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sml3585793 wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this glove. This is my older son's second season using it. It is durable and holds up well. I like the hand warmer pocket. At 9-10 he was easily able to get the gloves on and off, and secured over his jacket well, by himself (important for ski camp). The insulation is very effective, keeps him warm without a lot of bulk.

He wanted gloves when he started using poles, and I was worried about fit and cold fingers, but these are working out great.

My only complaint is that I disagree with the sizing. I know my boys run a little small, and they do have small hands, but I followed the measuring guide (knuckle circumference), then ordered a size down from past experience and the gloves still fit much bigger. In fact, I ordered two pairs, one for my younger son, and my older son is wearing the smaller pair. We're holding the larger one for next season.
9-10 year old is wearing size medium with a knuckle circumference of 6.5"and length (tip of middle finger to base of palm/wrist) of about 5.75". I wear a women's small (also small hands), my knuckle circumference is 7.5" and the length of my hand is 7.25" and I can wear the Kids Large, which do fit a little short on me, but I can get my hand fully in. The fingers fit fine, not tight width-wise, but a touch short in the wrist.

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sml3585793 wrote a review of on October 8, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a silkweight helmet liner, and it's great for "normal" ski conditions. Wicks well, protects from wind chill under the helmet on on the face without bulk. It does fit well under helmets, except that it moves around (bunches) a bit. My boys mostly like it, but now it has to be really cold (stinging wind chill) for them to want to wear it because it doesn't stay in place easily. The material shifts around, and it gets in their way. They can't keep it out of their eyes, get it set up right around the ski goggles on their own (they are 8 & 9 now, so gearing up themselves is typical). Some days they don't want the coverage over their mouths and noses, and this is not adjustable. It is a full face cover with a fairly small cut out just for eyes. Material is thin enough to breath easily through over the mouth, but can get icy from moisture. It's still good on cold days, but it's not an all-in-one item that is flexible for multiple conditions.

I'm looking for separate pieces now - a lightweight beanie, and maybe an airhole bandana style gaitor. I'd still recommend this item, it's well made, holds up well (we've been using the same ones for three ski seasons now), but I would personally buy something like this with a larger face hole just for really cold days.

Biggest complaint: "it's in my eyes again."
Best use - protects delicate skin from wind chill, keeps heads warm and dry/comfortable under helmets. Good for layering under a warmer neck only gator, helmet, etc. as a baselayer.

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sml3585793 wrote a review of on January 11, 2012

Sizing is accurate, mitten is so-so
3 5

Sizing for the spider cubby mitten is better than their "over-web glove." Ordered a large and xl in mini sizing. Both fit true to size chart, L fits my small 7 1/2 year old, XL fits my average 9 year old (just). At least on this product Spyder adjusts the length for each size.

The mitten is OK, very easy to get in/out of if you are dressing a younger child. Velcro is strong, so the sides stay attached, but I'm disappointed that there is no cinch for the gauntlet to snug it down over the jacket. Might be better if you can snug the jacket over the mitten. Again, the gauntlet is a bit short at 2.5" like Spyder's gloves, would love to see a 3+ inch gauntlet. The wrist strap does adjust to keep mitten in place on hand. Otherwise nicely made, good quality materials.

*Note: Picture is inaccurate. Shows a mitten with one zipper in gauntlet. Mitten actually has two side openings that close with Velcro in the gauntlet, no zipper.

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sml3585793 wrote a review of on January 11, 2012

4 5

I like the glove, technically but it loses one star for sizing. Sizing for kids' gloves/mittens always seems to be a challenge; I have yet to truly find a "true to size" glove or mitten. I ordered two pairs because we are leaving in a day for a ski trip, and my 9 year old is using poles and wants gloves instead of mittens. His hand measures 6" in circum around the knuckles if you pull the tape really tight, up to 6.5" if you leave it pretty loose. I ordered a L (for 6") and a M (for 5.5") per the Spyder Kyds sizing chart. I figured if the Medium is too small my 7 year old would use it this year or next, and if the Medium fits, we'd use the large in a season or two. Both fit him large in the length of fingers. I have small hands for an adult women, but his hand is nearly my size, his fingers are only a tad shorter than mine, so I don't think his hand is an odd size. My boys do run a little small, that's why I ordered a "true fit" on the lower end and smaller size. I thought it was odd that both gloves fit identically, so I double checked the manufacturer's label in the glove and I did indeed receive a medium and large, but they are the same exact size in length. I'm not sure if there is a product error, or mislabel or if they just make all their gloves the same size. I wear a women's small glove, and I can wear the Kyds Large (it's snug, and a little short in the hand/wrist, but in a pinch I could actually wear it functionally). I put on the medium and it does indeed feel tighter, but it fits the same in the length!

If you can figure out what size you need and fit it right, it's a nice glove. The materials feel durable, double stitching throughout, good feel, no irritating seams in the finger tips or palm. Mobility/flexibility are good. As described the lower part of the fingers (connecting to the palm) are not separated like most gloves, separation starts just before the first knuckle (for greater warmth). Not sure yet if that works, it may feel odd if you aren't used to it, but it doesn't bother me or my son. Styling is good, both boys think they look cool (got red/black). Gauntlet could be a touch longer, but it cinches nicely, and there is a wrist adjustment also to customize fit for width and keep the glove in place. Haven't tested the breathability/moisture wicking/warmth features yet, but we've been pleased with Spyder performance for ski coats/pants so I'm expecting the same. The brand has been reliable performance-wise, typically fits true to size or just a bit generous.

Actual product specs if this helps you:
Palm width (one side of glove): 4.25" Kyds L, 4" Kyds Medium
Gauntlet length (cuff that covers ski jacket): 2.5" from wrist to edge both M & L
Tip of longest finger to wrist: 7" M, 7" L

My 9 year old is 50% on the growth charts, he weighs about 65 pounds, 54" tall, wears a size 8 in most clothing, takes a size 2 shoe, and the medium and large gloves both fit a tad big, mostly in length, ok in width. His hand is 6" circum, 6.5" in length (longest finger tip to wrist).

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