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.