Montane Power Dry Glove Review

I always say it’s the little things that matter, and liner gloves are among the littlest of kit. I’ve been using magic-stretch dot-palmed horse riding gloves as my liner gloves for the past few years and they’ve been great, with the single big issue that I tend to wear through the fingertips pretty regularly if I’m on rock or gadding about in the snow. But, there wasn’t anything I could see that was better. Until I was at the Montane showroom earlier in the year and stuck these on my wishlist.

Montane’s Power Dry Gloves are a wee work of art. They’ve been properly engineered around a hand instead of relying purely on stretch like most liners. This means a lot of seams which I was worried about at first, but truth be told the seams as soft, small and I don’t notice them.
There’s still stretch in there, the Polartec Power Dry fabric keeps its form well but flexes enough for the gloves never to feel restrictive, even though this sample size large is a very neat fit on my hands. There’s a little slack built in just above the wrist cuff which has elastic on the back of the wrist and this acts like a gaiter around your wrist, allowing movement without pulling at the cuff or pulling the fingertips of the gloves onto your fingers too much when you make a fist or grip stuff.
The fingertips are rolled-over, meaning no seams near your points of contact which given the light fabric make the gloves very dexterous. There’s grippy pads on the thumbs and first two fingers and these work well, I can even work a smartphone touch screen with them on as I’ve just discovered today.

They’re quite warm, I’ve been wearing them without outers when it’s been ear shreddingly cold. The fabric is a baselayer fabric though, so if you do get hot hands the fabric works away trying to get the sweat out and keep you dry. It does seem to work as well, my hands have been hot but never damp and sweaty, something I can get in my dot-palm gloves.
The smooth fabric and slim fit let the Power Dry Gloves slip into outer gloves or mitts no problem making them a good part of a system.

I’ve been using these for a couple of months at least and they’ve seen ice axes, poles, handlebars, camera, flasks, stoves and had snotters wiped on them many times which has meant many wash cycles. The fabric is bearing up well so far, a bit of bobbliness appearing but no holes or thread catches yet. Look like they should last well.
They weight F/A, I’m not even going to put them on the scales, the 40g on the Montane site is probably about right and they crush into the smallest corner. There’s reflective logos on there which make them good for night running or riding.

No doubt folk will be happier with the regular black versions, but these burgundy/purpley versions make me glad. The bottom line is that these gloves work incredibly well, the form, the fit and the function are all spot on. I’d put the seam at the join between the wrist and palm half an inch further towards the wrist to make them as close to perfect as I could, but it’s not a niggle as much as an observation.
The best liner gloves out there? I haven’t tried better.

More Montane coming soon.

22 thoughts on “Montane Power Dry Glove Review

  1. Hey there!

    Are these an updated model?
    The ones I see on their site and all over the web don’t seem to have the big wrist/gaiter thingie.

  2. I recently lost one of my Lowe Alpine powerstretch gloves. When I checked back I was amazed to find they were bought in 1998. No sign of wear on the remaining glove.
    Same with my 8 year old Taku stretch gloves.
    It can’t be that long since I did any scrambling can it….

    I even still have two pair of Damart thermolactyl liner gloves which I only use for running now and they were probably bought somewhere around 1995.
    I used to check that no-one was around before going into the shop though :-)

  3. Gribelu I’m sure it’s the same glove, just stretched smooth in Montane’s photo.

    Funny you should mention Lowe gloves Fatealker, just found an ancient pair of aluetian fleece gloves I bought in either Millets or the Scout Shop around 20 years ago.

    Powerstretch gloves are brilliant. I set fire to my favourite Marmot pair earlier in the year. Sigh.

  4. Hi Pete,

    Can you recommend me some gloves? I like Montane and Rab as you know, but what works works…

    My doctor has previously diagnosed me as having Reynaulds syndrome and the last week or so my hands have been painfully cold in my Rab Phantom Grips (great name, not so great glove).

    I need to be able to operate a camera in them and handle a map but I’m not climbing or handling tools other than the aforementioned. I wondered whether Rab Baltoros, or Montane Extremes were a good options (none to try locally), or if they would give me the dexterity I need. I’m hoping to avoid going down the route of revisiting the GP and exploring medication as at present I’m only affected on bitterly cold (wind chill) mornings like the last few, where the rest of my body is fine but my hands wanted to cease functioning and just resonate pain.

    Thanks

    Bar.

    ps I had no idea that Rab’s glove range had got so big!

  5. I feel your pain, literally. It’s no joke, pain like you can’t describe.

    What I do now is wear liners like these Montane’s and when it gets colder I put mitts on, either Buffalo or the Terra Nova synthetics or PHD down mitts for cold camps. If I need dexterity in the cold I’ll take bigger insulated gloves, Marmot or Haglofs, both with Primaloft and leather palms and fingers.
    Powerstretch gloves are a good bet, Rab’s ones are great, warm and a wee bit wind resistant, I find softshell gloves or windstopper types just make my fingers colder.

    Keeping you hands covered really helps, liners that you cab slip inside big mitts or gloves without baring any skin.

  6. Thanks Pete. I’ll try and find some good powerstretch gloves to try on – are power dry similar? Hopefully I will also try and find some montane extremes to try on or similar. I don’t know black diamond kit at all but their heavy weight powerstretch gloves might be good? The trick will be finding options to try on for fit; especially as go outdoors seem to have dropped their winter glove stick
    In my local store and I would have home there to try the baltoro and extremes on.

    Bar.

  7. Powerstrech is heavier, you get a smooth outer and a fleecy inner face. It’s not bulky at all though, it’s a great fabric.

    Fit is so important with gloves, trying them on shows just how different they can be.
    In some makes my pinky only fills half the glove finger when the rest are fine. Why they think everyone’s fingers are all the same length I do not know.

  8. Hmmmm,

    The Montane’s look nice but maybe Powerstretch would work well as an outer in most weather and then a liner when truly cold/painful. But it might end up as whatever Powerstretch/Dry I can find to try on and then taking a chance on a nice primaloft or similar insulated glove. I used to rely on cheap meraklon liner gloves (I still rate these) and whatever else was to hand (sic.) i.e. Phantom grips or wollen type gloves etc, but they weren’t/aren’t up to the job in hand (sic.2) and when combined were too bulky to be accurately described as dexterous.

    I totally agree with fit, which is why this will be a pain if I struggle to find examples to try on. I wouldn’t say that the relative dimensions of my fingers are particularly what glove manufacturer’s had in mind for their templates and I’m often left with a gap at a fingertip to get the fit right elsewhere. There’s so many makes too! Montane, Rab, Extremities, Black Diamond, OR, Marmot and so on etc.

    Bar.

  9. Aye, it can be a pain getting the right combination of warmth, fit and usability.
    I get sent big winter gloves for review now and again, and they’re all a lesson in sensory depravation for your hands.

    Good luck with the search!

  10. Hi Pete,

    Hope all is well. It’s getting colder and I didn’t get around to buying gloves yet! I am considering TNF Apex’s, Berghaus Elements, Extremities Sticky Powerstretch Pro or Guides, Mountain Equipment Touch Grips, Montane Powerstretch Pro & Prism. Ideally I would like something that would work with a touch screen and is warmer by far than the Rab Phantom Grips I have and have been disappointed with. Any thoughts? They will no doubt end up doubling as personal and work use, which might mean they get a bit of wear. Cheers Bar.

  11. Gloves are always a tricky one, lots of great looking stuff out there and it’s useless if it doesn’t fit perfectly.

    Had in press releases for some of the stuff you’ve looked at but I haven’t tried anything new on for ages.
    But, I’ve had a look at some favorites and they’re still being made which is always a good sign. So here’s a couple of extra thoughts to add to the confusion.

    Marmot make brilliant gloves and I think the XT’s make a great work/outdoor crossover glove. Leather and softshell with light insulation, they last for many years.
    Also the Exum gloves, leather, waterproof and warm, again last for years.

    Haglofs gloves look like they’ve made in the same factory as Marmot but the range seems to have been cut back so I dunno about that.
    Long term favourites are the Rab PowerStretch grippy gloves, it’s a fabric that never seems to get out of its depth, always a good choice.

    Happy shopping!

  12. Hi Pete,

    Thanks as always for the advice. I managed to get out this lunchtime and try on some Rab Powerstretch Grip gloves, albeit the wrong size. I am hoping they would be the same size-wise as my Phantom Grips (great name, largely useless glove). I had hoped to try the Extremities on for comparison but the local Sportsdirect (a horrible shop to try and find things in) didn’t have them, tough they sell them online. I am thinking A) should have bought Powerstretch when I bought the PG’s – got seduced by the windproof bit and B) not so sure I like/need leather palms or something more ‘involved.’ I am still being subtly seduced by the Montane Prisms as full on winter gloves as my Prism jacket is a 100% winner but I dare say I’d get more use out of Powerstretch gloves for now. I read a review from a lady with Reaulds who said the Powerstretch’s worked for her, which is what I’m lookign for really so…

    One thing is: to sacrifice grip for touch screen (Montane) or to let go touch screen for grip? (Rab).

    Bar.

  13. I’ve got those same fingers as that lady, many years of hammering and powertool use :o(
    Touchscreen use is a tricky one, my cameras are all-botton but my smartphone needs fingertips (or nose!) and screen compatible gloves are great, I burnt my last pair, Marmot powerstretch somethings, great gloves.
    To be honest, powerstretch gloves without a grip pattern on them are just fine, your hand move more naturally on objects where grippy printing stick and pulls the glove around your hand.
    But, I still like the Rabs, great fit on me if nothing else!

  14. Hi Pete,

    After reading your reply I had just decided that it had to be powerstretch and had to be touch screen. I found non-powerstretch touch screen Marmots and so reverted back to Montane PSP’s. Unfortunately I can’t find ANY at all in my size (small, well between small and medium but closer to small). Very frustrating!

    Bar.

  15. To add to the confusion, you can make any glove touchscreen friendly, by either:
    a) licking it (seriously, it works great with powerstretch gloves)
    or
    b) sewing a few stitches of conductive thread into the finger
    or
    c) buying some glovetips

    it eliminates the need to buy specific touchscreen gloves and you can just get the ones that fit best.

  16. I had a colleague who used her tongue when we first got issues with (relatively) smart phones. I didn’t know about the licking gloves trick though :)

    In the end I went to Blacks last night to try in Montanes (any Montanes)
    In size small to confirm that it wasn’t too tight. I did that and was about to leave when I saw some Extremities powerstretch (not pro) Stickies. They were a good for and had touch screen pads so I went with that. Time will tell if they last an are warm enough but the fit means they’ll work under other gloves. What other gloves is a whole new question! ;)

    Thanks guys

    Bar.

  17. Pete,

    Thinking about this. If I need extra warmth over and above the Extremities would you advocate same again or similar over the top (or would this likely snag on the sticky bits?) or try and squeeze a very think layer or something underneath? Or do I go for something tough with a leather palm Extremities Guide Gloves,Powerstretch Pro Sticky over the top one size up? I think over mitts would be overkill for me and limit their work use now that we are sent out with half a ton of gear to lose, drop or use.

    Thanks

    Bar.

  18. For layering get shells gloves or mitts, the’re usually sized to go over liners. I’ve got a few from various folk and it works well. I’ve got a nice pair of Berghaus ones that are waterproof, lightly insulated and I keep dexterity pretty well when over other gloves. They might be on here somewhere?!
    But, I have to say my favourites for layering are Buffalo DP mitts, warm and surprisingly dexterous.

    And purple.

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