Gloves, Elk Skin

Elk skin work gloves. (Tim Tomkinson)

Hand protection made from the skin of the great wapiti. Long favored by farm laborers and cowboys, these understated accessories have become de rigueur among hardcore ski bums. (Pro tip: prep them with Sno-Seal). Compared with cowhide, elk skin is thinner, tougher, and more flexible. Ski companies have started to ape the look of elk skin gloves, but their upscale, insulated versions cost a lot more than the ones at your local feed store.

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