Mountain Hardwear Heracles Glove (2013)

The Heracles is designed to be close fitting hardwearing glove and so it gets a 4 way stretch body with a leather palm with Kevlar stitching. The glove has a Outdry waterproof lining plus a Thermal Q layer of insulation on the back of the hand with polyester fleece on the palm of the hand. This combination does allow a close fit that is very dexterous and while it is probably not as warm as some other gloves with insulation on the palm, the advantage of dexterity will be a real benefit to climbers and those using ropes for example. The cuff of the glove is a good length to cover the wrist but it is very narrow and has no drawcord, so it can only be worn inside a jacket sleeve, rather than over the outside. This is ideal when the cuff of a jacket is battened down, but does limit its easy of whipping on and off and also means that when scrambling in the rain in winter that you really need to ensure that the jacket is fully tightened down at the cuff to prevent water running down the inside of the sleeve. Having said that if used in cold dry conditions this glove would be ideal and certainly for alpine use and proper winters (rather than wet British ones) this is a great glove for the climber, mountaineer and anyone using ropes a lot. But it is not my favourite for walking up wet and cold British mountains when the glove sometimes needs to be worn over a jacket sleeve.

Outer 4-way stretch Cordura 1000 nylon, leather
Waterproof lining Outdry
Insulation Thermal Q, polyester fleece
Mens Sizes S-XL
Womens SizesS-L
Removable liner No
Nose wipe yes
Wrist leash No
Weight 164g
Website www.mountainhardwear.eu

 

Verdict

Ideal glove when worn inside a jacket sleeve for mountaineering and climbing, but not the best option for walking or scrambling in the rain during winter.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine January 2014