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Super Vert Gloves

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Last Updated: 28/04/2011
Glossary - Softshell close

The term softshell was coined to describe a new type of fabrics which were significantly different to hardshell fabrics. In a classic layering system the hardshell is the top layer, designed to protect you from the elements. They are made of a fabric which features a waterproof membrane, a physical barrier to wind and water.

Unfortunately the very thing that makes hardshells desirable, their protection, also means that they have some disadvantages. Fabrics with a plastic membrane sandwiched between two textiles can be stiff and noisy making movement awkward. Despite huge advances in technology in recent years, waterproof membranes still trap moisture (ie sweat vapour) inside clothing which is uncomfortable and can lead to rapid cooling.

Softshell fabrics were developed as a compromise, offering less protection but more comfort. This is based on the premise that for most people, most of the time the protection offered by a hardshell is not required. The term covers a huge range of fabrics and applications from technical alpine pieces designed for ice climbing, to lightweight stretchy pullovers to be worn when very active.

Glossary - Spandex close

Lycra is the brand under which Invista markets spandex in the US, the UK and many other countries (it is also known as elastane and various other names). Spandex fibre was first developed in 1958 as a replacement for natural rubber in corsetry, where its elastic qualities were desirable. Its name is an anagram for 'expands' and it certainly does that, stretching to 7 times its initial length.

Spandex fibres are never used on their own but blended with other fibres to give fabrics stretchy properties. As little as 2% can make a huge difference to the feel of a fabric, adding comfort, fit, shape retention, durability and freedom of movement.

Outdoor Research Super Vert Gloves

This rebuild of the popular Outdoor Research alpine Vert Gloves is your go-to for any cold-weather activity requiring sure grip and precise dexterity. The nylon stretch softshell outer resists the elements on snowy pre-dawn starts, and a grippy goat leather palm with textured finger tips provides a natural feel.

  • Weight: 108g (avg for size L)
  • Fabric: 90% nylon, 10% spandex stretch laminated twill shell
  • Water resistant goat leather palm
  • 100% polyester tricot lining
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