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I need glove advice

Postby catalyst81 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:57 pm

I'm looking for some advice on some shell gloves for a Mt. Shasta trip in June and then for use in SoCal mtns (San Jacinto, Baldy, San Gorgornio) during winter. I'm going with a friend up Shasta for a charity event and its set up through a guide company. They recommend gortex gloves. I don't have a lot of experience with winter gear so thought I'd ask for suggestions. I was thinking a light liner with a gortex shell would work well. Something similar to say the OR Arete gloves. I've also seen mitts. Can you handle an ice axe while wearing mitts?
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Postby Autoxfil » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:13 am

Gloves aren't seam-sealed, so even Gore-Tex wets through. OutDry fixes that - get the MH Medusa or Hydra and don't look back. Bitchin' gloves aside from the waterproofing, too - tough palms, nice wrist cuffs, etc. Backcountry had them on sale recently. I had the Cima, which is the same as the Medusa but with synthetic palm (meh) and no OutDry. Those were it's only shortcomings, and I loved the heck out of them for ice, mountaineering, and skiing. I now have the Medusa as a second pair and can't think of any way to improve them.

They will get wet from sweat anyway - bring two pair for big mountains. Or, at least get a glove with a removable liner and bring extra fleece gloves to put inside.

Search for the thread on ice climbing gloves, and read the links - I have been oh-so-happy after doing so and following the advice within (which I just summarized for you).
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Postby Teresa Gergen » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:37 am

If your hands run very cold, you'll be much happier with good mitts with waterproof shells. If you're just talking about standard snow travel routes, and not technical/ice climbing routes, you can definitely hold on to a mountain axe with thick expedition mitts, but I'd recommend having it on a leash that you attach to your harness or your pack hip belt (not your wrist), in case you fumble it. I have never had as much trouble with cold as I did on a June climb of Shasta - just the luck of the draw on that particular day. Colder than Denali - where I think I got lucky.

Personally, I wouldn't go up a mountain that has the potential for serious weather without mitts at least in the pack, even if you plan to wear gloves.
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Postby catalyst81 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:15 am

yeah, I won't be doing any ice climbing. This is more for snow travel. The Medusa looks nice, but they'll get wet from my hand sweating...and I don't think I want to buy two of them. I think it would be easier to get multiple liners for a shell.
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