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, Vendor Rep

Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom

ric105275611-0's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

ric105275611-0's Bio

Director of Product - Mountain Equipment

I'm responsible for all things product related at Mountain Equipment and spend a lot of my time with designers, professional guides & athletes, sales-teams and customers.

Passionate about most things mountainous. I spend a lot of my time fell running (a peculiarly British pursuit) but have also been an avid climber and mountaineer for the past 20+ years.

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ric105275611-0wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For mixed climbing in alpine regions and being at the 'sharp-end' of the rope when winter climbing in dry conditions these are the glove I reach for more than any other. They're not bad for spring ski tours either!

Why? Because they incredibly dextrous and tactile whilst being incredibly sticky. If you want a workhorse glove that's going to last you season after season, look elsewhere, but if a tactile lightweight glove is what you're after, then these simply rock.

The outer is a fully windproof, membrane-based Softshell, so all those seams aside, they're pretty water repellent but its the close fit and insane grip that make these gloves what they are. Pittards Oiltac leather isn't the most durable, but its certainly the stickiest leather we've come across - perfect for hanging off ice-tools. The fit is close, with just a lightweight brushed fleece lining - so not for deep cold unless you're a robot, but they're great in temperatures around 20 degrees and up.

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ric105275611-0wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Of all the gloves we produce, there are two which always, and I mean always, go into my winter pack. The Randonee is one of those pairs of gloves.

I use them for everything - winter climbing on everything from cascades to mixed, a back-up glove in the alps and for cold days on ski. Why - because they're really warm, they're incredibly comfortable and they just crush everything.

Its the mix of Schoeller Softshell outer and warm in all conditions Fibre Pile lining that make these gloves tick.

Warm and dexterous - my advice, buy them a little snug and let the fibre pile bed in - that way they're tactile enough to use on the sharp end of the rope, if you want them for skiing you can probably just go with your regular size.

Having no waterproof lining means these gloves are incredibly breathable, but that doesn't mean they're just suitable for dry climates. These have done countless seasons for me in the UK winter, but I've also used them everywhere from the Alps to the Pacific Casades. The Shoeller Dryskin keeps snow-melt at bay, and if and when they do get damp, the 100% fibre pile lining keeps on working. With no lining they're quick to dry and more importantly you can get your hands in and out when your glove or your hands are damp.

I'm biased of course but they're still awesome.

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