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The Outdoor Research Arete Gloves for Men are a high end glove designed to be very durable and suitable for extreme weather.
At first glance the Arete Gloves are very high quality and look very well made.
They come in two colors, black/charcoal and Coyote and in my opinion the gloves look great in the black/charcoal but the Coyote gives the gloves a cheap look to them although it’s totally personal preference.
Regardless of the color it’s very evident that the Arete Gloves are a high quality glove. As with any Outdoor Research product these gloves are made to compete with the most high end gloves on the market.
With regards to comfort I’m very divided. The Arete Gloves when worn alone aren’t really as comfortable as you’d hope for a glove in this price bracket.
Meaning that in more mild temperatures when you don’t want to wear the liner with the gloves they won’t be all that comfortable and you probably wouldn’t want to be wearing them for for extended periods of time.
HOWEVER the Arete Gloves do come with a liner! Meaning that in more extreme temperatures when liner gloves are necessary they are very comfortable.
So really how comfortable the gloves are comes down to the temperature and how you wish to wear them.
The Arete gloves are incredibly warm. They’re very thick and contain breathable 100-weight fleece insulation which ensures that your hands will be kept warm in the most extreme of conditions.
I wore the gloves in temperatures around -4 Fahrenheit (-20 Celcius) for an extended period of time and my hands remained very warm.
Thankfully the fact that the gloves are very warm doesn’t mean that your hands will ever be too warm thanks to the the fleece insulation being highly breathable and being very good at wicking away moisture.
In addition to their fantastic performance on warmth the Outdoor Research Arete Gloves won’t let you down on water resistance either.
The waterproof properties of the gloves are incredible.
I used them in very heavy rain and my hands remained both dry and comfortable.
In addition to this the waterproofing doesn’t cause the gloves to become too warm as they’re highly breathable although this is probably to be expected of a glove in the same price bracket as the Arete Gloves.
A highly waterproof, highly breathable glove.
The Outdoor Research Arete Gloves feature a silicone grip which is very good and allows you to use the gloves for many different purposes.
For me the gloves best features are it’s warmth yet ability to be so highly breathable.
It’s impressive that the glove performs so well in being waterproof and windproof as well as breathability as these can often be things that counter act each other but with the high quality Arete Gloves this isn’t the case at all.
It is a little disappointing however that the Arete Gloves don’t have any special extras.
Most gloves in the more high end price bracket like the Arete gloves have something special about them, something to make them individual and stand out but I can’t help but feel this is something the Arete’s lack.
Don’t get me wrong it’s still a very good glove that’s suitable for the most extreme of weather but it’s just a bit boring.
There’s no surprises or thrills with the Outdoor Research Arete Gloves but you very well could look at that as a positive.
The Arete Gloves are very good gloves. Whether they’re good value for money is debatable but if what you’re looking for is a simple, high quality glove then the Arete Glove might just be for you.
I have reviewed quite a few OR gloves and like usual I was impressed with the quality.
For warmth, water resistance and breathability they’re perfect. The gloves are incredible at the basics.
They could be made a little more comfortable but really they’re not uncomfortable either. Something that Outdoor Research could improve but it’s not necessarily a problem with the gloves.
However the one thing that I take issue with is that there’s just nothing special about the gloves.
For a pretty expensive pair of gloves there has to be something special about them in my opinion, some will look really good or have weird and wonderful storage options or even some are made with electric heat.
These things set gloves apart from other high quality gloves but the Arete gloves just don’t have anything like this.
With that being said, if you’re looking for a no thrills, nothing special but EXCEPTIONAL at the basics type of glove then the Outdoor Research Arete gloves for men might be ideal for you.
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