Monday, 9 November 2009

Glove will tear us apart - Rab Power Stretch Grip Glove Review

 

My gloves for the past year and a half have been Rab Power Stretch Grips, pretty simple gloves in Polartec's Power Stretch material. Power Stretch has to be one of my favourite types of synthetic 'fleece'. It's warm, light and dries pretty quick, useful attributes in gloves, it's also an awesome material when it comes to cleaning up after snot rockets... The gloves feature a raised silicon palm and finger grip for clutching trekking/ski poles, water bottles or holding onto maps for dear life on some windswept summit. There is also a lycra bound cuff and embroidered logo but that is really about it.

They fit well, not too boxy, almost following the rest of Rab's clothing which is sometimes described as 'athletic'. Those with shovels for paws might want to look elsewhere. The Power Stretch is very soft and comfortable and does a great job of keeping my fingers warm without any hint of clamminess. I've carried them almost every day I've been outside in the past year and a half and they've put up with all kinds of abuse. Trekking poles, skiing, cycling, etc have all been 'handled' well and the gloves show little signs of wear. They weigh 43g (size medium) a pair so carrying a second set in winter isn't a chore either (take two pairs in winter, layer them up with a fleece mitt and/or a shell mitt and rotate the Rab's as required).

They get a big stretchy fleece covered Devil's Horns from me (that's better than a 'thumbs up' in case you're confused).

10 comments:

Dave Forsyth said...

Cue 'glove/love' song title war

Dave Forsyth said...
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Thunder In The Night said...

What, like 'Glove in an Elevator'?

Dave Forsyth said...

I'm going for 'Tainted Glove'

Hendrik M said...

\m/

Metal! Sweet review, Joe. Metal to the bone. Everyone else can go home.

kate said...

can you feel the glove tonight?

Thunder In The Night said...

Glove me tender?

Dave Forsyth said...

I want to know what glove is

PTC said...

I can't believe no one went for "Smell the Glove"?!

Thunder In The Night said...

ptc* - None more black!