Thursday, May 25, 2017
Gear Closet: Glovax Adventure Gloves Review
Such is the case with Glovax gloves, which are currently seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo. What makes them so special? Well for starters, they've been built from the ground up for use in the outdoors, which makes them durable and resistant to wear. But, beyond that, they're also cut resistant, water and oil resistant, and abrasion resistant too. They also have an anti-skid fabric that helps you hold you grip on a variety of surfaces, without compromising fit and flexibility in any way.
I was sent a couple of pairs of Glovax gloves to test out, and I have to admit, when I first saw them I was skeptical. They seemed like a colorful, lightweight option that was ill-suited for use in the outdoors. The, I put them on and my opinion quickly changed. Not only do they fit your hands extremely nicely, the stretchy fabrics that are used in their construction feel extremely comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time, and while they are quite snug, it isn't in any kind of restrictive way.
You'll find that the palm of the Glovax has a different texture than the rest of the glove. That's where the anti-skid materials are found. And while it felt a but odd at first, the value of this material soon proves itself when you begin to realize just how well it holds a grip on a variety of surfaces, wet or dry.
The Glovax gloves also happen to be surprisingly breathable, which makes them easier to wear for extended periods of time, even when you're taking part in some intense activities like trail running, mountain biking, or climbing. And since they fit your hand so well, it is sometimes easy to forget you have them on. That's not something I can say about a lot of other gloves I've used either.
It is important to note that these gloves are water resistant, and not completely waterproof. In my testing, I found them to be great for use in the rain or even when paddling, but they can get wetted out if they get too soaked with water, although that didn't happen in normal, day-to-day usage with typical levels of moisture involved.
As mentioned, Glovax is still in the crowdfunding phase, but has easily surpassed its goal and will go into production this summer to start shipping in August. The gloves will come in two varieties – "Lite" and "Pro." The Lite version will have the same features and fit as the Pro, but won't be puncture, water, or oil resistant, nor will they come with the micro patterning materials that enhance the grip. They will weigh a bit less (30 grams vs. 50 grams) however, and will retail for $39. The Pro model will sell for $49.
Find out more at the Glovax Indiegogo page.