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TNF Pamir Windstopper The North Face Pamir Windstopper
Review by Chris

There isn't an awful lot to say about gloves, is there? In my mind, these are the type of accessory that needs to do one thing – in this case, it's keep your hands warm. Now this can be done in a number of ways, but I won't digress.

Quick Facts
(And Overall Rating)

Comfortable, rugged, and inexpensive. Buy 'em.
Weight 4 oz.
  • Gore Windstopper® Fabric
  • TexGrip finger grips
  • Moisture Resistant

Let's begin with what the Pamir glove is. The Pamir is a lightweight, fairly inexpensive (around $35 at Campmor), well fitting, windproof glove with palm and finger pads. It is designed to be a cool weather glove. The Pamir is insulated by the shell material, a thin fleece that can be a little rigid at times (like when you spill things on them and forget to clean it off). The wrists are elastic so nothing too large can fall into them, and so they stay on your hands. Construction is first rate, as with anything The North Face makes.

Now that you know what the Pamir are, let's discuss what they aren't. They aren't waterproof, a winter glove, a skiing glove, a work glove, or a layering glove. I've tried all of these things with the Pamir, and they fall horribly short. But don't misunderstand me, I wasn't expecting them to do any of these things. With the right expectations, the Pamir gloves perform exactly as billed. As a warm to cool weather insulator, a glove to sleep in on cold nights, a summit glove (windstopper and all), or just a general around-town kind of glove, the Pamir performed perfectly.

Gore Windstopper Material

The North Face/Campmor Lip Service:

For cold weather activities requiring high breathability, windproofness, warmth and comfort.

  • Gore WindStopper Fleece, with DWR, a durable, water repellent finish, provides windproofness and additional warmth.
  • Elastic at wrist to seal out the elements.
  • Palms reinforced with non-slip Texgrip.
  • Extended length gauntlet for maximum coverage.
  • Articulated fingers and thumb for extended range of motion.

My Lip Service:

The Pamir Windstopper Gloves are a fashionable and functional piece of equipment. I wear them all winter and any time of year when hiking. They perform as billed and are comfortable, rugged, and warm. If you're not expecting them to keep you dry in a rainstorm, you'll never be disappointed with these gloves.

UPDATE: After 5 years, my North Face Pamir gloves needed to be replaced. The grippy pads on the fingers started to come off, making the gloves a little cumbersome when trying to handle small things. If you're wondering, I looked around for a comparable glove, but ended up buying the new version of this same exact glove. They've since replaced the fabric pads with a rubberized cross-hatch (see photo above) that I'm hoping won't pull off. However, I'm anticipating at least 5 years out of these gloves at which point I'll probably buy another pair.

Click here to see a description of Gore's Windstopper fabric, from which the Pamir is made.

The North Face finally has a web site, but I still recommend visiting:

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