TESTED: Sub-£100 All-weather gloves

Is it possible to get a set of truly waterproof, warm winter gloves for under £100? We review 10 of the best.

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Submitted by CDodd on Wed, 28/11/2012 - 13:55

Can you get a pair of warm and waterproof all-weather gloves for under £100? That's what we set out to discover.

Buying a decent pair of all-weather gloves is difficult. Many offer high-tech sounding fabrics and look smart but often deliver disappointing results, by which time you're stuck with them.

We selected 10 pairs of all-weather gloves that are between £60 and £100. Our minimum criteria was that they're full length, featuring a wrist-restraint and are designed to be waterproof. 

We subjected the gloves to five tests; four 'lab' tests to check their ability to keep water and freezing temperatures out and a road-test to get an idea for their fit, feel and performance out in the real world. Each test carried a maximum score of 10, meaning a faultless glove would come away with 50 out of 50.

Test 1: Water Resistance. How do the gloves hold up under a full-power tap for five minutes?

Test 2: Cold Test. Can our tester keep his gloved hand submerged in ice for five minutes?

Test 3: Waterproofing. Can the gloves withstand being submerged up to the cuff in water for 15 minutes? 

Test 4: Wet/dry weight test. How much more do the gloves weigh after being submerged and therefore how much water have they taken on?

Test 5: Road test. We wear all the gloves on a set route and see how they feel out of the lab and into the real world. 

Here are our results starting with the Alpinestars Overland Drystar.

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