Warmth Without Bulk: Men’s Apex+ Etip™ Glove

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I never thought I’d be a ski lift operator. Growing up in the flattest part of the country, the job opportunity of being a liftie had seemingly passed me by. But then, COVID happened and I found myself raking ramps at Lee Canyon, just outside Las Vegas. While I was there, The North Face Apex+ gave me everything I wanted from a ski glove.

While I shoveled and raked snow, scanned passes, and bumped chairs, the Apex+ gloves kept my hands warm, dry, and nimble. It’s worth noting that I am not a cold-weather person. I zip up the down jacket and put on the beanie as soon as the thermometer breaks 60°F. Daunted as I was by working in below-freezing temps, the Apex+ gave me instant confidence to brave the cold.

The thing I liked most about the gloves was that they kept my hands warm and dry without bulk. Compared to the bulky loft of a typical ski glove, the Apex+ was just a glove, a supple layer between me and the snow, tight-fitting but not constricting.

Men’s Apex+ Etip™ Glove

That said, the fit also impressed me. My hands are small but stout. During years of rock climbing, my stubby fingers have been repeatedly called “sausages.” Men’s gloves are almost always too big, but women’s gloves are usually too tight in every dimension. The size small Apex+ fit just right, with fingers short enough that I could actually use the smartphone index fingertip, and just enough stretch to feel comfortable. I also found the palm width just right, and the cuff never felt loose.

Surprisingly, using tools with metal handles never made my hands cold. Neither did wind, and snow ingress was not an issue. Even though the Apex+ didn’t have cuff closure, they fit and stretched well enough to keep snow away from my skin, even when wiping out. And I never noticed that the wind cut through them, even when the sun sank over the horizon and temps dropped.

The North Face Apex+ may not be your typical ski glove. But as a (temporary) snow sports worker, they checked all the boxes. I don’t work in the field anymore, but I’ll be sure to pack them next time I go snowboarding.

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson has followed a passion for well-told stories and nature's beauty from university classrooms to mountain adventures. After earning a bachelor's degree in literature, he leaned into a life fueled by road tripping, rock climbing, coffee and beer, and renegade camping. He has worked as a chainsaw operator, house carpenter, and window cleaner, at one point running his own window cleaning business. He has finally settled with his girlfriend and small zoo in the western American desert, trading his tool belt for a keyboard.