Alf Alderson talks us through the technical features of Mammut's new Stoney gloves.   

Mammut Stoney Advanced RRP £85

The Stoney features super-soft leather from long-established Yeovil-based manufacturer Pittards leather (they made gloves for Spitfire pilots) on the palms and fingers. They’re very dextrous, particularly considering the high level of insulation which can often make gloves bulky – not so in this case.

This is also partly helped by a pre-shaped hand that has the natural angle of a human hand (hands are not flat at rest…), whilst a microfleece lining feels lovely against your hands as well as assisting in heat retention. Mammut’s DRYtechnology membrane keeps your hands dry in wet conditions as well as being breathable, and the cuffs have easy-to-use one-handed adjustment – simply pull to tighten or loosen.

The only minor quibble I had with the Stoney was that the gauntlet could perhaps be a bit wider so that it fits over your jacket cuffs more easily (in fact it’s narrow enough to fit under your cuffs if you prefer, so I guess I should perhaps be praising it for versatility), and the wrist security straps are a tad fiddly.

FOR Provide good dexterity
AGAINST Security straps fiddly and a bit short

What Mammut say:

The Stoney Advanced Glove is an excellent glove for demanding, frosty days of skiing both on- and off-piste. The palm and back of the glove feature water-repellent goat leather. If that weren’t enough, the DRYtechnology membrane throughout the entire glove ensures durable waterproofing. The Stoney Advanced Glove also features a high-quality synthetic fiber filling to keep your fingers warm and dry. The extensive use of leather sections on the palm provides excellent grip to make sure your hands stay steady on your poles during fast descents