Need major improvement. Not the best.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
I was so excited for these gloves. I've been in search of the perfect pair of gloves and have purchased every brand imaginable. I wanted to own the very best, the holy grail of gloves, and these are not even close to the very best.
Some background: I grew up in a ski town, my father was an instructor who relied on gloves for his daily job, and I got my glove obsession from him. Presently, the fashion trend leans toward cheap, beat-up gloves that are waterproofed with some kind of wax. It looks cool, but it creates two problems. First, the gloves themselves tend to suck. They aren't ergonomic. Second, the wax gets all over your expensive shell and ruins the DWR coating; I own a pair of expensive gore-tex pants that suck up water on my lap like a towel - they wet out instantly thanks to the waterproofing wax from some older Hestra gloves.
With all of this in mind (and a brand new pair of pants) I was super excited for the Rush SV gloves. Ergonomic, gore-tex, no goop needed to waterproof them. I've used them 30+ days this winter and I can't recommend them to anyone, especially not at this price.
First - they aren't warm. I do not suffer from cold hands but these gloves can't handle 20 degrees or lower (which is most of our ski conditions on the East Coast). Second, they don't breath well - my hands sweat in them, which exacerbates the challenge with their warmth. Third, the welded seam in the liner between the fingers creates a tiny plastic bead that is uncomfortable - I had to take a hammer to them to break them up. And lastly - the wrist tension strap is a joke. It is made of an elastic that will wear out in a few seasons, and doesn't stay locked. I have to re-tighten it every run.
Ah - and one more thing... unlike most ski gloves, you can't clip your gloves together and hang them somewhere off your body.
I upgraded the Rush SV's with a spare pair of Hestra liners and that made them warmer. I now use a thin merino wool liner with them and that also helped. On wet days they do well - but when I compare them to gore-tex Hestras (which don't need the waterproofing wax, are ergonomic, warm, and have a good strap) the Arcteryx Rush SV's finish a distant second, at more than twice the price.
I wanted to love these and on paper they have everything going for them - but at the end of the day these are cold, expensive gloves that don't cut it on the hill. Don't buy em.