These high-quality gloves offer superior protection from the elements without sacrificing breathability or the agility you need to handle poles, ropes and bindings
- Great dexterity with an agile fit
- Completely windproof
- Highly breathable
- Adjustable wrist strap
- Not fully waterproof
- No touchscreen technology
- Pricier than other gloves
Rab Khroma Tour Infinium gloves: first impressions
Right off the bat, these gloves give the impression of superior quality, boasting Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper technology with a soft fleece lining and leather palm, fingers and thumb. For such warm gloves, they come in a sleek fit aided by an adjustable wrist strap and will slide easily under your sleeves and other winter layers.
They offer outstanding grip and finger dexterity – just what you want when you’re fiddling with frozen straps and bindings on a cold day. Moisture-wicking technology keeps your hands dry when you're powering uphill and superior wind-protection has you covered on the downhill.
RRP: $48 (US) / £80 (UK)
Materials: Shell: 100% polyester; palm: 100% leather; membrane: Gore-Tex; lining: 100% polyester
Weight (per glove): 112g / 4oz
Colors: Black, Oxblood Red
Rab Khroma Tour Infinium gloves: on the trails
There is so much I like about these gloves now I've had a whole winter to test them out. Even though they aren't fully waterproof and don't look anything like my other ski gloves, they've quickly become my only choice for snowy adventures.
I've had them out on a powdery ski tour in Scotland where the cold and humidity was extreme but I was working up a sweat and they kept my digits protected but I didn't overheat. Later in the season, I took them out for a week of spring skiing in Vail, Colorado where we had pretty variable conditions and they were fab except for one really, really cold day where I was balling my hands up inside my gloves, but that's common for me on those days.
These are technical, highly dextrous gloves and I found it really easy to adjust them and fasten my bindings and buckles while I was skiing without taking them off. Even though I didn't think I'd want them for very wet conditions, I honestly like the freedom they give me so much that I'd probably wear them in all conditions.
They don't offer touchscreen technology so I do need to remove them to take pictures, but honestly I'd probably do that anyway. They do run pricier than other gloves, owing to their good quality, but I think they're worth it.
As a testament to how great I think they are, I bought my boyfriend a pair and we don't even feel silly wearing matching gloves on the hill.
Here’s how they performed:
The small pair fit true to size while the adjustable wrist strap buys you a little wiggle room.
These are about as sleek a fit as gloves can come without being liner gloves and the wrist straps will tuck into your sleeves easily to avoid drafts.
The absence of bulk combined with a soft fleece lining places these high up there on the comfort scale.
These gloves definitely keep your hands warm on a cold, windy day and their moisture-wicking capacity stops your hands from overheating on the uphill too.
With a moisture-wicking fleece lining, your hands will stay dry even when you’re powering up the hill.
With the leather palm and fingers, these gloves are built to last and should withstand some rough surfaces, however they’re so nice you might not want to put them to that test.
Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.
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