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- Corded nylon panel at the back of hand provides stretch for a flexible fit
- High-pile raschel fleece on the back of the hand and brushed tricot on the palm balance warmth with dexterity
- Carabiner loop lets you clip and hang gloves
- Pull-on webbing loop at wrist helps with quick on-off
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Very warm glove. When climbing Mnt Adams at the beginning of the winter. I took my gloves off to take some pictures and when i was pulling on the pull loop to put my glove back on the stitching tore apart. It tore where the stretchy cuff material is attached to the brown material tore at the stitching. Be careful when pulling on the pull loop when your hands are wet. The gloves are warm and have great dexterity. I still use them i just don't pull on the pull loops any more. I use these gloves until they freeze and you can not move the fingers any longer. Then i go to a thicker mitten for colder temps. I have the same problem with the pull loop sharp edge that digs into the wrist when worn. The leather is starting to wear away and showing cuts into it.
I must admit these are well made and the fit was a bit tight, but all in all provided for great dexterity. I work in a refrigerated warehouse and drive an electric pallet jack to haul received product the to the proper storage slot to be put away for shipping order pickers. I probably reach speeds of 15 to 25 MPH on my equipment, so my hands are constantly facing a wind. Temperatures range on the dock from mid 50's to mid 20's depending on product stored there.
Even wearing a liner under the glove my hands got numb with the cold. I paid $70 for these gloves on sale! I would not do it again Mountain Harwear.
The Pull Loop is killing me
My only rub with the Pistolero is that it seems to be a bit unfinished around the inside of the cuff, as you can see the different layers that were sewn together and not trimmed or tucked under. The pull loop was sewn in and cut with a hot knife which left a sharp edge. When wearing, that area rests directly against my wrist. On the plus side, they are fairly warm: I've worm down to upper teens while on the move. They are super tough, and they look pretty cool, too!
Perfect Spring Moutaineering Glove
I am a hot climber and usually make my Spring summit attempts in a pair of light fleece gloves or actual leather work gloves. I sprung for the Pistolero's because I got a deal and haven't been disappointed. I recently took these up Mt. Rainier and when the weather got really nasty I took off my fleece gloves and put these on. They were awesome. They were a little tight at first but after a few hours they loosened up and fit my hand nicely. They are extremely durable (so far) and definitely block wind and water while breathing. They are a great light weight work glove for the mountains.
Too posh for work?
These gloves are a happy medium between gloves that are too thin to be sturdy, and gloves too thick to use for spring touring and moderately-cool temp backcountry chores. My hands sweat. A LOT. These gloves do a decent job even on the ascent for me, which says a lot. After using them for a full day of heavy shoveling, climbing, skiing, and repeat, (during a snow survey in Tokopah for example), they were soaked on the outside but warm on the inside, which was important when the weather changed from +20 to 0C.
The problem is, they're expensive. A $15 pair of work gloves would probably do 90% of what these do. More if the water-proofness decides to quit. Get em on sale if you can, I paid $50 and feel OK about it.
A note on size - read the MH website sizing chart, these run kinda loose.
Loose Work Gloves
I would get a smaller pair next time - should have looked at the sizing a little closer! I used to be L in most gloves, but now I am noticing that my hand is in the M category. These run a bit baggy which would be OK for big powder gauntlets, but not as useful for work gloves. My hands measure 7.5x3.5 inches.
The picture shows the appearance after a hard day handling wet snow - no leakage to the hands despite obvious saturation of the outer leather. Sweet!
Would be perfect if they dry-treated the leather. . .
I use these for ice climbing with leashless tools. With a little modification, these things are fantastic, but as they are, they just can't stand up to the task.
They are pretty damn dexterous for their warmth. That's why I bought them in the first place. This makes them ideal for ice down into the mid temps for me (20F-30F). Very low profile. Really great overall feel for leashless climbing. Waterproof lining is also really nice, but there are issues with this. . .
However, I have two complaints. The leather on these gloves soaks up water like crazy. It's just silly how quick they go from dry to sopping wet on the outside. Once they get wet, the breathability of the membrane and the leather go out the door (breathability relies on a dry outer surface), and your hands will retain water on the inside of the glove. Wet, freezing outside + wet inside = your hands are screwed.
I'm currently trying a beeswax-based leather treatment to waterproof the outside, but honestly, for their price, this is a MAJOR oversight by Mountain Hardwear. They should have come try treated out of the box.
Second complain regards the pull-on loop at the wrist. It's pretty damn scratchy on the inside where it terminates at the top of the wrist. That's just cheap construction.
These gloves are awesome. They're a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. They fit and feel a lot like a pair of work gloves (mechanix, craftsman, etc.) and they're definately warm. The problem with many waterproof gloves is that they're bulky and you lose some dexterity with them on, so your constantly taking them on and off to do things with your hands. I was able to work all of the zippers, clips, buckles, and straps on my jackets and backpack with the gloves on.
To test the waterpoofness of the gloves I ran my right hand under the faucet in my kitchen sink. I focused the water on the seams on the palms and between the fingers, and my hand stayed dry. I walked my dog afterwards and my right hand didn't feel any colder than the left (dry) side. I'm including a picture of my second waterproofing test. I had to walk through ankle deep snow to get to the creek.
One of the coolest gloves of the season is also waterproof! This video explains how!
To add to the above product copy and correct it if I may as 'water resistance' was mentioned. I just wanted to reiterate that these gloves are completely WATERPROOF due to the OutDry membrane used in the construction of the glove. We've figured out how to laminate this OutDry membrane 3-dimensionally to any shell fabric including, obviously, leather making gloves completely waterproof which isn't the case when using, what used to be standard, insert technology. We use the OutDry membrane in the majority of our glove line. I hope this info helps to clarify! Cheers!