Outdoor Research Vert
Highly water- and wind-resistance, the Outdoor Research Verts are excellent softshell spring touring gloves—among the very best in this category. They have great dexterity, good durability, an very good fit, and strong attention to detail. Plus, at this price—it’s hard to go wrong.
The Vert is a relatively simple glove with a nylon shell and leather on the palms and front of the fingers. Some nicely placed leather patches reinforce high wear areas. Polyester tricot is used for the lining. The handy pull loop on the cuff is a very nice feature.
These gloves are highly water and wind resistant, but still breathe really well. During the dunk test they went almost 90 seconds before any water leaked in, and then it was only along the seams. Water quickly beads up on the shoftshell DWR, leaving them relatively dry on the outside. The polyester lining fit well enough, but there was a little binding and shifting when pulling the gloves on and off over wet hands.
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.
Dexterity and Grip
I was really impressed with the Vert’s dexterity—I could handle all sorts of tasks that required a finer touch while wearing them. The grip on snowy or icy tools was adequate. The finger leather is somewhat smooth, but the reinforcement patches are textured and that improved the grip.
Features and Design
Simplicity is often the perfect design, and that was the case with the Vert. There aren’t a lot of features, just clean lines and functionality. The pull loop on the cuff made it easy to tug the gloves on and served as nice ‘biner clip point.
How We Tested It
I used the gloves mainly for ski touring, but I also took them out for spring downhill skiing and patrol work. They got around two weeks of day-to-day use. My patrol colleagues and I used the gloves hauling and putting up ropes, slat fences, rescue toboggans, signs and firewood, clearing runs, operating snowmobiles and lift evacuation gear and dealing with things at accident scenes. The temperatures ranged from around 30 to 45 degrees F in clear and occasionally stormy weather. Water resistance was double-checked by dunking a gloved hand into a bucket of water.
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