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Worth the 20 bucks
January 25, 2012
I use these as liners under gauntlet shells and they work as expected. I try not to wear alone, especially with poles or tools, as I'm sure they would get wasted in a hurry. Gloves take a beating, even really tough ones can barely make a season or two of climbing before they are worn, so of course knit gloves are all the more fragile. Also note the recommended use is "casual" but I've gone well beyond that with them.
a little disappointing
November 25, 2011
These are nice enough as lightweight around-town gloves, but nothing special. I've not yet found a pair of wool liner gloves durable enough to make them worthwhile. (Had an old pair of Terramar liners that disintegrated after a couple months of winter bike commuting--even though they were always underneath a pair of windproof outer gloves.) These Smartwools are thicker than most liners, and are not a jersey knit as I'd expected--more of a typical knit stitch. Too thick to layer under some of my work gloves, which is a bummer. Also, put a whole in one finger yanking a tent stake out of the ground--because they are not finely wove, these gloves are prone to snagging. I've gone back to an ancient but *very* sturdy pair of polypro liners that I picked up years ago for 4 or 5 bucks. They smell irreversibly like a wet dog, but they get the job done better than anything else I've found.