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A light, versatile glove for any backcountry excursion.

The Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Glove gives you a versatile, lightweight liner glove that works as well under a thick mountaineering mitt as it does by itself. Seamless fingers provide articulated comfort, and the Power Stretch fleece provides warmth and comfort whether you’re slogging uphill at 14,000 feet or just shoveling your car out of the driveway.

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1 5

Geez, bad luck run.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Bought these to replace my Black Diamond Power Stretch gloves that blew out on one of the finger seams 3rd time wearing them. The stitching looked a little beefier on these so I gave them a go.

First day using them. Pretty standard use for a backcountry skier; Skinned in them, took off my skins, went through my backpack, wiped snow, did the buckles on my splitboard, bindings, etc..

This is what they looked like 4 laps and 6 hrs later. Not sure if its a Power Stretch thing or what, 2 for 2. I'm never buying it again.

Geez, bad luck run.
4 5

Know what you are looking for.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

That one do-it-all miracle fabric has yet to be invented. Don't expect these to be useful as oven mitts, windshield scrapers, towels or even to belay with. These are essentially your basic heavy glove liner. If you need a light glove to keep your hands from getting that stinging numb sensation on high output ventures such as hiking or running, these are the ticket! These gloves are perfect for being on the move and maintaining dexterity: getting credit cards from wallet B- , tying shoes B , pumping gas A+ , pulling ticks from ornery bulls...not recommended with any gear.

There are care instruction tags on the inside of the right glove. These are a mild nuisance but can be torn out quite easily with no damage to the glove. The logo tag, you are stuck with.

A note on sizing: they have "stretch" in the title. If you find yourself always on the fringe of two sizes, feel free to size down, fitting them a little snug will only increase dexterity.

My favorite use for these gloves would have to be holding cold beer or hot coffee. No Gore Tex required...

5 5

Perfect!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Just what I was looking for after destroying previous versions by different makers. There are soft, stretchy, light gloves for cool but not cold weather, when you need some dexterity. I didn't want anything else on the glove , i.e. finger/palm reinforcement. They are what they are and they fit the bill for certain applications.

3 5

Good off season glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

A rather fragile glove; best for non-snow and pole-using activities. But for runs or just warming up, they're light and pretty durable, just don't respond well to anything that rubs or can tear fabric. I'll use a pair every couple years... just wish the palm and back had some protection

2 5

Not suitable for bc skiing

I bought this glove as a thin glove to use for backcountry skiing. I find that thin breathable gloves work best as my hands always sweat and thin fleece gloves dry quickly and keep me warmer then sweaty heavier gloves. These gloves were nearly destroyed by the velcro on my ski boots after one day. The seams stick to the velrco and fray when trying to peel them apart. Even the areas without stitching looked worn. Forget serious bc use, these gloves barely survived the parking lot at the trailhead. That being said, I do plan to use them for summer backpacking in a velcro-free environment.

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Exact same experience.

3 5

comfortable warm, tore quickly

These gloves are great for a fleece glove. They kept me warm while skinning and xc country skiing, block wind well. The fit is great and the gloves flex wonderful.

Only downside was they ripped along the thumb after about 4 days. Its a small tear that I can be stitched back up. But I wasn't expecting to have to repair Mountain Hardwear gear for years.

1 5

Contridictory to everyone, I disagree.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm sorry to sound like the bad guy in this group, but I really dislike these gloves and will most likely keep these somewhere hidden where I will never see them on a wet day.

I am heavily involved in my local search and rescue, and I recently have been testing these about after purchasing them. Living in the Pacific North West, everything gets wet.

When these gloves get wet, they stay wet. It's almost as if they are cotton. They soak up a ridiculous amount of water, and hold the water. When wearing them in the rain, I would rather go bare hand than wear these crappy gloves. Also when I put on gaiters, or anything with some sort of Velcro, it slowly kills the gloves. It easily catches on the Velcro often pulling the strands apart.

I will grant that when it is dry, it keeps my hand toasty, so I guess if worn in a shell it would be an okay choice. I really think though,that gloves should keep your hands warm even when wet especially since hands sweat like none other. That sweat will build up and cause the gloves to freeze your hands to the point of discomfort, forcing you to pull them off and throw the soaked gloves at the bottom of your pack.

Keep this at the store,and leave it to the amateurs, I was discussing this with some fellow coworkers, and they totally agree after having tested them out. They do not stand the rain, sweat, moisture, nor the rigors of being in the outdoors.

I am not trying to be impossible, I am just telling you what happened to me this weekend.

If i'm doing something wrong, or have misused these, please let me know.

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Nick. Thanks for the review. It's unfortunate that the gloves did not perform to your expectation. In reading your review, I can't help to think that in the conditions you are working you might need a softshell glove or something like a treated fleece lined leather glove? Something with a little bit of waterproof-ness and durability not a mid-weight fleece glove! Powerstretch fabric and Powerstretch fleece gloves more specifically have been in use in the Outdoor Industry for many years by many brands. Would you have the same critique across the board? Regardless, check out the Torsion Glove from Mountain Hardwear. It is made with a highly water-resistant softshell material in the body of the glove with Pittards Goat Skin wrapped around the palm and fingers for durability. I have used them many seasons for climbing and I think it would fit your needs better than this particular powerstretch fleece glove. Cheers!

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Howdy Mountain Hardwear Rep. I guess It could have required a softshell or something more intense like lined leather gloves that have a sprayed on waterproofness, or something along those lines. I understand that It was probably not for its use, but one would think that Polartec would make materials that keep your warm when cold, along the lines of wool, but maybe that was not their intention... What should I be using my powerstretch gloves for then? Thanks for the update! I really appreciate you taking the time, to clear things up :)

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Nick, I'm curious if you have found anything that does work for you in the PNW? I've been in search for a good liner that I can use in the North Cascades this summer.

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I've been wearing the OR gripper gloves. I LOVE THEM!

4 5

Made for the fall, not the winter

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My ideology has always been to thoroughly test out my equipment at home before I take it into the mountains. With the MH Power Stretch gloves, I decided to first try these bad boys out while attending a cold, Thursday night Virginia Tech football game.

The good news: These gloves feel incredible! They're super soft around the wrist because of the fleece bottoms, and the upper part of the gloves (which are made of a soft, stretchy fabric) almost feel like you're barely wearing anything. You have full dexterity to grab items out of your pockets.....or hold a beer while tailgating.

The bad news: these gloves simply aren't made for the cold nights in Blacksburg, much less the mountains. The temperatures dropped to 28 that night and by the end of the 1st quarter I was already breaking out a thicker glove and had to use my Power Stretches as a liner. Having climbed Shasta, Rainier and Shuksan, I'm use to the cold, but these simply could not hold up on their own.

After my failed Thursday night attempt, I decided to give them another shot while running on a chilly, 45 degree morning. Surprisingly, they held up well and I felt no discomfort at all. I then went further and continued to test them on a 10 mile hike in about 42 degree temps and again, my fingers were completely warm.

All in all, these really are great gloves if you're shooting for temps about 35 degrees. However, anything colder, you're gonna want to layer up abit.

5 5

MH Power Stretch Glove Rocks!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing the Power Stretch Glove in backcountry pursuits (mostly September backpacking; mostly at or above 10,000') for three years. These gloves are the bomb! I wear them around camp on chilly mornings or at the end of the day and on the trail when my hands get cold (I can be hiking in short sleeves and temps can be just cool enough that gloves help). They aren't waterproof and, as another post states, they're not work gloves. They do function well as a liner or on their own and they're lightweight (my size large = 2.0 oz). Recommended.

Pic shows gloves, in use, above 11,000' in Wyoming's Wind River Range.

MH Power Stretch Glove Rocks!
5 5

Buy Em by the Dozen!

I love these things. Awesome as a liner or on their own. I also use them for cold weather running. Hell ... I use them for everything and I keep a pair everywhere. In my glove box, in all my back packs, in the pockets of my winter coats. They're light weight and compressible and so easy to stash in pockets which is why I say "buy em by the dozen." The only downside is that since they're made of cloth, they tend to snag on ... well ... EVERYTHING. Definitely not a work glove. Wait for them to go on sale and buy a bunch.

5 5

liner or glove

great liner. fairly thick with nice fleece wrist collar.

4 5

Decent, versatile gloves

These gloves perform very well in a variety of conditions. They are thin enough that you have a fair amount of dexterity while wearing them, but they are thick enough that they pack a fair amount of insulation. They are great on their own in fairly mild temps or as a liner under a heavier pair of gloves or mittens in frigid conditions.

My only gripe is durability. I'm on my second pair of these gloves and the material just seems to wear out too quickly for my liking. They have greatly improved the durability of the stitching over the last 2 years, but the fabric itself still seems to be wearing down relatively quickly.

5 5

Great lightweight glove

The Powerstretch glove is a fantastic, lightweight glove for when you don't need a much warmer (and bulkier) or waterproof glove. I use these for cold weather running and adventure racing. The stretchy fabric is comfortable and allows me to be able to access zipper pockets without taking them off. They are breathable and can also be used as a liner.

5 5

part of my hiking and backpacking kit

These gloves have been part of my hiking and backpacking kit for several years now, and have held up pretty well. They keep my hands warm while sitting in camp down to the 40s, but after that my hands need to go in my jacket pockets. While on the move, they provide plenty of warmth.

As others have mentioned, the fabric is stretchy and comfortable, and works well while using my trekking poles. And at only one ounce, they are highly recommended.

4 5

Nice, Light Glove

The Mountain Hardwear power stretch glove is a great hiking glove in mild conditions. I wear these from the start when conditions are near freezing or switch to them when hiking in colder conditions once I've gotten too warm for my heavier gloves. I really like the fit. Your fingers can still perform tasks like taking pictures while wearing the gloves.

Potential cons are a) the gloves are fairly thin so while they are great for hiking they are not good for static warmth unless the temperature is fairly warm, b) durability may be a concern, velcro will damage the gloves and c) because of the smooth surface on your fingers these gloves are likely too slick to be used for driving.

5 5

Great Feel

I love these gloves, great soft feel. One of the most comfortable gloves that I have ever worn. I have worn these gloves a lot and I think durability could be an issue. They are starting to fray and couple seams look loose.

are these gloves waterproof?

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are these gloves waterproof?

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Brian. No they are not waterproof. They are stretchy fleece gloves made with Polartec Powerstretch fabric. Cheers!

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Not at all waterproof. They readily absorb water.

4 5

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Gloves

These are great gloves. Definitely not big and bulky, these little guys live in my coat pockets and are pretty much my go-to gloves on a daily basis. They are stretchy, warm, and easy to throw in the wash after being worn on a run. They're not really anything special, but they were exactly what I was looking for (high quality, multi-tasking, fleece gloves).

3 5

Soft, tight-fitting and warm.

i love this type of fleece glove/liner. i use these for a liner inside my MHW Hydra gloves and they work perfectly (size up on the shell gloves). my only harp is the clips on these gloves. as you can see in the picture, the gloves have clips so they can be coupled with eachother so one doesn't get misplaced, and i understand that. BUT... the clips are sewn into the seam and on the inside, the tags are sewn into the same seam. So not only is there some irritation from the thickseam and bulk of the clip, but also the tags rub against the side of my hand. so this just gets a 3star rating, not the worst but not the best.

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