been a deal breaking issue for me working zippers and grabbing ski poles. admittedly i work with gloves as a carpenter and may be a little more accustomed to having gloves on and maybe my hands are stronger. the leather palms are heavily reinforced (more so than the marmots) and are showing minimal wear. the tan ones i have are getting a nice patina after two seasons which remind me of my work gloves. the soft patch on the back of the thumbs wipes goggles nicely (or if you prefer, wipes nose drips.....use the right for the nose, left for the goggles). the cuffs are generous and fit easily over goretex shells and seal wrists thoroughly against pow and cold. steal leashes from you older inferior gloves if you feel the need to be attached.

ok, so they are expensive....these are professional grade....c'mon be honest, you have spent more on dinner and drinks for you and lovey at one time or another. i have not for one minute, one second, regretted having spent that money(on the gloves that is, wise guy). having bought from the nice peeps at backcountry they have great guarantee. i fully expect these things to go four seasons plus easily.

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skipper wrote a review of on March 1, 2007

5 5

i have about 10 days on 174s. i'm 5'7", 160lbs. extremely experienced east and west, on and off piste. these things absolutely rock on anything i've skied including vermont hardpack and two feet fresh, broken pow and groomers out west...does not matter. i was blown away with how versatile these are. slightly less quick edge to edge than the recon (also have those in 174) but still plenty of snap in narrow chutes. on groomers, carve for me like gs boards, in softies, turn on the autopilot and enjoy the ride...plenty of power and stability. i have absolutely no idea what the other less positive reviewers are talking about and seriously disagree with their comments. if you know what you are doing and can put a ski on edge and stay centered, these babies pay off big time. recommend highly without reservation. actually ski them more than the recons.

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