Highly Effective when used Correctly
I have used these for years as part of my hand layering. I have worn them during sub-zero outings with -20 to -30 wind chill many times and find them highly useful. The thing to realize is if it's below 20 or so, these will NOT keep your hands warm alone. What they will do is allow you to remove mittens and adjust equipment for short periods without risk of front-bite.
For sub-zero outings, my total system consists of very thin glove liners, these gloves, and some off-brand waterproof mittens I got at a ski swap.
Most of the bad reviews for these focus on water penetration, but the comparison to cotton is not true. Yes, these gloves do get wet, but they do not hold water like cotton. I hiked 3 years around Seattle in heavy rain with these and they performed much better than any waterproof gloves I tried. This was mainly because in Seattle, you're just going to get wet. WP gloves eventually trap water (and sweat) inside the liner and become cold. These gloves hold a fraction of the water but shed the rest.
My only gripe about these is that they wear out very quickly. I find them only useful for 2-3 seasons of heavy use.
Great Dexterity/Not super warm
I live in the Pacific Northwest and picked-up a pair of these to keep my hands warm on long hikes and for general outdoor use. The product provides probably the best dexterity of any "mid-weight" glove I have ever owned. Really helpful when unloading backpacks at camp or getting together your food or fire. One thing to note is that this glove is not windproof or waterproof. It will keep your hands warm and help wick moisture but it is not a seam-sealed glove for alpine skiing or other colder activities. I would say the lower temperature limit on these gloves based on my experience would be around 25 degrees F. If you are looking for additional warmth but still want high dexterity give the Seirus Xtreme All Weather gloves a try, slightly more expansive but definately waterproof and can probably hand cold closer to 15 degrees F. All in all I am very happy with the Seirus All Weather glove...good bang for your buck, great crafstmanship and the glove can be used to do multiple things all while keeping your hands warm in mild-cold weather. Just be sure to note the limits of the glove and if it is viable for what activity you are buying it for.
Begging to differ...
Before you get mad at a product and give it a bad review pay attention to what you're buying in the first place. The packaging says right on these gloves that they aren't seam sealed which means wind and water have a way to get through. Aside from the weakness in this area these gloves excel in all other ways. They are very warm during active outdoor activities in cold weather (not just walking to a friends house in the cold, actually doing something ie snowboarding, climbing etc.) They also allow almost full dexterity so your grip on your ice tool or rock ledge can be sure. They would even be good for working in cold weather, allowing full use of a hammer or other tools. Hunters could use them and still get a good grip on their rifle etc. They are versatile gloves is what I'm driving at. I use them throughout the winter, spring, summer and fall mostly for general mountaineering and 14er climbs. They also were my summit day gloves for Orizaba although we had uncommonly warm weather above 18,000 feet. I definitely recommend them despite the poor overall rating, just know what you are getting.
Good but not great
These could be great gloves, but they aren't. Decent, though. I've never, ever found a pair of great gloves, but these are pretty close. If you put them on BEFORE you go outside, when you're nice and warm, they do a decent job of keeping you warm. The wind cuts right through them, though, so they work best with a coat with pockets you can put your hand in when you're just standing or walking.
I love the fit and the way I can grip and manipulate things while wearing them -- if I'm patient, I can even tie shoelaces with them on! The one negative is that the seams (stitching) is on the inside and so large that they affect the fit. I bought a small because I wanted a very snug fit, but i'm starting to regret it because the seams make the glove seem too small.
If they made the gloves a little thicker below the fingertips to cut the wind and made the seams better, these would be great gloves.
Know what you are buying...
I have a pair of these, which I will wear walking around town or short trails (knowing that the will get wet if I handle snow for too long). I've used them while skiing and under a shell mitten, and they work great. If I needed some extra dexterity, I could slip off the shell, while my hands kept warm, and the shell protected the inner glove the rest of the time. If you are looking for a truly weatherproof glove for [$], good luck! These make a great liner glove, and allow a ton of dexterity when used on their own.I definitely agree with the other reviewer who said you should know what you are buying... BUT...The only thing I will say is that I had to take off a star for the name of the product. When you read the description of the glove, it is apparent what it should and shouldn't be used for, but the 'all-weather' in the name of the product could definitely throw some people off.
Great Glove, Know What You're Buying!
Seriously, I can't even begin to believe why the cumulative reviews have these gloves rated at a 2. These gloves are great, if you're using them for what they are intended to be used for. They clearly state that they are NOT seam sealed. They repel water just fine, and a pretty good deal of it at that. Wind proofedness is great. The warmth? Fantastic. Durability is a plus, and they allow you to handle anything from the buckles on your gaiters and crampons to your ice axe and trekking poles.
Overall it's a great glove, but it's not bomb proof. I tend to use mine a lot when the weather is cold and dry, or when I'm in the snow. I never have to remove them when working with my gear, I can do everything with them on that I can with them off.
Plus, they aren't a bad looking glove, either!
Bottom line: they get the job done!
I've had these gloves for about 5 years. That's 5 cold New England winters, not too mention our record breaking winter storm that just past earlier this year . And throught it all, these gloves have kept my hands dry and warm 90% of the time. The only time your going to have cold hands is if you are standing motionless in <30 degree weather or if you decide to get into a snowball fight with these gloves. I use these in the cold mornings when my truck is still not quite warm in 20-30 degree weather. They are fantastic for shoveling and retain body heat really well. I would imagine they'd be great for some winter activities, which is what they were intended for. Bottom line: they get the job done! Considering they are not big & bulky but thin and even stylish they are a great choice for the typical New Englander.
These things are great. When I first saw the picture - I thought no way those are waterproof/breathable/windproof. But I bought them and first thing I did was put them on and turn on the sink. Then I stuck my hand in a bucket of water. These things really are waterproof. Not as breathable as I hoped they were, but good enough. I plan on using these for winter hiking and climbing when its not cold enough for mitt or over glove. I'm also going to use them when on drill status for the army and I'm out in the field.
side note on the sizing. It felt a little too large - but just on the thumb. There was like 1/8 inch too much material while my other fingers were tight. I tried on a medium, but it felt way too constrictive, so I just went with the large.
Perfect for what I needed
I bought these gloves because I needed a glove that was warm, but could fit in my dslr hand strap for when I'm shooting in winter months. A few of the other makers do have models like this, but I found that these gloves gave the best warmth and least amount of bulk. I definetly wouldn't use these in a backcountry hiking situation, but they work perfectly for me during trips to NYC in the winter when I have my camera with me. The above reviews are spot on about the warmth down below 30 degrees. Your fingers might start to feel the wind. For me, there isn't really that much discomfort where i'm second guessing the purchase. It's 28 degrees in CT right now, and the gloves are fine, any colder, they might not be the warmest things.
Warm and not bulky
Nice all around glove. Good for temps down to the mid teens, somewhere around -10 if you prefer the Celsius scale. Lower than that you'll want something a bit thicker. Bought them mainly for travel as they are not bulky, and fit in a jacket pocket. They do a good job of keeping out moisture and wind although I wasn't making snowballs with them. Haven't had them long enough to find any cons or how they wear, when the temp starts hovering around 0F about all they'll do is keep your hands from freezing off at a bus stop, and you'd be wise to ask yourself why you're standing outside to begin with. For the my intended use best glove I found.