Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Oyuki’s The Pep glove, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
Before we dive into my thoughts on Oyuki’s “The Pep” glove, I’d like to be transparent; Pep Fujas was my skiing idol growing up, and I’ve done my best to ignore any bias when reviewing his pro model glove. Thankfully, “The Pep” has performed magnificently over the past two months of skiing.
I prefer the dexterity provided by a glove, rather than a mitt, and as such have been a loyal glove-wearer for the majority of my skiing life. The trigger-style of The Pep affords me the maneuverability of a glove (it also has internal fingers on the mitt side) with the warmth of a mitt. The Pep utilizes 200 grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation as well as a Gore-Tex membrane to ensure incredible warmth, waterproofing, wind-resistance and breathability—I’ve worn these amidst howling snow storms and remained toasty and have relied on them during periods of high pressure and never overheated.
Additional highlights include a goatskin leather shell, which promotes dexterity and is ultra-durable—I’ve worn this in-bounds and bushwacking in the backcountry and have yet to scuff up these pups. The über-soft tricot lining adds a hint of plush comfort, as well. The glove also features the artwork of Fujas himself, a silhouette of the mountains of Oregon, where the legendary skier grew up.
Oyuki, a Japanese brand founded in Niseko, on the island of Hokkaido, proudly boasts “an obsession with Japan’s unique culture [that] drives [them] to create products that are honest, functional and strikingly minimalist in their aesthetic.” 2017-18 marks the brands first foray into the North American market and the reception is sure to be outstanding. Be on the lookout for Oyuki at your local shop or via your favorite online retailer when making your next glove purchase.