Terra Nova are best known for their tents, with those in the know starting to appreciate their new range of packs and sleeping bags. You don’t usually associate them with gloves and socks, which is probably as they’re branded as ‘Extremeties’. Being asked to review a couple of these gloves, I had high expectations from extensive use of their sister brand’s tents and packs. The Super Windy gloves are made from Gore windstopper, and are a snug fit. Or rather, a hug fit – as they wrap the hand in a cosy layer of warmth helped in no small part by the fluffy Berber fleecy liner. If you intend on wearing a thin liner glove, as the fit is snug you’ll obviously find it difficult and may need to go one size up if that’s vital.
These are warm gloves and as you’d expect for £45 they’re a quality built glove. There’s even a nifty little loop that you can use to pull the glove off your hand; an appreciated bit of detail. They’ve also got the obligitary clip for keeping them together, useful in the pack and for tethering one onto the other when you need a free hand.
The main test for these was over Pen Llithrig in late winter, with strong winds, sleet and heavy rain. My hands remained warm and dry while the rain fell as sleet and showers, but in heavy rain that drove into our faces and under our waterproofs they unsurprisingly became sodden. I mention that though, not as criticism but to note that my hands still remained warm enough despite the water as these gloves aren’t advertised as being waterproof.
The gloves are thin enough to effectively use a compass (my test is taking a bearing) and I even managed to tie my laces whilst wearing them. The grippy palm helps, especially for delicate tasks such as compass or GPS work, while the fingers have been designed to maximise dexterity by using different weights of fabric on the side, making movement easier.
The only thing is that I’d rather go for the waterproof Corbett gloves for similar conditions. However, I usually take two pairs of shell gloves on particularly nasty days as even the most waterproof gloves leak at some point, so they pair up nicely with a heavier waterproof glove. It strikes me as strange that you can’t tighten the glove at the wrist, but it’s not as if this interfered with the function of the glove as the elasticated wrist keeps it secure instead.
All in all, a decent wind-proof glove that’s ideal for those bitterly cold days when you don’t expect rain or too much of it at least. They would certainly find their way into my autumn and spring backpacking kit as a general purpose glove and to keep the hands toasty during the evening on wild camps. They’re also low key enough to wear around town, dog walking and possibly even cycling when the weather’s particularly chilly.