Dear BGT and mysterious test monitor:
I have uploaded my IR on the DeFeet DuraGloves.
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TEST SERIES BY LARRY KIRSCHNER
INITIAL REPORT - March 1, 2008
NAME: Larry Kirschner
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I've been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but now that
my kids are avid Boy Scouts, I've caught the backpacking bug. I
typically do 8-10 weekend hikes per year, and have spent time over
the past 2 years backpacking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron,
New Mexico and canoeing the Atikaki wilderness in Manitoba. I like to
travel "in comfort", so I used to pack heavier than needed, but now
I'd say I'm down to medium weight. With all of my investment into
these ventures, I expect my wife and I will continue to trek long
after the kids are gone
March 1, 2008
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: www.defeet.com
MSRP: USD $15.00
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 4.1 oz (116 g) per pair
The DeFeet DuraGloves arrived with a tag indicating that they are
designed for "multi-season, multi-use application for road riding,
mountain biking, running, hiking, and other sports". After giving
them the quick once over, I am planning to try them out for each of
these activities, with the likely exception of mountain biking.
The first thing that stands out about the gloves is the stylized 'D'
marks all over the palm of the gloves. These marks appear to be a
type of rubber, and are designed to provide a "no-slip" grip to the
palms of the gloves. The same rubberized material marks the back of
the gloves with a larger 'D' and the DeFeet name. The gloves have a
generous straight cuff which fits comfortably up over the wrist, but
does not have the no-slip grip material.
As shown in the photo below, the gloves are quite thin. They are
constructed of a Coolmax performance polyester inner layer and a
Cordura nylon outer layer, although both layers are fairly thin. In
fact, I did not even realize that there was a multilayer construction
to the gloves until I began examining them in detail for this report.
The inner layer gives the gloves a nice comfortable feel, and is
expected to provide wicking properties, but I haven't tested this
yet. Because they are so thin, there is no significant loss of manual
dexterity when wearing them.
EXPECTATIONS AND CONCERNS FOR THE GEAR
Overall, I think the gloves looks just about as expected. DeFeet has
numberous photos of the DuraGloves on their website, and there were
no suprises. My only modest surprise was on an aesthetic note-- I had
requested and received the black gloves, thinking they would have a
charcoal or dark-grey appearance. In fact, they are quite black!
TRYING IT OUT
DeFeet sells the gloves in sizes small, medium, and large, which for
those of us not in the glove business, doesn't mean a whole lot. As
far as I know, I typically wear large gloves. Anyway, I searched the
internet for information, and settled on ordering the large size
after measuring the width and length of my hands. As noted above, I
am 5'9" (1.75 m), and my fingers are not excessively long (note the 1
inch/2.54 cm grid in the photo). I do work with my hands, so they are
a little on the 'beefy' side, which is why I decided on the large
size. When I first tried on the gloves, I thought they were just a
little long in the fingers, and bunch up a slight bit on my palms, as
shown in the bottom photo. Given that they are quite stretchy, I
might have done fine with the medium size gloves, but I will figure
examine this more as I get into the testing and figure out if I like
the extra room, or if they are really too big for me.
Anyway, when I put the gloves on, I noticed that they are quite
comfortable on the inside, and the Coolmax does give them a cool
feeling. The non-slip markings on the palm do provide enhanced grip,
and I wonder if this is the type of material that grips better if it
is a little wet. I have worn the gloves in and around town over the
past few days, although not for any athletic activities (yet). The
temperature over this time has been quite cool, in the range of 25-35
F (-3 to 2 C). Although I was not outside for long periods of time, I
didn't feel like the gloves kept my hands particularly warm, although
I did notice good protection from the wind. I am not concerned about
this at present, as I think the DuraGloves were really not designed
for weather this cold.
For the Field test, I will be wearing my DuraGloves during many of
the activites mentioned above. I will definitely be taking them
hiking with me over the next couple of months, and will be wearing
them for cycling once the weather gets a bit warmer (and the snow
goes away). If all goes well, I will also be doing a big of running
and playing some other outdoor sports with them. This will let me get
a sense of how well they do in the cool weather (as opposed to our
current 'cold' weather), both for keeping my hands warm and for
wicking away moisture. I also want to get a better feeling for if the
gloves are too large, or if I like the extra room. Importantly, I
want to see if there are any activities for which I have to take my
DuraGloves off, or if I can wear them all the time in the cool
This concludes my Initial Report on the DeFeet DuraGloves. Please
check back in 2 months for my Field Report on this item.
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Thanks to DeFeet for providing the DuraGloves for testing, and to
BackpackGearTest.org for selecting me to give them a try.