MEC Windstopper Gloves

Concept: 2 out of 5
Execution: 3 out of 5
Yeah, but: Useful alone or as liners under ski gloves.

The Long Version: I've bought three pairs of MEC's Windstopper gloves over the past five years. I lost the first pair, bought another to replace them, and then picked up the third when the second started looking a little disreputable. That's the second pair in the photo above, still occasionally pressed into service when they're all I can find.

Currently costing $28, I haven't found a better glove for photography and casual use. Only wrist-long, they're windproof but uninsulated, providing a reasonable amount of warmth in exchange for very little bulk. The palms and fingers have a silicone grip that's quite effective. I have no problem with buttons and dials while wearing these, and they're small enough to tuck into a pocket when I don't need them.

While they aren't waterproof, I'd still rather wear them than not when it's raining – they dry quickly and still provide extra warmth even when they're wet. When I eventually wear through my third pair, probably next fall/winter, I'm sure I'll be buying another.

last updated 27 apr 2012


  1. Cool. Been looking for something like this. Will check them out when Winter comes around again.

  2. Me too! I'm on my third pair as well. They slowly wear out at the thumb and index finger, but that seems reasonable considering how well they work when handling a camera. The gloves in your photo here seem slightly different than the pair I have, which look like the ones on the MEC website. (Longer cuff, grip on entire palm)
    One tiny feature that I like is the clip that holds the gloves together. It can clip from either side and just works better than any other glove clip I've seen.

  3. Thanks for the review. I need a pair!


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