OK, gloves, let's get a few things straight: First off, my fingers need to grab stuff without having to take you off. I can't have you folding over at the tips, all fumbling and soft like, so I have dexterity to operate cameras, phones, and water bottles, but also manhandle burlier items like skins, boot buckles, and, of course, my damn ski poles.
Second, during the dramatic temperature swings of spring, a good pair of gloves should be breathable enough to prevent my hands from getting swampy on the skintrack, yet keep my digits warm on windy summits...
Combining all of those elements into one glove is challenging, but the Gordini Swagger II seems to succeed in each area. I've worn the glove in multiple settings, at various resorts and in the backcountry, and so far the only significant setback was a soaking, complements of a vigorous downpour at Snowshoe, West Virginia, that left me and everyone else drenched. The glove also isn’t my first choice for below-freezing days in the middle of winter. Rather, the Swagger II is, for me, strictly a fair-weathered friend, ideal for what should be a long spring ski season in the West.
With natural silk insulation and Gore Windstopper lining, the Swagger II is warm without being too hot. Gordini's patented pre-curve gunn-cut construction and breathe-weave stretch woven fabric ensures a perfect fit without any break-in period. The index finger is touchscreen compatible, and so far this attractive glove has held up to numerous glue-attacks from my skins.
Then, of course, there is the price tag. At $65, this is an affordable glove that will take you deep into the backcountry, or keep you happy on those days of banging out slushy bumps at your local hill.