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Gabbro Waterproof winter glove 

Gabbro Glove Durable and warm waterproof glove for all-round mountain use 


  • - Gabbro Glove Durable and warm waterproof glove for all-round mountain use 

Malleable and warm waterproof gloves, a true workhorse with a softshell outer to give you excellent protection without leaving you feeling restricted


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Bashing up that grade 2 gully, plunging your hands in the snow, the constant friction of handling ropes and the pressure of gripping our axes. We sure put our gloves through a beating, but better that than our hands!

The Gabbro is a durable workhorse of a winter glove, ideal for when you like your gloves waterproof, warm, not too bulky, and resistant against the regular use and abuse of mountain life. 

With 100 gsm Primaloft Gold insulation and a pile lining that traps pockets of air to keep you even more insulated without adding loads of bulk, Gabbro gloves are excellent for technical activities in cold-weather environments. Think handling wet rope, using axes on less technical terrain, or traversing Tower Ridge. The PorelleDry insert provides a waterproof and breathable barrier and the cuff sits below your jacket sleeve to keep the moisture at bay. If you do get snow in your gloves, the pile lining holds moisture away from your skin so that you retain your warmth.  

Gabbro is excellent for technical mountaineering and skiing. Articulated, pre-curved fingers with softshell side panelling, and shaping around the thumb help you maintain your dexterity when wearing them and the palm insulation is needle punched, making it thinner and more malleable. The softshell outer fabric has a bit of stretch to it so that you can grip your axe with minimal resistance from your gloves and the supple Goatskin leather palm gives great friction, giving you good grip and reducing muscle fatigue from over-squeezing.

Reinforcements in the palm and the crook of the thumb reduce wear from holding poles, tool use and rope handling, and wrapped leather over the fingers minimises wear to the finger tips. 

We all have our strategies when it comes to gloves on those all-day epics, so we’ve added kitty clips and karabiner loops to make it harder for you to lose them!  

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Key features
  • Durable and warm winter glove for all-round mountain use and abuse.
  • 100gsm Primaloft Gold insulation and pile lining keeps your hands warm. 
  • PorelleDry breathable waterproof insert keeps the wet out for longer.
  • Palm insulation is needle punched to be thinner and more malleable. 
  • Short cuff with single-handed drawcord closure fits comfortably inside your jacket cuff. 
  • Leather palm provides excellent friction for better grip without over-squeezing and less muscle fatigue.
  • Reinforced wear points (palm, crook of the thumb) with wrapped leather fingers for durability when handling rope, tools and poles.
  • Pile lining holds moisture away from the skin to help retain warmth even when damp.
  • Articulated fingers and panelling around the thumb improve dexterity.
  • Elasticated wrist helps to get a good fit.
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Weight (each): 90 g


Outer: Softshell (92% polyester, 8% spandex) 
Insulation: Primaloft Gold, 100 gsm 
Insert: PorelleDry breathable waterproof insert, 28 gsm, 57 micron, MVTR: >7000g/sqm/24hr, HH: >15000mm 
Lining: 100% polyester Pile lining  
Palm: Goatskin leather 

Designer Notes

Tough nylon outer face fabrics are all well and good, but they have a tendency to inhibit dexterity. A PorelleDry membrane and Primaloft insulation inside a softshell glove like the Gabbro gives almost the same level of protection but with much greater malleability and dexterity. - Gabe

Product Care Information

The better you look after these gloves, the better they’ll look after you! To clean, handwash (no pun intended) in lukewarm water using a mild liquid detergent, allow to air dry. Do not dry on radiators.

Size chart Gloves
X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Inches 7 - 7.5 7.5 - 8 8 - 8.5 8.5 - 9 9 - 9.5
Centimetres 17.5 - 19 19 - 20.5 20.5 - 22 22 - 23.5 23.5-25
1. Measure your dominant hand, not too tight, if your fingers go blue the tape measure is too tight!
2. Measure around your knuckles with your fingers together to find your girth, note down the measurement
3. Measure from the tip of your longest finger to the crease at your wrist to find your length, note down the measurement
4. Take the longest of these 2 measurements and consult the size chart above.

Cycling gloves: if you have chunky fingers or you are at the upper end of your size range consider going up a size. For example if your hand measured 8.5 inches order your Floe gloves in size X-Large.
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

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Mountain Goat
Great winter glove

Very warm, waterproof and highly recommended. The only improvement would be the addition of wrist straps but this only a minor quibble.

Ed Gibbs
Great gloves

Just spent a week in the alps skiing in these gloves. They're excellent. Really comfortable, warm and great dexterity. Nothing not to like.

great gloves

i really like these gloves. my previous favourite gloves were the Mountain Equipment range. These have many design similarities but at a better price. I've worn these for a week snowboarding with no signs of wear. they kept me warm down to -14c and probably colder. dexterity is great and i managed to keep them on for all zip and binding faff.

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

UKC Review the Winter Glove Range

Alpkit have pulled off an affordable range that, I think, genuinely compares with pricier alternatives.


UKC / UKH February 2019 - Dan Bailey

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