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Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Women's Review

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Best Buy Award
Price:   $90 List | $89.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic warmth, good dexterity, durable goatskin palm, super affordable price
Cons:  Few features, less breathable construct
Bottom line:  This Best Buy Award winner is perfect for any lady seeking an affordable and cozy glove that offers superior warmth and dexterity.
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Manufacturer:   Gordini
By Amber King
Monday November 13, 2017

Our Verdict

Slip your hands into the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove this winter and experience fantastic warmth all season long. This Best Buy Award winner isn't only affordable but offers great weather protection and durability. The reinforced goatskin palm and the "guaranteed to keep you dry" Gore-Tex insert provides superior water resistance all day long. We really loved the super plush liner that makes hands feel warm and happy. In addition to great warmth and weather protection, this glove also provides decent dexterity, allowing you to clip boots and zip up jackets without taking off your gloves! The fit is female-specific with a cozy, plush interior.

Given all these great performance features, this glove was in the running for the Editor's Choice Award. However, it fell short to the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's that offers better breathability, dexterity, and durability. As a result, it was given the Best Buy Award, beating out the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's for superior warmth, dexterity, and durability. Even though the Gore-Tex Down II is about $10 more than the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's, we think the superior performance of the Gordini provides a better value for the price. Whether you're a beginner or expert skier, this affordable award winner will keep you warm and dry throughout the day.

November 2017 Product Update
The Down II has been upgraded to the Down III. The only difference, other than colors and minor cosmetic changes, is the Down III now has zipper pockets for heat warmer pads. For this addition, Gordini boosted the price from $85 to $90. We consider this a minor price change, and due to the high performance of this glove, we allowed it to keep its title as Best Buy winner. We link to the Down III, but if you can find a Down II model on sale, we would recommend grabbing them as the changes are so minor.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Gore-Tex Down III Glove by Gordini is perfectly suited for ladies who want dexterity, but need a warm glove. The down insulation will keep you warm during the coldest days at the resort.

Performance Comparison


The Gordini Gore-Tex Down II is warm and affordable! Loaded with a durable goatskin palm  Gore-Tex insert  and down insulation  you will be well protected from the elements!
The Gordini Gore-Tex Down II is warm and affordable! Loaded with a durable goatskin palm, Gore-Tex insert, and down insulation, you will be well protected from the elements!

Warmth and Breathability


If you're looking for a glove that will breathe well for specific adventures, check out our Top Pick for Backcountry Skiing option, the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's glove.


Of all the gloves tested, the Gordini Gore-Tex Down II Glove (rated to 10F) is the warmest. It's loaded with 600-fill goose down (70 percent Goose down, 30 percent waterfowl) on the back of the palm, with a less bulky MegaLoft insulation on the palm (providing a little more dexterity). In addition to the insulation, we loved the ultra-plush and soft inner liner that is sewn into the construct of the glove.

The ultra-plush liner is super warm and cozy. We especially loved wearing this glove on really cold days at the resort.
The ultra-plush liner is super warm and cozy. We especially loved wearing this glove on really cold days at the resort.

This glove does an okay job in the Breathability metric. The Gore-Tex liner allows water vapor to slowly escape but the loft and insulation almost does too good a job of keeping heat trapped inside. As a result, we noticed our hands getting clammy during aerobic or warm days. In comparison to the Arc'teryx Fission Glove (Our Editors' Choice winner) this glove is much warmer, but is not as breathable. As a result, it's a wonderful resort option, but we wouldn't recommend it for skiing in the backcountry.

Water Resistance


In addition to providing a heap of warmth, this glove does an impeccable job of resisting water. The highly durable and water-resistant goatskin palm and reinforced thumb keep moisture out when playing in the snow. The HydroWick Denier lining keeps water out of the glove throughout the day. During blustery wintery days when the snow was wet, we skied the resort for hours, without feeling cold or discomfort. These gloves are water resistant!


Even after drenching this glove in water  it still weighs very little. The Gore-Tex liner provides great protection from the elements.
Even after drenching this glove in water, it still weighs very little. The Gore-Tex liner provides great protection from the elements.

During our water dunk tests, we were happy to learn that the Gore-Tex Down II gloves did not leak, just like other gloves with a Gore-Tex insert (like the Arc'teryx Fission Glove and Burton Gore-Tex Glove). However, when we weighed this glove after the dunk test, we learned that it absorbed 7.1 oz of water, which is more than most gloves and mitts. As a result, we'd recommend keeping this glove out of puddles, simply because it will absorb water. However, the membrane does a good job keeping that moisture away from the inside of the glove. We'd recommend this glove for all types of climates and all weather conditions.

Dexterity


If you don't care much for dexterity and prefer warmth, check out some of mitten options instead, like the Hestra Heli Mitt or the Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's.


Even though we think this glove is best for the resort  it still has the  affinity  to pull of skins and perform a plethora of fine tasks. However  it is not the most dexterous glove out there.
Even though we think this glove is best for the resort, it still has the affinity to pull of skins and perform a plethora of fine tasks. However, it is not the most dexterous glove out there.

Providing more dexterity than all the mittens tested in this review, we were impressed by this ultra-plush glove. This is partly due to the fact that less material is used in the palm and the fit is slim and tight. As a result, we thought this glove had a little better dexterity than the Burton Gore-Tex Glove, but it wasn't as high performing as either the Arc'teryx Fission Glove or Outdoor Research Arete.

The leather palm provides a bomber grip on poles and other objects.
The leather palm provides a bomber grip on poles and other objects.

Features


Looking for touch-screen compatible gloves? Take a look at the Swany Legend II Mitt - Women's or the Burton Gore-Tex Glove.


The Gore-Tex Down II glove does not have a lot of features, but we did enjoy the ones it did have. We really liked the quick cinch and release around the gauntlet in addition to the quick clips that holds the gloves together (when not in use). We also appreciated the nose wipe on the thumb that kept us happy during snotty days on the mountain.

We loved the wrist cinch and the easy pull cuff attachments  making it more convenient and comfortable.
We loved the wrist cinch and the easy pull cuff attachments, making it more convenient and comfortable.

We wished this glove had touchscreen compatibility like the Burton Gore-Tex Glove as well as a removable leash like the Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's. A longer gauntlet would be helpful to keep snow out during super deep days in the mountains. We also liked that we could in fact use a super thin glove liner with this glove to provide additional warmth and versatility. Even though it doesn't come with one, you can buy a pair of liners for as little as $20 online.

The Gordini Gore-Tex Down II isn't only our Best Buy award winner  but it has a few extra features to keep you cozy on the mountain!
The Gordini Gore-Tex Down II isn't only our Best Buy award winner, but it has a few extra features to keep you cozy on the mountain!

Durability and Construction


Make it a point to treat the goatskin palm with a leather sealant to ensure the longevity of this glove. Treat it before use and one to two more times a season.


We were impressed with the craftsmanship and durability of this glove. Throughout the testing period, the insulation did not pack out or lose warmth, even after washing and after our dunk tests. We noticed that the stitching was more precise with smaller stitch patterns than the Burton Gore-Tex Glove, but it wasn't seamless like the Arc'teryx Fission Gloves.

A look at the stitching of the Gordini Gloves. While the craftsmanship is good  it doesn't compare to the seamless construct of the Arc'teryx Fission Glove.
A look at the stitching of the Gordini Gloves. While the craftsmanship is good, it doesn't compare to the seamless construct of the Arc'teryx Fission Glove.

In addition, we loved the goatskin leather palm — one of the most durable leathers out there. Even though this glove only comes with a one-year warranty, we think it will last a few seasons at the least. In general, we thought it was more durable than all contenders except the Arc'teryx and Hestra models.

Look for a goat skin leather palm  like the one featured in the Gordini Gore-Tex Down II  if you want the best in durability.
Look for a goat skin leather palm, like the one featured in the Gordini Gore-Tex Down II, if you want the best in durability.

Best Application


If you're looking for a glove that will keep you warm and provide you with great dexterity, this contender is where it's at. Doing the best at the resort, we think this is a great option for beginners and experts alike. Unlike the Arc'teryx Fission Glove, this is not the best option for backcountry skiing as it's not the most breathable. However, it can be coupled with a super thin glove, making a touch more versatile. If you're looking for the best option for the backcountry, check out the Outdoor Research Arete glove. It features a double construction and lightweight design, perfect for booting up steep slopes. We'd recommend the Dakine Tundra Mitt for the best mitt in super cold weather.

Our ladies love the Gordini Gore-Tex - especially on this wet powder day in the mountains.
Our ladies love the Gordini Gore-Tex - especially on this wet powder day in the mountains.

Value


In our humble opinion, we think this Best Buy award winner features the best value of all gloves tested. For only $85, (and for less some places online), you're getting stand-up performance and durability. If you're looking to seriously pinch pennies, be sure to look at the ultra-affordable Kinco Pigskin Leather that offers a no-frills design for much less!

Conclusion


The Gordini Gore-Tex Down II Glove won our Best Buy Award for its fantabulous combination of warmth, dexterity, and weather protection. Even though it doesn't have the fanciest features, it's a high-quality glove for just $85.

Amber King
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