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Outdoor Research Arete Glove - Men's

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    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

    Tech Specs

    [insert] Gore-Tex, [shell] nylon, [palm] AlpenGrip, [liner] polyester fleece
    Removable Liner
    Cuff Style
    Nose Wipe
    Hand-warmer Pocket
    Claimed Weight
    8.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring, skiing, winter backcountry trips
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Solid glove

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

    Before buying this glove I saw that people mentioned the stitching coming loose after mixed amounts of usage. I recently bought these gloves and used them pretty heavily on a weekend trip in the Cascades. They kept my hands warm while working with ropes, placing snow anchors, and practicing crevasse rescue techniques - in other words they saw a ton of digging through a combination of fresh powder, wet heavy pacific northwest snow, and handling cold wet ropes.

    The liners got slightly damp at camp that night but dried out nicely at the bottom of my sleeping bag overnight and were good to go the next day.

    But as others have pointed out the finger tips did start to fray a bit. I'll be sure to keep an eye on this after more usage. Hopefully they hold up!

    Solid glove

    arete gloves

      The X-tra large is not extra large at least by US standards. I do no have huge hands. Tried on a large at REI. It was snug so assumed X-tra large would work. Fit OK at home when warm and dry. On first use and only use with somewhat wet hands on cold day could not get them on. Had to pull liners, put them on separately and jam hands into shell to get them on. Not happy being stuck with return fee and store credit because they are now "used".

      Solid and Versatile for the True North

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Having lived in Alberta (where winter temps vary from 32 to -40 F) I finally invested in some serious gloves. These have a done a great job for keeping my hands warm whether on my daily commute or winter camping. The fleece liners are ultra packable and stay in my backpack and jacket at all times in case I get caught out in chilly weather. When camping or hiking in -20 weather the shells keep my hands warm and dry and I can always ditch them if I start to break a sweat, but still need some protection. The fit was spot on and the durability and functionality are unbeatable in my opinion for an all weather glove system down to -20 to -30. The only downsides are that the liners are not touch screen compatible and the pull loops can get in the way occasionally.

      inconsistent sizing

      • 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.

      All my gloves are large and fit fine. Ordered these and experienced the same problem as you. Weird fit. Couldn't get my hand past the wrist of the glove. Decent enough quality and seem like they would be warm.

      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.

      Great Gloves

      • 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.

      Stitching is terrible

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      The gloves have a good feel. Liners are not the greatest. I just upgraded to merino liners. Average gloves. They do the job. But the finger stitching is ripping out of the goretex palms


        I bought these for a winter trip I had planned. The first time I wore them, they tore on the stiching around the thumb. I also found them not nearly as warm as they claimed to be. The liner glove has rubbery sports for better grip, and while they worked, they had nearly all come off by day 3. They only things I did like about the glove: They fit well so I was able to do more when they were on, and the palm material was nice and grippy. Overall however it was a huge disappointment, and I usually love OR products