Although they didn’t come out in the top of the ratings, the Scott Ultimate Premium GTX gloves are good all-around gloves. These gloves have many features that none of the other gloves include, and the extra padding on the back of the hands are welcome additions for anyone who prefers the glades to the groomed slopes.
Although they weren’t the warmest gloves of the test, Scott’s Ultimate Premium GTX gloves were the highest scoring gloves when it came to the waterproof factor as proven in the ice bucket test. Fingers began getting chilly around the 15-minute mark, though, and on the slopes, the gloves performed very well on mild days, but fingers got cold rather quickly on days when the temperatures were near freezing.
The pre-formed fingers combined with leather palm and fingers give the Scott Ultimate Premium GTX gloves a good grip on poles. The leather isn’t quite as soft as some of the other gloves in the test, however, which detracted slightly from their ability to provide a secure grip. The articulated fingers and extra padding in the pocket of the hand between the thumb and forefinger helped to improve the grip.
The Scott Ultimate Premium GTX gloves have thick fingers with a good amount of padding. And while this helps to improve the warmth of these gloves, it does significantly detract from their dexterity. The gloves feature touch screen capability on the index finger which helps while accessing phones and electronics, but the gloves are still challenging when it comes to handling small items such as zipper pulls.
The Scott Ultimate Premium GTX gloves felt like the most durable gloves in the test. The synthetic material on the back of the gloves felt impenetrable, and the gloves also feature a thick padded section to protect knuckles from race gates or tree limbs. The leather on the palm isn’t as thick as some of the other gloves in the test, but the double padded area is much larger than any of the other gloves and adds to its durability. The only drawback is the single stitching along all the seams.
The Scott Ultimate Premium GTX are solid gloves but seem to be designed for durability and functionality more than comfort. The lining is soft and warm, but the design of the gloves is a little constricting, which is likely to be even more problematic for those with wider hands. The GTX gloves are certainly not uncomfortable, but they are a bit bulky and are not the kind of gloves we forgot we were wearing.
Features & Design
The Scott Ultimate Premium GTX are among the most feature-rich of any of the gloves in the test. Not only do they include a glove leash and soft nose-wipe section on the thumb of the glove, they also have many added features built into the design of the glove. The fingers are all articulated as is a large section on the back of the glove that is also heavily padded to protect hands from gates or tree limbs. The double patch of textured leather in the heavy-wear areas between the thumb and forefinger is larger than any of the other gloves in the test and even includes extra padding in certain areas. The Scott Ultimate Premium GTX are also the only gloves in the test with a touch-screen capability in the forefinger. The biggest flaw in the design of the gloves is the drawstrings on the cuffs that are completely ineffective.
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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.