I got a pair of Possumdown Gloves two years ago and have been wearing them year-round. Imported from New Zealand, possumdown 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.
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. Durability is so so. They’ll last a year before one of the fingers develops a hole and needs to be sewn shut. I own several pairs of them now and they’re really perfect for hiking and sleeping with on the trail to keep your hands warm at night.
Written 2016. Updated 2018.
Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased the product reviewed here with his own funds.
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