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Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner review

: out of 5

Francesca Donovan
Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner


  • Overall Rating

    : 4 out of 5

Pros: stormproof, warm

Cons: weight, bulk, fit

The Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner hiking glove is warm and windproof - but just misses the tester's recommendation. Find out why.

Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner gloves do what they say on the tin according to our tester – but they suffer from sizing issues.

The Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner hiking glove is noteworthy for its warm, windproof qualities – they do what they say on the tin. My hands were kept warm and very dry thanks to excellent seam taping throughout and Ventia waterproof construction technology. The gloves were used in rain, sleet and snow, and the waterproof claims stand up well. Even when they do get slightly damp, they retained some warmth and dried quickly. Likewise, the gloves are windproof – even in strong gusts. Out of all the gloves in this test, this offering does feel particularly stormproof. .

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The sizing on this unisex pair of gloves is generous, and I found the Small too roomy to offer full dexterity for my smaller hands. The fit rendered the pull loops somewhat redundant but they do make a handy alternative to a clip or leash and can be used to attach your gloves to your pack when not in use. That roominess did hamper comfort levels at times, with the gloves shifting and larger cuffs interfering with my jacket. The poor sizing also reduced the effectiveness of the touchscreen fingertip sensitivity, and I often found myself taking the gloves off to check my route. 

Upon pulling the gloves back on, however, my hands warmed up again quickly. The breathability was very good for a thicker waterproof fabric, and the 100% polyester tricot lining offered a dry warmth that, surprisingly, stopped my hands getting clammy too quickly.

The sizing and fit issues mean no ‘Recommended’ this time, but the Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner is still a solid performer. Whilst marketed as a liner, the extra bulk does the essential job of protecting your hands from the elements, and I could easily fit a silky low-profile liner glove underneath for colder days.

Compare the Outdoor Research Waterproof Liner with other three-season hiking gloves in our guide to the best.

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Tested by Francesca Donovan

Francesca tested these gloves hillwalking and scrambling in snow, rain and high winds, as well as on unseasonably milder days in the Southern Uplands, Eryri (Snowdonia), the Lake District and the Peak District throughout late winter and spring. Temperatures ranged from just below freezing to 10 degrees. She says her hands run hot. Francesca wears a size Small and weights (per pair) are supplied from her own digital scales.

This review was first published in the May 2023 issue of The Great Outdoors.


  • Weight

    78g (size S)

  • Materials

    Ventia insert: 95% polyester, 5% spandex / 100% polyester tricot lining / synthetic touchscreen suede

  • Features

    Ventia waterproof technology, pull loops

  • Sizes


  • Men's version


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Based in a Peak District barn, Francesca Donovan joined The Great Outdoors team in 2022. After a rather sedentary upbringing, a fear of the gym led her onto the hills ‘late in life’ as a tool for fitness. Instead, she found community and adventure as well as a love of the natural world and the magic of mountains. Recently, she spent a summer as an outdoor instructor introducing young people in the Peak to the hills of her home. Her own adventures – so far – have taken her from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands by way of the Alps and Málaga mountains. After a decade in journalism at publications such as the BBC, ELLE UK, and DAZED, she can now combine her love of the outdoors with the written word. When she’s not writing or sharing your best mountain portraits on social media, you’ll probably find her hiking, swimming, scrambling or wild camping.


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