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Initial Report: November 30, 2008
Field Report: March 3, 2009
Long Term Report: April 22, 2009

                                                                                        
Biographical Information
Name: Chuck Carnes
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
E-mail Address: ctcarnes AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Backpacking Background
I love the outdoors – I’ve spent time camping in the outdoors since I was born, and have been actively hiking and backpacking since then. I consider myself a lightweight hiker, usually carrying 20 – 30 pounds (11-13 kg) for hikes up to a week in length. I hike at an easy pace, averaging 2 mph (3 kph). I am a one-man tent camper for now. I like to carry a single trekking pole when I hike to help relieve stress to my legs and knees. I like to get out on the trail as often as I can.

I N I T I A L    R E P O R T
November 30, 2008
PRODUCT INFORMATIONPalm
Manufacturer: Gordini
Model: Fever (Style #: 4G2039)
Size: Medium
Color: Black
Year of manufacture: 2008
URL: http://www.gordini.com

Listed Weight:  Not listed
Actual Weights: 6 oz (170 g) (for pair)

MSRP: Not Listed



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Gordini Fever is a breathable, insulated glove. The breathable insert that makes it so nice is the 'Aquabloc'. It is an insert between the outer layer and the lining. It is waterproof, windproof and breathable. The inserts are a seam sealed membrane and allows hand moisture to escape but keeps the heat in. The insulation is what is called 'lavawool'. It is a wool fleece blend. It stays drier longer and manages the moisture more effectively than pure wool and pure synthetics. The Fever is also part of Godini's 'Green' line that uses recycled wool and thinsulate.  

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
The Gordini Fever showed up in the color and size I requested. Upon first inspection I noticed a few lose threads but nothing major, but I will keep my eye out on these. On first look they appeared to be very thick and possibly hard to maneuver my fingers while having them on.  After weighing them and cutting the tags, I put them on. They felt a little snug but I like that in a glove. Another size up would be too big and I think the fingers would be too long. With them being a little snug, I feel like I can grab things better since they are some what thick and very insulated. 

The feel of the soft fleece inside is nice and warm. The outer layer seems durable, waterproof and windproof. I am curious to see how well the leather palm, knuckles and finger tips hold up to the outdoor abuse. The finger tips feel insulated but my fingers get very cold easily so I hope they are insulated enough. 

The cuffs have elastic around the wrist area with a short 3 in (7 cm) extension collar that covers the rest of the wrist. One side of each glove either has a clasp or ring which can be used to join the gloves together to keep them from being separated. Also, inside the glove at the wrist is an elastic loop that can be placed over the hand and onto the wrist as the gloves are being put on so that the gloves can be taken off and they hang from the wrist, again, so as not to lose them. The top of the cuff has a hook and loop tab that can adjust the tightness around the wrist.

So far the gloves seem to be made of quality material and very durable. The insulation seems sufficient and warm as well as the outer layer seems waterproof and windproof. I am curious to see if the collar is long enough to keep out wind and snow if it is tucked under my jacket cuff. So far I have no dis-likes for the Gordini Fever

F I E L D   R E P O R T
March 3, 2009
I haven't been able to use the Gordini Fever gloves much in the field but I was able to take them on a two night weekend trip right before Christmas. My son and I took a short trip to Jones Gap where we took a short jaunt to the camp site. It was only about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in from the parking lot. We decided to stay at this campsite for both nights as we worked on some Boy Scout related items. The temperature for the weekend was around 30 F to 40 F (-1 C to 4 C) at night. We did not experience any rain on this trip or much wind. The elevation was 1,215 ft. (370 m) according to my altimeter on my watch.

The gloves came in very handy as it got pretty cold on those two nights. My fingers are very prone to getting cold very easily. Gloves are my best friend when the temperatures drop and I have a hard time finding some that will keep not only my hands warm but most of all, my fingertips. I found the Gordini Fever gloves did exactly what I am looking for in a glove.

I put the gloves on when the cool night started to set in. I had them on as I prepared my diner and found that they worked fine as far as the movement of my fingers in such a thick fingered glove. I was able to start my stove, cook and eat all while the gloves kept my fingers and hands warm.  Another test was going to be the cold mornings while breaking camp. Most of the time this is when my fingers get numb even in some of the thickest gloves that I own. When I start breaking down the tent and putting my hands on frosted over material and cold stakes and poles, that cold transfers through the material in the gloves and makes my fingers very cold. I found the Fever gloves prevented this from happening which was very exciting to me. I seriously was waiting for my fingers to start getting really cold but they never did; this is a winner for me. Even as I packed my pack both mornings my hands never got sweaty from the heat generation.

I have also worn these gloves around my house on a couple of snowy days while playing in the yard with my kids and making snow balls. Again the gloves worked perfectly. My hands were in the wet snow for at least a couple of hours and the inside of the gloves never felt wet and the cuffs on the gloves kept the snow from entering in through the cuff area. My hands stayed warm and comfortable the entire time I was out there.

So far I really like the Gordini Fever gloves. They are exactly what I am looking for in a glove when it comes to keeping my hands warm and dry and my fingers very nimble. The only thing that I don't like is the elastic band that is sewn to the inside hem on each cuff. These are used to put around the wrist as they are put on so the user can remove the gloves and they can hang from the wrist so as to not set them down and lose them. I don't use them in that way and just about every time I placed my hands in the gloves, my fingers would catch the loop and it would get stuck in the fingers or the palm area of the glove and cause discomfort. I would have to remove the gloves to hold the elastic band away from my hand as I inserted my hand into the glove. But that is very minor and it can be worked around.
 
L O N G   T E R M   R E P O R T
April 22, 2009

Unfortunately, I have not had to take the Gordi Fever gloves back out into the field with me. I have used them quit a bit around my house and on my way to and from work. As I said in my Field Report, I really like the way these gloves have performed on every occasion that I have used them. The weather since my Field Report has been cold in the mornings which is usually between 30 F and 45 F (-1 C to 7 C) and that is mainly when I have used them. I keep them in a drawer right beside the front door so I use them as I walk the dog or go out to start my car or get the paper.

I really like the way they fit my hand. I have not found many gloves that I have been happy with in terms of fit. They are snug to my fingers and palm and it allows me to do technical stuff while I have the gloves on. My hands and fingers have yet to sweat in them but they have always stayed warm no matter what I was doing or holding. The Velcro cuff has been a nice feature on the days that it was raining. It kept the rain from blowing or running down my sleeve into the glove. I have been very happy with the durability of the glove. It has with stood many scrapes and holding on to rough objects and the palm and fingers have not shown any sign of wear or picking of the fabric. I will continue to use the Gordini Fever gloves as my cold weather glove.
 
This concludes this test series.
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