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toasty, dry, decent dexterity
I will admit I was suckered into these by Andrew's post about their magic qualities, but they are unfortunately all they're cracked up to be. I've used them for all day ice climbing in the Northeast and didn't touch the other pairs of gloves one invariably brings. They have decent dexterity (can place screws & clip), they are warm, they stay dry, and the wrist closure is the best I've used (one hand can open or close). I've also skied and scraped my car down with them, and they work well for those tasks too. Tapered fingers might improve dexterity, but it's pretty good given how warm they are.
Dry and, (for a glove) Warm.
Based on Mr. McLean's glowing review on his site, (http://straightchuter.com/2010/12/outdry-testimonial/), I bought these gloves just before the holidays for a Canadian ski trip. True to form, they kept my hands perfectly dry, better than my leather work gloves that are slathered in Snoseal. However, jalapeno-like warmth? I don't think so. Really no better than any other ski glove I've ever worn. For the temperatures we were experiencing though, I should have had mitts on. Too excited about having new gloves I guess. The gauntlet does an excellent job of keeping cold and snow out. Did I mention that the Jalapeno's also look good? All in all, very highly recommended.
Gloves run small
Wish I could actually use these gloves, but even the XL are too small for my hands. I have big hands but usually XL fit me just fine.
Nice glove. I have had them for one year. Great wicking quality and keep your hands warm. Do not restrict dexterity. Superb quality.
Ever wonder what OutDry is? Here's your answer!
Sizing Runs Small
What is the deal with glove sizing these days--are they all being made in Asia? I tried on these, as well as the Marmot Work Gloves, both in the XL. Both were way too snug. Every Mountain Hardware glove I tried on in XL was too small. I have big hands, but not that big; usually XL fits me well. The Cloudveil Troller glove in XL runs more true to size.
Spicy... fo shizzle
i'm primarily a back country skier. so far what i love about the gloves is the fit. i have more dexterity in these gloves than my previous pair. meaning i don't have to take them off as much .. and i stay warmer. it was cold and nuking graupel out there today, the gloves are warm. the non leather leather of the glove provides fantastic grip. plus they have a two spots i can wipe my knows with them.
dislikes: it doesn't have a wrist strap for when you take the glove off and don't wanna loose it.
This is why I'm Hot
Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno Gloves
I currently have the Hestra Heli glove....
I currently have the Hestra Heli glove. What is the dexterity of this glove compared to it? Is it suitable for ice climbing and general setting up of anchors etc?
Jalapeno Glove in Antarctica
Andrew McLean following a penguin while wearing Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno gloves in Antarctica. Photo by Tom Day.
Great backcountry skiing gloves
I use these for 90% of my backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and think they are excellent. I've always like the way leather gloves break in and fit your hand and a ski pole, but didn't like the way the leather absorbed water. The difference with these gloves is the OutDry membrane, which I think if fantastic.
I brought these down to Antarctica and used them for a day of skiing, then reached directly into the ocean a picked up a small iceberg at the end of the day with them on. Much to the surprise of my team mates, my hands and the insides of the gloves were still bone dry. I've also held them under the spraying faucets at the Ouray Ice Park for five minutes while flexing them with the same results - totally dry. In normal conditions, like skiing, or climbing up a couloir where your hands might be in the snow a lot, my hands are always dry.
Like others have said, my hands occasionally get cold in these gloves, but no more or less than other gloves. If I want really warm hands, I wear mittens.
These gloves have broken in well, yet are also durable.
I'm on my third season with these gloves and I love them! I ski, but have previously worn snowboard gloves. By the end of the day my gloves were wet from the sweat. Not the case with the Jalapeno. These gloves regulate my hand's temperature perfectly. I've had them on during -15 days as well as close to spring temps...perfect in any condition. If I had a grip, it would be the gauntlet as it's a little short. However, I just pull my coat cuffs over the tops and have never had any snow in the glove issues. I would buy these again and again and will do so if my pair ever wears out.
My husband loves these gloves! He uses them for everyday winter in Montana as well as snowshoeing. They breath and keep hands warm and dry and they're not too bulky as to restrict movement. Definately recommended!
Warm and Dry, But Cinch Could Use Some Work
These gloves are really comfortable and fit well. The only grip I have is with the cinch system. It's a cool idea, but I think having a toggle like most gloves have would be more functional. I may end up retrofitting them with toggles. Over times, the gauntlets loosen and start to let snow in.
The good is that they appear to be very durable and have been warm and dry so far. I recommend using some Nikwax or SnoSeal to waterproof the leather portions of the gloves.
I got these gloves when they were on sale and was initially excited because I've mostly owned cheap gloves that got wet before the day was over. These definitely kept my hands dry, but overall they just aren't that warm. Granted it was between 5 and 15 degrees when I was snowboarding, but I also had liners on. If you were winter camping and shoveling snow and what not they would probably do a pretty good job. The gauntlet on these things are huge but I like them; not too sure about the durability of the drawstring deal but we'll see. Overall, I like them for what it's worth, but unsure if I would buy again.
I have used them for cold/wet motorcycle gloves
With the adjustments from the drawstring and elastic cuff they fit well and feel snug. My concern was that they would make my hands to warm and that is not a problem. I have not tried them in freezing temperature and would assume a glove liner would be needed. I think the attributes of these gloves makes the potential need for glove liners acceptable.
Not that Impressed
I looked at buying these all last season, but used the good old duct tape until this year. Purchased them when they went 20% off and was pretty excited. Used them for 3 straight days in Utah this past week. Between 25-35 degrees and I needed hand warmers. Obviously not what I expected. If I could exchange, I would.
Best gloves..... ever.
Not sure why there aren't any reviews on these Jalapeno's. There used to be. Actually, the positive reviews I read on here (and elsewhere) were part of the reason I felt confident in my purchase.
Wore these all last season skiing here in Colorado - headed into season #2 in this pair. Just made it through a single-digit week in Colorado too. Wind chill took us down to -2 and below (-11 during one dog walk).
I thought I lost one in the parking lot @ work and almost freaked out. Makes you realize how much you enjoy something once (you think) it's gone. Found it under the truck seat and actually sad to see warmer temps. I was enjoying the cold because I could. Need some heat for better snow though. Cheers.