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Outdoor Research Alpinite Gore-Tex Glove Review

Warm, comfortable, and weather resistant, these gloves perform well across the board
outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review
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Price:  $170 List
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
65
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RANKED
#12 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 8.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Durability - 15% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Alpinite has everything a ski glove needs, including warm insulation, a waterproof construction, and decent dexterity. Synthetic insulation and a fleece lining keep the hand cozy in most weather, and a Gore-Tex insert keeps water out, even if the treated leather gets soaked. The fingers have enough dexterity for most tasks, especially considering the level of warmth that these gloves deliver. The biggest downside to this glove is durability, since the thin and supple fingertip leather is single-stitched, meaning blowouts could happen quickly. The hook-and-loop wrist gaiter strap also seems prone to wearing out faster than other gloves. Overall, these are good everyday ski gloves for users in colder climates who still need dexterity, though we have concerns about their long-term durability.
REASONS TO BUY
Dexterous
Weather resistant
Versatile
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky
Small gauntlet
Velcro strap isn't durable

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Pros Dexterous, weather resistant, versatileWarm, water resistant, durable, dexterous, lightweight and packableWarm enough, weatherproof, reasonable priceIncredible warmth, weather resistant, durable, reasonable priceWarm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons Bulky, small gauntlet, velcro strap isn't durableExpensive, lacks some featuresPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesPoor dexterity, could have better featuresNot dexterous, bulky and cumbersome
Bottom Line Warm, comfortable, and weather resistant, these gloves perform well across the boardWith top-tier performance across the board, this glove is what we recommend to those seeking the best pairA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceThese mitts provide extreme warmth and weather resistance at a good price, nailing the two most important aspects of ski mittensA quality mitten that is super warm, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive
Rating Categories Outdoor Research Al... Arc'teryx Fission SV Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu... The North Face Mont...
Warmth (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Dexterity (25%)
8.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
2.0
Water Resistance (25%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
5.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Outdoor Research Al... Arc'teryx Fission SV Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu... The North Face Mont...
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Double Single
Gaunlet or Cuff? Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Palm Material Goat leather Leather Polyurethane Goat leather Synthetic leather
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex BD.dry DryVent
Insulation Type Back of hand: Primaloft Gold ECO 100g, Palm: VerticalX ECO 100% Polester (85% recycled) 170g 133g Primaloft Gold Eco and 200g Primaloft Silver Eco Megaloft 340 g PrimaLoft Gold, high-loft fleece Back of hand: 250g Heatseeker Eco
Palm: 160g Heatseeker Eco
Nose Wipe? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

These gloves don't stand out in any particular performance metric, but their solid performance across the board was appreciated by our testers.

Performance Comparison


outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - the or alpinite is at home on the slopes on cold days.
The OR Alpinite is at home on the slopes on cold days.
Credit: Sam Willits


Warmth


The OR Alpinite has plenty of synthetic insulation to keep your hands warm on most cold days. We tested these gloves in the below-freezing cold and biting wind of Colorado's front-range ski resorts, and only testers with chronically cold hands didn't think these were warm enough for the coldest days. They also have a soft fleece lining on the inside of the hand for a cozy feel, and plenty of insulation through the fingers. Overall, these gloves are warm enough for most days on the hill and warm enough for snow professionals like ski patrollers and backcountry ski guides.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - a cozy fleece lining adds warmth to an already warm package.
A cozy fleece lining adds warmth to an already warm package.
Credit: Sam Willits

Dexterity


These gloves are surprisingly dexterous, given how warm they are. The fingers feel a bit bulky, but the supple leather and smart stitching patterns allow a decent feel. We could tie our shoes and operate zippers in these gloves, but we couldn't manipulate smaller tools or pull credit cards out of our wallets. Considering the substantial insulation and waterproof membrane that are layered throughout the gloves, they have good dexterity and are a good choice for snow professionals on cold days.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - the alpinite provides enough dexterity for detailed tasks, like...
The Alpinite provides enough dexterity for detailed tasks, like tying the laces on snow boots.
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Water Resistance


These gloves do a good job of keeping the elements out. Their main waterproof feature is a waterproof Gore-Tex insert, which prevents water from seeping into the glove's insulation. The glove has lots of leather, which is easily treated with waterproofing wax, but as the leather breaks down, it must be treated every season or so to maintain its weather resistance. The wrist cuff has good coverage up the forearm, but the opening is too small to fit over the outside of a jacket cuff meaning that it will always need to be under the cuff of your jacket.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - the alpinite's leather and softshell exterior panels coupled with a...
The Alpinite's leather and softshell exterior panels coupled with a Gore-Tex membrane keep out water effectively.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Durability


The downside to such supple leather on the Alpinite's exterior is that this leather tends to wear out relatively quickly. The seams on the palm and inside of the fingers are all single-stitched, making them susceptible to blowing out as soon as a stitch is compromised. There are leather reinforcements on the outside of the pinky side of the hand, and on the knuckles of the index and middle fingers, but in our experience, these areas don't see as much wear and tear as the fingertips. In our relatively short testing period, we noticed some wear in the fingertip leather, mostly around the seams, which doesn't bode well for long-term durability. And, the hook-and-loop closure on the wrist strap may be susceptible to wearing out after a season or two of heavy use.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - the supple leather on the alpinite's palm and fingers already shows...
The supple leather on the Alpinite's palm and fingers already shows signs of wear after only 5 days of use.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


The Alpinite has some useful features, but they don't help the glove stand out from the competition. There is a nose wipe on the outside of the thumb, but it is placed a bit low for ergonomic use. The thumb and index fingers have leather that is supposed to be touchscreen compatible, but these leather features didn't always work as advertised, especially in cold weather. There is a small fabric loop on the back of the middle fingers that allows the gloves to be hung from a carabiner on a harness, making these somewhat useful as belay gloves for winter climbing. But overall, there aren't any features that make this glove stand out.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - a hook-and-loop wrist cuff closure provides an effective seal, but...
A hook-and-loop wrist cuff closure provides an effective seal, but it can't fit over jacket cuffs.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Outdoor Research Alpinite?


These gloves aren't cheap, but they do perform decently well across the board. In the same price bracket, however, we prefer other options. That said, these gloves are comfortable everyday companions for long winters at the ski resort, and they provide good weather resistance for most users whether at the resort or in the backcountry.

What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


These gloves are almost identical to the Black Diamond Legend. Even better, check out The North Face IL Solo Pro, which is our top choice for backcountry skiing, but also presents an excellent choice for everyday users who need weather resistance, dexterity, moderate warmth, and better touchscreen compatibility. If you are looking for an even warmer glove, the Arc'teryx Fission SV is our favorite glove on the market, and the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II is the best value for a warm glove.

outdoor research alpinite gore-tex glove ski gloves review - the outdoor research alpinite is a good everyday glove for cold...
The Outdoor Research Alpinite is a good everyday glove for cold weather professionals.
Credit: Sam Willits

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