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Greg Youngwrote a review of on February 8, 2020

3 5

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

I live and work in Rochester, NY which isn't known for it's warm sunny climate.
Here is my review of the The North Face CloseFit Gore Soft Shell Glove.

Fit: Based on the sizing guide I ordered a medium which fits my hands very well. There is a tiny bit of room at the finger tip's but nothing to complain about. The cuff is tight so putting the gloves on and taking them off requires some but not a lot of effort.

Usage: I brought these gloves for running, so I didn't test out the touchscreen abilities. I usually don't bring my phone with me on runs so it's not a particular feature I care about. While wearing the gloves, I had no issues with getting keys out of my pocket, pulling ribbons on pockets or anything like that. The gloves didn't restrict my finger/hand movement in any way.

Weather: I wore these gloves on two runs so far and here is my observations.
They do block the wind and my hands didn't get wet from the light snow and rain that was falling each time I ran. If running at temps around 32 degree's F the gloves barely kept my hands warm. If running at below freezing, say 25 degrees F my hands were frozen in less than 25 min's. And that was with using Outdoor Research PL Base Sensor Glove's as a liner.

Conclusion: I'm really on the fence about returning these and getting something else or buying another liner glove to see if that helps. Either way, these are shells and not full on gloves and most certainly aren't good for colder temps on their own.



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Greg Young

Greg Youngwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

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

Being up here in Rochester, NY where the winters are long and hard I was looking to up my game a bit on gloves. I was looking at other gloves when I spotted the DAKINE Phantom Glove on sale for 25% off.

My initial impression when they arrived was how stylish these gloves are. That is something I was looking for since I’ll be wearing them mostly in a city/urban environment. They are also very light weight. The outside stitching is very good as well.

These gloves aren’t very stiff and broke in quickly. The leather is very smooth and soft.

They do run small in my opinion. I got excellent pre-sale support from Dennis and he recommended I go with a Large even though according to the size chart I should be at a medium. My hand size is 8-1/4" circumference and 8" long from tip to wrist.

Even with the larger size it's a slight struggle to get the gloves on and off because the cuff opening is narrow. Once I had them on, there was plenty of room in the fingers but the back side where the knuckles are feels a little tight. Trying them on with a light pair of liners was doable, but very tight all around.

DAKINE rates their winter gloves on a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the warmest. The Phantom Gloves rate from 2.5 – 3.5 and list in their temperature range of -10 to 20 degrees F. For comparison their Kodiak GORE-TEX Glove is rated a 5 for temperatures -10 degrees F and below.

I got to try the DAKINE Phantom Glove out during the Polar Vertex that’s currently in effect. Outside temp was 10 degrees F with a wind chill of 4 degrees F while I was out. After about an hour I could feel my fingertips starting to tingle but the rest of my hand was okay. Wind was really biting and blowing snow but the gloves stayed dry. Even while clearing the snow off the car.

My only disappointment so far was that when applying the waterproofing to the gloves I started seeing the gloves color (black) come off on the towel immediately. I used Sno-Seal and not the Nikwax that came included.

Overall I’m happy with my purchase and would recommend these gloves as a mid-temp winter glove.

If I was going to be outside for long periods of time in temps below 20 degrees F I might look for something different. The DAKINE Phantom Glove has gr8t dexterity and I think I would lose that with a thicker glove.

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