These gloves are my first purchase from Carhartt, but I came to the brand with high expectations. I have been using these gloves for two winters now. While the gloves look great, they fall short in two of their touted features:
- The gloves are not moisture-wicking or fast-drying. I used these gloves to shovel a considerable amount of snow from 2016's first blizzard. By the time I was finished for the day, the interior of the gloves were damp from sweat. After 24 hours of drying in a room with adequate ventilation and approximately 68*F / 35% relative humidity, the gloves are still damp. I have had regular denim clothing dry faster than these "fast-drying" gloves. Deciding to give the gloves a chance, I donned them and went out to work again. Quickly, my fingertips were beginning to feel bitter cold due to the damp interior.
- The gloves are "waterproof," but similar to how a softshell jacket is waterproof after losing it's DWR. The exterior of the gloves absorb water as though they are wetting out, but the water never reaches the interior of the glove due to the inner lining. On a positive note, I just ran the exterior of the gloves under my faucet to see how they fared in 68*F 35% relative humidity conditions. The water did evaporate from the exterior of the gloves quickly. I would still be cautious immersing this glove in water if outside, but they should be able to handle a freezing rain or moving snow around (as I have).
I will also add that the gloves could be a bit warmer. With a windproof insulating liner glove, they do well enough. However, on their own, the gloves leave more to be desired.
I bought these gloves for my son. He has worn them to shovel snow and to play in the snow. They have held up well, however when he wore them skiing two weeks ago his hands got sweaty and wet. Then, when we hung them to dry, the inside has never dried (after two weeks). They have started to smell musty inside and there are no care instructions included on the tag of the gloves, so I don't know if it will damage them to try to wash them to get rid of the smell.
They are indeed waterproof I have I have gotten them wet quiet a bit and water does not seem to penetrate the outside of the gloves. They are also quiet warm which is both good and bad. When I use these gloves to rake the snow off of my house or do lots of shoveling my hands sweat quite a bit. After a while the gloves become saturated from the inside and begin to get cold/freeze. They also take a really long time to dry out once wet on the inside, likely because the outer shell is so waterproof. Even putting these glove in the dryer does little to dry them. Often times this winter I had to use them before they were completely dry. The longer they stay wet the more they start to stink. These would be great gloves if they were more breathable perhaps a Gore-Tex liner would allow they to stay drier from perspiration and dry faster.
When you spend that much money on one pair of gloves that advertise to be waterproof, that is what you expect to get. Not so with these. After snowblowing and cleaning off vehicles they were soaked, inside and out. Beyond disappointed as we swear by the brand. Jackets, rain gear and other products always exceptional. Waterproof should mean waterproof!