Mountain Hardwear Hydra Glove Review
As the temperatures and the snow has started to fall, the Mountain Hardwear Hydra Glove has come to save your hands and fingers from the cold and the wet. With an Outdry liner, these gloves are sure to keep out water and moisture, keeping your hands from getting damp, wet, and cold. Outdry is a waterproof liner that is welded to the outer shell of the glove which keeps moisture from getting in between the outdoor glove shell and the liner. By keeping moisture from getting past the shell of the glove, moisture isn’t able to sneak in the glove and make your hands and fingers damp and cold. This is different from the typical waterproof liner in that a waterproof glove typically has a shell and then a waterproof liner that is inserted into the glove creating a separate layer within the glove.
The Mountain Hardwear Hydra glove is a lightly insulated glove, so it is best for activities where you exert more energy and create more heat. The activities we found best for these gloves were snowshoeing, hiking Colorado’s 14’ers, and early and late season skiing when the temperatures weren’t so cold. When the colder temperatures did set in, we used a thin glove liner and that did the trick to keep our hands and fingers warm while skiing. While testing the gloves hiking Quandary Peak, we experienced 60 mph winds and temps in the teens and twenties and the gloves kept our hands and fingers plenty warm. The Hydra glove is made of a softshell material on the outer and a leather goat skin palm to help with dexterity. To Keep snow from getting up the cuff of your glove, there is a cinch cord that allows you to tighten the glove around your wrist or the outside of your jacket. This also helps a little with keeping the warmth in the glove.
Overall, we have liked the glove for high exertion activities since the glove has less insulation that most gloves. If you are one of those people that gets cold hands and fingers easy, we suggest checking out a glove with a little more insulation. For more information, please visit MountainHardwear.com