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REI One Gloves     Photo: Courtesy of REI

Q:

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?

A:Good question. Finding a pair of gloves that will work well across different activities can be a hassle. But I’ve found a handful of gloves (so to speak) that can be used for basically anything.

My do-anything gloves for spring are REI's One Gloves ($36). They're made from a softshell polyester fabric that resists wind and water and offers decent warmth. I wear these cycling in March and April in the Pacific Northwest, and they're good in temps down to the upper 30s. For higher-intensity activities like hiking or cross-country skiing, you can wear them comfortably to freezing. Leather palms offer a bit of extra durability and grip.

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