The Steep Purist Futurelight Gloves are an exceptionally solid pair of gloves
Why we chose the ProductName: Durable, warm, breathable
We’ll admit it: we’re a sucker for a good pair of gloves here at Mpora. Soggy, cold hands can be a total day wrecker, particularly when you’re miles out in the backcountry without a spare pair. The North Face Steep Purist Futurelight Gloves have been a pair of gloves that we’ve been using over the past two-years – and they simply haven’t let us down. For that reason alone, they’ve rightfully earned themselves a spot on the Ski 100
While we’ve been using the non-Futurelight version of these puppies, the Steep Purist Gloves see an update for the 20/21 season (they’re now sporting a Futurelight membrane).
“Soggy, cold hands can be a total day wrecker, particularly when you’re miles out in the backcountry”
We headed out to Zermatt last year, to test TNF’s all-new Futurelight technology, and were left pleasantly impressed with the breathability and waterproof ratings that Futurelight manages to uphold. Check out our video on Futurelight if you haven’t already.
Materials and Insulation
In short, Futurelight is one of the most breathable membrane technologies out there while also retaining a pretty decent level of waterproofing. Most importantly regarding these gloves, it remains lightweight and breathable – making it an ideal companion for long backcountry tours in cooler climates.
To keep the warmth in, you’ve got yourself 200 grams of Primaloft Silver insulation. This insulation is able to work well even when wet. We usually switch a glove with this level of insulation out in favour for a thinner pair while touring, but it’s vital your hands have got warmth to remain dexterous while skiing – and this Primaloft insulation achieves exactly that.
On top of the Futurelight membrane and Primaloft Silver insulation, the Steep Purist gloves feature an articulated fit. This essentially means that the gloves come pre-moulded into the natural position your hand will be making when holding a ski pole, wielding an ice axe, or scrambling over rocky ridges. Take it from us that this hugely increases the dexterity of the glove tenfold, reducing any unwanted friction to get your hand into a cupped position.
“This hugely increases the dexterity of the glove”
Wrapping the palm section of the glove is a water resistant goat leather that provides warmth and durability where you need it most. Further reinforcement in another layer of goat leather provides extra reassurance in those high-wear areas.
You’ve got yourself an exceptionally solid pair of gloves in The North Face Steep Purist Futurelight Gloves – a pair you can be sure to rely on when you’re deep in the backcountry. Yes, the price might seem steep, but when you consider that every bit of kit needs to work seamlessly in the backcountry – you’ll soon realise that these are a worthy investment.
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