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What are the best spring gloves?

I need a pair of gloves for springtime hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and maybe even some late-season ice climbing. What do you recommend?

Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves

Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves     Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research

A:And don't forget Outdoor Research's Gripper Gloves ($49), which are made from Gore Windstopper fleece, a warmer fabric than the material used in the Manzellas. The Grippers come with a synthetic fabric on the palms that makes them ideal for swinging an ice axe (or a wood axe), or poling on skis. They're one of the finest all-purpose gloves I've tested.

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