Montane Alpine Stretch (2015)

Features

For superior warmth, Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand and pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection, the palm is leather and there is a nose wipe. And I really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around the wrist. 5/5

Fit

The Montane Alpine Stretch is available in S-XL. I was sent the XL; its size appeared similar to that of an L in other models, and it fitted me well. Being able to cinch in the wrist and gauntlet cuff was a bonus that not all other gloves have but it was welcome. The lining didn’t snag or come loose in use either. 5/5

Comfort

This feels very comfortable on the hand, with no seams digging in or material snagging or bunching. The back of the hand and gauntlet feature Chameleon stretch fabric to ensure comfort and ease of movement, while a Freeflow waterproof lining keeps your hands dry and comfortable. 5/5

In use

The Montane Alpine Stretch feel great in use: it’s ideal for grabbing trekking poles and ice axes, and I was able to open buckles and zips wearing it too. There is slightly easier movement with it, as the leather isn’t too stiff, but it doesn’t feel quite as durable as those gloves with more leather that’s also thicker. All the cuff and wrist adjustment works well. 5/5

Value

Not the costliest and perhaps not the most durable, but a great price for a glove that should be ideal for most hillwalkers in the UK. 4/5 

Verdict

The Montane Alpine Stretch is hard to beat as an all-round general winter glove, but perhaps not the most durable option. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade. 4.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine February 2015

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