The Arc'teryx Fission Glove stole the show this season for its wonderfully lightweight design and soft to the touch inner fabrics. We loved that the Gore-Tex and leather outers kept our hands dry in the nastiest of gnar, while the insulation kept them warm when temperatures dipped down well into the negative degrees. We took these gloves on the steep hillsides of the Telluride Ski Resort as well as into the backcountry of the San Juan mountains. They were thrown in the freezer and dunked underwater to determine their performance limits. In addition, we gave them to friends and skinned uphill in the backcountry to determine if they were, in fact, deserving of an award this season.
We learned through all these experiences that this glove balances a fine blend of warmth and breathability. It also stands out as the most versatile glove tested, performing well both at the resort and in the backcountry. We recommend it for all climates - both dry and wet! As a result, we couldn't help but give the Fission one of our Editors' Choice Awards this season. If you're looking for a glove with similar features to the Fission Glove that could fit a smaller hand, we'd recommend looking at the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III or the Outdoor Research Arete glove. If mittens are more your style, check out our Editors' Choice for Mittens - the Hestra Heli-Mitt - Women's.