GLOVE - Arc'teryx Lithic Glove
COLORS - Black, Crimson Flame
PALM MATERIAL - Gore-Tex with TPU Grip Panels
BASE MATERIAL - Gore-Tex Waterproof/Breathable 3-Layer Laminate
INSULATION - Primaloft (Synthetic)
MSRP - $249
URL - http://www.arcteryx.com
NOTES - This glove was designed by madmen bent on performance at any cost. It uses three different kinds of synthetic Primaloft insulation, maximizing the benefits of each kind of insulation in the fingers, back and palm of the hand. Two different weights of lofty Primaloft Silver insulation are layered on the back of the hand while the palm and fingers get PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco with Grip Control. This is a denser insulation that helps the inner and outer faces of the glove stay in line when you're grabbing things.
Something present in the Lithic we didn't see in any other glove is an insulated draft tube that stops heat from wafting out at the wrist. The glove also features Arc'teryx's Tri-Dex finger patterning, which means there are no seams at the fingertips for maximum dexterity. Heavy articulation gets rid of all the excess material that would otherwise bunch up under every joint of the hand when gripping anything. Burly Gore-Tex fabric with laminated thermoplastic polyurethane grip panels on the palm and a highly breathable Gore-Tex fabric on the back of the hand keep weather out while promising many seasons of use. Unfortunately, all this means a steep price.
PERFORMANCE - Few gloves, if any, combine the qualities of warmth, weather protection, and dexterity so well as the Lithic. It's a rare glove that lets you open up and dig through a pack for a set of batteries without having to take them off. Not a great value if you only use them for static activities, but when it comes to keeping your hands warm and dry during active pursuits, the Lithic glove is unequaled.
In normal situations, cold hands mean it's time to head in and warm up. But, when creature comfort isn't available, cold hands can signal the beginning of dire circumstances.