These are my glove liners of choice. Use them alone or under mittens. They are warm, they conform well to your hands, and they are inexpensive. They do wear out rather quickly, but at the price, just buy another pair.
I am hiking, camping, or backpacking a good many days of the year. Even in winter I’m skiing or snowshoeing at home nearly every day. These are the best gloves I’ve ever found for the balance between being light weight and a tight fit on the hand yet they still provide warmth. They can be worn alone on cool mornings, or after you warm up enough to not want mittens on in winter. They keep you warm even when wet. I consider this to be fairly amazing. A glove that you have to remove in the winter to be able to work around camp is as good as having no gloves. You can wear these and still do all your camp chores. I only occasionally take them off in camp, for example working very close to an open flame.
They come in sizes Women’s S, M, L and Men’s M/L, L/XL. Price range $6.99 to $8.50. They are a combination of Polyester (96%) and Lycra (4%). Washable. They are knitted seamlessly from the cuff upward. They come in black. Women’s small weigh 1.4 ounces. The women’s sizes claim to be designed especially for women’s hands. Well, they do actually fit without the fingers being too long or too fat, and the wrist cuff is not too big, so maybe it’s true. They claim to wick moisture away from the hand. I never can tell if this really works.
I am allergic to polyester clothing most places on my body, but I guess my hands are more calloused or just tougher. This has never been a problem with the gloves. I’ve probably owned ten pairs of these. I wear them so much that I go through the fingers of a pair a year.
Things I like about the gloves:
- They fit tightly on my hand and wrist. I can even pick up coins off a table with them on. I can use tools in camp, operate my stove (careful with the flame though!), and easily wear them under most mittens that aren’t tight.
- They are warmer than any other liners I’ve tried. I go winter camping enough that I want liners that really do keep me warm when it’s very cold.
- The two layer system lets me slip on mittens to keep really warm, but slip off the mittens and be able to use my hands without exposing bare skin to the cold.
- They are warm even when wet
- They have no seams to irritate
- They are reasonably priced
- They are lightweight enough for backpacking
- There is no front or back, just put either glove on either hand
Things that are not perfect about the gloves:
I am choosing to title the list this way rather than “things I dislike” because I’m not sure it is possible to make a glove liner that does everything perfectly.
- They are a tiny bit rough. Not scratchy exactly, but they are rougher than the soft knitted gloves from department stores that look similar.
- They are a tiny bit rough. Thus they will not slide nicely inside mittens with any kind of fleece or knit lining of their own.
- They are knit of yarn, so seeds, burdock, etc will stick to them
- They are knit of yarn, so they can be a bit slippery when grasping ski poles, tools, etc
- They will not keep you warm long if you are handling cold bare metal, such as tent poles. About five minutes of that and I have to stop and warm my hands, gloves or no gloves! That said, who can tolerate handling cold metal with bare hands for even a few seconds?
- Because they fit the hand so tightly it can be a challenge to get them off without turning them inside out
- They retain odor, sigh, they are polyester.
- They wear out in one year with the amount that I wear them.