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Mountain Hardware High Exposure Glove

£130 www.mountainhardware.com

The High Exposure glove is a ski and mountaineering glove offering a high level of protection from the elements. Like most winter gloves, it’s a shell wrapped around some insulation, and it has a lot of work to do – it needs to balance warmth with dexterity, or at least, find a workable compromise. The innovation here comes not from the Goretex shell but from a new type of Primaloft Gold insulation ‘with Cross Core’ which is fused with aerogel and promises very high levels of warmth. No, I don’t know what that really means either! I did find them warm – but not overly so – and they are beautifully made with leather palms and fingers, very comfortable to wear and are durable so far. The thumb and index fingers are touchscreen compatible and there’s a suede nosewipe, carabiner loops for locking into a harness, and wrist leashes; all useful features. These are a burly glove, which padding for the knuckles, and I found the dexterity side of that all-important equation lacking as a result – I couldn’t operate my camera with them on (the clincher!). I also couldn’t get a pair of liner gloves underneath, which for me limits their use to the steeper stuff.

▶ Verdict: Tough, nicely made and fully protective winter glove – if a little lacking in dexterity.

▶ Best for: Skiing, winter climbing and mountaineering.

Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern