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Long-term gear review | Zanier Laserz.TW

An all-rounder for the whole year in the mountains

by Philip Crivelli 11/05/2018
There was already a GOTW article about this product some time ago. In it, I described my first impressions. Since then, the gloves have regularly accompanied me into the mountains, not only for skiing, but also as a warm glove for summer mountaineering in the Alps.

The Innsbruck-based family business Zanier specializes in the production of high-quality gloves. The Laserz.TW is sold as one of the highlights from the range.

First impression

The gloves feel high-quality right from the start. The neoprene outer material is sufficiently stretchy and the goatskin leather on the palm is soft enough. The merino lining is particularly comfortable. The Tyrolean wool lining is relatively thin. For the specified size, the glove is cut relatively wide compared to other manufacturers.

It is noticeable that the glove is plain. There is a metal clip to attach the two gloves together and a loop on the index finger to attach the gloves to a carabiner. Other bells and whistles such as a Velcro fastener and a wrist strap have been omitted. It should be noted here that there is a small tab on the inside of the hem to which such a loop could be attached.


Since I was given the glove last fall, I have worn it almost every day of skiing. In the end, we were outside together for about 70 days. As mentioned in the other post, the glove is not designed to be as warm as possible. Especially on cold December days, I sometimes had slightly cold fingers, especially on the slopes when it wasn't particularly strenuous (except for my thighs). Also, at the beginning the leather on the inside was very slippery, so the glove didn't have much grip. For a glove that is described as a work glove, this was somewhat surprising for me.

After about 20 days of use, the grip had improved considerably. The leather had roughened through use and now offered the expected grip. As enough snow had also accumulated in the meantime, the days on the slopes were somewhat forgotten and the cold fingers with them. It was precisely at this stage that I always preferred the gloves. Due to the increase in physical activity, I was now glad that the gloves weren't too warm.

In addition, the first impression was confirmed: the workmanship of the gloves is extremely solid and very robust. I can see one reason for this in the cut of the gloves. As they are not particularly tight, there is no major strain on the individual seams. Only after about 60 days of use did a seam on the inside of the thumb start to come loose (see picture). This was easy to fix with a bit of thread and a needle.

Another positive factor is Zanier's choice of material for the glove. Thanks to the merino lining, the gloves remain odorless and supple. The neoprene fabric on the outside also proved to be very comfortable. Even in wet conditions, especially towards spring, the glove retains its insulating properties. On the negative side, we noticed that the yellow-green leather rubbed off when completely soaked, making our hands quite yellowish after a while.

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To care for the glove, I used commercially available glove grease. This kept the leather nice and supple. The neoprene didn't need any special care.

After the winter season, the glove was a faithful companion in my backpack this summer when I was mountaineering. As the summer was very mild, the glove has only been in serious use again since the fall. Although the glove has a relatively wide cut, the thin leather made it reasonably suitable for easy climbing. You can also take it off briefly for heavier climbing. However, I would consider a specialized glove for more difficult climbs. On one of the last tours, there were several steel cables near the summit. The descent on these ropes was a big strain on the seams and the material on the inside. The glove coped well with this too. The robust workmanship was impressive.


The Zanier LaserzTW stood out as a robust, high-quality product for all types of skiing as well as a companion for other alpine activities. I found the choice of materials particularly convincing. Thanks to the merino wool on the inside, the glove is comfortable to wear and remains odorless even after many days of use. The leather is robust and well made and the TirolWool offers a good compromise in terms of insulation. In terms of price, the gloves are in the mid-range with a new price of 100 euros. I would buy the glove again.

Advantages & disadvantages

+ Sophisticated material combination

+ Robust workmanship

+ Simplicity

-/+ Not particularly warm


RRP €99.95

Outer material: 4-way stretch, neoprene

Inner hand: goatskin

Here is the link to the Zanier website with further information. Here you can buy the gloves from our partner store

This article was provided to PowderGuide by the manufacturer free of charge for testing. You can find out how we test them in our test statement.

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