A decent technical hill-pursuits glove offering good levels of dexterity, the Extremities Antora Peak GTX Glove will see you right on most winter adventures, but you might need to pair them with a thin liner glove if you’re going high or into more extreme conditions.
- Lightweight, low bulk design
- Reliable Gore-Tex waterproofing
- Roll-over fingertip construction offers good dexterity
- Leather palm ensures good grip
- Useful nose/goggle wipe on thumb
- Cuffs aren’t the longest
- Only a single wrist closure
- Not as well insulated as some winter gloves
The lightweight, waterproof Extremities Antora Peak GTX Glove is designed for cold-weather hillwalking and winter sports, including skiing. They feature a polyester shell, a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane and a cosy brushed lining, with a genuine leather palm.
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The lightly lined construction ensures they are surprisingly breathable for winter gloves, meaning no sweaty palms. Nor are they overly bulky, so they slide easily underneath the cuffs of a waterproof jacket.
• RRP: $48 (US) / £80 (UK)
• Unisex: Yes
• Sizes: S–XL
• Materials: Shell: 100% polyester; palm: 100% leather; membrane: Gore-Tex; lining: 100% polyester
• Weight (per glove): 112g / 4oz
• Colors: Black
In the field
Thanks to the rollover finger design, which means there are no seams at the fingertips, these gloves feel relatively dextrous. As a result, most rucksack buckles pose no problems when wearing these gloves, and it’s similarly easy to retain a firm grip on an ice axe or ski poles. The flipside of this is that, with limited insulation, they are not the warmest winter gloves we’ve tested, and in sub-zero conditions you may need to add a thin liner glove underneath – though this is a practical layering system for winter mountaineering anyway.
Using this method, a pair of Extremities Antora Peak GTX Gloves accompanied us on extended winter summit-bagging trips in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland’s Cairngorms, and our hands stayed warm and dry.
Admittedly, the cuffs are not the longest, so they do not offer quite the same level of coverage as bigger, heavier gloves. Similarly, they have just a single wrist closure rather than the secondary snow lock cord that is often found in other slightly more technical glove designs.
Overall, however, Extremities Antora Peak GTX Gloves work well for cold-weather mountain pursuits, ticking plenty of boxes. They’re warm enough for UK winter use (especially if combined with a thin liner glove), impressively lightweight, not too bulky, reliably waterproof and offer decent finger articulation. The recommended retail price is a little more expensive than many rival offerings, but these gloves can often be found at discounted prices, which makes them an extremely good value purchase.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.
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