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.