Owner Review - Tim Earley - Marmot Glide Softshell Gloves
- Marmot Men's Glide Softshell Gloves
January 20th, 2010
Name: Tim Earley
Height: 6' 0"/ 1.80 m
Weight: 185 lb/ 84 kg
Email address: timothy.earley AT gmail.com
City, State, Country: Yonkers, New York, USA
My first exposure to backpacking was about seven years ago in the Army where
I learned everything I needed to learn about being comfortable in the
wilderness with little to no “comfort gear.” I primarily do day hikes now,
with the occasional overnight jaunt thrown in whenever possible. I consider
myself a lightweight packer, though not a minimalist. My favorite hikes are
those that have significant elevation change as these provide the best
views, most challenge and best reward. I am most comfortable in cool to
cold weather as I tend to overheat in other seasons.
Model: Glide Softshell Glove
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large; Medium reviewed
Colors: Black, Raven (brown)
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Fabric Content: 88% Nylon, 12% Elastane; Marmot M2 softshell
Country of Manufacture: China
The Marmot Glide Softshell Gloves are, not surprisingly, softshell gloves
made by Marmot! The gloves are described by Marmot as water repellent, wind
resistant, breathable and warm. They are made of a lightweight nylon
softshell material that provides good warmth and great breathability while
on the move and enough tactility to be useful as work gloves when not
moving. The gloves feature hook and loop wrist closures (with material to
keep wind out when closure is open), patches of silicon on the point and
middle finger tips as well as the thumb, and a slim but not constricting
fit. These patches of silicon have proven very effective in adding
tactility and dexterity to these gloves. The gloves do stretch some, but
are not in the same league as lycra. There is also some stiching about one
inch (2.5 cm) inward (towards the fingers) from the hook and loop wrist
closure that acts as a draft collar to keep out snow and cold winds.
I have used these gloves in temperatures ranging from 0 F (-18 C) to 40 F (5
C). I've worn them on about ten separate day trips of about 7 to 8 hours
each and 2 overnight trips. They have seen prolonged moderate rain, dry and
wet snow and sustained 50 mph winds. They have proven to be impervious to
all but prolonged rain and are surprisingly warm and windproof, especially
I was looking for a good pair of softshell gloves to give me a balance of
warmth, breathability, tactility, and weather resistance while on the move
in cold weather. These gloves hit the mark. They seemed very well made and
the softshell material looked like it would shed weather effectively. I was
also impressed as the seams are placed such that they do not irritate my
fingers. Some gloves have the seams in the worst places and can irritate
the fingertips, palm, wrist, etc. The people at Marmot did a great job
keeping the seams out of the way. I was interested in the effectiveness of
the silicon patches on the fingertips and so took some money and credit
cards out of my wallet with the gloves on (in hindsight, I probably looked
pretty shady doing this in the store). I was able to do this with no
problem and so was completely sold on the idea. I initially tried on a size
large since I wear a large in just about every piece of clothing (including
gloves) but found them a bit loose. It is important to remember I bought
these gloves for tactility as well as warmth and so wanted them a little
tighter than say, ski gloves. I bought the size medium and they fit
perfectly for my intended use.
Overall I think the gloves are great. As expected, they have shed all
weather well. I have been especially impressed with their wind resistance.
I took a day hike in December 2009 in weather with an ambient temperature
of about 7 F (-14 C) with sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph) with gusts at
50 mph (80 kph). Hey, can't test wind resistance without wind! Plus I
wanted to test out a new jacket I bought. These gloves absolutely blew me
away with their wind resistance. I didn't feel the wind at all and my
fingers were toasty warm the entire day. They provided plenty of
breathability along with all this warmth and so my fingers and hands always
felt just right.
On the downside, the water-repellency of these gloves is mediocre. They
will shed light to moderate rain but will absorb water if they come into
contact with wet surfaces. On a hike in about 40 F (4 C) rainy weather,
they completely soaked through in about 35 to 40 minutes. I was using rocks
as handholds while scrambling and was pretty careful to limit my contact
with the wet surfaces. The glove still soaked through in all areas. While
I expected to get my gloves damp, I did not expect these gloves to soak
through so quickly. They aren't sponges, but be aware that they do absorb
significant amounts of water from surface contact. However, as stated
previously, they do shed precipitation well.
The durability of these gloves has proven to be good although I have noticed
a small amount of pilling in the fingertips without silicon patches. I do
not think it is anything significant, just a result of them being scraped on
rocks during some trips. There do not seem to be any seams coming undone or
areas of significant wear and tear. The hook and loop wrist closures are
holding up well and show no signs of decreased performance. I have noticed
that the index finger of the right gloves has twisted so the silicon patch
is now facing towards the thumb. This is a minor annoyance and nothing
These gloves are exactly what I was looking for in a pair of softshell
gloves. They provide all the warmth I need when on the move in cold
weather. They also provide enough dexterity that I can do pretty much
anything short of use a zip-loc bag with them on. They shed precipitation
well and absolutely stonewall the wind while stretching just enough to be
comfortable the whole time.
I am pleased with the performance of these gloves, especially for their more
than reasonable price tag. I will continue to use them in all situations
where waterproof/breathable gloves or mittens would be too heavy.
3. Great overall fit and attention to detail.
1. Absorb water through surface contact
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EDIT: they are "Marmot Mountain"
*** The gloves do stretch some, but are not in the same league as lycra.
EDIT: Lycra (trademarked name)
***There is also some stiching about one inch (2.5 cm) inward
*** They have seen prolonged moderate rain, dry and
wet snow and sustained 50 mph winds.
EDIT: needs the km/h too
***I took a day hike in December 2009 in weather with an ambient temperature of about 7 F (-14 C) with sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph) with gusts at 50 mph (80 kph).
EDIT: the best way to abbreviate kilometers per hour is "km/h"; "kmph" is acceptable too
*** They also provide enough dexterity that I can do pretty much
anything short of use a zip-loc bag with them on.
EDIT: short of "using" a "Ziploc" bag
If you want to say "plastic locking bag" instead you can. Ziploc is a brand name.