I think everyone has an interest in a glove that is truly waterproof: one that not only doesn't get wet; (not just a gore-tex liner membrane where the shell and insulation gets soaked) but one that breathes and and keeps your hands dry which is the key to keeping warm. There's a long thread that started about this problem and seeing some posts on the OutDry gloves from Mountain Hardwear, I bit the bait. The Outdry material is a lot like the DryQ Elite fabric where it's bonded to the outer layer of the material so the moisture is literally stopped at that point: the end of soggy gloves. Plus it breathes exceptionally well. like the jacket; it sounded like a jump in technolgy, gore-killer....
Here's the Mountain hardwear site and then view the video. I was seriously skeptical about this and reading some pro reviews (which many can be paid fluff peices) it seemed to be for real. Some bears used it last season with great results so I bought a pair of Bazukas (Living Proof bought a different glove with the same materials). You can buy these and some other Outdry gloves still on closeout with only modest changes to the product.
Review: the bazuka's offer a mostly leather glove with padded fingers and knuckles which I wanted for trees. It has pre-curved fingers and reinforced palms. The workmanship is excellent and the fit was perfect. These have a shorter gauntlet and are designed to fit under sleeves but I have them over my softshell sleeves. The gloves are super soft and very comfortable inside. The insulation isn't very thick but warmth is really relative to each person and depends on the materials used. My guess based on the material is they will be good to colder 15* temps I think you could wear a thin liner to bolster warmth. The dexterity is very good. They have a nice pull on tab on the gauntlet. The reincofrced palms look very sturdy and should hold up well against sharp edges of skis. They have a good grippiness to them.
The test: this weekend we had a very wet snow storm. I was outside clearing snow & ice off trees, its was very wet; the gloves stayed dry: the leather didn't even get wet after several 1/2 hour plus sessions in this weather. These are new gloves and the DWR should work and the true test will be after a few days of real use while skiing but I was impressed with initial performance. the temperature was pretty mild, about 30 degree's and my hands would normally sweat ( I have very warm hands) but the gloves kept my hands dry. Very cool. again, I need to test them more extensively.
Final verdict? for the first test I would have to rate them as excellent but long term testing on how they do after a few days of skiing will be the true test. You don't go out and spend $180 on a pair of gloves and not expect them to excel over time. I did find these today on E-OMC site for 114.00 and from what I have seen, they are worth every penny to a serious skier or outdoors enthusiast who values equipment that makes a day of activities that much more enjoyable.
Edited by Finndog - 10/31/11 at 12:40pm