Many years ago, I was having one last coffee in the Paradise Inn on Mount Rainier before heading up to ski the mountain when I connected with a friend who was involved with product design at Marmot. She was touring the West on a borrowed motorcycle, and I still remember her excitement over discovering how well-engineered bike apparel could be—her expert eye recognized the function and refinement and experience built into the clothes.
Motorcycles weed out weakness in apparel, and while much of what you wear is bike-specific, the beautiful Onyx Ranger gloves from Grifter have applications far beyond just twisting a throttle. Indeed, these new gloves bridge a number of worlds—with buttery soft, black deerskin palms and selvedge denim backs, they can serve as work gloves or go-to-work gloves. But, as winter continues to dust parts of the country and spring slop challenges others, they also reveal another side: The made in the USA Onyx Rangers make one heck of a cold weather do-everything glove.
The deerskin offers far more dexterity than a work glove without any break-in at all, the tight weave of the denim blocks the wind, the leather grips exceptionally well, and the wool adds just the right amount of insulation for a wide range of conditions. They’re ideal for spring skiing, touring, or boarding (though, with the scalloped cuffs, probably not on a snowy day); cold-morning bike commuting, or working around the cabin. Or riding to Paradise on Mount Rainier.
$95 • BUY
Read more from Steve Casimiro at his blog, Adventure Journal.
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