After one winter of using both the U.S G.I wool gloves and watch cap, I feel that I can accurately assess them. This past fall I began making preparations with my gear and clothing for the upcoming winter. After wearing out my last pair of insulated gloves the previous winter, I was on the market for a pair of new gloves, and I also was wanting a new toboggan. I like to follow Andrew Skurka, and he suggested a pair of wool gloves from Defeet. While I knew Defeet made great products, it seemed I could get the same thing in the G.I wool gloves for a quarter of the price, so I bought them for 5 bucks on EBay — it seems they are a little more expensive now. From September to mid October, they set in my gear closet awaiting use; however, from late October till now, they have been worn several times a week, and they were worn seven days a week for well over a month. I have used them for trapping, hiking, feeding cattle, manual labor, and everything else my days contain. Whenever the temps get below 30F, I have them on. I have used them down to an ambient temperature of -5F and on days where the windchill was down to -30F, and while during those temperatures I was active, my hands were plenty warm. I also used them a few times under a pair of pigskin leather gloves while cutting and splitting wood for additional warmth, and they worked great as a liner; furthermore, when being used as a liner, the leather gloves were frequently damp, yet my hands stayed dry and comfortable. They have held up surprisingly well. I have fed cattle, set 330’s, ran chainsaws, and wielded many hand tools with them on. There are two signs of wear. 1.) If it were not for getting in a briar patch two months ago, this would have been avoided. As a result of running a briar through the weave, coupled with the sudden anger from my body from being stabbed in several places , the jerking of my hand caused a small hole (a little smaller than a penny) to develop at the bottom of the palm of my hand. I have since used them a lot, and the hole has not grown or presented a issue. 2.) At the base of my thumbs, between the thumb and index finger, it looks like the weave is starting to wear a small hole. I guess that is due to the constant movement and stress in that area. With that said, these gloves obviously are not meant to be work gloves used for building fences, working in brush, and exposed to things that have the tendency to cut or knick, but as common sense would dictate, using a pair of leather gloves over them—when cold enough— or simply using leather gloves alone I never felt these gloves limited my abilities. Also, I believe these gloves are but one part of a system for outdoor activities. When in wet snow and prolonged periods of wind, a pair of shells over top are beneficial. I plan to purchase a pair before next winter. My old pair will be in my Jeep as back ups, and a new pair will be coming my way before the next winter. I’m very pleased with these. It is nice to have a pair of gloves that can be used in all the temperatures I deal with, allow for dexterity, and are cheap. If I get one season or more for $5, I am satisfied. I don’t miss bulky, awkward gloves that often overheated my hands. Ever since a boy, I have loved toboggans— well, it seems my generation now calls them beanies. I have an old Remington polyester and cotton toboggan that has served me well, but it wasn’t as comfortable as I liked and lacked breathability. The G.I toboggan also costed around 5 bucks, and the price has also increased over the winter. I expect this summer they will decrease. I have used this toboggan with the gloves for all of the aforementioned activities and temperatures, from 30F to -5F. Like my hands, my ears also require a layer below 30F unless I’m doing something highly active like running. I do not think the wool is itchy at all, but my wife would disagree with me on that. I like the looks of it, it wicks away sweat well, and went beyond all my expectations. I plan to purchase another one to keep in my Jeep as part of my vehicles kit (and for times when I should have brought one along but didn’t ). It is nice to come across things that are well made, cheap, and get the job done.