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Smartwool gloves, a comparative review

In this Smartwool glove review, I believe you will find a glove that will perform in almost any situation or weather condition. All of these gloves feature brilliant Smartwool Merino wool as the primary fiber in the construction, giving you non-itchy warmth, odor control, warmth when wet, and overall good looks.

Year-round use: lined gloves and lightweight gloves

Smartwool has some great offerings in the four-season category. These lined gloves are lightweight and thin, offering some warmth on those cool morning runs, scrunches, or an early trip to the market. They are perfect for layering under thick gloves for winter use.

Smartwool Liner Gloves have touch screen capabilities on both the thumb and index finger of each hand for easy access to your phone or touch screen checkout at the grocery store. They are comfortable, slim, not form-fitting but not bulky; consider ordering a size smaller if you prefer a tighter fit. They’re made as siding, so you won’t find any windproof or waterproof barriers.

Sopris Smartwool Lined Gloves are microweight liners with an extended wrist for increased coverage. They are reinforced on the thumb and index finger for durability. They don’t have the touchscreen capabilities, but they will perform imperfectly due to their thin build.

Smartwool PhD HyFi Training Gloves are lightweight training gloves. They have touch screen capabilities and grippy material on the fingertips and palms that will make them perfect for cyclists. The fit appears to run slightly large, with the slightly long fingers in particular. This is a thin glove that is perfect for use in cool to moderately cold temperatures; If you get cold easily, you’ll want to switch to a heavier glove as the seasons change. The fit is snug so you could definitely pair these with a thick mitten or glove for winter wear.

Smartwool Training Gloves are thin, lightweight gloves with a close fit. The grippy silicone material on the fingers and palms makes them a good choice for cyclists. They aren’t windproof, but the merino wool construction will keep your hands warm even if the gloves are wet. Their tight fit could allow them to be paired with a heavier glove for winter use. No touch screen technology.

technical gloves

The Smartwool Pocket Glove is a windproof and waterproof shell that features a glove strap clip on the wrist, a nose wipe panel on the thumb, easy-grip fingers and palm, and a comfortable knitted interior. This would make a great standalone glove for mild weather or paired with one of Smartwool’s lined gloves for a winter glove system.

Casual/technical gloves

The Smartwool Spring Glove is a good casual wear glove with full leather fingers and a leather palm. It has more technical features like prominent branding and logos, nose wipe, glove strap, and velcro closure. With all the leather on this glove, be careful if you take it for a walk, it will scratch more easily than a true technical glove and when it gets wet the leather will be a heavy, soggy mess.

The Smartwool Snowsports Glove is very similar to the Spring. I think it’s the best option since it doesn’t have any of the prominent branding, it doesn’t offer the Velcro closure that tends to grab the fibers of your shirt or coat sleeves, but it does offer a windproof cover. It also has the nose wipe and glove strap like the Spring gloves. This would be a better option for true outdoor use or for those who prefer a warmer glove with its windproof qualities.

Casual daily wear.

The Smartwool Cozy Flip Mittens are a smart-casual option that combines the warmth of mittens with the easy access of the flip top. The top has a little button so you can keep it secure if you want to wear them as fingerless gloves. These gloves tend to run a bit small but not too small. You may also notice that the fingertips appear cooler since most of your finger will be covered by the glove portion and the mitten flap, while the fingertips only have the flap as coverage.

The Smartwool Cozy Gloves are a heavier casual option for everyday wear with touchscreen capability knitted in so you don’t see the touchscreen pads on the thumb and index finger. Although there is the capability for touchscreen use, these gloves are made of a thicker material than the liners and are specifically marketed to be comfortable, so you wouldn’t expect to be able to use the touchscreen for as much detail as texting, but answering a call should be pretty easy. These also seem to run a bit long on the fingers, so keep that in mind when ordering.

The Smartwool Ridgeway Gloves are beautiful work or casual gloves made from a combination of leather and nylon shell with a woven nylon and merino wool interior. These could be used as work gloves but are suede leather so would last longer as casual gloves. The leather covering provides some protection from the wind, making the glove suitable for use in the colder months. Ridgeways come in black or buff with elasticated wrist to keep out drafts.

The Smartwool Stagecoach Gloves are a smart-casual option with leather on the palm and fingers and knitted fleece on the back of the hand. There is a short gauntlet style cuff with elastic at the wrist to prevent drafts. These gloves are ideal for colder climates. With their leather grip, they are perfect for driving while leather gloves are more casual.

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