The undercuff design is what really sets the Marmot Cataclysm gloves apart—meaning the lack of a traditional cuff makes for a smooth interface with your jacket sleeve. Cold air, snow and rain all stay outside, so you hands stay warm and dry.
The closure is an elasticized patch of Velcro—it's secure without being bulky or pinchy. The outside is a blend of washable leather and stretchy nylon. The insulation is, in one word, remarkable. Marmot uses a new Polartec Alpha lining that’s soft, breathable, and doesn’t get soggy. Plus it’s warmer than other glove linings we’ve tested.
The outstanding fit is articulated to effectively wrap around a ski pole (or mountaineering axe). The knuckles are lightly padded for impact protection. Most importantly the gloves are flexible enough so there’s no limit on dexterity—I could buckle my skis, zip my jacket, and even change the lens out on my goggles without exposing my hands to the elements.
The Marmot Cataclysm Undercuff Gloves retail for $100 and will be out next fall 2014. The gloves come in sizes XS, M, L and XL and weigh only 6 ounces a pair.
–Nancy Prichard Bouchard