I have massive hands and skinny wrists. It's true and trying to find gloves that both fit and perform isn't easy especially for the colder months. I've been through many a pair and either they don't fit or I don't get any feedback from the handle bars. The price has been irrelevant £7 gloves have outperformed £70 gloves. So when the bonKa gloves landed I my door I didn't let the brand or the price influence me.
For winter walking or skiing you'll find it hard to find a better value for money, entry level, glove. Surprisingly warm and flexible with all the style of softshell the Berghaus Elements offers a lot for your £30
Real World Test
Now don't get us us wrong, we like softshell in general - some of our favourite kit is softshell, but the idea of softshell in a glove was a little off-putting initially. To our minds there's essentially two types of gloves; waterproof ones (like Gore-Tex or Sealskin) and insulating gloves (your budget synthetic ones or nice expensive down ones), and while softshell has some big features it's not exactly waterproof or insulating that it's best known for. How wrong could we be?
A winter glove that works has always been the holy grail for many winter / alpine climbers, not only climbers! Have Montane in collaboration with some of the big fabric and insulation suppliers, like Polartec, provided the answer?
Let’s face it: Alpine climbing brings a whole host of new challenges for climbers not used to climbing with big boots, a 30L pack and gloves on. So how does the Mountain Equipment Women’s Guide Gloves fare when tested on the alpine ridge of Petite Aiguille Verte?
A serious winter glove the Rab Guide is designed for extensive use in full winter conditions. Reinforced for use with tools or poles and using top quality materials the glove is built to be durable as well as highly functional.
A waterproof, breathable and windproof glove with additional insulation for cold weather use. Sealskinz also make Extreme Cold Weather Gloves and a Winter Mitten for colder temperatures.
An insulated winter glove with a heavy duty shell from one of the leading specialists in waterproofs, the Extra cold winter glove is adapted with gel pressure points for extra padding and a synthetic palm for grip.
An entry level insulated, waterproof, and breathable winter glove for use down to zero degrees . Wide fitting with a gauntlet style their main drawback is a lack of dexterity. On the plus side the GeoThermal glove has a one-hand operated adjustable wrist strap and elasticated opening to ensure a draft free fit and good water resistance.