A light, versatile glove for any backcountry excursion.
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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
great liner. fairly thick with nice fleece wrist collar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Brian. No they are not waterproof. They are stretchy fleece gloves made with Polartec Powerstretch fabric. Cheers!
Not at all waterproof. They readily absorb water.
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).
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.
I enjoy these little guys being on my hands. They are soft and warm. I mean by themselves, they are not as warm as a thicker glove but are comfy and take some of the edge off the cold. When putting them on under other gloves I have noticed the clips that hold them together for storage snags pushes into my wrist too much. Think I will have to cut them off. Also a some sort of finger tip silicone to help with grip would be nice (like the other reviewer said).
Great gloves for hiking. They fit superbly and keep my hands protected.
I bought it for my boyfriend, and he likes it. It keeps warm around 25 degree. I have wore them, and it is warm and cozy, but it does not block the freezing wind when riding.
These gloves have worked great this fall on my bike ride to work in temperatures down to 30F. Hoping they can get me though part of the winter.