We always hear talk about “one-ski quivers,” the “perfect boot,” or recently “dual-certified helmet that’s vented enough to climb in.” What about the “one-glove quiver”? While some are too breathable and others too warm, Ski Trab’s Maximo glove is just right. With a nylon wind-mitt hidden in the cuff, the Maximo goes from a breathable and dexterous glove to a trail-breaking gauntlet that’s ready to throw down. Primaloft insulation along the back of the hand keep your fingers happy, while a sturdy leather palm handles the majority of the abuse brought about by everyday skiing. The cuff is made of “Airprene,” a breathable version of neoprene that has a built-in pull tab so you can slip them on easily and still seal out the elements. A unique feature is the crystal watch window, which allows you to wear your watch on your wrist, rather than halfway up your arm. The Maximo is the new go-to glove for everyday ski touring.
Crystal watch window allows you to read your watch display without pulling your sleeve up.
Airprene cuff is breathable and durable.
Stowable wind shield hides in the cuff until it you need wind-blocking warmth.
Durable pull-tab built into the cuff for easy on/off.
Primaloft insulation is breathable and warm even when wet.
So these gloves are a little confusing to me. They fit great and are plenty warm - kept my hands warm in temperatures as low as I usually wear gloves before switching to mittens, and that's without the overmitt on. They also don't do that thing some gloves do (ahem CAMP) where when you take them off with sweaty hands, the fingers all prolapse and it's impossible to get them back on. They look pretty cool too. So that's all good.
But the differentiating feature is supposedly the window through which to view your watch. This fogged up almost immediately on me every time I've used them. The cuff fits fine over my watch (Suunto Spartan Sport) and for the first 5 to 10 mins of a tour all is well and good, but once I heat up, it's unusable. May as well have no watch window at all. It's not the end of the world but I do subtract a star because that "feature" is pretty useless imo. I'll try treating it with some anti-fog stuff for glasses, maybe that'll work, but buyer beware.
Also the stow mechanism for the overmitt (which is a very thin hardshell) is strange, and it's hard to get the mitt comfortably back inside its snow location with the gloves on. You sort of have to fold it in order for it to fit without pressuring your hand.
Those are 2 pretty minor gripes and for me with coldish hands the main thing is that they're warm enough and I can remove them without the liner inverting, but I felt it strange.
I have these gloves too and have been thrilled with them so far, however the overmitt storage and watch window are kinda funky. Not bad, just not the absolute highest level of perfection I'm accustomed to with Trab! I guess I'm spoiled.
I have the same watch and haven't been able to get the window dialed just yet either. Toying with the idea of taking a razor blade or seam ripper and just cutting the window panel out entirely. The placement of it is perfect, better than any other glove I've had, but the window panel was maybe a bit overkill? Time will tell. I'll post a more thorough review of these when I get more time in them.
Fwiw: I took some small scissors and cut out the plastic thing. The gloves rule now. It helps to wear a long sleeve thing (skinsuit top) under your watch, so that you don't expose any skin, but maybe not necessary depending on temperature / outer layer. I've also found the cuff mitts to add considerable warmth despite not being insulated, though I still can't get them back in their pocket with the gloves on. If they're annoying I just tuck them under the gauntlet. Problem(s) solved!
Mark! Dude that's awesome! Thanks for letting me know that you made that adjustment, I think I might do the same. I love wearing my watch, but most gloves make you wear it halfway up your arm in order to not interfere with the bulk of the glove. This is my favorite glove for staying warm and wearing a watch at the same time, but yeah the window is my only gripe with it.