|Rating:||9 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.5 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.1 / 2.5|
I have spent most of my life working outdoors so being in the sun is something I am very much used to. These days I’m usually wearing long pants, a long sleeved top and a hat with the only part of me exposed to the sun being my hands. Over the years as a trekking pole user I’ve learnt the hard way in both the Australian Alps regions and arid regions, how badly the tops of your hands can get burnt. For a while now I have been eyeing-off the Outdoor Research Active Ice Spectrum Sun Gloves to keep my hands protected.
Over the years these gloves have remained relatively unchanged in both design and colour with the platinum colour (very light grey colour) being the consistent model. Occasionally different colours are available and the current options available from Outdoor Research are a bright lime yellow and a forest green colour but from an Australian perspective platinum is going to be the easy one to locate.
In designing what is essentially a simple lycra glove, Outdoor Research has put a lot of thought into the design. Firstly the sizes cover all but the smallest adult hands with my large male hands fitting into a large size and Gill who has an average female hand comfortably fitting into a medium glove.
A long sleeve goes beyond most other gloves on the market comfortably covering past the watch line on your wrist which means you are unlikely to get a burn mark on the wrist. These gloves are fingerless leaving just the top part of your fingers exposed to provide a sense of tactical feel for when you need it but at the same time protecting the areas of your hands that are likely to burn. The palms of the gloves have a series of small low level rubberised dots that allow you to grip your tracking poles or for that matter any other object you pick up.
Now for the only real negative for these gloves and that’s the price sitting at around AUD $85.00 RRP. Even when purchasing them out of the USA by the time you land them here they work out at a similar pricing. Having said that we made the decision to pay the price and so long as you look after them they will last for many years so if you are a trekking pole user and spend time in the hotter climates or hike above the tree line in the Australian Alps these gloves are well worth considering.
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AUD $85 RRP. Keep an eye on freight charges and combine them with a larger order or if you are an Amazon Prime member, the freight is free over a minimum purchase amount
The UV radiation in the Australian Alps is pretty high and if you are using trekking poles burnt hands are a real possibility. This can also be an issue in the Australian arid zones as well
Outdoor Research Active Ice Spectrum Sun Gloves Platinum Colour
Showing fit: The base of the gloves is a good length. I am wearing the Large size which suits my large male hands well. Only short sections of my fingers are exposed which allows enough tactile sensation
Sticky dots on the palms provide grip
Old colour option that you may still find
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker