Most serious snowmobilers own multiple pairs of gloves, and Arctiva’s Quest gloves represent an interesting specialized choice because they are light weight but fully functional, so they work well in warmer weather but can also be adapted to work in colder temperatures.
These nylon-shell, leather-palm gloves with 5-inch-tall, wide-flare gauntlets are comfortable and easy to use, partly because they slide on and off so easily. A waterproof, windproof and breathable Hipora membrane and 150-gram 3M Thinsulate insulation on the back of the hand provide enough warmth and wind resistance to keep hands adequately protected in 20-degree weather as long as they are used with decent hand-warmers. On the contact side, the absence of palm insulation provides above-average tactile feedback through the handlebar. The leather palms provide a better grip than most of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials that are typically found on the palms of less expensive nylonshell gloves.
Fully boxed and pre-curved Quest fingers allow average control of small switches and levers, and a 1.5-inch long silicone lens wiper resides in a good position on the left hand fore finger. Adjuster straps at the wrists are very easy to use because you can actually operate them with the gloves already on your hands.
I really enjoyed riding with these gloves because they t well and were very comfortable, while being easy to use. Unlike other warm-weather gloves I have worn in the past, you don’t have to worry about chilly wind penetration, water soaking through, or leaving wrists unprotected. Plus you can always add some glove liners and wear Quest gloves in colder weather, too. If you want some quality gloves for warm spells and sometimes sloppy spring riding conditions, take a look at Arctiva’s Quest gloves. Available in black/gray, black/orange or black/hi-viz yellow, sizes small through 2XL.
Editor’s Note: This review was originally published in the October 2020 issue of Snow Goer. Every issue of Snow Goer magazine includes in-depth sled reports and comparisons, aftermarket gear and accessories reviews, riding destination articles, do-it-yourself repair information, snowmobile technology and more! Subscribe to Snow Goer now to receive issues delivered to your door or your computer for a low cost.