Yep, that is me in a pair of Mtn Hardware Hydras. On a "warm" day last Feb. high on the Midi.
Obviously I am showing some brand loyalty on my glove choice here. But as I mentioned briefly these are *NOT* the only gloves I have climbed in, bought or tried or seen fail on my partner's hands in the last few years. Just what I like this year and have a history with the earlier versions.
So...the Mountain Hardware gloves?
The amazing Hydra
There are four gloves from Mountain Hardware that I use a lot these days. The Minus One, the Hydra, and the Typhon or Medusa. Again Mtn Hardware also has a lot of good glove designs available for climbing. These are what I like for my own climbing and not the only Mountain Hardware gloves I have used.
Funny thing about gloves. Until last winter I didn't think it got much colder than the Canadian Rockies. I've spent some pretty cold days and nights out climbing on the Columbia Ice Fields mid winter. So last winter when I headed to Chamonix for a couple of months of winter climbing I wasn't expecting anything I hadn't done previous. Or being any colder. Silly me fior thinking that.
The Hydra, like the OR Alpine Alibi but a little warmer, seemed to be to be enough glove the majority of time for me climbing any where. Well they were anyway until we rapped off the Midi Bridge and I then stuck my hands into some cold powder snow for the "hike" down to the gullies we wanted to climb. Didn't take long to figure out a Hydra weight glove wasn't going to cut it most of the time in the shade at 12K feet. Hello?! The only time I have had cold hands like that was soloing Shooting Gallery in too much snow, mid Jan. It is the reason I now add tape for insulation on my tools for a high dagger position.
So I ended up in either a Medusa or a Typhon for most of that trip and a majority of the climbing. And at times they weren't warm enough either if I wasn't moving quick enough. A little shocking for me really. Which brings me to Part 3 or my glove choices.
But in general here (Cascades and Canada) the Hydra/Alibi is warm enough. The mixed thin technical glove, the Minus One (or a Vert) is great if the temps are warm enough and the climbing hard enough to keep you warm. I've used the Minus One and Vert on some cold windy days in the Icefields as well, as long as we kept moving.
All the Mtn Hardware gloves are lined with OutDry and water proof and well as breathable. I like that technology a lot.