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Dec

2010

Mountain Hardwear Echidna Gloves review
Written by Sarah Klingler   
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Mountain Hardwear Echidnaimages/Mountain HardwearFinding versatile and durable women's ski gloves is not done with ease. Settling with a men's ski glove with their bulky or "off" fit will not suffice. The Mountain Hardwear Echidna, a women-specific glove for snow bunnies, can tackle whatever your need to achieve in the winter, from cross-country skiing to wintery hiking to scraping ice off your car before a trip to the spa.

Designed to fit the smaller hand proportions of the fairer gender, the feminine design and fit of the Echidna gloves have all of Mountain Hardwear's top features you'll find in the comparable men's version – strong fabrics, tight seams, and features that make rough-and-tough activities more manageable.

The waterproof and breathable OutDry material is bonded to the four-way stretch soft shell fabric for an outer-layer that keeps out water, wind, and cold. There's no breaking-in time. From the time you put on the Mountain Hardwear Echidna gloves, your fingers flex and bend. They're not bulky - you'll be able to do almost anything you need without having to take the Echidna gloves off and freeze your fingers.

The outer shell is lined with a brushed tricot –soft - for comfort when worn without the wool-blend liner, which can also be worn alone. The Echidna liner has grips on the fingers and palm, and coordinating colors make it look less like a liner and more like a thin pair of fleece gloves. A patch of Velcro keeps the liner from sliding in the glove, but when the liner is removed the rougher pieces of Velcro sit at the top and bottom of the liner's wrist and may catch on long sleeves, especially sweaters.

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The Mountain Hardwear Echidna gloves have a convenient features that make life more manageable - finger tabs for easy removal and one-hand adjustable gauntlet closure keeps out snow and cold air. Sounds fancy, but it's simple – pull the white tab near the inside of your wrist and the top of the glove pulls tightly, blocking cold air and blowing snow in one easy motion. Pull the yellow tab on the outside of the glove and it opens for easy takeoff or clothing adjustments.

Removable and adjustable wrist cords keep your gloves from falling in the snow when fixing your ponytail or reapplying lip gloss. The floral design across the wrist reminds you that you can keep up with the big boys, but you're still made of sugar and spice.

Mountain Hardwear logoThe water-resistant goatskin leather palms and reinforced fingers will give any rope tow a run for its money and your hands will stay dry through even the most intense snowball battle. The Mountain Hardwear Echidna gloves are easy to wear, lightweight and flexible, and have convenient features that rival their male counterparts. They're probably better for preseason and spring skiing or activities where you're in motion and the body temperature is up.

The Mountain Hardwear Echidna glove retails for $130.00.


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Sarah Klingler

SKlinglerSarah Klingler, a Pittsburgh, Pa native, was practically born on the snow. Before she was 18 months old, her parents strapped her into her first pair of skis, and she fell in love with winter.

She's a ski instructor at Seven Springs resort, but when Klingler's not on the hill with students, you can find her snowshoeing, cross country and telemark skiing, or hiking through the pow with her snow-loving Labrador, Emma.

When the snow melts, Klingler mountain and road bikes, hikes, horseback rides, whitewater rafts, and dreams about chairlifts.

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