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Oyuki Chika GTX Gloves Review

This glove blends the dexterity and simplicity of a leather glove with the weather-proof performance of a Gore-tex insert
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Price:  $140 List
Manufacturer:   Oyuki
By Jacqueline Kearney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 6, 2022
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RANKED
#4 of 15
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 8.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 8.0
  • Durability - 15% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Oyuki Chika GTX has the streamlined simplicity of an all-leather glove with the water-resistant benefits of a Gore-tex insert. The lofty and compressible Primaloft Gold insulation provides a surprising level of warmth and is strategically placed to allow for a high degree of dexterity. The overall package is well executed, and while there are slightly warmer and more storm-ready gloves in this review, none of them are quite as sleek or low-profile as the Chika GTX.
REASONS TO BUY
Sleek design
High warmth to dexterity ratio
Well-constructed
REASONS TO AVOID
Pricey
Colors prone to staining
Leather requires maintenance

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Pros Sleek design, high warmth to dexterity ratio, well-constructedExtremely 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 Pricey, colors prone to staining, leather requires maintenanceCould be more dexterous, stitching located in some high stress areasPoor dexterityNot a lot of extra insulationNot fully waterproof, less durable construction
Bottom Line This glove blends the dexterity and simplicity of a leather glove with the weather-proof performance of a Gore-tex insertThis 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 Oyuki Chika GTX Gloves 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%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
Dexterity (25%)
8.0
7.0
3.0
4.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Features (10%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Oyuki Chika GTX Gloves Outdoor Research Wo... Black Diamond Mercu... Burton Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex waterproof insert 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 Primaloft Gold 200g 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 Water resistant goatskin leather Water resistant goat leather Goat leather Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Goat Leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) n/a 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 double layer cuff, Velcro wrist closure, wrist leash, NIKWAX waterproofing 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 Oyuki Chika GTX Gloves are high performing in many aspects with quality construction and a Gore-tex insert. Where they are a real standout, however, is in their warmth-to-dexterity ratio thanks in no small part to their sleek and low-profile design.

Performance Comparison


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Lift-accessed skiing in the Oyuki Chika GTX early season in Colorado's Front Range.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney


Warmth


The Oyuki Chika performed among the top gloves in this metric. With 200g of Primaloft Gold on the back of the glove and 133g of Primaloft Grip insulation on the palm, these gloves maintained plenty of heat for most days. The strategic placement of this insulation kept the level of insulation from restricting movement, which is a key element to all-day warmth. This high-quality synthetic insulation is very lofty and compressible and maintains some insulating qualities even when wet.


While testing this glove on a shady, cold, early winter lift ride we noticed that it kept our fingers warm even while sitting still. The double cuff, with a neoprene inner and adjustable hook and loop outer cuff blocks out drafts extremely well. We found that this closure was able to fully cinch around the wrist comfortably when combined with its inner cuff. We also enjoyed the soft and warm tricot liner of this glove.

Where this glove left room for improvement was in its breathability. While the Primaloft and Goretex should both be breathable, the leather construction prevented excellent performance here. When fully exerting on uphill hikes and ski tours the Oyuki trapped a little moisture, which could lead to cold hands over time. The tricot lining and Goretex do slowly wick this moisture away so long as the glove (and skier) are not being pushed to the limit. This glove is just a little too warm for high-output uphill pursuits.

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The all leather construction of the Oyuki left less room for heat to escape and provide breathability that some other gloves we tested.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Water Resistance


The Oyuki Chika boasts an impressive level of water resistance. The Gore-tex liner keeps water from penetrating all the way to the fingers and the leather resists wetting out when taken care of properly. Oyuki recommends running with the factory DWR treatment on the leather until it is worn down before adding additional treatment. The next layer of defense is continuing to treat the goat skin leather with an included Nikwax water-resistant treatment. Once the leather is saturated with this treatment, the exterior shell beads and resists water well, as long as you re-treat it regularly.


We found that on long days with many hours of hands in the snow, the water resistance of the treated leather started to wear off. When the leather began to soak through at the seams, but the Gore-tex liner successfully kept our hands dry and warm. In most situations and weather conditions, this shell sheds moisture without issue and the moisture doesn't ever reach the Gore-tex liner. This treated leather is impressively water-resistant.

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The water resistant treated leather beaded water well even after we fully immersed it in this controlled test.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Dexterity


In addition to its great performance in other metrics, the Oyuki Chika is an extremely dexterous glove. The full goat skin leather construction of this glove also allows for stretch and conformity over time as the material breaks in. Where this glove surpasses some other all-leather gloves is how supple the leather is right out of the gate.


We found this glove to be capable of doing everything from transitions while ski touring to writing down snowpack observations. The strategically placed insulation (more on the back) allows for easy flexion while the svelte leather construction around the fingers makes it easy to grip things and do fiddly tasks with the gloves on. The internal cuff fits snugly on the wrist, eliminating any bulk underneath and around the jacket cuff. Considering its warmth, we found the Chika to allow for excellent dexterity.

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We were able to do things like tie this drawstring with ease in the dexterous Oyuki Chika.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Durability


The Chika GTX are made of quality materials with a well-executed construction that leads us to believe that they will be durable gloves. The goat leather outer is supple, but resistant to wear and abrasion. We found that this glove showed little sign of wear even when tested using ropes as a belay glove. While Oyuki has really only made a splash in the US market in the last five or so years, these gloves are tested and developed in some of the harshest winter weather out there in cold and snowy Northern Japan.


These gloves claim to be built to last and a close examination of tightly sewn seams and high-quality leather doesn't suggest otherwise. Our only point of concern in this glove is the lack of reinforcement in the high-use thumb and first finger intersection. As with other gloves constructed completely of leather, we recognize that their lifespan depends on proper treatment and care of the leather. The performance of other all-leather gloves we have tested over the years suggests that these gloves should last several seasons if taken care of properly. We will update this review if any durability issues arise as we continue to test them throughout the winter.

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There are very few extra seams on these gloves that are susceptible to wear and tear. Here you can see the single piece construction of the palm.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Features


This streamlined glove does pack in a few extra features. One of the most unique elements of the design is the two-layer cuff. The interior layer of the cuff is constructed of snug-fitting neoprene, reinforced with an adjustable hook and loop closure exterior cuff. We loved how this feature sealed up the gloves around the wrist on powder days helping to maintain warmth and keep snow out.


The double-layered cuff also includes a sleek pull tab. We like how the pull tab is integrated into the body of the glove, eliminating the possibility it becomes worn and detached over time. These gloves also feature a stretchy and functional wrist leash to help prevent losing them if you take them off on the chairlift. While the Chika doesn't have some of the fancy features found on other gloves on the market, we found that the quality of the ones it did have made them more than sufficient.

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The double layered cuff of the Oyuki adjusts easily and securely.
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Should You Buy the Oyuki Chika GTX Glove?


The Oyuki Chika excels at combining dexterity and warmth, with a sleeker fit than many other gloves on the market. If you are looking for a glove that is warm enough for most days and has great dexterity, this is an excellent option. If you are looking for a streamlined fit and don't need the warmest gloves on the market, this is a well-designed glove that is waterproof and looks good too.

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This sleek glove fits easily under a jacket sleeve once the cuff is closed.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

What Other Women's Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


If you value warmth above all else, consider looking at a mitten like the award-winning Black Diamond Mercury Mitt. And, if you need the dexterity of this glove, but a little more warmth, you can't go wrong with the premium Arc'teryx Fission SV.

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Put it right here. We love the high level performance that this glove squeezes into a svelte package.
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