The Gordini MTN Crew gloves feature the kind of simple, solid design that ski gloves used to be focused on. Although they don’t necessarily excel in every category, they consistently perform among the best in the test, and as the least expensive glove we tested, it’s hard to argue that the MTN Crew don’t provide the best value.
On the slopes, the Gordini MTN Crew gloves were among the warmest gloves tested, and continued to keep our fingers warm even when the temperatures dropped below freezing. In the ice bucket challenge, water did penetrate the gloves, but instead of being completely saturated like some of the gloves in the test, water only seeped through in select spots. It also took about 15 minutes for the first signs of water to appear inside the gloves, and the MTN Crew gloves were still keeping our hands warm five minutes later.
The leather used in the MTN Crew is among the softest in the test and includes an added patch between the thumb and forefinger. The gloves are also made with a pre-formed curve, and all of these features combine to provide a good grip on the pole. The only downside is that because the gloves are made with a solid piece of leather on the palm, it bunches up when making a fist, and this detracts somewhat from the grip.
Like the Leki gloves, the Gordini feature soft leather that helps give the gloves relatively good dexterity, but the fingers have thick enough padding to make delicate tasks problematic while wearing them.
The MTN Crew gloves feature a mixture of materials in their construction, from leather and synthetic in the uppers to neoprene in the cuff. All of the materials, however, seem to be durable enough to hold up to years of use. The gloves are double-stitched on all areas where the leather and synthetic materials meet and while the leather is soft, it’s also thick enough to leave little doubt of its strength.
The MTN Crew gloves provide a tight, comfortable fit. The lining is soft, but not overly padded. The lining material, however, tends to stick to hot hands and can even pull out when hands are especially sweaty. The gloves feel a little short for people with longer hands. Overall, though, the soft leather and simple design makes the MTN Crew a comfortable glove to wear.
Features & Design
The MTN Crew is a no-frills kind of glove that many people will appreciate for its simplistic functionality. The neoprene cuff is a welcome feature that helps keep snow from getting into the glove and the soft material that serves as a nose wipe covers the entirety of the glove’s thumb. The MTN Crew is well-designed with leather in all the important places, but the simple design could be significantly improved with the addition of a glove leash.
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HOW WE TESTED
Although they are often not given much thought, ski gloves are one of the most important tools in a skier’s arsenal. To give readers a better appreciation of how gloves perform in different conditions, we tested these gloves in every possible real-world skiing condition we could – from blue-bird days on the resort to cold, wet, blizzardy conditions that keep most sane skiers home. Because warmth and waterproof are such critical elements, we also subjected each of the gloves to an ice-bucket challenge where the gloves were worn for 30 minutes while submerged in a bucket of icy water.
Christopher Cogley is a freelance writer who spends as much time as possible biking, hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoor playground of Western Colorado where he lives with his wife and two boys.