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Owner Review by David Wilkes

Under Armour Armourstretch Gloves - Men's

Jan 10 2008

David Wilkes

 

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
E-Mail: amatbrewer@yahoo.net
Age: 42
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89.40 kg)

Biography:

I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions. I have usually only managed time for 1-3 trips a year averaging 2-5 days, and as many day hikes as I can. I am currently getting into condition to summit some of the higher peaks in Washington, Oregon, and California. I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. My current pack is around 30 lbs (14 kg), not including consumables.

Product Information

Manufacturer:

Under Armor

Year of Manufacture:

2007

Manufacturer’s Website:

www.underarmour.com

MSRP:

US$29.99
SIZE: Medium 

Product Images
Image courtesy of Under Armor

Product Description:
The Armorstretch gloves are lightweight water resistant insulated gloves intended for cool weather athletic activities. They include sticky honeycomb pattern on palm and fingers to enhance grip and reflective logo on the back.
This version of the Armorstretch Glove is no longer available directly from the manufacturer but it is available from a number of retailers.


Owner Review

USAGE
I would like to provide a detailed list the times and locations I have worn these gloves but quite frankly I can’t. I put these on anytime my hands get cold and anytime I expect they might. So as a result, I have worn them quite often and without thinking about it. I also have taken them with me for just about every trip I have been on since purchasing them, and worn them at least a short while for most of the trips. I can say that I have worn these gloves while backpacking for a total of at least 9 nights plus some day hikes. I have worn them in temperatures ranging from about 70

The Armorstretch gloves are lightweight water resistant insulated gloves intended for cool weather athletic activities. They include sticky honeycomb pattern on palm and fingers to enhance grip and reflective logo on the back.

This version of the Armorstretch Glove is no longer available directly from the manufacturer but it is available from a number of retailers.

F (21 C) to a little below freezing. I have worn them in wind, light rain, freezing rain, and snow (on one trip all three in a single morning!). I wore them to about 12500’(3800 m) while climbing Mt Shasta (California) in June where the weather was calm but temperatures were below freezing, and to climb Mt Addams (Washington) 12,281 ft (3,743 m) where again the weather was calm and temperatures ranged from around 70F (21 C) to just below freezing.

REVIEW
I like to wear thin liner gloves throughout the winter months and carry a pair for hiking year round to keep my hands from becoming chilled. What attracted me to these, besides the fact that I have other Under Armor products that I like, is the fit and the rubber grip. Since I use the gloves for a wide range of activities including driving, the rubber on the palms and fingers is very important.
These gloves are easy to slip on and very comfortable. They work quite well at keeping my hands warm on chilly mornings in my area (frequently around freezing) and are effective against light wind. I use them while brushing the snow off my vehicle and scraping the ice off the windows. They work quite well at repelling the snow and ice. On warmer days when I just need something to keep the chill off my hands until my vehicle warms up, these gloves are ideal. They are quite comfortable and my hands never seem to overheat.
I have used these gloves on a number of hikes in temperatures ranging from just a bit chilly to below freezing. The gloves provided excellent grip when using my trekking poles as well as my ice axe. The gloves kept my hands warm and comfortable during rest stops and while glissading, but did not get hot even during the more difficult parts of my trips. During some of the steeper parts of my climbs, I would often remove most of my outerwear to avoid overheating, but found it quite comfortable to leave the Under Armor gloves on. Even after extended wear, they remain very comfortable. While backpacking with trekking poles and/or an ice axe for 8 hrs or more, I have experienced no problems with rubbing or hot spots.
On one trip, I experienced some weather I was not fully prepared for and ended up spending a very cold night followed by hiking along an exposed ridge in wind and rain that changed into freezing rain, and finally snow. One of the pieces of gear I was thankful for was my Under Armor gloves. They were comfortable and did not restrict my movement, they repelled the wind, rain and snow, and they provided enough dexterity for me to perform normal functions like digging out and eating my lunch and basic body functions.
These gloves work quite well at keeping the chill of my hands and do not overheat when I am working hard. However, on a short hike with my daughter in a very cold rain, my fingers did get a bit cold. It was clear that these might not be the best choice for cold and wet weather, especially at low activity levels.

I have used these gloves while performing many activities. I have worn them to keep my hands warm while filtering water from lakes and streams (they do not keep your hands from getting wet, but they do dry quickly). I have worn them while preparing and eating meals. And I have even worn them while sleeping. I have found these gloves to provide exceptional dexterity, and a level of ‘feeling’ that I have found only in much thinner glove liners. My primary concern about these was how rugged they would be. The knit outer material appears as if it could be susceptible to snagging and likely to pick up dirt readily. However, in using them, I have found them to be surprisingly durable and they seem to resist dirt and do not collect items like small twigs and leaf litter that I would have expected to snag the material. I was concerned with getting them soiled with food while using them to cook and eat, but again they seem to repel even damp materials (like oatmeal). In most cases, just a quick brushing is enough to remove most of the debris and dirt that get on them. After some wear, they can pick up body odor. I have rinsed them out with a bit of soap and the odor goes away. I have tossed them into the washer (but not the dryer) and with my regular laundry a few times, and they continue to look almost new.
Despite quite a bit of use they are showing very little wear. About the only sign of wear is that the rubber grip on the fingers is starting to rub smooth and no longer provides much grip. See the image below.

If I were to find any faults with these, it would be with the seams. I would really love it if the seams of these were finished such that they were flat. I think it would make them fit a bit better and provide just a bit more dexterity. This is not a fault with the gloves; just something that I think might make a terrific product even better.
a view of my gloves

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Dries quickly
  • Does not retain odors
  • Easy to maintain
Cons:
  • Not very wind resistant
  • Don't keep my hands dry

I would definitely recommend these to friends and family.

 



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