When Sir Ranulph Fiennes was attempting “The Coldest Journey" a couple of years back, he had to pull out after taking his glove off. Within seconds frostbite had rendered his hand useless. The effects of extreme cold on the extremities can be instantaneous. Yet, despite the fact that expeditions can falter if your gloves aren’t good enough, they are an often overlooked garment.

There should be three pairs of gloves in your backpack whether you are cycling or mountaineering, winter walking or mountain running. If one gets wet, you need another straight away. We usually carry a pair of waterproof gloves, some light synthetic gloves that will maintain some warmth even when wet, and a pair of mitts or big mountaineering gauntlets, plus a spare.

“These are great gloves for winter hillwalking, lower-level belaying and icy-scrambling."

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The most versatile and useful are a waterproof gloves, and these very highly regarded XT Gloves from Marmot are perfect. The XT gloves are waterproof, but still have a great degree stretch and flexibility allowing dexterous movement - whether cinching a draw cord, turning a compass bezel or holding an ice axe.

They are mainly made from a waterproof stretch nylon, but also have leather reinforcement on the palm and fingers. There is extra padding on the palm too. The liner, easy to put on even with cold and wet fingers, wicks any claminess effectively too. There’s a nose wipe pad on the rear for, you know, wiping your nose.

These are great gloves for winter hillwalking, lower-level belaying and icy-scrambling.

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