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Gordini AquaBloc Down Gauntlet Glove Review

These gloves don't match up to the best on the market, but they are a lot more affordable
gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review
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Price:  $70 List
Manufacturer:   Gordini
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
56
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RANKED
#17 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 5.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 6.0
  • Durability - 15% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Gordini AquaBloc Down Gauntlet is an affordable and functional entry-level glove that doesn't perform as well as other options, but it gets the job done. It uses a mix of down and synthetic insulation, but the result isn't all that warm. The proprietary waterproof membrane works pretty well, but the softshell material on the outside glove soaks through in the wettest conditions. The fit through the fingers isn't tailored well enough to provide much dexterity, and the palm faux-leather material wears through relatively easily. On the upside, this glove has most of the features we look for. Discerning users will want more performance, but occasional skiers and riders will find a decent value here.
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Heavily featured
REASONS TO AVOID
Don't seem very durable
Unimpressive dexterity
Not as warm as expected

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Pros Inexpensive, heavily featuredWarm enough, weatherproof, reasonable priceWarm, great features, comfortable, inexpensiveVery dexterous, breathable, great fit, fair priceTough, waterproof, warm, dexterous for a mitt
Cons Don't seem very durable, unimpressive dexterity, not as warm as expectedPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesNot dexterous, bulky and cumbersomeNo wrist leash, soft-shell construction can wear out quickly, overall durabilitySweats out easily, must apply Sno-Seal often to avoid soaking up water
Bottom Line These gloves don't match up to the best on the market, but they are a lot more affordableA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceA quality mitten that is super warm, comfortable, and relatively inexpensiveA more dexterous but less durable deviation from hardware store leather gloves, this model is an OK choice for resort, side-country and short backcountry missionsA tough, trendy, and affordable choice for resort or backcountry skiing
Rating Categories Gordini AquaBloc Do... Gordini GTX Storm T... The North Face Mont... REI Co-op Guide Ins... FlyLow Oven Mitt
Warmth (25%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
1
5.0
Dexterity (25%)
5.0
4.0
2.0
10.0
3.0
Water Resistance (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
2.0
7.0
Features (10%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
3.0
Specs Gordini AquaBloc Do... Gordini GTX Storm T... The North Face Mont... REI Co-op Guide Ins... FlyLow Oven Mitt
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Single Single
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Cuff Cuff
Palm Material Rugged ripstop softshell, bluesign® approved Polyurethane Synthetic leather Leather Pigskin leather
Waterproof Material AquaBloc® insert Gore-Tex DryVent None SnoSeal beeswax
Insulation Type Back of hand: 600-fill GooseDown, Palm: Megaloft® synthetic insulation Megaloft Back of hand: 250g Heatseeker Eco
Palm: 160g Heatseeker Eco
Polyester fibers Spaceloft Micropuff
Nose Wipe? Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - the gordini aquabloc is a decent choice for occasional skiers and...
The Gordini AquaBloc is a decent choice for occasional skiers and riders.
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Warmth


These gloves use 600 fill-power down in the back of the hand and synthetic insulation in the palm and fingers to provide warmth. The down component is good marketing, but there just isn't enough space for the feathers to puff up and make a difference compared to synthetic insulation. A thin fleece lining on the inside of the glove adds a cozy touch, but overall, these gloves aren't that warm compared to the high-performance competition. But for the price, they are decently warm.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - down insulation on top of the hand provides decent warmth, but not...
Down insulation on top of the hand provides decent warmth, but not enough for the coldest days of winter.
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Dexterity


The AquaBloc Down Gauntlet isn't very dexterous. The fingers are blocky and don't have tapered fingertips, meaning there is a lot of extra shell material that gets in the way when the fingers are called into action. We notice about half an inch of extra material on the tip of each finger, and the faux leather on the inside of the hand is too soft to transfer force effectively. These gloves aren't the best choice for anyone who needs to use their hands a lot on the ski hill, like patrollers or instructors. They do, however, have enough dexterity for average resort skiers.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - it was hard to tie our boot laces in these gloves.
It was hard to tie our boot laces in these gloves.
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Water Resistance


These gloves use Gordini's proprietary AquaBloc waterproof/breathable membrane to keep water out. This works relatively well, but the softshell outer and faux leather palm soak through faster than other gloves we tested. On cold chairlift rides, we also noticed how icy winds seemed to penetrate easier than other gloves. On the other hand, these gloves have large, high-coverage wrist gauntlets with drawstring closures that easily fit over jacket cuffs. These keep snow out of the hands on powder days.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - the softshell material on the back of the glove repels water at...
The softshell material on the back of the glove repels water at first, but soaks through during submersion.
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Durability


Our experience with Gordini's faux-leather palm material is that it wears out relatively quickly compared to gloves with real leather. Some key seams on the palm are double-stitched, and the down insulation on the back of the hand will last a long time. Still, these gloves lack the construction quality of other high-performance gloves, largely due to the lack of high-quality components, but the price reflects this difference. These gloves are built well enough for most skiers and riders who make it to the resort for a handful of weekends each year.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - faux-leather textured palms tend to wear out pretty fast if you use...
Faux-leather textured palms tend to wear out pretty fast if you use your hands a lot.
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Features


The AquaBloc Down has plenty of features that make this glove useful on the ski hill. The large wrist gauntlets have an easy-to-use drawstring tab, and there is a wide and comfortable nose wipe on the outside of each thumb. There is no wrist leash, but there is a nylon wrist cinch strap that keeps the glove tight on the wrist. This last feature doesn't feel totally necessary, and most other gloves use a thin elastic strap around the entire wrist here.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - a wrist cinch strap keeps the glove secure over the wrist.
A wrist cinch strap keeps the glove secure over the wrist.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Should You Buy the Gordini AquaBloc Down Gauntlet?


This glove has average performance across the board, and it comes at a price that is much lower than the rest of the competition. However, you get what you pay for, and most discerning skiers will likely want more performance out of their gloves. If you ski or ride often, these gloves will leave you wanting more. But if you are looking for a glove that will perform well enough for a few ski vacations per year, and don't want to pay too much for it, this could be a good choice.

What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


For a similar price, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II provides a lot more performance across the board and is our choice for the best budget ski glove. If cost isn't an issue, we recommend the Arc'teryx Fission SV as the best overall ski glove. If you want the utmost in warmth and weather resistance, and don't care too much about dexterity, the Black Diamond Guide will protect you in all conditions. The Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex also provides great all-around performance, at a slightly lower price than the best gloves.

gordini aquabloc down gauntlet glove ski gloves review - the gordini aquabloc down gauntlet is a decent glove at an...
The Gordini AquaBloc Down Gauntlet is a decent glove at an affordable price, but it can't match up to the rest of the competition.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

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