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Powerstrech glove


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Powerstrech glove

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 9 Votes


Page By: NYC007

Created/Edited: Feb 23, 2003 / Feb 23, 2003

Object ID: 679

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This small wonder is designed for mild conditions or for use with a shell glove. Made of Polartec Power-stretch fabric, it’s soft on your hand and stretchy for a custom fit. A sticky leather palm is water resistant and gives you solid purchase on ski poles or axes. Versatile, lightweight and nimble—the Powerstretch is the ultimate lightweight glove.



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NYC007Untitled Review

Voted 4/5

great and comfortable gloves but damn this turn my hands black everytime. dunno why but still very comfy glove otherwise..
Posted Feb 23, 2003 8:22 pm

Paul BurkholderUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

These are the most dexterous "warm" gloves I have ever tried. Tie laces, thread needles, pick up loose change from the floor - no problem!

I am usually comfortable in these gloves down to the mid twenties or so and they are pretty wind resistant. They are water resistant to a point, and will lose much of their warmth when wet.

I use them for running and biking in cooler weather, backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and even ice climbing in warmer temps. I also use them at work. They are great liner gloves. Not super durable - I usually go thru 2 - 3 pairs a year, but they are only $20!
Posted Sep 16, 2004 12:01 pm

miztflipUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I agree with some of the other reviews. Of all the lightweight gloves that I've used, these offer the best dexterity. I can tie my boots, light a stove and place protection with ease while still wearing these gloves.

Well made and seem to last under normal mounain use. Leather palm helps with cold axes and gripping.
Posted Nov 28, 2004 9:06 am

Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

For general use, these gloves are pretty warm. However, don't attempt to do any serious scrambling with them. The fingers will not hold up to a day of mountain scrambling and will wear out after only one day. They should have extended the leather palms all the way to the finger tips to increase durablility during scrambling. To prevent the tips from wearing out quickly, I had to use a shell over them, which then resulted in "hot" hands. All fleece gloves should have the leather palms extend to the finger tips.
Posted Nov 30, 2004 3:46 pm

jclementsUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

These are a good liner glove and should not be considered a technical glove. The palms but not the fingers have grippy leather. They have done me well on cold, high-wind situations. I only knock them down a star because after just a few weeks of using them to drive to work, and a couple of cold weather climbs (mostly used in mittens, some gear fiddling), the tips are getting a little fuzzy. But gloves will do that. I plan to save them only for outings and get another pair of the grippy fleece gloves that OR or BD make for driving, those gloves have lasted a long time for single-layer dry use.
Posted Dec 22, 2005 2:28 pm

jmeizisDecent Liners

Voted 3/5

These make fine liner gloves for mild weather or under mittens or shells. The leather palm seems to be a pain when they get wet because they suck heat from your hand.
Posted Dec 7, 2007 5:45 pm

musicman82Good glove

Voted 5/5

I have been using these gloves for a year riding my bike back and forth from work as well as hiking in cold weather. They also work nicely as liners underneath my heavy glove for really freezing trips. They are especially nice for use when tying shoes, using a camera, etc. when it is cold - I will probably replace them when they wear out!
Posted Oct 21, 2009 12:32 am

norco17Incredible dexterity

Voted 4/5

I have had these gloves for a couple years now. You have very good fine motor skills in them. I can light a match and stove, and work a camera with them. They are warm until about the 20 -30 degree F range. They are water resistant not proof, but very fast drying. They are not a climbing scrambling glove! They tear easily in the finger area, but are easy to sew.
Posted Mar 9, 2010 5:09 pm

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