I got my first pair of Possumdown Gloves five years ago and have been wearing them year-round ever since. 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 fibers are also hollow, which makes them super warm.
I wear my Possum Down Gloves for spring hiking, autumn hiking 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 shell glove 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.
Zpacks sells Possum Down Gloves and is a good place to pick up a pair.
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