From the dawn of freeskiing as we know it, to groundbreaking urban parks, and insane ski mountaineering, it's pretty much a given that JP Auclair is gnarly. And he covers his mitts in his own signature Armada Duffy Gore-Tex glove to keep his digits intact for all of it. They get Gore's best glove tech, in the form of X-TRAFIT, which bonds the guaranteed waterproof breathable liner to the shell for lower bulk and improved dexterity, as well as XCR, its most breathable liner. The shell is comprised mostly of super durable, grippy, Pittards leather that holds up to everything from sled rides to long rappels. In other words, it'll take everything you can throw at it. The breathability gets a boost from the softshell material on the back of the hand. The low-profile cuff tucks in easily under your jacket, and 100g of Thinsulate low bulk synthetic insulation keeps those fingers warm without being stifling. If you need a glove that's proven to be outrageously versatile with the longevity to back it up, these will do the trick.
These are some of the best gloves I've owned. I thought the softshell on the top of the hand would be weird but it actually rocks for two reasons. It breaths MUCH better than my full leather gloves giving them a wider range of comfortable temperatures. (I've used them at 30 F down to 10 F) Also the subtle stretch from the softshell fabric allows for better dexterity and range of motion when holding poles or grabbing hold of something. Another contributing factor to the dexterity is the super supple Pittards W100X leather. That stuff has a really malleable feel to it right out of the package. They do also have a beefed up leather overlay on the palm, index finger and thumb for pole wear issues and increased longevity in general. The glove leashes are way cooler/functional than I thought and I don't even notice them under the glove. Get yourself some Nikwax leather proof to maintain the gloves and they will have some great longevity.
I use these gloves when its too cold for pipe gloves and too warm for my mitts. I'd say the ideal temperature range for these gloves is 32 degrees down to 15 degrees would be the lowest I would be willing to wear them. The leather is great and it even comes with an extra patch of reinforced leather exactly where a pole fits into your hand. The softshell material on that back of the hand is great because it breathes allowing you to wear this glove if it is a little warmer. The best and most understated feature has got to be the glove leashes. You never want to drop your glove off of a chairlift when you are trying to crack a beer or change songs on your phone.
If you are using these for colder weather, get 'em in a size up from normal to accommodate a liner.
So, yeah. Never have worn a glove with a leash before so the new territory that the Armada Duffy JP Auclair Signature Gore-Tex Glove led to some great results and I enjoyed the first tour with them as I could drop them on a whim yet they wouldn't need to be picked up off the snow. Good thing too as there was 20" of cold smoke on the ground at the time -_-
The weatherproofing is exactly what you'd expect from a GORE Tex membrane (no wetness or wind) and I could feel the 100g of thinsulate pretty well.
The fit is a bit tight at first, the leather however should stretch out so don't worry if it is running a bit tight at first. More updates to come, but pretty good so far.
These gloves became my new go-to's. They regulate my hand temp perfectly. When it gets super cold they do the job. When it warms up, they are still working. Very comfortable as well. They give you dexterity like you are wearing a smaller park type glove, but the tech keeps you warm when it gets yucky. I've always leaned toward lighter-cheaper-park type gloves and sacrificed warmth, with these I still get the dexterity that I want but my hands stay toasty. Great glove. On a side note, the leashes are removable so after ditching those and chopping all the tags off, I gave myself a super bomber glove that's super quick on and off, just the way I like them.
The two main things I look for in a glove are fit and durability. These fit great out of the package, in my opinion, and have held up very well thus far in our early season. It didn't take long at all for the leather to soften up and the insulation to pack out just enough to provide that custom feel. The leash provides peace of mind when cracking a beer on the lift and the 100g of insulation is plenty for most days at the Bird. Like most reviews though, if you're gonna be in single digits or less you may wanna pick up a liner too. All in all, super solid glove.
Just got done using these gloves in 5 days of high winds and plenty of snow in the LCC - yeah you know me.
Some gloves I wear a medium in because I like a tighter fit but I have these in a large and can still grab zippers and boot buckles with ease.
High quality leather means I don't drop my beer on the lift and they don't slip on ski pole grips.
Impressive warmth for the conditions they were in. Great look - Armada is becoming one of my first choices in outerwear lately and these gloves definitely show the quality of their materials and worksmanship.
These gloves are by far the best ski gloves I've ever used. Right out of the package, they fit a bit snug and are a bit stiff, but the best part about them is that they have the pittards leather, which breaks in fantastically. Similar to the other reviews here, I'm comfortable in them down to the mid teens, any more than that and I would be wanting a liner. The nice thing about them is that the insulation packs out a bit, which allows you to run a thin (smartwool or similar) liner quite comfortably.
Plus, they look super cool and stealthy.
Armada Duffy JP Auclair Signature Gore-Tex Glove are some of the nicest gloves I've ever been able to put my hands into. They are surprisingly super warm for how light they feel. I love using them in cold situations where I also need use of my fingers, such as when I'm shooting photographs and simply take them off and let them hang by the wrist cords. Very convenient. My first impressions are a very nice glove that is warmer then I expected, but we will have to see if they stand the abuse I love to dish out. Will keep you updated...
the Armada JP glove stands out as one of the highest quality gloves I've worn to date. They're not super heavy, and they have an incredible ability to retain warmth while allowing your hands to breathe. The GoreTex membrane keeps heat in without making you feel like you're wearing trashbags on your hands. Even fresh out of the package, the fingers have great mobility, and they also have wrist leashes that allow you to take them off on the lift without dropping them into the woods. Finally, they've got 100g of synthetic insulation so you're warm in single digit temps. Definitely recommended!
These gloves are so awesome!! They are so comfortable and easy to work with still, not too bulky of gloves. They fit perfectly, I am a women's medium, and I have a small in these.
The reason for only 4 stars instead of 5 is... I got a little chilly in them! I do get cold easily as a person, but I would say these gloves don't keep you warm in single digit temperatures. Other than that, they are top notch, high quality gloves!
Warm, water-proof, breathable and some high quality leather make this a very solid glove from Armada. First time using a leash on a glove and I liked the functionality a lot. Never going to drop a glove in the snow when touring, or accidentally off the lift at the resort. 100g thinsulate insulation made these warm enough for a 10 degree day on the mountain, but would probably opt for a mitten if it were any colder. Highly recommend if you're looking for an all around glove to use often for varying conditions throughout the season.
Edit: This gloves have fallen apart at the seems after 5-10 days of use. I really want to love these, but man the durability was terrible.
I was stoked to get these gloves from Armada, and thanks for them Armada. But unfortunately only after about a months use they are already coming apart at the seams. Apart from that they kept my hands warm when temps got into the teens, and the leather was super supple. Also the leash, just an amazing feature. Wanted to give these gloves 5 stars after wearing them the first few times, but just can't with them breaking down so fast.