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Exceptionally warm. Excellent value.
on 10 December 2011
For about 15 years I have used another brand of convertible glove employing windstopper material and they are getting to the useful end of their life. I could not source a replacement from the same company, but whilst searching on Amazon I was delighted to come across the Marmot brand, which seemed to be offering the same usefulness and ability. And they do. The material, if anything, seems marginally thicker, and a nice touch is the flip over mitten portion is held in place by a small magnet, rather than velcro, which I found can snag knitted materials.
The clue to the effectiveness of these fingerless convertible gloves is in the word "windstopper". And they do what it says - it is almost impossible for cold wind to penetrate them, so your hands stay remarkably warm even in sub-zero temperatures.
The accepted opinion is that mittens, generally, are the warmer design than traditional gloves, other things being equal. However, mittens are not very user friendly where you need to retain a high degree of finger flexibility, such as using a camera. Having to completely remove both mittens in order to use my cameras is really a no-no.
I have found that walking around in temperatures down to -10C (they should afford protection below this, but I can not comment on this personally) windstopper material keeps my hands comfortably warm where, for the most part, I use them in "mitten mode" and only flip over the mitten portion when required to use my cameras. Because my hands up to the first joint of every finger (the thumbs are permanently covered up) are always covered, the cold to which my fingers are briefly exposed is barely noticed and the rest of my hands don't get any chance to cool down.
They have real leather palms to aid gripping.
Other than my old pair of windstopper gloves, before alighting on these Marmots I had tried other types using a well known insulation material, but I found these were not that efficient at keeping out chill winds and I felt I'd wasted my money.
I don't know if you believe £30 is expensive for a pair of convertible gloves, but when you consider they WORK, it is definitely a price worth paying, and from Amazon, the price includes free delivery.