Flylow Tough Guy Glove 2014
Why does every ski patroller wear work gloves? The answer is simple: They are just as tough as $150 leather gloves and they breath better, keeping your hands drier for longer. We took the classic 1/2 leather work glove and made it nice: The fingers fit right, the stitching is consistent and the leather is soft. Then we bring on our glove baking team to heat up the gloves, apply Sno-Seal treatment, and triple bake them for comfort and durability.
Review from Backpacker Magazine: Rugged. Cheap. These are the top two reasons why seemingly every lifty and slope bum in the Rockies is wearing a pair of Tough Guy Gloves. Flylow bakes Sno-Seal beeswax into the pigskin leather (which is more durable than cowhide), so the leather won’t wet out despite the leak-likely price. The Thinsulate lining kept our digits warm while hitting Vail’s back bowls and backcountry runs in Rocky Mountain National Park.
“The poly back isn’t waterproof, but provided breathability while skinning, and the knit wrist cuff sealed out spindrift,” says a tester. “They don’t insulate well in temps below 20°F or in wet weather, though,” he warns. “It’s a great daytrip glove at a no-brainer price, particularly for the Rockies, Sierra, or any area with little chance of rain or heavy, wet snow.” Nitpick: Some testers didn’t like the Home Depot meets Ringling Bros. style.