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Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Women's Review

This Best Buy Award winner is perfect for any lady seeking an affordable and cozy glove that offers superior warmth and dexterity.
The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III
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Price:  $90 List | $80.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic warmth, good dexterity, durable goatskin palm, super affordable price
Cons:  Few features, less breathable construct
Manufacturer:   Gordini
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 20, 2017
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RANKED
#4 of 12
  • Warmth and Breathability - 25% 8
  • Water Resistance - 25% 7
  • Dexterity - 25% 8
  • Features - 10% 6
  • Durability - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Best Buy Award of women's ski gloves goes to the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III. For under $100, you get a glove that ticks the most important boxes: waterproofing, warmth, and finger dexterity. The reinforced goatskin palm and the "guaranteed to keep you dry" Gore-Tex insert provides superior water resistance all day long. We loved the super plush liner that makes hands feel warm and happy. The Down III also has a pocket for inserting hand warmers for extremely cold mornings. In addition to great warmth and weather protection, this glove also provides decent dexterity, allowing you to clip boots and zip up jackets without taking off your gloves! The fit is female-specific with a cozy, plush interior.

Given all these performance features, this glove was in the running for the Editor's Choice Award. However, it fell short of the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's that offers better breathability, dexterity, and durability. As a result, it was given the Best Buy Award, beating out the Burton Gore-Tex Glove for superior warmth, dexterity, and durability. Even though the Gore-Tex Down III is more expensive than the Burton Gore-Tex, the superior performance of the Gordini provides a better value for the price. Whether you're a beginner or expert skier, this affordable award winner will keep you warm and dry throughout the day.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Gore-Tex Down III Glove by Gordini is perfectly suited for ladies who want dexterity, but need a warm glove. The down insulation will keep you warm during the coldest days at the resort.

Performance Comparison


Keep your fingers warm and your wallet padded with our favorite budget option from Gordini.
Keep your fingers warm and your wallet padded with our favorite budget option from Gordini.

Warmth and Breathability


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 construct 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.


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.

Beef up this pair's warmth by sticking a hand-warmer in the pocket designed just for this purpose.
Beef up this pair's warmth by sticking a hand-warmer in the pocket designed just for this purpose.

If you're looking for a glove that will breathe well for specific adventures, check out our Top Pick for Backcountry Skiing option, the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's glove.

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!


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. However, when we weighed it after the dunk test, we learned that it absorbed 7.1 oz of water, which is more than most gloves and mitts. As a result, we'd recommend keeping this glove out of puddles, simply because it will absorb water. However, the membrane does a good job keeping that moisture away from the inside of the glove. We recommend this glove for all types of climates and all weather conditions.

Water didn't make it to our hands inside this glove  but the exterior absorbed a significant amount of water.
Water didn't make it to our hands inside this glove, but the exterior absorbed a significant amount of water.

Dexterity


Providing more dexterity than all the mittens tested in this review, and a similar level of dexterity to other gloves. Overall…we are impressed! This is performance is it part to the fact that less material is used in the palm and the fit is slim and tight. As a result, it's not as bulky and it makes grabbing other items a little bit easier. Zip up jackets, fiddle with boots, or put on a pair of skins. This Best Buy Award winner performs well in this metric, assuming you have the right fit.


The Down III's impressive dexterity makes binding adjustments a piece of cake.
The Down III's impressive dexterity makes binding adjustments a piece of cake.

Features


Looking for touch-screen compatible gloves? Take a look at the Swany Legend II Mitt - Women's or the Burton Gore-Tex Glove.


The Gore-Tex Down III glove has a few new features compared to its predecessor, the Down II. 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 liked the small addition of warmth.

Wrist leashes are all kinds of convenient.
Wrist leashes are all kinds of convenient.

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

Simple and effective wrist cinching.
Simple and effective wrist cinching.

We wished this glove had touchscreen compatibility like other options in this review 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. Even though it doesn't come with one, you can buy a pair of liners for as little as $20 online.

Heat injection.
Heat injection.

Durability and Construction


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.


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.

Resort riding with the Down III.
Resort riding with the Down III.

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.

Best Application


If you're looking for a glove that will keep you warm and provide you with great dexterity, this contender is where it's at. Doing the best at the resort, we think this is a great option for beginners and experts alike. Wear it during cool to cold conditions in some of the nastiest weather you can imagine.

These Gordini's raise the roof on quality performance and value.
These Gordini's raise the roof on quality performance and value.

Value


In our humble opinion, we think this Best Buy Award winner offers the best value of all gloves tested. For only $90, (and for less some places online), you're getting stand-up performance and durability.

Nothing like an empty resort with warm  dry  and mobile fingers!
Nothing like an empty resort with warm, dry, and mobile fingers!

Conclusion


The Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove wins our Best Buy Award for its fantabulous combination of warmth, dexterity, and weather protection. Even though it isn't super stylish, it's a high-quality glove for just $90.


Amber King