Outdoor Research Men’s Arete Gloves deliver low-profile warmth, dexterity, and waterproof protection for cold-weather activities. Fleece liners bump up warmth and can be worn alone when conditions allow.
An extremely versatile glove, the Outdoor Research Arete Glove is a great option for those in the high alpine who need waterproof protection, dexterity and really good grip. Let’s take a look at the features and what makes these gloves so special.
The first thing I want to talk about with the gloves is the materials in play. So you have got a really nice full synthetic glove all the way throughout out and it does have a waterproof, breathable, Gore-Tex linier. So this glove is a fully waterproof piece. Gore-Tex is guaranteed to keep you dry so you have confident water protection and weather protection all the way up to the gauntlet style wrist closure there. So you have got really good waterproof materials throughout the entire glove there.
We have got a really neat palm in play. It is Outdoor Research alpine grip palm. So it is a nice, synthetic material that is very, very grippy. It is a little different than those traditional leather palms that you see in gloves, but it still offers incredible grip for ice tools, mountaineering tools or anything you might have to get your hands on when you are in an alpine environment, so a really nice grip in the system there.
On the inside we do have a nice fleece liner glove that is removable. So if I pull one of these gloves off you can look at that fleece liner glove. It is a really lightweight 100 weight radiant fleece liner glove. So you have got a really nice material in play there. It gives you a little bit of warmth, a lot of moisture wicking and breathability with that liner glove. So you can wear these by themselves if you start to generate a lot of body heat. Or they work really well inside the glove as well.
You have also got a nice silicone palm and fingertip grip. So you have got really good grip with the liner as well as with the external shell glove, so a nice bonus to have those two options with the gloves.
If you choose to use the shell glove just by itself, there is a nice lightweight fleece liner in there as well. So you have got really good warmth in that shell glove by itself. Or if you want to use the combination, the liner and the shell you get an extra bit of warmth there, while still remaining very dexterous. So you have got a really good amount of dexterity with this glove. You can move your fingers very easily. There is a precurved construction so you have got a really good fit over all. It is not super bulky. So if you are doing those high aerobic activities in the alpine you don’t want a glove that is going to be too bulky and that is not going to give you that dexterity. So this glove is a really good at keeping low profile, keeping it nice and simple and streamlined while giving you all that performance that you would want.
The features on this glove are pretty simple. We have got a nice carabineer clip on the middle finger of each glove so you can attach them to a pack or to a harness if you are not wearing them. You do have a nice gauntlet easy cinch closure, so it is a one handed system. You just pull on the elastic there and it will draw down that gauntlet. And when you want to loosen it you just grab the nylon tab there and it loosens it up. So it is very easy to cinch down that gauntlet to get better weather protection or to loosen it up if it is a little too tight or you don’t need that closure.
We do have a removable cord or leash on the inside so you can wrap that around your wrist, prevent the gloves from getting lost if you drop them or if they come off, so a nice addition there. And if you don’t need that leash, if it gets in the way, you can do away with it. It is removable. You have got a glove clip to keep the gloves clipped together, so it is a pretty simple system there. And on the inside we do have a pull loop. So there is a nice tab on the inside of each of the gloves that acts as a pull loop, so a nice bit of features on the gloves.
So there you have it. It is the Outdoor Research Arete Glove for those in the high alpine that heed dexterity, waterproof protection and warmth. This is a great option.