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Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Women's Review

A high value and warm glove ready for the resort
gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review
The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III
Credit: Gordini
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Price:  $105 List
Manufacturer:   Gordini
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 6, 2022
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RANKED
#10 of 15
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 6.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 5.0
  • Durability - 15% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove offers a superior amount of warmth to any of the gloves tested in this review. Loaded with down insulation, it offers ample loft and water resistance when tackling cold days at the ski hill. This glove is ripe with features, including a hand-warmer pocket, so you can ensure your hands achieve top-tier toastiness at the resort. This is a single glove, without a removable liner. While we do love the comfortable and durable construction of this ski glove, the liner bunches when damp hands are taken out, and we struggled to put it back in. All the lofty insulation does reduce dexterity. That said, we feel it's a good value for the warmth it provides.
REASONS TO BUY
Great warmth
Durable construction
Water resistant
High value
REASONS TO AVOID
Few features
Less breathable construct
Poor dexterity
Editor's note: The review was updated on December 6, 2022, with alternative purchase recommendations and glove-to-glove comparisons.

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Pros Great warmth, durable construction, water resistant, high valueExtremely featured, warm, Gore-tex insert, good dealWarm, soft, water resistant, quick dryingWarm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent valueGreat price, breathable, warm, comes with liner glove
Cons Few features, less breathable construct, poor dexterityCould be more dexterous, stitching located in some high stress areasPoor dexterityNot a lot of extra insulationNot fully waterproof, less durable construction
Bottom Line A high value and warm glove ready for the resortThis quality ski glove impressed us with its high-end performance and reasonable priceThis toasty mitt keeps fingers extremely warm and dry with a waterproof and breathable exterior and lofty insulated removable linerA mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable priceA well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winter
Rating Categories Gordini Gore-Tex Do... Outdoor Research Wo... Black Diamond Mercu... Burton Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Warmth (25%)
7.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
Water Resistance (25%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
Dexterity (25%)
5.0
7.0
3.0
4.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Features (10%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Gordini Gore-Tex Do... Outdoor Research Wo... Black Diamond Mercu... Burton Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane Gore-Tex waterproof insert BD.dry Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert Nylon Shell (black part), Hoxton (75% nylon, 25% polyester) DWR treatment, Leather palm (water-resistant)
Insulation Type 600-fill of 70% goose down 30% waterfowl feathers on back of hand, Megaloft on palm side EnduraLoft 100% Polyester 100g, removable merion wool liner glove 170g PrimaLoft Gold
Back of hand: 133g PrimaLoft Gold
ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation 110/350g high loft synthetic
Palm Material Goat skin (leather) Water resistant goat leather Goat leather Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Goat Leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) Polyester fleece liner Merino wool Polyester Fleece 150g tricot, 100% polyester
Double or Single Construction? Single Double Double Double Double
Gauntlet or Cuff? Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Special features Adjustable wrist closure, nose wipe, pocket for handwarmer on the top of the glove, removable leash Touchscreen compatible liner glove, nose wipe, removable leash, glove clip, carabiner loop, cinchable gauntlet Nose wipe, carabiner loop, removable liner Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch Google wipe on thumb, touch screen compatible liners, removable wrist leash
Fit True to size True to size True to size True to size A little smaller, size up if you're unsure

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Gore-Tex Down III Glove by Gordini is perfectly suited for ladies who want a warm glove at a moderate price. The down insulation will keep you warm during the coldest days at the resort, while the gloved design offers more dexterity than you'd get with any mitten.

Performance Comparison


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Keep your fingers warm and your wallet padded with one of our favorite budget options from Gordini.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Warmth


Of all the gloves tested, the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove (rated to 10F) is the warmest. It's loaded with 600-fill goose down (75% goose down, 25% goose feathers) on the back of the palm, with a less bulky MegaLoft insulation on the palm (providing a little more dexterity). In addition to the insulation, we love the ultra-plush and soft inner liner that is sewn into the construction of the glove. This makes it a wonderful option for sitting on an ice-cold chairlift, or while hunkering down at your favorite ice fishing hole. If you run extra cold, slip a hand warmer into the pocket to stay roasty toasty.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - beef up this pair's warmth by sticking a hand-warmer in the pocket...
Beef up this pair's warmth by sticking a hand-warmer in the pocket designed just for this purpose. The Gordini Gore-Tex Down offers a nice little pocket to incorporate a handwarmer.
Credit: Ross Robinson

This glove does a decent job in the breathability metric. The Gore-Tex liner allows water vapor to escape slowly, but the loft and insulation almost do too good a job of keeping heat trapped inside. As a result, we noticed our hands getting clammy during aerobic or warm days. It's a wonderful resort option, but we wouldn't recommend it for skiing in the backcountry.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - we put each glove into the freezer for 5 minutes to look at...
We put each glove into the freezer for 5 minutes to look at insulative value. In the tests with this super warm glove, we saw a temperature drop, that in comparison to the rest, was quite small. Above shows the temperatures before and after the test.
Credit: Amber King

Water Resistance


In addition to providing a heap of warmth, this glove does an impeccable job of resisting water. The highly durable and water-resistant goatskin palm and reinforced thumb keep moisture out when playing in the snow. The HydroWick Denier lining keeps water out of the glove throughout the day. During blustery wintery days when the snow was wet, we skied the resort for hours, without feeling cold or discomfort. These gloves are water-resistant!

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - after our water tests, we learn that this durable glove is pretty...
After our water tests, we learn that this durable glove is pretty awesome at repelling water. While the shell and nose wipe material did absorb some water, it wasn't much. This glove has a dry weight of 4.0 ounces.
Credit: Amber King

A use issue that we commonly encountered is associated with the liner. When hands get wet from sweat or damp for another reason, the liner is very 'grabby', bunching up and sticking. Getting a wet hand into this glove can feel near impossible, which lost it some points with us.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - the shell is made up of stretch-woven nylon and leather. nylon is...
The shell is made up of stretch-woven Nylon and leather. Nylon is known to absorb water, which accounts for the little water taken in during this test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

During our water dunk tests, we were happy to learn that the Gore-Tex Down III gloves did not leak, just like other gloves with a Gore-Tex insert. It also only absorbed 2.4 oz of water during our tests. We recommend this glove for all types of climates and all weather conditions.

Dexterity


This glove is not as mobile as other thinner options on the market. It does offer more dexterity than a mitt, but because it is loaded with so much insulation throughout its construction, it's harder to use for finer tasks. We do appreciate that most of the insulation is concentrated to the back of the glove, allowing for more mobility in the palm, and that the leather palm is quite buttery, which adds more to the dexterity. It's a fine glove for the basics at the resort — putting on your boots, zipping up jackets, or grasping your ski pole, but for more technical purposes, a thinner, more mobile glove would be a better option.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - the down iii has enough dexterity to get the job done, but the...
The Down III has enough dexterity to get the job done, but the insulation-infused craftsmanship limits its uses. Don't expect to use these glove for super fine tasks or technical purposes. It truly does best at the resort.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Features


The Gore-Tex Down III glove has all the features you need for playing in the snow at the resort. An integrated wrist leash is handy when you need to remove your gloves quickly without having to store them in a pocket. No fear of dropping a glove from a chairlift with the leash attached, the gloves just hang off the wrists. The back of the hand has a small pocket that perfectly fits a hand warmer. On extra-frigid mornings, we like the small addition of warmth.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - wrist leashes are all kinds of convenient.
Wrist leashes are all kinds of convenient.
Credit: Ross Robinson

The wrist cinch is simple, and we love the quick cinch and release around the gauntlet. There are also quick clips that hold the gloves together when not in use. The nose wipe on the thumb also kept us happy during snotty days on the mountain.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - simple and effective wrist cinching.
Simple and effective wrist cinching.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Our wishlist? With technology being such an important part of our lives these days, we wish this glove had touchscreen compatibility as well as a removable leash. A longer gauntlet would be helpful to keep snow out during super deep days in the mountains. We also like that we could use a super-thin glove liner with this glove to provide additional warmth and versatility.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - heat injection.
Heat injection.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Durability


We are impressed with the craftsmanship and durability of this glove. Throughout the testing period, the insulation did not pack out or lose warmth, even after washing and our dunk tests. The stitching is very precise, but not seamless.

Also, we love the goatskin leather palm — one of the most durable leathers out there. Even though it only comes with a one-year warranty, we think it will last a few seasons at the least. In general, it was more durable than most contenders.

Make it a point to treat the goatskin palm with a leather sealant to ensure the longevity of this glove. Treat it before use and one to two more times a season.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - these gordinis raise the roof on quality performance and value.
These Gordinis raise the roof on quality performance and value.
Credit: Ross Robinson

Should You Buy the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove?


The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove offers great warmth wrapped into a well-constructed glove-shaped package. In our humble opinion, we think this glove offers some of the best value of any of the gloves in this review. It's a high-scoring ski glove with great warmth and overall performance on the ski hill. We feel it is definitely worth the price, and if you seek a moderately priced and very warm glove for resort skiing, this is a great option.

What Other Women's Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


If you're seeking a glove that's warm and still boasts excellent dexterity, the Arc'teryx Fission SV is the best glove we tested. Its excellent performance comes at a much higher price, however. If you're looking to spend way less money, the Dakine Camino is our pick for the highest-value glove in the test. It's not quite as warm, but it's weatherproof and a good option for all but the coldest days.

gordini gore-tex down iii women's ski gloves review - nothing like an empty resort with warm, dry, and mobile fingers. the...
Nothing like an empty resort with warm, dry, and mobile fingers. The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III stands out as one of the warmest gloves you'll find, infused with down insulation.
Credit: Ross Robinson

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