Outdoor Research StormTracker Glove Review

In my recent quest to find the perfect backcountry skiing and general mountaineering glove an employee of Outdoor Research recommended to me that I try the Outdoor Research StormTracker glove.  It is a leather palmed, softshell glove with Gore Windstopper on the back and a mild bit of insulation on the inside.  They also zip up the side rather than the recent trend of Velcro wrist closures.  After using them a few times I’m pretty happy with them.

They keep my hands at a pretty comfortable temperature on both the skin up the mountain and on the ski down.  They are waterproof enough that I don’t need to worry about getting them wet (but like all softshell items won’t be able to keep you dry in a downpour) but breathable enough that they keep my hands from getting too sweaty.  They also come in on the lighter side of the glove weight spectrum.

Update: After using them for about 6 months now I’m still pretty happy with them.  Overall they have stood up pretty well and have yet to develop any holes.

6 months of wear and tear on the Outdoor Research StormTracker glove.  Some signs of wear but no holes yet!

6 months of wear and tear on the Outdoor Research StormTracker glove. Some signs of wear but no holes yet!

Conclusion:

They are my current backcountry skiing and mountaineering glove.  I like them well enough so far that I’m sticking with them for this season.  Be careful on sizing though, I normally wear a medium and went with a small for this glove.

Outdoor Research StormTracker Glove