Glove Review: 686 Fracture

20 Dec, 2011

Intended Purpose: These women’s gloves are designed to be a pipe glove for spring conditions. But I disagree, they offer a warmer fit than I think pipe gloves should be. I consider them an all around glove that could be used on cold days and warmer days.

Location: I’ve been wearing these gloves during the early season at Mammoth Mountain and on my Colorado and Utah trips.

Conditions: I used these gloves on colder days and snowy days on the mountain (which have been few this year) and a couple warmer normal days on the mountain.

Sizing: I have typical women’s hands.  I’m rocking the Fractures in the size large, they are a bit more material than I need so I’d probably go with the mediums next time.

Color: I received these mittens in the torquoise colorway which has a mix of blues/green colors. It actually looks more green in person than the pictures show. I like that the gloves match the subtle green of my Oakley jacket.

Features: The Fracture gloves feature a synthetic suede palm, pre-curved full finger grip, partially elasticized neoprene wrist and ladder stretch panels. The gloves are a screen printed 100% nylon with a 8,000mm/5,000gm coating. The lining is slightly insulated. The gloves aren’t bulky and easily can be tucked into pant pockets.

Durability: I rode these gloves in mostly colder days on the mountain where they kept my hands warm and when it was a bit warmer outside, I could easily stuff them into my cargo pockets. So far the durability has been good, no issues on the gloves coming apart or showing wear yet.

Thoughts: The Fracture gloves are supposed to be a pipe glove but even better, they are a glove you could rock on cold days and snowy days. They are more lightweight gloves but I don’t think of them as pipe gloves. Overall I’ve been using them as my snow/cold day glove this year and they are easily foldable in my cargo pocket if the weather gets warmer and I don’t need them. Probably the best feature is that they aren’t bulky but they protect your hands and aren’t expensive to do it. And in the spring, you could still use them for warmer riding.

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On-snow photos
686 Fracture Description

Review Disclosure: I received these gloves from 686.

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