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SEATTLE, Wash. (October 15, 2013) – Calling them “amazing in their fit” and “the most versatile gloves we’ve seen in years,” Backpacker Magazine’s editorial test team this week bestowed an Editor’s Choice on the Outdoor Research Lodestar Gloves.
The award is the second major media award of the fall season for Outdoor Research, which last month won an Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine for its Halogen Hoody.
“Can you flick a mini Bic while wearing insulated, leather-palmed gloves? You can if you’re wearing this pair,” Backpacker’s editors wrote. “A precise ergonomic design results in crazy dexterity and off-the-charts comfort, making the Lodestars the most versatile gloves we’ve seen in years.”
Built for active endeavors in cold, dry climates, the Lodestar Gloves pair highly insulating and wicking Polartec Power Shield High Loft fabric on the back of hand with goat leather on the palm and an interior grid microfleece lining.
Beyond superb pairing of materials, testers gave accolades to the fit, and the way the gloves were designed.
“They’re frankly kind of amazing in their fit,” one editor said. “The slightly elongated, fleece-lined cuff is just the right length to tuck neatly under a jacket’s wrist closure. All seams are out of the way, there’s no gapping in the well of the palm, and the knuckles are perfectly articulated.”
“The Lodestar Gloves dazzled even our most picky testers,” Backpacker wrote. “ ‘These are my new favorite workhorse gloves,’ declared one veteran who praised their dexterity, warmth-to-weight ratio, comfort, moisture transfer and drying time.”
The Lodestar Gloves cost $89 and are currently available at retailers and at outdoorresearch.com.
About Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle – with in-house manufacturing and prototyping capabilities at our company headquarters – Outdoor Research was founded in 1981 after a failed piece of gear on an Alaskan climbing expedition inspired ideas for a better design. Ever since that first product, the X-Gaiter, put Outdoor Research on the map, we have been dedicated to building better outdoor apparel, gloves, hats and an array of other outdoor accessories informed by real-world testing. We develop innovative, functional, bomb-proof products that are beautiful in their simplicity. Design abides by the maxim ‘make it better, not just new or different,’ and our gear is backed by our Infinite Guarantee®. We listen, value and empower each other and our fellow adventurers – we invite input from our customers, athlete ambassadors and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations Test Team. We’re independent, letting us strive to provide the best value to our customers, not shareholders. We are committed to our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and skiing. We’re growing, as a company and as individuals. And we’re having fun along the way.