Hot peppers for your hands.
Once you slide your hand into the Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno Glove, you'll wonder how your fingers survived freezing temperatures, sideways-blowing snowstorms, and powder days without it. This classic backcountry ski glove has a water-resistant goatskin leather palm and an OutDry waterproof membrane to keep the weather at bay, along with heavyweight Thermal.Q Elite insulation and thick fleece lining to keep your fingers warm on the coldest days. There's a suede thumb patch for comfortable nose wiping, and a drawstring closure on the gauntlet cuff to seal out snow, wind, and spindrift when you're hiking up or trenching your way down.
- OutDry waterproof laminate
- Nylon Taslan fabric with a water-resistant goatskin leather palm
- Thermal.Q Elite synthetic insulation
- Fleece lining
- Drawstring cuff closure
- Suede thumb patch
- Pull-on webbing loop
- Item #MHW006Z
- Q & A
Adequate for clearing the drive
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Jalapeno Glove works well for clearing the driveway and sidewalks, but feels a little short in the palm....tight between my fingers. I've used them multiple times. They've kept my hands warm and dry on every occasion.
GREAT Glove, Poor Service
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wrote a 5-Star review of this glove last winter (I don't know where it is on this site, it shows up on my profile, but not the item description) and I stand by everything I wrote back then. It was a GREAT glove- very warm, very comfortable, very waterproof.
Until the inside tore. Both gloves in the same spot on the same day. I sent them to Mountain Hardwear for warranty repair and it was a giant headache to deal with them. It took a long time to complete the process (Two months) and that was after many e-mails and several phone calls (including un-returned voicemails requiring more calls and e-mails) to ask for status updates. I finally got a refund check, but I still need a pair of gloves.
As long as you don't need customer service, you can try these gloves. I'm taking off one star for the tear, and two stars for the poor customer service.
Since we are still a month or so away from snow season here and I haven't had a chance to use the gloves in actual snow, I'll just provide what I can.
The sizing chart seams pretty accurate. I measured my hand at 8.5" circumference and about 8" in length and a medium just fits. If my hand was any longer I would need a large, but at my current size a large would be too big, especially in finger girth. I confirmed this when trying on another Mountain Hardware glove (the Minalist) at a local store.
I put on the gloves. Then put on my snowboard jacket. Untied and removed my wingtip oxfords (double knotted). Put on my snowboard boots (double boa). Grabbed my snowboard and strapped in - including leash. Open and closed my jacket pockets. Strapped on my helmet and put my goggles on - including latching them to the back of the helmet. Adjusted boots. Unstrapped. Took off helmet and goggles. Took off boots. Took off jacket. Put oxfords back on and re-tied laces (double knotted). Then took off gloves. Seems good enough.
Since I have no snow, the best I could do was put on a glove and submerge it in a pot of water (up to the wrist). I held it there for 5min before getting bored/tired. I tried this with my old gloves (Gore-tex gloves that had lost their waterproofness. Probably do to poor craftsmanship since my Gore-tex jacket has been awesome). They might have lasted 2 minutes...maybe.
They seem like they will be plenty warm, but I haven't had a chance to really test them.
These do have Q.shield as the picture suggests despite the description not saying. The gauntlets work well over or under the sleeve and are pretty good length at about 4". The drawstring release mechanism is pretty slick and works well with the gloves on. The snot wipe holds water for a very long time. Kinda wish they hey had a goggle squeegee. No pocket for hand warmer, but I don't think they'll need one.
A 4 for potential. Hopefully it will be a 5.