If you spend as much time on the mountain as most of us do around here, you’ve probably had to patch up your gloves with duct tape periodically. It seems like no mater what kind of high-tech stuff they throw into ski and snowboard gloves, any committed rider can rip them up within a season’s time.
Enter THOR. Not the hammer-wielding Norse god or the Marvel super hero, but THOR Gloves. A relatively new entry to the market, these tough-as-nails gloves are made for durability and live up to the hype on that point.
They’re made partly out of Kevlar (the same stuff used in military body armor) so it’s almost needless to say these things are tear-proof, waterproof and tough enough.
THOR’s Snow Raider model comes with two wrist gauntlet lengths — 4 and 6 inches. I’ve been testing out the 4-inch model, which provide ample protection against snow spray-back or powder, insuring against that pesky snow-in-the-wrists sensation.
On the inside, they’re lined with layers of Thinsulate and will keep your hands warm in most any condition.
They’re designed and best-suited for carving, where gloves constantly get torn up running across hard-packed snow at high speeds. Texas-based THOR only has been around for four years, but their gloves have earned endorsements from the pro-carving set. They sell only direct to customers through their website, to cut down on mark-up retail pricing.
While they’re tough and warm, the downside is that their super-thick layering leaves you with limited dexterity in your hands — I’ve found myself swatting clumsily at my bindings with the thick THORs on my hands. They definitely take some breaking in. They start out extra stiff, with barely bendable fingers.
And they’re missing one key element of snowboard gloves — a wrist leash. That simple little string attaching gloves to your wrists, I’ve found, makes it a lot more convenient when you have to do something that requires your actual hands (texting, tightening screws on bindings, etc.).
That said, when the temperature drops below freezing or I’m heading out for a carve session, I’ll be happy to have THOR keeping my hands toasty and shred-ready.
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THOR Snow Raider Snowboard Glove