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The 180s ExoLite TI ear warmers are almost identical to the thinner ExoLite.  They both use the same innovative folding mechanism, but the TI has thicker pile (Polartec Power Dry) on the inside on a slightly heavier cloth (Polartec Wind Pro) on the outside.  Note that the TI does not have the reflective 3M ScotchLite on the outer surface.

The ear covers have the same rubber mount which fits over the lightweight frame.  As one would expect, both the ExoLite and ExoLite TI covers are exactly the same size and thus are interchangeable.  The removeable covers makes cleaning a snap...just toss them in the cold wash :-)

The 180s Convertible Training Gloves are quite a bit heavier than the Running Gloves.  These training gloves have little rubber circles on the palm and two fingers...a nice addition for added grip. 

As with the running gloves, these training gloves can quickly convert from mittens to fingered gloves in seconds.  The mitten cover is a handy feature for starting out.  When everything is pumping and excess heat needs to be shed, they tuck nicely in the the hidden pocket and out of the way.

There is a large sweat wiping area on the back of the hand.  We also like the new clip mechanism on these.  A small detail, we know, but the clip on the convertible running gloves did manage to work itself off fromt the glove at some point and made good its escape.

The glove comes in M, L, XL.  Those with small hands may find these gloves to be a bit on the roomy side :-)  However, we think having the versatility more than make up for the problem.




ExoLite TI and Convertible Training Gloves

By Wan Chi Lau

About a year ago we told you about a company called 180s that made some pretty cool running gear (Exolite ear warmers and Convertible Running gloves).

When we started outfitting this winter's snowshoeing trip, the first place we went looking for gear was to 180s.  We decided on the ExoLite TI and the Convertible Training gloves.

In the FirstLook review, we will do a quick overview of the ExoLites and the Convertible gloves.  We expect to have a lot more to say about their performance after the Winter Outing.

For the FirstUse report, we'll take the ExoLite TI and the Convertible Training gloves with us on the snowshoeing trip to see how well they perform.


1. First Look

2. First Use

3. In The Wild Report


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Great fit

Usability- Compact and thicker

Durability- Test in progress

Price- ExoliteTi $25, Training Gloves $30


Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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