Outdoor Research Remote ReviewOctober 2, 2012
- Pittards leather and the wraparound construction on the fingers made them very durable
- Very warm, good insulation on back of hand and gauntlet
- Slick and effective gauntlet closure
- Trim fit
- Nice pull loop on cuff
- Pittards leather had only fair grip when snowy/icy
- Dexterity and flexibility was only fair
Compared to similar gloves, the Outdoor Research Remotes are surprisingly warm considering how low-bulk they are. They are a little stiff in the fingers and the grip is a little slick on wet/icy objects, but overall these gloves are at or near the top of their class for skiing.
The OR Remotes go top-shelf on materials: The palm and fingers were generously covered with Pittards leather and the thumb had a nose wipe. Primaloft 170g insulation was used on the palm of the glove and 340g on the back. The waterproof liner is GoreTex. Other features included wrist straps for cinching down the back, wrist leashes, and a handy pull loop on the cuff.
My hands stayed warm in the Remote in 0-degree F weather, even with a stiff wind blowing.
The polyester lining fit well and comfortably. Pulling the gloves on and off with wet hands didn’t bind up the lining, and there was no leakage when the gloves were immersed in water.
The leather on the palms and fingers was extremely sturdy – hard work and rough surfaces had little effect on it. The stitching was very good and durable. These gloves will live for years if you keep the dog away.
The leather being somewhat smooth, the grip on snowy or icy tools was also just adequate.
I found the gauntlet closure to be the easiest to use that I’ve ever run into. OR calls it “DuoCinch,” and it basically eliminates clumsy cord-lock squeezing: A simple pull to close and another to open—it’s a much-appreciated feature when getting in and out of gloves on a cold day. The pull loop on the cuff made it easy to tug the gloves on and served as nice ‘biner clip point.