Solid performance at a nice price equals high value, and that’s just what Cortech Cascade 2.1 gloves delivered for me last winter.
They have rather complex construction, starting with a 300-denier waterproof, windproof and breathable shell that is reinforced with 1680-denier ballistic nylon and soft goat skin leather in key wear areas. The interior is a tried-and-true, soft Bemberg lining, with 100 grams of insulation for warmth.
Fingers are boxed and pre-curved, and there’s an elasticized and hook-and-loop-adjustable wrist band for good fit. Five-inch long gauntlets flare open for easy entry and good fit over bulky jacket sleeves. Hook-and-loop closures and adjustable draw strings tailor the gauntlet fit if you are inclined to do so. Other features include raised knuckle protectors on the back of the hand and fingers, reflective piping and the usual plastic snap to keep the gloves together when not in use. Sizing runs small, however one size larger than normal proved to be an excellent fit for me. Cortech Cascade 2.1 gloves are also available in women’s sizes.
Riding with the Cascade 2.1 gloves most of last winter showed me how well this handwear performs under a variety of conditions. They slipped on and off quickly and easily, making them well suited for times when I needed my fingers bare to operate cameras or similar devices. The gloves kept my hands comfy, warm and dry while allowing excellent hand and finger dexterity for sled control and operation of switches. My hands stayed warm during frigid early morning riding and they didn’t sweat as the day wore on, or when temperatures rose above freezing.
Tactile feedback from handlebars and controls isn’t in race-glove territory, but it’s better than with a lot of other gloves that I have worn in the past. And I found the well-positioned, rubber shield wiper on the left thumb to be effective in a nasty sleet storm. All in all, the set of Cortech Cascade 2.1 gloves impressed me much more than I thought they would upon my initial inspection.
Considering that these gloves list for less than $50 a pair, they are an outstanding value. If you are glove shopping this season, check out Cortech Cascade 2.1 snowmobile gloves.
Cascade 2.1 Gloves – $49.99
Calabasas Hills, California