Go big mountain or go home.
Three things stand out in the Sabre Gloves by Arc’teryx: the ultra-breathable Gore-Tex XCR technology, the durable top fabric with extra stretch for dexterity, and the anatomically constructed fingers.
The Gore-Tex XCR membrane has the same trustworthy lightweight, waterproof qualities as Gore-Tex, but has been fine-tuned to add even more breathability. This means that when you’re breaking a sweat to get first tracks on a powder day or digging for your ski after a full yard sale into 3 feet of snow, your gloves with help to regulate the temperature inside your gloves without freezing your hands after you start to cool down. Overlaying the back of the hand is Arc’teryx’s Fortius fabric, engineered for durability and flexibility. As a lightweight spandex/nylon blend, the fabric gives extra stretch for optimal dexterity of the hand when you’re trying to unfold and re-fold the resort’s trail map or open your water bottle, but stays true to the Arcteryx quality toughness when you’re in between a rock and a hard place (or tree).
Still, the Sabre Gloves’ real winner is the Tri-Dex Technology, where each finger is individually constructed to give the best articulation of your hand. Each finger flexes without resistance from the glove, giving you all the freedom to grab at the tiniest of zippers or button the tiniest of buttons without ever needing to take them off.
- Insulated glove for big mountain skiing and snowboarding
- Gore-Tex membrane enhanced with more breathability
- Flexible top layer doubles durable protection
- Three-panel finger construction for best articulation
- Leather reinforced palm and fingers
- Pull-to-close gauntlet
- Wrist straps prevent losing a glove
- Draft tube at wrist helps keep snow out
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- Q & A
What I'd Do
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If I had a technical fabric factory and a fine leather shop Id build this glove and stuff it with just the right amount of primaloft. Used them today at Sunday River in 10 degrees and high wind. Comfortable with them on and painful with them off. Only worth the money if you cant find their attributes elsewhere and I couldn't. I'm a fan and my hands are fans.
Excellent fit and good warmth
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this glove because I wanted a solid glove that fits under the cuff of my jacket. The fit is great. It slides very nicely under the cuff. I also really like the "pull-to-close" gauntlet that makes sure the glove won't drop from the chairlift in case I take it off. It's a very thin mechanism which is very smart for a glove that fits under the cuff. It makes it very comfortable.
Dexterity is OK, but not that different from any other glove. It would be nice if the index finger was touchscreen compatible, but not a big deal.
As far as warmth, it's about as warm as any other glove I have worn. I skied with the glove about 10 times in temperatures ranging from maybe the high teens (F) to the mid 30's. My hands got a bit cold a few times, but it was at the same time when my feet got cold. In fact, my feet got cold first. So I think glove warmth had more to do with my general layering than with the glove itself. For comparison, I also have the Hestra 3 finger glove. I would say the Hestra is a bit warmer for the 3 fingers that stay together. So a mitten will be warmest, but the Arcteryx Sabre glove is about as warm or warmer than any other 5 finger glove I have worn.
Overall, this is a great glove. Well designed. Slides great under the jacket cuff and so far, it seems like a great construction. I hope to use these for many years.
Not warm enough
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I expected for the price this to be warm powder skiing kinda glove. Did not live up to expectation. I would seek out a different glove for powder days. I ski the Pacific Northwest and this glove could not keep up with our conditions. Hands continued to be cold. Quality of craftsmanship is there as to be expected with this brand but that was all this glove offered.
What's the difference between Arcteryx Fission and Sabre gloves?