Burton Gore-Tex ReviewPrice: $70 List | $45.25 at Amazon
Compare prices at 4 resellers Pros: Rad features like touch screen sensitive fingers and included liner gloves, wider than average fit works for most
Cons: So-so weather resistance, decent dexterity, below average durability
Bottom line: A solid and fully featured glove for the price; it was a strong contender for our Best Buy Award.
Palm Material: Sticky Icky Grip Palm
Gaunlet or Cuff?: Gauntlet
The Burton Gore-Tex is a rad glove for the price. It offered several sweet features and was a solid contender for our OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award, narrowly missing it. Instead, the $69 Outdoor Research Revolution took the cake, as it was marginally more weather resistant and offered better dexterity. The Gore-Tex provides above average warmth, sports touchscreen sensitive fingers, a wide fit to accompany a range of wearers, and has an included (separate) pair of liner gloves.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Gore-Tex gloves are fairly unique in that they come with completely removable liner gloves when purchased. This is a nice feature that bumps the warmth when you use the liners. The liner also offers more versatility (AKA not using the liners on spring/warmer days), as it's nice to have the liner on colder days when you remove the outer gloves for specific tasks. Most of our testers felt good skiing or snowboarding in these gloves down to around 5F.
Compared to other similar models, the Gore-Tex, when used with the included liners, was slightly warmer than the Outdoor Research Revolution and was comparable to the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II; however, the Storm Trooper was noticeably warmer if we didn't use the liner gloves. The Gore-Tex gloves were warmer than a handful of much more expensive gloves, such as the Black Diamond Legend, and Hestra Leather Fall Line.
As the name implies, the Gore-Tex by Burton uses a Gore-Tex insert for weather resistance and earns an above average 8 out of 10. This contender provides solid overall water resistance for use during close to freezing or colder storms when you are out and about all day. It kept our hands fairly dry and scored respectably well in our side-by-side bucket tests. It's worth noting that when compared to most of the models in its price range, it performed extremely well in this metric. The two exceptions to models that are similarly priced (and performed slightly better in this category) include the $70 Outdoor Research Revolution and the $65 Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II.
These gloves offer solid ergonomics and average dexterity overall. While they were decent performers, they just didn't overly impress us. We never felt like these gloves hindered us during fine motor skill activities or tasks, but they were not comparable to several of the other models. We found that the Outdoor Research Revolution and the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II offered better dexterity, with the Revolution featuring the best of the three.
These gloves have touchscreen capable fingers on the shell. This is obviously a sweet feature that could be enough of a factor to overcome any of the minor performance differences in other categories. Also unique to this glove was that the touchscreen feature works on all five of the fingers, which was an added benefit. It is worth noting that the included liner glove is not touchscreen sensitive.
Our testing team found these gloves offered above average durability, scoring a 6 out of 10. However, they weren't exceptional and after a few dozen days of resort riding and backcountry days, the palms with Burton's Gnar Guard were holding up, but were starting to show some premature signs of wear. The DWR on the exterior of the shell (which assists in weather resistance) wasn't doing as well as many other models we tested, like the Outdoor Research Revolution or the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II. If you have the money to spend, we'd recommend splurging on the highly durable Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, Hestra models, or the lower priced Black Diamond Legend, $130.
The Gore-Tex is a sweet all-around ski and snowboard glove at a great price. Our testers found it warm enough for most ski climates and weather resistant enough for others.
At $70, this glove is a great deal for the performance it provides. There are hundreds of other gloves in the $75 price category, and we think this is one of the better models for several reasons: it offers solid warmth, dexterity, weather resistance, and comes with a pair of liner gloves.
It was an incredibly difficult decision to choose which glove to give our Best Buy award to. In the end, we found that the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II and the Outdoor Research Revolution performed slightly higher across the board, with both offering better dexterity and weather resistance. However, the Burton Gore-Tex is a sweet glove. We think that all of the sweet extra features that the Burton provides are notable, like the included liner gloves and the touchscreen sensitive fingers, which could easily be the deciding factor for some folks that are deciding between these three gloves.
— Ian Nicholson
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