Two of the oldest—and still the best—outdoor fabrics come together in the Merino Work Gloves by Outdoor Research. With supple, water-resistant leather and big swaths of warm, durable wool, these gloves will make you wonder why you ever wore anything else. The comfortable fit and exceptional dexterity make standard hardware-store work gloves seem as quaint and obsolete as a Model T. Use the Merino Work Gloves for chores around the house, for short outings into the winter woods, and for skiing on warm, sunny days. One caveat: I ordered my usual size and they're a tad long in the finger, so be sure to measure your hand and review OR's detailed sizing chart before purchase. $110; outdoorresearch.com.