What gloves are people wearing? Any suggestions for UL backpacking in the UK?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Gavin Summers, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Hi everyone.
    I've only some woolly gloves atm!
    I wondered what setups people had for UK backpacking.
    Also, I'm planning on going to the Pyrennees at some point this year!
    Wondered if anyone could recommend a setup for there - hotter weather obvs.
    Cheers everyone.
  2. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    For summer in UK and late summer in the Pyrenees I take cheap Decathlon fleece gloves. Very light. And their light Waterproof mitts too. Also very light. You might not need the latter, but in 4/5 trips to the Pyrenees , on a few days we were very glad of them. The first trip we only had thin liners and were in 2 days of storms (mid September) and suffering.

    This time of year on uk hills I take Powerstretch gloves, a pair of Buffalo mitts and waterproof mitts.
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  3. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Cheers Mole!
  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Obv. If it was just an overnighter, and weather like the last few weeks, I'd pack accordingly.
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  5. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I just bought a pair of Outdoor Research PL base gloves yesterday, pretty much just liner gloves really.

    Also have the OR active ice full finger sun gloves, which i really like a lot

    I run with warm hand wise and unless its absolutely chankin I have my gloves off pretty quickly.

    A pair of waterproof shell over mitts completes my thin glove + thin waterproof system.


    Got various others from rab, OK generally, light enough but tend to be just to warm for me after 5 mins walking

    Montane prism gloves that I bought for winter use, but wasn't overly impressed when static in proper cold and then far to warm in other conditions
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  6. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'll second the very thin/light decathlon gloves. <£2 and lighter than anything else I've weighed, yet surprisingly warm.
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  7. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    What’s the weight on those Enzo?
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  8. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Mine are 28g a pair

    And the waterproof mitts in XL are 52g a pair.
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  9. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Ditto.
    Not used the WP gloves though, must give them a look over when....
    I've been using the lighter terra Terra Nova over gloves, similar weight I think.
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  10. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Do you have a link for these Enzo? I've just looked but wanted to be certain...;)
  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    My terra nova goretex paclite tuff bags (if that's what you mean) are 75g a pair. Tougher, but, if bought new, 4x the price of the Decathlon!
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  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    No I have the cheaper version, lighter but not designed for use with poles.
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  14. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    A thin pair of waterproof shell mitts and some thin polyester fleece mitts or liner gloves do it all for me.
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  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Just had a look at their site and they are no longer on there, so presumably discontinued.
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  16. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Wish I did.
    I spend so much time working in winter with cold extremities, that you'd think I'd acclimatise. But my fingers never have. Often painful. And my feet cope well only when moving.
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  17. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    I used to only use power stretch gloves & buffalo mitts for a few years. But my hands are a bit beat & parts of them can hurt in the cold now so I have a selection to choose from now & change if needed.
    Montane power dry
    Montane primino 140
    Rab vapour rise
    Bufflo mitts
    Montane prism
    Extremities Tuff bags
    I mix & match them through the year but the most that get worn are the powerdry & the vapour rise with the vapour rise getting the most wear. Least would be the primino & buffalo these are usually taken as back ups in winter.
    edit: The buffalo tend to do most duty as a cosy for my water bottle & meths bottle these winters now that I think on it.
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  18. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Thankfully, I still acclimate. I've worn my liners for about an hour in the last 4 years in the UK. :biggrin:
    I managed -25c all day back in March with some wind and no gloves at all....still got it. :cigar:

    The biggest struggle is always shoulder seasons though, after a hot summer like weve had recently, it takes longer to get used to the cold.
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  19. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    Buffalo mitts over thin Merino gloves.
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  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I also keep a pair of nitrile gloves in my stash of warm stuff.
    You could use them as a vapour barrier in really cold weather, but I carry them for wet/wind.
    For the handful of grams Theyre a no brainer.
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  21. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    I would recommend always carrying a pair of unlined w/proof mitts.

    Last outing with a benign weather forecast and being a clever dick I took only 2 pairs of running gloves. The weather turned a bit colder and wetter than expected and my hands froze :thumbsdown:

    Thankfully @cathyjc had a spare pair of w/proof mitts that saved the day.:thumbsup:
  22. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I have Icebreaker merino liners for summer, mainly for midge protection, some Berghaus powerstretch gloves for the cooler months and a pair of TuffBags for seriously wet days
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  23. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    I have some thin wild country fleece glove, had them for years. Their all I use in summer. Their starting to wear out now, I got some vapour rise gloves last autumn, expensive and not waterproof but ok. Still not sure about them long term.
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  24. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Aldi Merino wool liner gloves, £6 2yrs ago and Montane Prism mitts on top when needed
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  25. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Thin (liner) gloves is the one place I would not go 'merino' - the chances of ending up with wet soggy wool is too high.
    I think syntheyic fleece is better.
    (Dachstein gloves maybe a different kettle of fish ……)

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