Monday, November 7, 2011

Mountain Hardware's Hydra Glove Review


Dijukno you can currently purchase the Mountain Hardwear's Hydra Glove for $58.98 at www.mountaingear.com?  I recently purchased these gloves after my hands became cold and wet during a
one day out & back of Mt. Shasta on September 11, 2011.  I was able to test these gloves November 5, 2011 on an out & back of Job's Peak East Gully starting from Gardnerville, Nevada.  


From the Carson Valley, this route provides 5,000 feet of elevation gain in a relatively direct line to the top of Tahoe's 2nd highest peak of 10,823 ft.

The temperature at the top of the peak was between 19 deg. F and 29 deg. F.  I started the climb with the Hydra and was quickly perspiring so I swapped them for my REI brand lightweight fleece gloves.  I started wearing the Hydra glove at around the half way point of the climb as the temperature became colder.  My hands were staying warm and dry until I arrived near the peak.  As I was scrambling the class 3 rock pile to the peak, my fingers became numb.  They stayed numb for approximately 15 minutes into my descent.  My fingers gradually warmed up without enduring the pain I usually get when they warm back up.  These gloves stayed dry, and blocked the wind nicely.

I would definitely recommend this glove for Alpine Climbing.  I have my eyes set on the SmartWool glove liners currently selling for $20 at REI for my next climb to aid in absorbing the moisture.


Description:


Mountain Hardwear's Hydra Glove protects your hand from water with dragon-like ferocity with a water, and windproof membrane that's perfect for your alpine climbing adventures.  Keep Mother Nature's worst weather onslaughts at bay using Mountain Hardwear's OutDry Waterproof Technology that bonds a waterproof and breathable membrane to the inside of the glove shell to seal the stitching and any other moisture-entry points that could rob your hands of that much desired dry utopia. f09


Features:

Shut out water and cold with the the OutDry water- and windproof membrane that is bonded to the interior of the glove to allow for increased breathability and dexterity.


Surround your skin with close-fitting, flexible, 4-way-stretch nylon softshell fabric with a brushed high-loft polyester fleece lining for added warmth and moisture control.


Get a grip on your often times slippery gear, and protect against abrasions with the durable and waterproof goatskin leather on the palms.


Keep snow out of your gloves and coat with long gauntlets that fit easily over your jacket.


Hang them to dry or for storage by the carabiner loop on the ringer fingers.


Pull-on webbing loop at wrist.


Specifications:

Fabric: nylon
Liner fabric: 100% polyester
Waterproofing: OutDry membrane

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