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aviatorruss wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I agree completely with previous reviewers; these things are GREAT! I use them exclusively for autoblocks during rappels and klemheists when rigging leveraged haul systems (think rescue) and other types of backups. They function well for prusiks too, it's just not a knot I use often (prefer klemheist). Work very well for canyoneering and last a long time. Yes, a piece of 6mm tech/accessory cord with a dbl-fishermans does the same thing...this is just too easy, light and cheap not to own. Plus you get the added heat benefits of using aramid for your backups. just get one and try it.

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aviatorruss wrote a review of on February 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a beginning Ice Climber and just spent 2 days on waterfall ice learning the skilz.These were my goto gloves for the ascent. They seemed to function just fine, grip was excellent dry or wet, but my hands sweat a little bit in them and didn't breath like I thought they would. It was around 18-30degF in Ouray, CO at the time. I really like the gauntlet and the "pull-tabs" built into the wrist made donning the gloves very quick for under cuff wear. The velcro wrist closure was adequate as well. I would have liked to compare these (on the ice) to OR Alibi II, because the Alibis felt slightly better in the store, but were quite a bit more expensive. Oh, the Hydra's seemed to provide decent protection from banging the backside of my hands up on the ice. I did wear a pair of super-thin liners on a couple of laps and although the "squeeze" was a little less tiring with the thin glove, I noticed my hands got banged up a tiny bit more. Of course, I'm a novice...but that didn't have anything to do with it, right?

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aviatorruss wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

5 5

Awesome gloves. I'm comparing these gloves to Marmot ultimate ski gloves I wrecked last year. Definitely on par, and I'd say they were more comfortable and breath better. I used these gloves for a week at Lake Tahoe from 10 to 40degF. My hands sweat a lot, and the only issues I had was on the one single "warm" day near 40ish degrees. Else, these gloves breath awesome, and kept my hands warm, toasty and dry. The liner is very nice and comfortable, and the leather is plush and has great dexterity. I did use the small sample of leather treatment they provided and the leather really never got wet. conditions were pretty good with lost of powder and cool temps. I'm also a boarder and constantly dragging my hands and shoving them in the snow when i crash! I recommend these gloves...Great Product

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aviatorruss wrote an answer about on February 10, 2010

Dexiterity is great, I'd say an 8. I was able to zip my jacket, open/close the pockets and access things inside my pockets with these gloves on. Overall, I'm very impressed with these gloves. I'm a boarder, but I don't think you'd have issues "gripping a skipole for some serious control." hope this helps

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