Expert Review: Flylow Tough Guy Gloves

This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.

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About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2021.

My take

The Flylow Tough Guy Gloves are a durable glove for wet, spring conditions. Though not meant for colder weather, these gloves are a great value for the fair-weather skier.

A skier on a snowy ski run wearing the Flylow Tough Guy Gloves.

Beaver Creek

About this gloves I own

  • Model: 2022 Tough Guy Gloves
  • Size: Large

About me

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 185lbs
  • Experience: Five years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought them: June 2021
  • Days used: 20
  • Weather conditions used in: Spring days (bright and sunny, or wet)
  • Where I’ve used them: Colorado and California
  • Terrain: Resort

How they perform

Ease of Movement

What I was looking for

I have phenomenal cold-weather gloves from Hestra, but I needed a spring glove that wasn’t as warm. Hestra is known for having a big price tag, so I wanted a cheaper option since I wouldn’t be using this glove as much.

Why I chose this gear

I’m a big fan of Flylow products (which is no secret, since I’ve written reviews for three jackets from them that I own). Their Tough Guy gloves were in the price range I was looking for, so I decided to try them out.

A skier standing under a chairlift on a ski run wearing the Flylow Tough Guy gloves.

Winter Park

What I love about it

  • Fit: These gloves fit well around my hands. I can grab my poles easily.
  • Comfort: The inside is soft and very comfortable.
  • Ease of movement: The buttery soft leather allows these gloves to move well with each individual finger.
  • Waterproofing: These gloves did a good job keeping the wet snow out on spring days.
  • Quality: The leather is very soft to the touch. The fabric looks nice as well and has maintained its look over many uses.
  • Durability: These gloves show no evidence of wear. The leather and the fabric both still look brand new.
  • Other: These gloves perfectly match the color scheme of my Flylow Malone jacket, which I also use in warmer conditions.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Warmth: I purchased these for spring gloves, so they match the warmth I need. However, they don’t stay warm if I use them on a cold day. Not the best choice if I need them for very cold conditions.
  • Touchscreen compatibility: I have to take these gloves off to use my phone.
  • Features: These gloves don’t come with leashes. I bought leashes from Hestra to use on them. The attachment point is on the outside, which has the risk of getting caught on something if it’s not tucked into my jacket.
A skier standing on a snowy ski run wearing the Flylow Tough Guy gloves.


Favorite moment with this gear

My last run of the season was on Breck’s closing day in May. I did top-to-bottom from the Imperial chair (the highest lift in North America) to the base of Peak 7. It was the perfect last run through the slush to close out an amazing season!

Value for the money vs. other options

At $45, these gloves are a steal. It’s rare to find a leather glove at this price that is also of good quality. While I feel justified paying over $100 for a pair of Hestras, these Flylow gloves are unbeatable on a budget.

Final verdict

For the fair weather skier on a budget, the Flylow Tough Guy Gloves are hard to beat. While I prefer Hestra for cold weather, these gloves are a great warm-weather compliment at an awesome price.

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Hi I'm Raphael, but you can call me Raph. I moved to Colorado with my wife in 2018, and I've truly taken on the "work hard, ski hard" lifestyle! I'm double black proficient in both skiing and snowboarding, but I'm honestly way better on two planks instead of one. I ski 70+ days each season while wor...

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