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Flylow Tough Guy Glove review: turning “hardware store chic” into the coolest kit on the slopes

These sturdy Flylow Tough Guy Gloves are ideal for rough routes and gnarly shoots

Flylow Tough Guy Glove
(Image: © Flylow)

Our Verdict

Breathable gloves that give you insulation, protection and plenty of cred on the hill, and are more durable than the hardware store gloves that inspired them.

For

  • Slope cred
  • Super durable
  • Highly protective
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Cheap

Against

  • Not the warmest
  • Waterproof wax paste needs to be periodically reapplied

Flylow Tough Guy Glove: first impressions 

A ski glove that looks like hardware store work gloves, the Flylow Tough Guy Glove is made from pigskin leather, 10-ounce canvas and synthetic insulation, with a ribbed cuff to retain warmth. Like the work gloves that inspired them, there’s no waterproof membrane, but Flylow triple bakes them in a Sno-Seal beeswax treatment to give these gloves a high level of water repellency without the membrane that can make hands feel clammy. (This waterproof paste will need to be reapplied periodically – see also: How to apply durable water repellent treatments.)

Specifications

• RRP: $40 (US) / £40 (UK)
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
• Gender specificity: Unisex
• Colors: Natural-Blue / Natural-Black / Natural-Denim
• Weight: 113g / 4oz
• Best use: Skiing and boarding

Flylow Tough Guy Glove: on the slopes 

Affordable, tough and comfortable, this glove is low key and unpretentious, and is therefore very popular with ski bums, patrollers and a range of other winter sports.

The knit cuff makes them nice and easy to get into and out of quickly. The cuff also slides under a shell without getting hung up because there’s no Velcro. 

I love a glove without a membrane for most days on the hill. My hands can breathe freely in the Flylow Tough Guys, and they never got wet from the inside out. Even when my hands did sweat, the moisture evaporated quickly. 

And while Flylows don’t use the fanciest insulation, they gets the job done. This glove goes with any kit. When they do start to get holes after heavy use – usually in the fingertips – a little duct tape extends their life.

Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.