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Possum Down Gloves Review

manufactured by :
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
21

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Rating:
5
On March 24, 2016
Last modified:October 12, 2016

Summary:

I wear my Possum Down Gloves for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing (basically all the time) because they're super breathable and warm. Dexterity is excellent and they wear just like a pair of lightweight wool gloves, although they stay much warmer when they get damp and dry quickly with just the body heat from my hands.

Possum Down Gloves
Possum Down Gloves
I got a pair of Possum Down Gloves over the holidays and have been wearing them all winter. Imported from New Zealand, possum down gloves are made using a blend of brushtail possum fur and merino wool which makes them super warm, soft, and itch-free. Brushtail possum fur fibres are also hollow, which makes them super warm. 

I wear my Possum Down Gloves for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing (basically all the time) because they’re super breathable and warm. Dexterity is excellent and they wear just like a pair of lightweight wool gloves, although they stay much warmer when they get damp and dry quickly with just the body heat from my hands. I find they’re good to 15-20 degrees alone before I have to cover them with a Pertex shell glove (from OR Versaliner Gloves) to retain more heat.

I’m also planning to carry these gloves as part of my three-season glove system during the rest of the year since it gets cold at elevation where I hike.

Possum Down Gloves are available in the United Stated from SweaterChalet and Zpacks.com. They run a bit small, but stretch out when worn. In other words, they’ll feel tight if you have large hands but loosen up with use.

Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased the product reviewed here with his own funds. 

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16 comments

  1. As with the possum and polar bear fur fibers, the reindeer fur hairs are hollow too. But they’re also relatively brittle, so they won’t be good for turning into fleece or fabric.

  2. I’m pretty sure Backpackinglight used to sell these gloves in their store, when they had one. I used to own a pair and agree that they are very warm. Thanks for the links. I’m gong to buy myself a new pair!

  3. There are several other animals that have hollow fur including alpacas, llamas, caribou, musk Ox and whitetail deer.

    Nice gloves!

  4. I had a pair of these Possumdown gloves and loved them. However, they wore out (holes in most of the fingers) faster than any glove I have ever bought and I couldn’t justify the expense of a new pair. Plain old thick knitted wool gloves are my favorite warm gloves these days and last for years.

  5. My wife thinks I have Imelda Marcos Syndrome when it comes to gloves. I may validate her opinion soon…

  6. I too have been using them this winter. I wish they were longer in the cuff. Mine barely come down to my wrist. Otherwise I like the trim fit. They are the only gloves I’ve used where I can reach my hands down into my pants pocket and get out my key ring while wearing my gloves. It’s almost like they are not there. One trick I learned. At first I had a hard time getting them off. As pointed out they have a snug fit, so when you pull on the fingers they just get tighter. But then I learned that if you slide your finger under the cuff and push slide it up your palm under to glove, you can push them right off. I used mine all winter with no problems, but we did have a mild winter (by MI standards). In wet or windy conditions I think an outer water/wind proof liner would be in order.

  7. I’ve heard of these from a youtube backpacker, I think it was Shug Emery… I was comparing them to alpaca, but have not decided yet. So far, my milsurp fingerless wool blends have been ok, but it would be nice to have a backup.

  8. Can you feel the wind through these gloves?

  9. I had a pair from Backpackinglight for a while. They were super comfortable and warm, but the fingertips wore through pretty quickly. If these are now made from a merino blend, they may last a little longer.

  10. I have a couple of pairs of hiking socks in the same wool/possum blend. I save them for cold weather hiking as they are super warm and cosy.

  11. Would you recommend them for a thru hike of the AT (NOBO) or are they overkill?

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