Handplants in the pipe? It’s gotta be the gloves
November 9, 2005
A tree branch snatched one of my gloves last season in the glades of Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. The year before that, I left a pair of gloves on top of my car after a quick change in the parking lot at Copper Mountain and drove off. So, when it came time to buy a new pair of gloves this past offseason, I had a hard time justifying spending more than $50. Of course, I did anyway. I do have an alibi. My last employer gave me a gift certificate to Christy Sports as a going-away present. Since I didn’t have anything else I particularly needed, I decided to splurge.My new pair of Burton R.P.M. leather gloves, with tax included, cost $75. I could lie and say that I bought the gloves after hours of careful research on fabric grades and streamlined design.To be honest, what really led me to purchase these gloves was that they looked really cool. That, and the R.P.M.s are the glove of choice for Shaun White – the Air Jordan of snowboarding. I actually bought White’s signature Burton snowboard boots last season with delusions that the boots would help me land tasty rodeo 720s in the halfpipe and slide 50-foot kinked rails. No such luck.When I actually hung out with White in the press tent at the Winter X Games, I opted not to drop the line, “It’s gotta be the boots.” But maybe it’s the gloves.The Burton website didn’t mention anything about the R.P.M.s being the perfect gloves for sticking handplants in the Winter X Superpipe or sipping champagne with boarder groupies after a day in the park. There was just some spiel about how the R.P.M.s blend “the finest materials and craftsmanship with burly leather for a glove that’s equal parts warmth and strength.”That, and some more information on Low-bulk Thinsulate insulation and a Storm-tight waterproof breathable insert. Sounds pretty technical. As for how the gloves perform on the hill, we’ll just have to wait and see. The only thing that I can say for certain now (as proven in the pre-spell-checked version of this review) is that the gloves don’t help with typing.