Name: Fuzzy Monkey (David)
Date of Review: Summer 2012
Photo Album – REI Fleece Gloves
BACKGROUND: I successfully hiked the West Coast Trail in 2011. I successfully thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010. I also have numerous other backpacking trips under my belt. The weather conditions I’ve dealt with range from the dessert heat to the snow-packed mountains. I have had to deal with thunderstorms, hail, extreme winds and most things in-between. I carried a pair of REI Fleece Gloves for warmth on several hikes.
DISCLAIMER: I was employed by REI when I purchased these, but have NOT been paid to write this review. I did take advantage of my employee discount. I was NOT employed by REI at the time I wrote this review.
Manufacturer: REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.)
Product: REI Fleece Gloves Men’s
DESCRIPTION: These are men’s size small gloves. They are made of a polyester, nylon, wool and spandex. The gloves also have a padded palm and thumb. The gloves feature a quick connect to snap together. The outside of the gloves are smooth and stretch slightly. The inside of the gloves are a softer wool material. REVIEW: When people ask me about my trips the conversation often turns to what type I gear I used. The reason I’m writing a review for simple gloves is because I used them, and when people ask if I use or carry gloves my response is “Why yes, I’m so glad you asked. Here is what I carried”. More specifically I used this pair hiking on Isle Royale. I also use this pair when I was hiking in Glacier National Park earlier this year. I also use this pair of gloves for general use in winter. The following describes the why and how they have worked for me. I choose the smaller size in order to have a more molded fit. Since the gloves are made of spandex they have the ability to stretch and fit tighter around the fingers and palm. I liked the tighter fit which is why I choose this particular pair. The material of the gloves is less bulky than some other gloves. When I was shopping for gloves I was trying to find a warmer pair that wasn’t so bulky. This pair of REI gloves fit this requirement for me. I also looked at glove liners as a solution. It would have been easy to purchase a liner which would have been less bulky, however, I was looking for warmth. I didn’t think a glove liner would have keep my hands as warm in the condition I was expecting. Another reason I choose gloves with this material is that I needed something that would keep me warm even it it got wet. Fleece type material will keep you warm even if it gets wet, as opposed to cotton or full wool gloves. If 100% wool or cotton gloves get wet they loose their ability keep you as warm as a fleece glove would. The gloves also fit with my hiking style. I use trekking poles when I hike so I having a less bulky glove to fit with the trekking pole handles was important to me. The gloves worked fine when I used them for hiking in Glacier and when I used them hiking the West Coast Trail. I will say this, when I stop I usually take my gloves off in order to us zippers on packs or other clothing. Any glove I’ve used navigating zippers and buttons becomes difficult when wearing gloves. I found it slightly easier to grab zippers and buttons with this pair of gloves because they are less bulky and tight fitting. The only issue I’ve had with my gloves is the stitching seems to fail after only a short time of use. I’ve needed to stitch my pair several times in several different places. Re-sewing the palm and finger seems is not a difficult repair, but I just thought I’d mention it. REI offers 100% satisfaction guarantee and I could have easily returned them, but I didn’t feel like going through the effort to return something that can be repair so easily. I’m also happy with the size and how this pair fits me. If were to return the or exchange them for another pair the likely hood of finding an exact replacement would have been slim. So I decided to do the repair myself and keep the gloves. CONCLUSION: Overall, I’m satisfied with the REI Fleece Gloves and would recommend them. They are comfortable not only for hiking but for everyday use. They keep hands relatively warm and are less bulky than other models I’ve used in the past. Fuzzy Monkey likes: Spandex, Stretching ability Comfortable Less bulky than other comparable glove Fuzzy Monkey dislikes: Quality of stitching Fuzzy Monkey Approved: Yes