Suffering from Raynaud’s Syndrome means I get cold easily, though the most sensitive areas tend to be my extremities. All those “frigid feet in bed” wisecracks? I live them. When hiking and camping, my hands and fingers also get in on Nature’s Joke Against Jonas. As a result, my sock drawer and glove stash are literally overflowing. The Gordini Stash Lite gloves were my latest attempt to stay warm on late-spring hikes.
As I said in my ThermaRest LuxuryMap sleeping pad review, I’m no longer too proud to choose fashion over function. I want to stay warm at all costs, even if it looks foolish at times. Case in point: I’ve walked repeatedly into the office wearing the arguably heavy-duty Outdoor Research Mute Sensor gloves because they do such an awesome job keeping my digits toasty. Did I get funny looks? Yes. Did someone actually ask why I was wearing snowboarding gloves downtown? Yes. Did I care? Not in the least.
The Gordini Stash Lite gloves offer a respite from that. It’s easy and “acceptable” to wear thick mitts in the winter, but less so on springtime hikes or camping trips. Gordini is best known for its cold-weather gloves, but the company also offers lighter fare for times and climes such as the Pacific Northwest in April, May and June.
I immediately paid attention to the Gordini Stash Lite gloves for two reasons. First, they’re incredibly lightweight but are still billed as keeping hands warm in temps between 32 degrees and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is partly due to their thin interior lining, which adds a bit of insulation. Second, they’re touchscreen-capable, which is important for springtime hikers who need their phone at the ready to photograph their adventure. On my urban walks into the office, that also meant I could make calls and check emails without issue.
The first value proposition didn’t work out in my earliest spring hikes. In temperatures that tended to be 45 to 55, my hands simply didn’t stay warm in the Gordini Stash Lite gloves. It seemed particularly bad in the fingertips, those very areas that are necessary for the second value prop (touchscreen capability) to work right. Remember, I have Raynaud’s and get unusually cold, so that may not be an issue for others. As my testing period went on and the average temperatures increased, the Gordini Stash Lite gloves performed better for me. So, if you’re not as susceptible to the cold as I am, the gloves might fit the bill. They just didn’t keep me warm over the course of multiple springtime outings.
As the weeks went by and the weather improved, I took the Stash Lite gloves out on several kayaking trips. I get occasional chafing from a few areas of my well-used kayak paddle, and I’d always thought a glove might help mitigate that. Since these are so lightweight, they seemed like a nice solution. The gloves definitely helped keep my fingers a bit warmer on colder days, but they didn’t minimize chafing. Ironically, they kept the paddle-related rubbing at bay, but they’re not a skin-tight glove, so the repeated motion of my hands along the extra glove material just caused chafing in new ways. The Gordini Stash Lite gloves also aren’t waterproof, which caused a bit of discomfort and chill when wet. In sum, I wouldn’t recommend these as a kayaking glove.
Gordini’s Stash Lites do have some things going for them. They’re stylish, they work with touchscreens, they pack easily into self-contained pockets, and they offer a little insulation if you’re in a bind. At $35, they’re also pretty affordable. But all in all, if you have Raynaud’s like I do, you’re probably better off saving that $35 and applying it to a glove that performs a bit better in the spring. I just haven’t found it yet. Any and all suggestions are welcome down in the comments section.
The Gordini Stash Lite gloves were provided for review. All opinions and words are my own and honest, and the article contains no affiliate links.
Gordini Stash Lite Gloves
- Look great
- Flawless touchscreen support
- Thin interior insulation is soft
- Very lightweight and stuffable/packable
- Not enough insulation or thickness to keep my hands warm
- Lack of waterproofing or water resistance means you can't use them for kayaking