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Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex Gloves Review

These are excellent gloves for the worst winter conditions, and only come up short for dexterity
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Price:  $170 List
Manufacturer:   Rab
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
79
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RANKED
#3 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 6.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 10.0
  • Durability - 15% 9.0
  • Features - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Rab Khroma Freeride is a top-notch glove that is a reliable workhorse for cold and wet days of winter. It has bomber weather protection, thanks to a waterproof membrane and a large wrist gauntlet that can sinch over a jacket sleeve. It also has all of the features we'd expect from a top-of-the-line glove. It isn't as warm as its closest competitors and lacks the dexterity that the best gloves have, but overall, this is a great choice and comes at an attractive price for a top-of-the-line model.
REASONS TO BUY
Waterproof
Super durable
Heavily featured
REASONS TO AVOID
Lacks some dexterity
Could be warmer

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Pros Waterproof, super durable, heavily featuredWarm, water resistant, durable, dexterous, lightweight and packableWarm enough, weatherproof, reasonable priceIncredible warmth, weather resistant, durable, reasonable priceWarm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons Lacks some dexterity, could be warmerExpensive, lacks some featuresPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesPoor dexterity, could have better featuresNot dexterous, bulky and cumbersome
Bottom Line These are excellent gloves for the worst winter conditions, and only come up short for dexterityWith 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 Rab Khroma Freeride... Arc'teryx Fission SV Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu... The North Face Mont...
Warmth (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Dexterity (25%)
6.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
2.0
Water Resistance (25%)
10.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Rab Khroma Freeride... 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? Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Palm Material Pittards Armor-TanĀ® Goat leather Leather Polyurethane Goat leather Synthetic leather
Waterproof Material Gore Tex Plus Warm Gore-Tex Gore-Tex BD.dry DryVent
Insulation Type Mapped Primaloft Gold 100g, Back of hand: Primaloft Gold 133g, Palm: Primaloft Gold grip control 133g, 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 score well across the board, with high marks in water resistance, features, and durability, but they aren't quite as warm or as dexterous as our favorite gloves on the market.

Performance Comparison


rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the rab khroma freeride gore-tex is an excellent ski glove that...
The Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex is an excellent ski glove that competes with the best of them, and costs a bit less.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


The Khroma Freeride uses high-quality insulation throughout the front, back, wrist, and fingers to provide a warm experience for the user. They also have a thick fleece lining which adds warmth and a cozy, comfortable feeling. Overall, these are warm gloves, though they don't provide as much warmth as the best gloves on the market. Still, for most conditions, these are warm enough. Only in truly frigid temperatures did our testers notice their fingers starting to become chilly.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the warm, bulky fleece lining is nice, but it may inhibit dexterity...
The warm, bulky fleece lining is nice, but it may inhibit dexterity, compared to the best gloves.
Credit: Sam Willits

Dexterity


Given the amount of insulation and the waterproof membrane stuffed into the body of these gloves, we were impressed by their dexterity, though they still suffer from slightly puffy fingers. We were able to perform most detailed tasks like pulling zippers and clipping buckles, though we occasionally fumbled through these tasks in our test. It was hard to tie our boot laces in these gloves. That said, they can perform most tasks that we ask of them. Compared to lighter gloves, they lack dexterity, but compared to other warm and weather-proof gloves, these perform pretty well.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - these gloves have decent dexterity, especially considering how warm...
These gloves have decent dexterity, especially considering how warm they are.
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Water Resistance


These gloves are tightly sealed against the environment. They feature burly leather and softshell outers, a DWR treatment, and a Gore-Tex insert to keep water out. The wrist gauntlet reaches high up the user's forearm and has a drawstring that securely tightens over a jacket cuff to keep snow out of the glove on powder days. We did not feel any water seeping into the glove during our dunk test, and trust these gloves in the worst weather conditions. If you need a glove that will keep you dry in any weather, these are a great option.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the khroma repels all water, making it a great choice for skiing in...
The Khroma repels all water, making it a great choice for skiing in bad weather.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Durability


The Khroma Freeride is built to last. The leather palm and fingers are reinforced in key areas including the outside of the index finger and the space between the thumb and forefinger. This reinforcement patch is secured with double-stitching, meaning it will take a lot of abrasion to get these gloves to wear out. This design feature also makes them a good choice for winter mountaineers and ice climbers. The softshell material on the back of the hand and wrist gauntlet deflects sharp objects, and there is no hook-and-loop design to wear out. Of course, synthetic insulation and leather fingertips wear out over time, but these gloves didn't raise any warning signs during our test period.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - leather palms and fingers are reinforced with double-stitched...
Leather palms and fingers are reinforced with double-stitched patches around the thumb and forefinger high-use areas.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


The Rab Khroma Freeride is loaded with tons of useful features. The wrist gauntlet is wide enough to fit over a hardshell jacket cuff, but it also sinches tight enough to fit inside of most winter jackets. A removable wrist leash helps avoid dropping the gloves off the chairlift, and there is also a clip to keep the gloves together during storage and travel. Finally, there is a soft and generous nose wipe on the outside of the thumbs.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - high-coverage wrist gauntlets and keeper straps are among the...
High-coverage wrist gauntlets and keeper straps are among the Khroma's many useful features.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex?


These are great gloves for resort skiers who spend most days of the winter on the ski hill, or for snow professionals to use on cold days. They also come at a great price, especially given their performance. We wouldn't hesitate to choose these gloves as our go-to pair for any winter conditions, though they might be overkill for warm spring skiing.

What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


These gloves nearly match the performance of our top choice, the Arc'teryx Fission SV, and they cost a little less. If you are looking for a lower price, check out our best option for tight budgets, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II. The Black Diamond Guide is similarly weather-resistant and much warmer, though you won't have as much dexterity. And if you are looking for a more low-profile glove with better dexterity for backcountry skiing, The North Face IL Solo Pro is a good option.

rab khroma freeride gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - ripping groomers on a cold day in the rab khroma freeride gore-tex.
Ripping groomers on a cold day in the Rab Khroma Freeride Gore-Tex.
Credit: Sam Willits

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