Attn: David Wilkes Re: OR - Under Armour Armourstretch Gloves -
- Hi David,
Some of your report did not come through in the yahoo version. Please
repost with your Tester Info. and product name listed. Thanks heap.
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- Below is a repost of the text portion of my OR (complete this time,
not sure what I was thinking when I originally posted it). You will
find the HTML version in the OR folder @
Owner Review by David Wilkes
OR - Under Armour Armourstretch Gloves - Men's
Jan 10 2008
Name: David Wilkes
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89.40 kg)
Torso: 19"( cm)
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
Manufacturer: Under Armor
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: www.underarmour.com
Lighweight water resistant insulated gloves intended for cool weather
athletic activites. Includes sticky honecomb 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 avalible from a number of retailors.
From the manufacturer's website:
For when it's cold. Keeping athletes warm, dry, and light. Ideal
use: Temperatures under 55 degrees F. ColdGear® features a
double-sided fabric that wicks moisture from the skin and circulates
body heat. It accomplishes the impossible by keeping athletes warm
without weighing them down.
Highly water-resistant, breathable fleece glove.
Durable nylon face and fleece back combine with grippy palm for
maximum warmth and grip.
Durable Water Replellent (DWR) finished garments resist rain and
water to keep you protected for the life of the garment.
Starts with a brushed inner layer that traps body heat for warmth
and pulls moisture away from the skin with a fast drying outerlayer so
you stay warm and dry.
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 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) climb 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
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.
I often wear the gloves for driving on cold mornings. They 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 8hrs 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. However, from
looking at them you could hardly tell that I have used them much.
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
Does not retain odors
Easy to maintain
Not very wind resistant
Won't keep your hands dry
I would definitely recommend these to friends and family.
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