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It's the little things, really—like having gear that works with you instead of against you. When it comes to gloves, I'd never known anything other than the on-off shuffle of gear that comes with uphill travel. As far as I could figure my hands were indefinitely destined to be either hot and sweaty or straight freezing on the uphill. I felt like Goldilocks and wasn't sure I'd ever find something that felt "just right," until I found Dynafit.
Built on the premise of creating strong, light, efficient gear, Dynafit is best known for its 30-year domination of the tech binding market. Living by the mantra "speed up," all of the brand’s head-to-ski tip product line is designed to make the uphill experience as comfortable and relatively effortless as possible.
Dynafit's Mercury Glove, a lightweight ski touring-specific glove, and I had our first dance in Crested Butte's backcountry mid-winter, sharing plenty of sweat in two hours spent climbing uphill. Part way through this first tour a funny thing happened; I forgot about the gloves, and my hands, altogether. The normal stop-and-shed-layers program had been interrupted, and the gloves and I began working together—functioning as one unit—thanks to their light weight and breathable Polartec insulation (a synthetic that retains warmth even when wet). My hands were actually comfortable in gloves for an entire uphill climb and it felt like a game changer.
When the time came to descend, the wind resistant and water repellent stretch-woven fabric was able to keep the elements at bay, keeping my digits warm (without bringing extra dexterity-reducing bulk to the table). Though to be fair I wasn't spending more time standing still than I needed to, which no doubt helped my case. Either way, the stashed emergency overmitt (in the cuff) can offer a touch of extra protection and warmth in a pinch, but probably won't be substantial enough to keep you warm in freezing winter temps when you've been standing still for too long (or riding a lift). Verdict: human powered skiers will love what the Mercury brings to the table.
PHOTO: Crystal Sagan