Thankfully, my wife found a box of winter items in our basement that I had been looking for ever since we moved in summer 2011. Among other items, this box contained my Axiom Stormfront gloves that I bought some years ago. This model has been updated significantly.
When compared to the Gore gloves I used last year and the Giro Pivot that I was using this winter, my gloves seem a bit last-generation. The cuff is a traditional stretch cuff that neither tightens nor provides any kind of transition/seal with the sleeve of the jacket. In the current version of this glove, the cuff thus looks quite different.
There are some things I really like about these gloves:
- the insulation is right for Vancouver winter and the gloves keep my hands almost always dry which is really good enough
- cushioning of the palm
- the big soft area on the back and side of the thumb that I use to wipe my nose (an all to frequent task in winter riding).
The most annoying thing about the gloves is that the liner in the fingers pulls out when you take the gloves off so that putting them back on is always a bit of a puzzle.
Given that my experience with Gore and Giro has not been that great, I am re-activating these gloves for drier winter use and will certainly wear them until they give out. I might also have to take a second look at Axiom gear generally again, though it’s not clear to me why the gloves only appear in the “archive” page of the Axiom website.