Snowmobilers sometimes neglect gloves when it comes time to selecting them, me first. The first relatively warm and inexpensive pair we find ends up in the shopping cart. Yet, they make a significant difference in the enjoyment of our favorite winter activity. Paying particular attention when buying them would therefore be a winning practice so that they correspond as closely as possible to our usage.
What could be more unpleasant than having wet hands in gloves that are too hot? Freezing hands in gloves that are too cold!
To remedy both of these situations, the Backcountry gloves are made from a combination of several different materials. In order to be warm enough, 509 has integrated 200 g of insulation on the back of the hand and 100 g on the palm of the hand, which is enough to keep the hands warm without making the gloves puffy. In addition, the “Hipora” waterproof membrane allows moisture to escape while preventing water from entering.
Considering that these gloves are mainly intended for off-trail use, the strength and durability aspects are very important. On this facet, 509 hit the spot in some places on the gloves and a little less in others.
At the handlebar contact surfaces, the palms are made of tough, flexible leather, with thicker leather reinforcements in areas where wear is often premature. I loved the grip of these gloves and the fingers’ pre-curved shape, making the grip on the handlebars instinctive.
By contrast, at the back of the hand and the glove base, they are made of a very comfortable stretchy fabric/canvas. However, this fabric/canvas tore when it was snagged with a branch, which is quite common in off-trail riding (at least in my case!). So I would have liked a slightly stronger material on this side.
Finally, the most important aspect, in my opinion, is comfort. The 509 Backcountry gloves are definitely up to par on this matter. The inner lining is soft and breathable. The gloves are quite flexible, which makes them precise and comfortable. The glove’s length and the size of its opening allow me to cover my jacket’s sleeve and the adjustable elastic band ensures a barrier against the snow.
Therefore, you can conclude that I really enjoyed my trial. Despite my little misadventure with a branch, I consider the 509 Backcountry gloves as a sure value at a very reasonable price!