I should preface this review by saying that, in one sense, I am not really the target audience for CTR gloves. One of the defining features of the line, a subset of Steamboat Springs-based Chaos Hats (itself a subsidiary of Montreal-based Do-Gree Fashions), is that the index fingers and thumbs on the gloves come with a tip made of “Silver Smart Touch,” a leathery material that allows you to use your phone without taking off your gloves.
It’s a great concept; it’s just that, if you know me, you know I spend almost no time on my phone. I haven’t exactly been putting the Silver Smart Touch to the test. The rest of the Glacier Air Protect Glove, however, has been getting a lot of use.
These have been my go-to gloves all season for nordic skiing, and they’ve proven handy on the slopes with the coming of warmer weather and spring skiing. The bulk of the glove is made of 100 percent polyester that has the sleek look and feel of neoprene, like they’re part of a wetsuit. The Chaos Hats website touts them as “full wind/snow resistant,” and you’ll believe it the moment you see them. They will keep your hands dry, and the knit cuff will keep any snow or water from seeping in.
They’re impenetrable enough that you might think your hands would be all sweaty and unable to breathe, but so far I haven’t found that to be the case. They’re thin enough that my hands don’t overheat. In fact, they’re so thin that my downhill pole straps don’t really work right with them. But that’s just nit picking.
The palms and thumb have an “integrated palm insert for added durability and reinforcement” that has held up reasonably well through repeated use. The only places it showed signs of wear were in the crook of the thumbs, right where I rub hardest against my skate-skiing poles. Other than that, though, the gloves look like they haven’t aged a day.
As for the Silver Smart Touch, seeing as its a big selling point for the gloves, right before penning this review I pulled out my phone and played a video game on it that required perfect precision screen touching. The gloves aced the test. It was exactly like using my ungloved finger. It actually may have been a little better.
So if you’re the kind of person who spends a lot of time on the phone outdoors, these are perfect gloves for you. But even if you’re like me, and phone compatibility isn’t something you’re too concerned about, you’ll love the combination of light weight and weather resistance that makes these ideal spring gloves.
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