The Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II is easily one of the best ski gloves you can buy for the price, earning our Best Buy Award. It's value is super high — not only does it perform well out of the box, but it will last longer than the vast majority of synthetic gloves in this price range. We've bought and tested this glove multiple times. The Storm Trooper II remains a rad glove that offers above-average warmth and fantastic weather resistance at a very respectable price. We found that during our side-by-side comparisons, the Storm Trooper II was slightly warmer than most five-finger competitors. Note — Folks with wider than average hands won't like the smaller width around the knuckles. You might want to consider sizing up, or going for another pair.
Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Good weather resistance, warm enough, bombproof, killer price
Cons: Slightly tighter fit around the knuckle, dexterity
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|Pros||Good weather resistance, warm enough, bombproof, killer price||Versatility, durable palm, lightweight and packable, dexterous, ergonomic shape, freedom of movement||Super warm, extremely tough, great weather resistance, removable liners help them dry quicker, our go-to expedition glove||Dexterous for its warmth, inside feels soft and cozy, durable, above average weather resistance||Well designed features, tough as nails, dexterous|
|Cons||Slightly tighter fit around the knuckle, dexterity||Long gauntlet tricky to get under jacket, gauntlet can slowly open, expensive||Not very dexterous, take time to break in, if in between sizes you should consider sizing up||Expensive, leather needs to be retreated slightly more than other models||Not as warm as other high-end ski gloves, expensive|
|Bottom Line||Our go-to gloves in this price range. It should be considered for folks looking for a slightly warmer glove among budget-friendly models..||Easily the most versatile model for conditions, climates, and activities with top-tier performance across the board make this glove our favorite overall.||For really cold activities, where giving up some dexterity for some serious warmth is a must, these gloves are hard to beat.||A fantastic all-around winter glove; it's expensive but built to last, offering extra features to present a good overall value.||This is an excellent day in day out resort glove for skiing in milder climates.|
|Rating Categories||Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II||Arc'teryx Fission SV||Black Diamond Guide||Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex||Marmot Ultimate|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Gordini GTX Storm...||Arc'teryx Fission SV||Black Diamond Guide||Hestra Army...||Marmot Ultimate|
|Double or Single Glove||Single||Single||Double||Single||Single|
|Gaunlet or Cuff?||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet|
|Palm Material||Goatskin leather palm||Leather||Goat leather||Army Leather (goat leather)||Cow-hide leather|
|Waterproof Material||Gore-Tex insert||Gore-Tex||Gore-Tex insert||HESTRA Triton three-layer polyamide fabric, leather||Gore-Tex insert|
|Insulation Type||Megaloft insulation||Primaloft Gold Insulation Eco and primaloft silver eco||PrimaLoft Gold and boiled wool||Soft Fiberfill||PrimaLoft Gold|
Our Analysis and Test Results
One of the best ski gloves for the price, the Storm Trooper II is our Best Buy Award winner and remains a solid glove that few downhill skiers and snowboarders won't be happy with. The Storm Trooper II offers some of the better weather resistance, warmth, and durability for its price and overall respectable dexterity for its price range.
Despite being offered for a low price, we felt these were some of the warmer single gloves in our review. They were easily among the warmest models in the price range. While this contender is obviously not as warm as our Top Pick for Cold Weather, we found it respectable among single gloves. We felt comfortable using these gloves while resort riding down to around 10F or maybe even a little colder.
The Storm Trooper II offers better dexterity than similar pricepoint options. This surprised our review team who expected it to function a bit stiffer than it did, in both real-world use and during a series of side-by-side tests. As these gloves have a large amount of leather to them, there is a break-in period, which lasted a couple of days. While these initial days are no-one's favorite thing, we loved them once they softened up!
These gloves scored well in both our side-by-side bucket of water tests and in real-world use. Of the gloves with a Gore-Tex insert, these are one of the least expensive tested. The insert certainly helped their overall weather resistance performance. Price aside, the GTX Storm Trooper compares to more expensive competitors. As the name implies, these gloves are storm ready and are wonderful pow-slayers.
This glove is bomber. After intense use during the winter, our testing team was impressed with how well its weather resistance held up. They are nearly as waterproof as when we first purchased them. We were impressed with how well its warmth held up, especially considering the Storm Trooper II uses proprietary insulation for which we did not have high expectations. However, after extensive real-world use, we can honestly say that this insulation will last through years of abuse.
Gloves in this price range are typically single-season gloves that need to be replaced after a winter of heavy service. Not the Gordini Storm Trooper. This is a significant reason why we appreciate the value of these gloves.
This glove doesn't have a million features, but generally speaking, our review team was okay with that, as the Storm Trooper performed well in more important categories, like warmth and weather resistance. Don't expect touchscreen capability here, and there's no included liner.
That said, there are some features our testers and many skiers appreciate. There is a wrist cinch, as well as a drawcord cuff closure, to seal warmth in and keep snow out. There is a wrist-keeper, too, so you won't lose your gloves if you have to take them off on the lift. The zippered handwarmer pocket is neat, though we rarely used it. If you want to use it, though, it's there!
This glove is an incredibly rad deal. While there are a ton of other gloves in this price range, the Gordini is one of the best. Adding to its value is its longevity — we strongly expect it to outlast other models in its price range.
We found this glove to be close in overall performance to its contenders. These gloves are in the same price category but have slight advantages and disadvantages. The Gordini Gore-Tex Storm Trooper II is warmer and offers marginally better weather resistance. Its day-in, day-out game is big. However, if you have medium to large hands, we think you might enjoy other gloves better.
— Ian Nicholson