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Outdoor Research Adrenaline Review

A low-frills, inexpensive and dexterous ski glove
Outdoor Research Adrenaline
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Price:  $50 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Great dexterity, affordable, comfortable
Cons:  Absorbs water easily, not as warm or durable as other options
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 3, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Dexterity - 25% 9
  • Water Resistance - 25% 4
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Features - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Adrenaline is an average-performing ski glove at a great price. Its best attribute is its dexterity, which is surpassed only by the thinnest (and coldest) gloves. On the other hand, the Adrenaline is not particularly warm or water-resistant, which limits its usefulness on the ski hill. Furthermore, it doesn't have as many features as other gloves on the market, and we have doubts about the durability of the palm material. That said, the Adrenaline is affordable and will perform well on mild and dry days on the slopes.

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Pros Great dexterity, affordable, comfortableWarm enough, weatherproof, inexpensiveTough, waterproof, warm, dexterous for a mittTough, windproof, durableVery dexterous, breathable, great fit, fair price
Cons Absorbs water easily, not as warm or durable as other optionsPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesSweats out easily, must apply Sno-Seal often to avoid soaking up waterBulky stitching, not very warm, not waterproofNo wrist leash, soft-shell construction can wear out quickly, overall durability
Bottom Line A low-frills, inexpensive and dexterous ski gloveA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceA tough, trendy, and affordable choice for resort or backcountry skiingTrendy and stylish, but lacking in key aspects of versatility for skiing, these gloves are solid winter work gloves, so don't hesitate if you're looking for that utilityA more dexterous but less durable deviation from hardware store leather gloves, this model is an OK choice for resort, side-country and short backcountry missions
Rating Categories Outdoor Research Ad... Gordini GTX Storm T... FlyLow Oven Mitt Flylow Ridge Glove REI Co-op Guide Ins...
Warmth (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
3.0
2.0
Dexterity (25%)
9.0
4.0
4.0
7.0
10.0
Water Resistance (25%)
4.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
2.0
Features (10%)
5.0
9.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Specs Outdoor Research Ad... Gordini GTX Storm T... FlyLow Oven Mitt Flylow Ridge Glove REI Co-op Guide Ins...
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Single Single
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Cuff Cuff Cuff
Palm Material AlpenGrip LT Polyurethane Pigskin leather Cowhide leather Leather
Waterproof Material Ventia Gore-Tex SnoSeal beeswax SnoSeal beeswax None
Insulation Type Back of hand: 266 g/m2 EnduraLoft Megaloft Spaceloft Micropuff Spaceloft Micropuff Polyester fibers
Nose Wipe? No Yes No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

This is as dexterous as ski gloves get. Other than that, we weren't impressed, except by the price tag.

Performance Comparison


Testing the OR Adrenaline on a cold January day.
Testing the OR Adrenaline on a cold January day.
Photo: Jed porter

Warmth


The Adrenaline features synthetic insulation and a fleecy fixed liner to keep your hands warm. Unfortunately, we didn't find the insulation to be adequate for cold days on the ski hill. During testing in British Columbia in single-digit Fahrenheit temps, these gloves didn't keep our hands warm. However, when temperatures were mild and hovered around freezing, these gloves hit the mark. If you ski in the Rockies or the Northeast, these gloves won't be warm enough for the coldest days.

A fleece lining helps the Adrenaline feel warm, but on chilly days...
A fleece lining helps the Adrenaline feel warm, but on chilly days, this wasn't enough to prevent our hands from getting cold.

Dexterity


This metric is where the Adrenaline excelled. These gloves have great dexterity, which we appreciated when performing tasks that required deliberate and detailed use of our fingers, like making clothing adjustments such as pulling cords and straps. We never had to take these gloves off during the day of skiing. These are great mild weather gloves for parents or ski instructors who need to use their hands to help others make clothing adjustments.

The Adrenaline performed detailed tasks well, like buckling boots...
The Adrenaline performed detailed tasks well, like buckling boots and operating small zippers.

Water Resistance


When conditions got wet, the Adrenaline did not perform as well as we hoped it would. OR claims that the glove is waterproof, but the outer shell soaks through quickly, making the glove waterlogged, and eventually, our hands felt moisture coming through. On the slopes, we need a glove that will keep our hands dry and warm, and these gloves didn't stand up to the heavy, wet snow we encountered while testing in British Columbia. After cold and wet chairlift rides, we found ourselves swapping these out for warmer and dryer gloves. Clearing the new snow off our car at the end of the day, water soaked through the glove and showed that the Adrenaline is not the choice for wet weather on the ski hill.

Unfortunately, the Adrenaline's exterior fabric is not water...
Unfortunately, the Adrenaline's exterior fabric is not water resistant and allows liquids to easily soak through. The glove is not waterproof.

Durability


We weren't particularly impressed by the durability of these gloves. The shell material is not the strongest and can rip easier than other options. The rubbery texture of the palm material did not inspire confidence and seems like it will wear through quickly, compared to tougher leather-palmed gloves on the market. During our testing, we haven't bumped into any of these problems yet, but we don't expect these gloves to last more than a season of heavy use, especially because they get wet so quickly, exposing the materials to more wear and tear.

The OR Adrenaline's rubbery, synthetic palm does not inspire...
The OR Adrenaline's rubbery, synthetic palm does not inspire confidence in it's long term durability.

Features


The Adrenaline is equipped with a wrist cinch strap, an elastic gauntlet cuff pullcord, and a pull loop to help get the glove on. It also comes with a small clip to keep the pair together during drying or travel. Other than that, the glove doesn't have many frills.

The Adrenaline features an effective wrist cinch strap, a good...
The Adrenaline features an effective wrist cinch strap, a good gauntlet closure system, and a clip for keeping the pair of gloves together.

Value


These gloves are inexpensive, which makes them appealing. If you are a fair-weather skier who doesn't need much warmth or weather protection, these gloves might be a great investment. However, we feel that for just a small increase in price, you can find a much better glove that will keep you warmer and dryer than the Adrenaline can.

Conclusion


While the Outdoor Research Adrenaline's dexterity is notable, it comes at the sacrifice of warmth and water resistance, making this glove suitable for only mild and dry days on the slopes. If you need much weather resistance, look elsewhere, but if you don't care about performance and want the least expensive option for a full gauntlet ski glove, the Adrenaline fits the bill.

On a mild and dry day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the...
On a mild and dry day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Adrenaline performed pretty well. We wouldn't choose this glove if conditions were any colder or wetter.

Jeff Dobronyi