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Mammut Trift Gloves

- published November 2016

78

2016

RATINGS

Warmth
6
Grip
7
Dexterity
7
Durability
6
Comfort
7
Features & Design
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
78

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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight
  • Slim design/good grip
  • Waterproof

THE BAD

  • Poor insulation
  • Questionable durability
  • Leather in palm bunches
  • Lining sticks to damp hands

THE VERDICT

The Trift Gloves are lightweight and comfortable and provide a strong handhold on ski poles making them a good choice for fair weather skiing. They provide good waterproof protection, but aren’t sufficient to keep hands warm on cold days.  

FULL REVIEW

Warmth 
Even when temperatures were still well above freezing on the mountain, we found our hands getting chilled while wearing the Trift, and during the ice bucket challenge, we noticed the temperature change within 10 minutes, and by the 20 minute mark our fingers were painfully cold.  They did keep our hands completely dry during the ice bucket challenge, however, making them a great choice for spring skiing days when the snow is especially wet.

Grip 
The Trift feature goatskin leather on the entire palm of the glove, which, combined with outseams on the fingers and the thin layer of insulation allow for a good grip on ski poles. The gloves are designed with a pre-curved shape which makes it even easier to get a tight hold on the poles, but the overall grip could be improved with leather reinforcement patches on critical areas of the palm, thumb, and forefinger and a more form-fitting design.

Dexterity 
Soft and supple leather combined with a relatively thin design gives the Trift good dexterity. The fingertips of the gloves have a somewhat boxy shape, however, that detracts slightly from the gloves’ dexterity.  

Durability 
While the majority of the glove is leather, it’s not as thick as many of the gloves in the test and without additional layers of leather, the Trift gloves might not withstand the same kind of punishment as the gloves that ranked higher in this category. 

Comfort 
The Trift features a soft fleece inside which is comfortable, but there isn’t much padding or insulation to provide cushion for long days gripping ski poles. 

Features & Design 
The Trift doesn’t seem to be form-fitted across the palm and the material is loose and bunches up as fingers are rolled into a ball. While the Trift do feature a glove clip and a Velcro wrist cuff that cinches down tight to keep the snow from getting inside, the simple design doesn’t include any added features such as nose wipe on the thumb or glove leash. Another major design flaw is that the lining tends to pull away from the shell when the gloves are removed while your hands are sweaty. 

How We Tested It

The gloves in this test were used while skiing in a variety of conditions, on five different mountains. To test the warmth and waterproof qualities, each glove was worn for 30 minutes while submerged in a bucket of icy water.

For more reviews beyond this 2016 test, check our our ski google tests, ski helmet tests, along with our ski pant tests and ski jacket tests, and our other related ski gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Christopher Cogley

Christopher Cogley

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.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$129.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Warmth
6
Grip
7
Dexterity
7
Durability
6
Comfort
7
Features & Design
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
78

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