Made for dexterity in cold weather environments the Gore-Tex liner is bonded directly to the underside of the outer shell of the glove so there is no slip or slop. One handed tightening/loosening of the gauntlet collar is effective and easy. Wrist adjustment mechanism is a nice plus but maybe a little more than necessary. The leather is beautiful, hope it holds up.
Polartec Wind Pro liners slide in and out of the outer shell quickly and without a lot of fuss. Their thickness strikes a nice balance between warmth and dexterity though you might be wishing for a little more loft on those especially frigid morning lay ups.
I own a lot of gloves and the reason is simple, I buy just about everything I come across that even looks like it will work for one thing or the other because good ones are hard to find. Truth is that most of the time, I am disappointed with them due to fit, durability, warmth, breathability, waterproofness etc, etc.
If Kinco represents the bottom end of the price spectrum for good gloves/mitts at around $15 a pair the new Alpha SV Glove from Arcteryx has to mark the top end at $275 a pair. I don’t talk much about price here on this site because we are looking for what we think is best in class gear regardless of cost and most of my readers care more about value than dollars but at that price point the question has to be asked. Are they worth it? Well, Arcteryx doesn’t make any junk and so far I am pretty damned impressed with them but I am not ready to pass judgement yet. I want to spend some more time with them in the field to see how they stack up against models from Black Diamond, Outdoor Research and Hestra made for the same purpose. Regardless of what I ultimately decide, they deserve a look from discerning mountaineers that can’t afford to have cold, wet hands.
Here is how REI describes them;
The high-performance Arc’teryx SV gloves ensure dry hands and are constructed for great dexterity to keep you happy while you climb alpine peaks and make turns on long backcountry ski tours.
Based on my experience with them, I would add that they possess an elegant design, are expertly crafted, innovative, highly functional, warm and waterproof. And…for what it’s worth to you, they look very cool. Menacing and sexy at the same time which is fine with me as long as they don’t let me down when I need them most.
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